One of the businesses that I truly wish we had in our town is a bakery; sadly, the one that was here closed before we even moved here. Regardless of our town’s bakery-having-or-not status, we make a point to stop at Oliver’s when we visit Kenosha- and for good reason. I was initially introduced to Oliver’s goodness via my wife’s recommendation. While their doughnuts are some of the best quality I have had, they offer a robust selection for those sweet options, as well. It is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for the classics, but also if you want to consider something less common (they have custard filled, but also are purveyors of a tasty peanut butter and jelly doughnut). I’ve had several doughnuts, and they are always fresh and flavorful.
Oliver’s is more than just exceptional doughnuts. We’re also fans of their muffins- there’s a similarly delicious wide selection here also. I’ve had Kringle from a few different vendors, and I can write with certainty that theirs is also among the best. Particularly, they have plenty of filling (some other Kringles are rather light on this… and someone should not have to think to discern a Kringle filling or flavor! Certainly not a problem here- delicious!)
Our recent visit was on a Friday, and we were surprised to note that they also had fried fish and shrimp. While fish fry in Wisconsin is definitely not a surprise, availability at a bakery definitely was. While we were there selecting our purchases, several customers came in to pick up both fish and shrimp. Upon noting this to my wife’s parents, we were told that an uncle was known to have driven for hours to get their fish fry. Oliver’s website (corroborated by my wife’s parents) notes that this has been available for quite a while. I will have to give it a try next time we are in on a Friday.
In addition to our typical doughnut purchase, we decided to try one of their pies in the refrigerator case- a pecan pie. It truly was an excellent choice. The crust was flaky, and the filling was a perfect sweet complement to the nuttiness of the pecans- without being too sweet (an issue I notice quite often with an average pecan pie). We certainly will be buying one (and more!) again.
If you’re in Kenosha, make sure to stop by Oliver’s. And don’t forget the coupon!
Happy Thanksgiving! There is never a bad time to be thankful and enjoy food (even if you aren’t in the U.S. for this specific holiday)! If you have not yet had your fill of Turkey Day delicacies, perhaps some pumpkin will tantalize… and not that stuff in the can, either:
Hmm… a pseudo-pumpkin is filling our store shelves?
I grew the sugar pumpkin variety this year to a fair level of success. I may have to expand to the additional variety he mentions, as well! I have used pumpkin as a base for a risotto- it can be so much more than dessert… the recipes abound (for slow cookers and more.) And who can forget the not-quite-so-unexpected bonus of toasted pumpkin seeds- sweet or savory? (After saving some to plant for next year, of course.) I enjoyed ours fresh from the oven with a little salt. (Parchment paper was a good tip to keep them from sticking/burning and to cut the fat.)
Dandies (Vegan) Marshmallows (Photo from website)
I found these marshmallows not because I am a vegan, but rather, my wife needed to find an option to bring for a church gathering. We also brought some of these to a party hosted by some of our friends, one of whom is a vegetarian. My wife did some research online and looked for what was available, since we didn’t really have many ideas about what options were out there. She looked into recipes (somewhat time consuming, and we didn’t really have the right materials/equipment) as well as options and this stood out as one of the few vegan-friendly options. We were able to find some at Whole Foods, but weren’t able to find them at our local co-op.
In comparison to typical store-sold marshmallows, they are a little more firm (but not much), but most importantly, they are quite delicious! My wife also thought they had a nicer (more vanilla) flavor, and they passed the S’mores test at the campfire. They browned well, paired well with grahams and chocolate, and got melty, though they didn’t puff up quite as much. Overall, they greatly exceeded what I thought a vegan marshmallow would be and were a welcome equivalent (my wife, I think, liked them even a bit better than ‘regular’ marshmallows!) Our friends agreed that they were tasty also. I would certainly get them again and recommend them to anyone looking for a vegan (or non-vegan) marshmallow!
Twinkies photo from article
Not talking about Twinkie zombies…rather, a way to make your own (via Yahoo Shine) in the face of the news that Hostess is closing. RIP Twinkies… or will they?
“Muffin- it’s like a chef cupcake.” Fabio and Niecy mix up a batch of chocolate bacon muffins. While the Wisconsin State Fair and its chocolate covered bacon is a ways away, make some chocolate bacon muffins! Everything’s better with bacon – and not just Jim Gaffigan thinks so!
(Well, not specifically! But why can’t every day be doughnut day?) Doughnuts are definitely a phenomenon; we love our doughnuts! I recall reading that despite the economy, doughnuts are still a popular item (perhaps because it’s a cheap, tasty, culinary pleasure- affordable for nearly everyone). As Chef Fabio suggests– let’s not worry about calories here. Sometimes desserts are just desserts (“stressed” spelled backwards!), but why limit to dessert? Snacks are ok too! I’ve had doughnuts from doughnut chains, and those tend to be the best- as the grocery store doughnuts I’m accustomed to tend to lose freshness fast. These, prepared by Chef Fabio, are the epitome of fresh! I’d perhaps experiment with cinnamon- there are several varieties available.