brat fest

05.28.10

This weekend marks one of Wisconsin’s favorite holidays, Brat-Fest. Which means more brats are consumed in the next three days then most of the country can even imagine. But when in Wisconsin, complete with Capital Brewery beer, you know anything is possible.

The wonderful thing about this event – besides eating multiple brats, hot dogs and even veggie dogs is that the money made goes to support local charities. Something I’ll even eat a brat to, if for some reason I started needing excuses.

Growing up in Wisconsin, I certainly had my fair share of brats, mainly during the summer months, when grilling is a must, and brats are plentiful. I picked up these brats at the local Meat Market in my home town, because, let’s face it,  brats are just better when they come from Wisconsin. ;)

Enjoy your long weekend and if you are in Wisconsin, be sure to celebrate with a brat!

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artichoke ravioli pasta salad

My grocery bills have been ridiculous recently – something that doesn’t make me happy but my typical excuse? The blog and my general love of good food. Regardless of the excuse I use, I had some frozen artichoke ravioli in the freezer that had been there for at least a year. Meaning that I would

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ask the nutritionist: at the salad bar

The salad bar can be a great place to build-you-own balanced meal or a place where you can feel like you are eating healthy when it really isn’t the case. In college, the salad bar was my favorite aspect of dorm dining – when else do you have access to rows of clean and cut

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the wedge

Poor iceberg lettuce. I mean, it has a terrible reputation, but I can think of many worse things than iceberg lettuce. Nutritional all-star? Hardly. But sometimes a crisp wedge with creamy blue cheese and fresh cracked pepper is just what I want. And just forget the notion that blue cheese dressing is “bad for you”,

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clam linguine

Cooking with clams was new to me, but they are so simple, I’m not sure why I was so hesitant! All I needed was the motivation of a recipe and a free night to spend a little time in the kitchen. The pasta was delicious with a bit of spice from the chiles, smoky flavor from

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crab salad

This cute appetizer came from the Rachael Ray Magazine and now that summer is here, (at least it feels like it) it is a perfect, light snack for warm summer nights.  And so very fitting for a Friday night on the patio! Complete with cocktail of choice of course! Since the flavors weren’t too overpowering the crab was able

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iced tea & lemonade

If you’ve ever had a shaken iced tea from Starbucks, you know just where I’m going here.  Like most coffee-house drinks it comes complete with a squirt of sugar – and like most drinks you can request it without the sugar, which I always do. I got mine with just a splash of lemonade which

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