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Bake up a storm of Door County-inspired desserts! Bake Sale recipes are designed to evoke the sensory experiences of a trip to Door County: shopping at farmers markets, taking in the beauty of the cherry blossoms, plucking autumnal fruits from orchard trees, indulging in brunch, or sampling the wares at local bakeries. From fresh berry pies and cherry-laced cookies to syrup-covered pancakes and traditional gallettes, Bake Sale recipes allow you to re-visit the sweetness of Door County from your very own kitchen.
Few culinary delights capture the sights, scents, and tastes of Door County quite like the region’s iconic cherries. From the excitement bred from the early-spring budding and blossoming to the mid-summer profusion of cherries in local farmers markets, Door County is unmatched in its passion for the sweet, tart fruit. The diversity and creativity of the cherry-infused cuisine in the Door County Recipe Book demonstrate this passion for all things cherry and can move you to whip up your own unique, Door County-inspired treats.
In Door County, we take our fruits and veggies seriously, and we’ll take them in any form. Sometimes produce will anchor a meal—think corn-jalapeño chowder or pickled-cherry and cranberry salad—and sometimes they’re used as show-stopping appetizers, such as the chive- and ricotta-stuffed cherry tomatoes. Whether savory, earthy, sweet, or tart, the vegetable-based and fruit-topped recipes in this collection are designed to fill you up with the best our farmers markets and local grocers have to offer.
Visitors travel from far and wide to experience the iconic Door County fish boil in all its fiery, fishy glory. But the love of lake-caught fish doesn’t end there. Dishes made with whitefish, walleye, trout, salmon, and bass are common sights on local dinner tables and restaurant menus. This collection of elegant fish-based recipes is inspired not only by the abundance of seafood and lakefish on local plates, but the plentiful lakes, bays, and waterways that sustain Door County in so many ways.
Love it or just like it, Wisconsin is best known for its devotion to meat and cheese, and Door County’s wealth of artisan cheese shops and restaurants peddling steaks, burgers, and cured meats only reinforce this. Whether you’ve got fresh beef ribs begging to be paired with cherry wine or soft, herbed cheese calling to be dressed up for a party, Door County’s collection of recipes featuring meats and cheeses can help you craft the perfect appetizer or entrée.
True to the region’s European and Scandinavian roots, we’ve assembled a smörgåsbord of mix-and-match appetizers, soups, salads, snacks, and sides that can add a Door County-style flourish to special occasions and everyday meals. Nourish you and yours with wholesome maple-cinnamon applesauce or enjoy an adults-only beverage with a bloody mary or a long-standing Wisconsin tradition: the brandy old-fashioned. No matter the occasion or night of the week, you’re sure to find a satisfying recipe that transports you back to the peninsula.
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