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Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

The best I ever remember were at the County fair in Rhinelander, wi.
The volunteer booth, not the commercial one. A little far from Milwaukee though. Until my kid left scouts, I would arrange to hit the fair in the morning and then Ribfest outside of minaqua before picking him and a couple of other scouts from summer camp.

For just plain curds, there is a curd truck in Grafton across from the Goodwill (shopko) that has many flavors and usually is very fresh.

Aug 30, 2014
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Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

King's Hawaiian makes the same form hot dog rolls now - so that's a start.

Aug 26, 2014
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Cedarburg, WI - Any opinions on August Weber Haus?

Late to the post, but....
until the arrest, we ate there twice. Fair/better than average. Damning praise at best. Second time was due to people wanting to go there. May I also mention that the area has severe lax enforcement of health codes?

The tuesday Theinsville farmers market is really awesome. Well worth a visit. Surprosingly, you can spend the day there with food and entertainment. I really regret that it got so popular.

Aug 09, 2014
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Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

Fankfurter rolls, to support Weiners/lobster rolls/ etc.
Milwaukee and the surrounding areas are fantastic for sausages. Of any kind. (I include brats here). My kid is looking at a college that a very famous brat producer offers hours that fit with their schedule and free rides to the plant to help with tuition. There is really is a "Wisconsin state of mind".

Oh, after several locals described conditions at Marquette with scary things, he is refusing to go there. I am hoping your partner was UWM!

Aug 09, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

Milwaukee is a real gem. I will miss it when we move, but the taxes are so fricking high, there was a reason Wisconsin was ranked 51st out of 50 states and the district of columbia as a place to retire when we moved here. Every person I knew who retired is either moving or has moved. Taxes plain and simple. But a vibrant eating scene, fantastic local foodstuffs (outside of lamb).
Oh, when we move, probably 8000 cookbooks are up for sale.
I'm torn as to the 100 my wife is letting me keep.

Aug 09, 2014
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CHOW Reviews: The Petite Pizzeria

I trust everyone knows that this is the same model deni/k-tel/etc that was sold several years ago for $29.95? At your local k-mart?
I have a couple picked up through Goodwill that are used for pizzas for cub scout cabin camping.

Aug 09, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

Milwaukee is a "great city on a great lake". I love it here except for the weird politics and incredibly bad taxes. Depending on whether or not my kid goes to a state school next year after HS, we may be moving to a much lower taxed area. We pay more in taxes than a huge retirement home would charge for rent. Several other parents are saying the same thing. However, this is not the forum for that discussion. I have known many folks that have moved here to raise their kids because of the better values we seem to have. One of which took a $1M drop in pay to get here when he found out his wife was pregnant. (cough, cough LA).

Aug 09, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Cedarburg, WI - Any opinions on August Weber Haus?

Um, not great. Not been there since the police.

Aug 07, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Legit "frankfurter" AKA for the uninformed "lobster rolls" in MKE?

St. Paul Seafood at the marketplace has them, or had. I haven't been there for years and never will return. There was a very smelly (drunk?) that had not shaved/bathed and was a true a-hole when we went there for a lunch when they opened. He thought he was witty and in the first time since I met my better-two-thirds she told me we were walking out and eating elsewhere. In 30 years this was her only place she demanded we walk out of due to the service. Kinda sad because I liked the cubs fan that always was awesome to my father and myself. But such a horrendous experience will never have me visit again.

Anyway, anyone know of proper "frankfurter" rolls in the Milwaukee area?
Chicago Metallic sells the forms.

Oh, BTW, my cub scouts (now Eagle Scouts) once ran a test for a badge that required sampling. There was a badge following, etc. Usingers beat out Nathan's. The frankfurter rolls browned in a sandwich press scored much higher than hot dog rolls. They were once available in the freezer at Woodman's.

If anyone MKE sees a 1940's sandwich press cheap, please let me know.

Aug 07, 2014
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Thnking about a rice cooker -- is induction worth it?

yes. I have had an induction cooker from Zoshi since they first came out. It was actually bought by my insurance company for the brown rice setting that released vitamins/minerals/whatever that helped the eye. Very surprising.

However - go to your local thrift stores. The button batteries that most of these units use for the first generation are running out if they haven't been plugged in. $125 plus shipping both ways for repair at the factory. To do it yourself ( like I have done for several and sold/given away), $15 for a new battery and a battery holder (plus soldering skills, etc).

Aug 07, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

Most non-toxic cookware: Unglazed clay pan or 100% titanium coated pan?

My goodness. A Titanium pan? It wasn't that long ago that (well, yes it was) my grade schooler went through a place where I worked and saw a fingernail sized reject of a small sample that had a titanium deposition on it. The thing just threw him and later I was allowed to purchase it for him as an xmas gift for $125 (all samples were supposed to be destroyed, this was at cost).

Aug 07, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

Great Tasting Party Cakes in Milwaukee Area

My better-two-thirds always had me drive miles to get a cake from "Shaker Baker" in brookfield for the kid's birthday to share at school. They did a very good job. We did my baking for the friends and family (more expensive and IMHO better). Please check to see if they are still in business since the last one I bought was 10 years ago.

