September found us in Wisconsin
to be exact.
We'd been there before
but it's been 10 or 12 years ago
And I must say that the place hasn't changed all that much!
We (and two other couples)
rented a house on Gill's Rock
Our deck overlooked Lake Michigan
And our bedroom opened out into that deck
What a site to wake up to every morning
But if you're in Wisconsin
Especially Door County
There is one thing you must do --
A fish boil
A traditional fish boil
You can find one almost any night of the week
The White Gull Inn has one of the most popular
So popular, in fact, that when we called on Tuesday for a Friday reservation,
there was only one seating left -- the 8:15 one!
And it wasn't "high" season!
We got there early
And I got the newest White Gull Inn Cookbook
(I had bought one on our last visit)
And with a glass of cherry hard cider
We sat and sipped and watched as the "boil master" tended his fire,
added the potatoes and the fish
And finally . . .
Threw kerosene on the fire!
Up it went
causing the pot to boil over
which got rid of all the impurities
And once the fire had died down
Fish and potatoes were brought inside
To be served by the friendly wait staff
But fish and potatoes are just part of the boil
There also is coleslaw and Swedish rye bread
And you can have as many potatoes and fish as you want
And they'll refill the coleslaw dish and breadbasket too.
And when you have had enough fish . . .
They bring around a piece of Door County cherry pie
With a dollop of ice cream
It's a wonderful meal.
"Peasant food" but a wonderful experience
And because I'm basking in that post vacation glow
And I found Wisconsin to be so charming
I'd like to offer a giveaway
A favorite book of mine
(Although mine has a different name)
It's not a picture book but it does have good stories and the book is arranged seasonally.
There is a good recipe in here for a cheese crock, and which I started when I first read the book,
lots of yummy Christmas recipes
And the perfect side dish for Friday's leftover turkey and dressing casserole.
To be eligible for the drawing for the book, leave a comment. I'll draw from the comments on Saturday, October 17 and ship the book soon after.
It's a favorite cookbook of mine and I hope whoever wins it enjoys it as much as I!
In fact, I got the cookbook even before I ever visited Wisconsin!
It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday!