Last weekend we were lucky enough to be 4 miles away from the launch of the travelling Corning Museum.
Spevco in Pfafftown, NC is an awesome maker of specialized vehicles and opened this exciting event up to the public.
The museum itself is a large semi truck that opens up to a fully functional glassblowing studio! The guys from Corning were there to try it out before it hits the road for it's debut at the upcoming Glass Art Society Conference in Virginia. It was amazing to see these masters at work on the back of a semi truck!
Today we were lucky enough to join Krankies coffee cupping session. I've heard many great things about Krankies and this was the best possible way I can think of to experience this gem!
The building is in an old near packing plant with bar up front, dining room in the center and roasting, packing and tasting room in back. They are a local small batch roaster that processes around 100,000 lbs/year.
We did a blind tasting of 4 styles. On each side of the table was the same bean roasted different ways. It was fascinating to see the variations and even how each changes as the temperature changes. A flavor wheel was present to help those like us with limited palette vocabulary!
My favorite was the Lemu, very rich nutty light roast from Ethiopia. I loved the smell and taste throughout the experience. As it cooled it reminded me of a strong black tea. My husband preferred the darker roasts and since he brews the coffee we went home with a bag of railhead today!
The cuppings will be a regular Friday 10 am offering. We plan to go back as they rotate their beans seasonally.
Besides cupping they have Tuesday night wine tastings I'm looking forward to checking out.
Afterwards we had lunch in the dining room next to their art-o-mat! My husband went with a turkey sandwich special but mine was the winner... I come from Wisconsin so I have had a lot of these in my life but this was the best frickin' grilled cheese sandwich ever!!! It was on a hoagie bun with tomato, red onion, coke slaw and pickles the call the Griddled Cheese Hero. The cheese was provolone that was fried first to make it toasty and golden brown. It was such a unique combination with the cheese itself being grilled and topped with coke slaw and pickles just took it over the edge to greatness. This may be the best sandwich I have ever had!
So besides awesome coffee they had homemade sodas which I love to make as well, I tried pineapple!.. but I was really jealous of those with cocktails as those were beautiful. They have their own garden they grow some of what they serve and just started beekeeping so looking forward to that honey!
This place is a true gem with amazing people that opened their doors to us and made us feel like instant friends. We look forward to many good times here! Check them out at 211 3rd Street East, Winston Salem, NC and be patient with parking, lots of construction going on and not a lot of places for cars.
It's no secret, one of my favorite places back in my home town of Milwaukee, WI is Braise. Their creative use of local ingredients never disappoints. How I came to know Dave and his passion is through his classes when he started the Braise travelling culinary school. My first class with him was in the back of the Outpost about chocolate. I know you can't go wrong with chocolate but he used it in some interesting ways... I'll cover more of that later because today I am craving Indian food! At Braise I took "Braise Basics: Indian Food" in April of 2015 and learned some great basic skills that I thought I could only get at my favorite Indian restaurants.
Chicken Tikka Masala
1/4 cup garlic puree
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup peeled ginger, grated
2 teaspoons ground tumeric
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
4 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk yogurt
2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into strips lengthwise
1/4 cup ghee or vegetable oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
36 ounces whole peeled or crushed tomatoes
2 cups heavy cream or coconut milk
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Create spice mixtures by combining garlic, ginger, turmeric, lime juice, garam masala, coriander, cumin and cardamom in a small bowl. Whisk yogurt, salt and half of spice mixture in a medium bowl; add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill overnight or 4-6 hours. Reserve remaining spice mixture.
Heat ghee in large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, tomato paste and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until tomato paste has darkened and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mixture and cook, stirring often, until bottom of pot begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
Add tomatoes with juices, crushing them with your hands as you add them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until sauce thickens, 8-10 minutes.
Add cream and chopped cilantro, simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 30-40 minutes.
Puree sauce until smooth. Add back to pot.
Optional: preheat broider or grill. Grill or broil until chicken starts to blacken in spots.
Add chicken to sauce and simmer until chicken is cooked through and tender.
Moong Dal Curry
1 cup split yellow mung bean, rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon curry
1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons yellow brown mustard seeds
2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
1 small red onion, peeled and minced
1-2 whole dried red chilis, crushed
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic
1 small tomato, finely chopped
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
Pick through the dal and remove any debris. Rinse the dal thoroughly under running water in a fine mesh sieve. Drain thoroughly.
In a deep saucepan, bring water, curry powder and 1 tablespoon of oil to a boil over high heat. Add dal. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dal is very soft. If the water starts to dry up, add another 1/2 cup water. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium skillet, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds; when they begin to sizzle, add onion. Saute for 7-8 minutes, until onions are well browned. Add ginger, chilies and garlic (tomato if using). Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 8 minutes; add onion mixtures, coconut milk and salt to dal. Bring to simmer, check seasoning and add cilantro, serve.
