Cuisine - American, Cuisine - Italian, Recipes

Recipe: Escarole and Sausage Stew

Escarole and Sausage StewNothing warms you up more than a hearty bowl of soup or stew on a winter’s day. Since this winter has been so brutal, I decided to conquer my fear of soup-making once and for all.

My good friend Rhonda from back in Wisconsin is a Pampered Chef consultant. Each month I receive recipes and ideas via e-mail. In January, there was one for Escarole and Sausage Stew that caught my eye. Finally, during our last big Nor’Easter I decided to roll up my sleeves and take to the kitchen with Brett as my trusty co-chef.

I don’t know why I had a fear of cooking soups. It’s almost like how some people are so afraid of cooking fish. I guess I thought soups are so complicated that you need to sit around all day to have meats simmer until they’re moist and tender, and you need so many different market-fresh ingredients for the veggies.

But, this recipe isn’t that hard and you don’t have to search for any hard-to-find ingredients.

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Food - General, Places - Milwaukee

Wine & Dine Wisconsin

If you’re a foodie in Milwaukee, you must seriously think about attending Wine & Dine Wisconsin. This weekend-long event will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

The event features more than 100 exhibitors including Cedar Creek Winery, Cold Spoons Gelato, Il Mito, Kil@wat, Maxie’s Southern Comfort, Old Town Serbian Restaurant, Tastefully Simple (click the link to reach my friend Mary’s Tastefully Simple page), Pampered Chef (click the link to reach my friend Rhonda’s Pampered Chef page) and more. Exhibitors will offer tastings of their artisanal foods, cheeses, wines, microbrews and spirits.

There will also be more than 40 stage presentations by outstanding chefs, culinary experts, brewers and mixologists. New to this year’s event are 11 food/wine/beer/spirit seminars plus a special area featuring a number of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel food critic Carol Deptolla’s Top 30 restaurants.

Tickets are required to attend. The cost is $39 in advance or $49 at the door. Seminars and the Top 30 restaurant area require separate tickets. Wine & Dine Wisconsin is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

For more information, visit

See you there!