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The Best of 2010

El Beso construction photoEverywhere you look this week it seems that someone is doing a recap of the past year. I’ve been doing this food blogging experiment for nearly six months. It has been more successful than I could have imagined – many thanks to all of my friends and family for passing along links and giving me a good word.

I wanted to say goodbye to 2010 by taking a look at the 10 most popular posts from the past year.

1. New La Fuente location opens today
The most popular blog of this year – many thanks to Google and a Milwaukee contingency that loves its Mexican food – was a link to the Journal Sentinel’s coverage of the opening of the new Tosa La Fuente.

2. Yeah, I Ate That: The turkey leg
This was a little post I put together based on a scrapbook page from my honeymoon album. It got a lot of coverage thanks to AJ at the Disney Food Blog and the folks at the Disney Blog Carnival.

3. Construction update: El Beso Mexican Restaurante
Another indication that Milwaukee loves its Mexican food. Who knew? I was in the Greenfield-area doing some book shopping and snapped a few photos for this third most popular post of the year.

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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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