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Goodbye Milwaukee

Boston skylineIt’s with great sadness, but with a flurry of excitement, that I have to write this post. I have accepted a new job in the Boston metro area, which means that after spending most of my life in Milwaukee, I will be leaving.

When my husband asked me last week, “What will you miss the most about Milwaukee?,” I hesitated. Obviously, I’m going to miss my family and friends. But then the answer quickly turned into a laundry list of food places.

So, I thought I would say goodbye to Milwaukee (and Wisconsin) with a Top 10 list of the things I will miss most. On the flipside, soon I’ll have a Top 10 list of the things I’m most excited about in Boston and New England.

I must apologize that with this move – there may be a little lag between posts. I’m doing my best to write posts in advance but it’s been a little hectic. Hopefully, I won’t be without high-speed access for long in the new digs.

10. The Klement’s Sausage Race at Miller Park

The Sausage Race at Miller ParkWhile I am gaining the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park in the move, no other MLB team can say that they have Racing Sausages. I have a deep place in my heart for Guido, Stosh, Brett Wurst, Cinco and Frankie Furter. When I first moved back to Milwaukee after grad school, I had the great privilege of being a racing sausage…once. It was a horrifying experience that ended up on ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” (I had also been a sausage that went to greet people in the parking lot, but that also ended poorly.) However, it is also a cherished memory that very few can say they have had.

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A trip to Elegant Farmer

The smiley barn at Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis.When you’re a Cheesehead, nothing says fall like a trip to The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis. With their world-famous Apple Pies Baked in a Paper Bag, apple orchards, pumpkin picking, frozen apple cider on a stick and more, it’s a great way to spend a sunny, autumn day.

Also known for the yellow smiley barn, The Elegant Farmer is a country market with pizzazz. You can find fresh cheese and cured meats like sugared ham, fresh salads, and daily specials like chicken pot pies. Or, make your sweet tooth happy with some of their sugary treats like the gigantic muffins, pies and cookies. There’s also several varieties of fresh produce to create your own sweet and savory dishes – just in time for Thanksgiving.

Here’s a quick video highlighting some of The Elegant Farmer’s products from my recent trip to the farm:

Find out more about The Elegant Farmer at Also, Thanksgiving pie orders need to be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 21.

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Recipe – DIY: Elegant Farmer Apple Pie in a Paper Bag

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DIY: Elegant Farmer Apple Pie In A Paper Bag

Smiley Barn at Elegant FarmerI’m very happy and excited about this post. It’s the very first guest blogger at All’s Fare.

A few weeks ago my friend Karin Balke posted pictures of her Do-It-Yourself Apple Pie baked in a paper bag. Since her and her family live outside Wisconsin, they can’t enjoy the special treat from the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis., as frequently. Her pictures were just so gorgeous and the tale of how the recipe came to be just so fun (and perfect for the fall season) that I asked her to share her story with readers.

I hope Karin will come back in the future to share more of her baking and cooking adventures!

Take it away, Karin!

Elegant Farmer's Pie in a BagMy husband and I bought a bushel of Macintosh apples from a local orchard in Corvallis, Mont. That’s right, 48 pounds of apples!

What better to do with those apples than make a pie. And, if you are going to make a pie why not try to make the best…an Elegant Farmer apple pie.

The Elegant Farmer is located in Mukwonago, Wis., and is noted by Gourmet and the Wall Street Journal as having “the best pie in America.” The award-winning Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag has been the farm’s signature item for decades. They bake more than a quarter million pies each year.

After many searches on the Internet to find their “secret recipe,” I came across a few claiming to be it.

Here is one of those recipes…

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