Monday morning, Judy and I went to Van’s Liquors in Manitowoc, Wisconsin where we met Wenzel from the Happy Schnapps Combo. We had great conversation. For me, it was a rare thrill of a lifetime. Wenzel is a real, for real person.
We spied Horst, also of the Happy Schnapps Combo, the day before, Sunday, while at the Slovenian Picnic and Festival in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Judy, being the social butterfly that she is, walked up to Horst and spoke with him at great length. Wow, how fantastic!
We love the Happy Schnapps Combo and their unique and original polka type music, many songs of which are about Wisconsin, beer, brats, sauerkraut, and more.
On Sunday, prior to leaving for Wisconsin, my Roland’s Ramblings entry was about the Happy Schnapps Combo and I mentioned it would be neat if by chance our paths crossed — AND, indeed, our paths did cross.
On Monday, I made a Roland’s Ramblings entry about Wisconsin cheese. I see that Tim Higgins of Just Blowing Smoke made a comment in which he spoke of the times he spent in Wisconsin and also in which he stated, “You cannot talk about Wisconsin cheese however, without talking about Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup.”
Okay, Tim, this is for you. I found this Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup recipe from GroupRecipes.com. I hope it’s a good one. While, I found several other recipes for Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup, that one seemed pretty good, so I’m not linking to any others. However, I will say that I did find one on a website called The Bratwurst Pages.
While I was at the web page for Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup over at The Bratwurst Pages, I decided to check out the home page. Wowee, is it ever interesting! Rather than try to explain it myself, I am copying and pasting some words about it that I found on a page from eopinions.com that is called Wisconsin Food Porn: The Bratwurst Pages. Here goes.
The Web site’s layout is as follows
You Say Drinking Fountain, We Say Bubbler. A lexicon of Wisconsin-centric terms and endearments, including tips for tourists to avoid trouble with the locals.
Small Town Wisconsin. How to tell if you’re from Wisconsin.
About the Bratwurst Pages. Explains their reason for existence as quoted above.
Brats, Wisconsin’s Soul Food. Everything you need to know about cooking Bratwurst properly whether it be the Sheboygan Purist method, or by simmering them in beer first, them grilling. There are variants to these methods as well.
Beer. A nice compendium of links to Wisconsin and regional breweries, and other quirky tidbits on beer, including an interview with Kevin, “professor Bratwash” who prefers Leinenkugel’s as his “bratwash” of choice.
Oom Pah Pah (Let’s Polka). Explains the origins of the music and dance with directions and a dance diagram for left-footers. Also, contains links to Polka bands in Wisconsin, and music on the Internet.
The Wisconsin Recipe Pages. Recipes that originated in, or are central to the Wisconsin experience.
Random Ramblings and Links. A collection of assorted links and musings worth noting for Wisconsin information or just general knowledge and amusement.
Regional and World Food. Links to recipes from regional areas of the USA and from around the world (Germany, India, Italy, etc.).
So run on over and explore The Bratwurst Pages.
Now, to conclude today’s entry, I’ll say that since arriving in Door County, Wisconsin yesterday afternoon, Judy and I have been visiting just a few of the quaint villages, parks, shops, lighthouses, beaches, wineries, cherry orchards, and some other really neat places, including Jorns’ Sugar Bush which is the home of Roland Jorns and his maple tree syrup factory and outlet. Tomorrow, we continue our self-guided tour with more of the same. However, I do wish to reference one store we came across earlier this afternoon. It is Greens ‘N’ Grains and is Door County’s first dedicated organic-and natural-foods store located in Egg Harbor. Check out the Greens ‘N’ Grains website.