Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Door County, Wisconsin

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!

Good Luck!

It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Fun and yummy!

LorettaJ said...

What a wonderful trip. We have always wanted to visit Door County, WI. After reading this blog, it's risen to the top of our list! Thank you for your give away! I love new cookbooks, hope I win! I truly enjoy reading your blog.

Lucy said...

Glad you had a great time. Please include me in your book giveaway.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

What a fun and delicious trip. I've heard about Door County but never been there myself, and have only been in the state of Wisconsin three times in my life, despite the fact that my grandmother was born in Milwaukee in the late 1800s.It's impossible to resist the lure of a possible new cookbook, especially one recommended by you.

susan flynn said...

I am from wisconsin. Wilson's in Ephraim was heaven, I miss it and remember it fondly.
Susan Flynn

Mary L said...

I enjoy your blog and all the wonderful recipes. I love cookbooks and especially those from other states. Great giveaway!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I visited Door County in 2003 and went to a fish boil. It was entertaining. We also went to a restaurant where goats and rabbits walked on the roof!!

Cindi Cooper

megan said...

What an exciting visit, I had never heard of a fish boil or even Door Country. You captured it well Martha.

Connie said...

The cherry pie looked worth the price of the entire meal all by itself! I love collecting cookbooks!

Anonymous said...

Always looking for unusual cookbooks. This sounds like one.

linda said...

Some of my favorite cookbooks are ones I have gotten in places I visited. I read cookbooks like I read mysteries!

Jewell Scott said...

Hello Niece (and nephew): I enjoyed your trip, it made me homesick to see and visit with you. Maybe it's because it is October and time to go to Branson and then on to Fort Scott. Love you.