Garlic & Herb Naan
Yield: approx 20 2oz flat breads
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons yeast
1/3 cup herbs, chopped
4 teaspoons salt
2 3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons garlic puree
2 ounces butter, melted
2 tablespoons garlic puree
1/4 cup herbs, chopped
1/4 cup oil
Combine flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and herbs in bowl of mixer. Whisk together milk and egg and add to dry ingredients. Mix with paddle on slow until a rough ball of dough is formed.
Combine melted butter and garlic puree, then add to dough and mix with paddle on slow until fully incorporated. Place ball of dough into a bowl and place in proofer. Proof until 2-2 1/2 times the original size, about an hour.
Portion dough into 2 oz balls, then roll out with rolling pin until 4-5" in diameter and about 1/4" thick. Place onto floured parchment lined sheet pan and place back into proofer and proof 20 minutes.
Drizzle liberally with oil and place oiled side down on grill. Grill on a low flame. When the bread is easy to handle and is set and browned on one side, flip over. After grilling, brush both sides of naan with herb oil.
Mix to taste. Top any of these dishes with this!
To continue with my peep missing today, here's a review of the 2015 Peep Show at Racine Art Museum. They do a great job of putting together peep art. Lots of great Peeps Inspiration!
Thanks to Newaukee's Young Professionals week today I saw a great presentation on The Laundromat Project in NYC.
Their mission is to make art / wash clothes / build communities. They bring art to where people are and in NYC there are 2700 laundromats so they take it there... drawing, dancing, yoga, and more!
The artists they work with build relationships in neighborhoods they love then introduce art into the neighborhood laundromat.
Artist Sukjohn Hong spoke about her project in Queens where she worked in beauty salons to inspire the community to be creative. She offered creative writing and drawing classes and my favorite was she traded self portraits of people for neighborhood stories. All these things were combined to make a neighborhood magazine!
Being vegetarian, I'm a huge fan of VegNews. I read about all the exciting vegetarian restaurants around the country and wish I was eating there. Last month while reading their list of best veggie burgers I was shocked to find not 1 but 2 in my hometown! How didn't I know about these so called best veggie burgers in the country?! I had to inquire immediately!
#2 Comet Cafe... my favorite! I love their vegan comfort food!
#3 The Eatery on Farwell
"The Eatery on Farwell, Milwaukee, WI
Mushroom enthusiast? You’ll love The Eatery on Farwell’s vegan
Ratatouille Burger. This veggie burger puts a healthy spin on the American
classic with its alternative portobello mushroom cap patty, and packed inside
you’ll find roasted vegetables, Vegenaise, and Teese mozzarella cheese. What
ties this burger together and makes it exceptional is the side of hot crispy
steak fries that are out-of-this-world. I repeat: out-of-this-world."
Agreed, this was a great sandwich but in my opinion not really a veggie burger. It was a mess to eat, the mushroom kept sliding off the bun so I ended up ditching it and eating the stuffed mushroom alone. I think a great veggie burger is a patty of veggies and grains mixed up and paired with a great spread, toppings assembled on a perfect bun.
Here's the full list: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=4954&catId=2
Let me know if you've tried any here... or what did they miss that I should try?
A rainy day in Milwaukee is a great day to get inside the art museum for Art in Bloom. I love seeing an end to winter by looking at the beautiful arrangements paired with a great work of art.
Here's some of my favorites of this year, and the slide show below shows all the great works.
Last year I took most of the Rishi tea series at Discovery World in their thirst lab. It was not only educational but fun and yummy. The only downside was it was difficult to fall asleep on class nights... caffeine overload!
Stay tuned for my recap on the classes I made it to, we missed a few and hope to catch them this year. The schedule is on Discovery World's website.
As my husband and I were sitting at one of our favorite bars eating some of our
favorite Mexican food at Margarita Paradise, he asked me when the first time my family brought him there... my guess was around 1994ish. I remember going there as long as I can remember eating good Mexican food!... many birthday celebrations or impromptu family
gatherings were here.
Right after this conversation the General Manager, Amil Alarcon, came up to us with a card and said "I have to tell you guys something..." those words always make me nervous... as he continued to say they are closing this location sometime this May. We were sad of course and told him of our recent discussion but he promised us it's a good thing. They will be moving into the new construction near the old CBS building on Hawley Road (813 S 60th St in West Allis). They will still make everything from scratch but are expanding beyond Mexican and into more varieties of Latin foods. The building was getting old I guess and the timing was right when this opportunity presented itself. It's a much bigger space, closer to the freeway but they will be missed in the charming building. The Margarita Paradise in the Milwaukee Public Market will not change. We are sad to see them go but looking forward to new celebrations in their new space!
Lobby of Milwaukee Art Museum
Art in Bloom, one of my favorite things at the Milwaukee Art Museum, is here again! It always creeps up on me in the beginning of spring when life seems so busy but it reminds me to take a well needed break to stop and smell the flowers!
Posted here are just a few of my favorites. The slideshow below has the entire collection.
True Milwaukee girl, lived in a multiple areas in the state of Wisconsin and has traveled around the world but always remembers "where ever you go, there you are".