Otherwise, in the north side of town, in Whitefish Bay Reginas does a great job.
http://www.baybakery.com/
Make SURE that you verify any lettering. They screwed up twice (out of many orders) but were quick with repairs. I didn't order, the wife did so I am not sure who is to blame, but please verify. Great cookies there as well.

Aug 07, 2014
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Your best big gadget\tool?

Well, I'm torn.
I have an electric pressure smoker that is just wonderful for bringing in pulled pork sandwiches when the teenager forgets to tell me he signed me up for food. 90 minutes to feed 30 or so people. I have a huge vacuum tumbler for quick marination and infusion. It can hold a 13 lb turkey. The souis vide oven so I don't "really" have to cook on work nights. The older style stainless vitamix.

tough to decide. I could live without the break maker, but I use it a lot. I did give up the convection microwave.

Aug 02, 2014
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Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

I have a kid going to college next year. No hotplates/etc allowed in dorms, but microwaves are. I just picked up a couple of the (very old) Raytheon pizza crispers for the microwave. Also goofed on a closeout web site and received 1000 microwave crisper bags for $10.

Aug 02, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

Black earth meats has closed

It seems that there was a dispute over the growth of the butchering operation and neighbors. From the article it looks like the town was bending over backwards to work with them, but after extensions, etc. there was no progress.

A shame, an interesting operation with lots of television exposure.

Jul 26, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

lard, tallow, good extensive butchers in Madison, Wisconsin?

I got a tub of duck fat through neesvig's.
You might want to call them on other items.

Jul 17, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

Please hit your local thrift stores. Most by me have controllers for $2 and under. Based on my history (I used to go to the West Bend outlet every other week when it was in West Bend, they had a couple of standard controllers) mnany are interchangeable. I think that the foindue pot controller works with the skillet we have.

Jul 03, 2014
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Need a food processor

Check out your local Goodwill/SA/st. Vinnies.
I picked up three dlc10 units for spare parts for roughly $10 each. My mother's origional is still going strong, but due to the age.....

Jul 01, 2014
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Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

My best so far this year were four vitamix units, two new plastic type units for $25 each, an older model 4000 stainless model with a second bin for $6.99, and one of their commercial units for $20. An older 6qt kitchenaide mixer for $15 (needed a new power cord). Four of the onetime $600 living air air cleaners for $20 total, a $600 commercial water distiller for $10, and a commercial hot dog roller (non-stick) for $20.

Jul 01, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

need kitchenaid advice

May I also suggest yard sales? I picked up one of the older Hobart 6 qt built units for $15. I just needed to replace the power cord. I passed on a 5 qt for $20 because the wife would have killed me.

Jul 01, 2014
exvaxman in Cookware

Coconut oil in North Milwaukee burbs?

Now both my local pig and Trader Joe's stock it.

Jul 01, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

north MKE+, any decent places for fruit to make preserves?

Thanks! They will be within a mile of me next week!

Jul 01, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

north MKE+, any decent places for fruit to make preserves?

I am going to get back into doing jam, I need a good source for fruit.
My garden by request of the teenager is now all catnip. The "upside down" strawberry things never worked for us. My better two-thirds complains that I always make too much, so for the regulars, there will be excess available. Also some cordials done with the preserves and an older cordial maker.

Jun 12, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

MKE - Klement's Sausage Co. Sold to California Private Equity Firm

I was just at the outlet. The prices are going up well more than inflation. Right now it is not worth making a trip there. They have priced themselves out of the "outlet" price and into a supermarket price. Just like the "Old Wisconsin" outlet did - in fact at OW some of their prices are higher than the Pig around the corner from them.

Jun 12, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

Iron Mountain, mi

Any suggestions?
I may be driving up a van of scouts for an upper WI camp out. My friend there died last year so I do not know if anything has opened. Otherwise it is driving back to MKE the same day.

May 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Oh, to those doing things over Craig's list, the local police departments suggest a meet up (with letting them know) in their HQs. Due to the high mugging/theft rate.

May 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Latest find, a 48 count Teflon commercial hot dog roller listing for $2k new, looking like it was not used, for $19.99 at St. Vinnies. While my wife wants it sold, the kid and I have offered it to our local charities for fund raisers so long as it gets cleaned. Surprisingly, egg rolls cook great on this unit.

May 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Sorry for the very late reply. A microwave crisper bag has a very minor layer of a metallic substance that heats the metal, rather than the included food. Raytheon put out a great unit with their first microwaves for pizza cooking.

May 21, 2014
exvaxman in Great Lakes

MKE - Klement's Sausage Co. Sold to California Private Equity Firm

I was at the outlet today. There was a huge lack of product in the main enterance, the normally happy two people there were far more abrupt than I expected. As with everything, the prices are going up. Darn if they disappear I will miss their mild head cheese. On the other hand, the ham sticks that the teenager loves that used to be very rare were there in huge quantities, but an extra $1.50 than I was used to paying.

May 21, 2014
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FINALLY have a Sourdough Starter, now what ?

May I say that I hate you? I live in an area that has so much wild yeast from brewers that nothing can be started. So much so that a years old expansion from a San Francisco bread maker got sick of flying in starter and quit the area.

May 20, 2014
exvaxman in Home Cooking