Christmas Day is celebrated all around the world with religious and cultural traditions including gifts and gift-giving. At the beginning of the 20th century, Americans began decorating trees with homemade ornaments while the Germans used apples, popcorn, and nuts. Soon after, electricity brought about Christmas lights making it possible for trees to be lit up for days at a time. With such popularity, Christmas trees started appearing in town squares throughout the country and decorating Christmas trees became an American tradition all over the country. Christmas is a holiday filled with fun and excitement. Now is the best time to think about your gift-giving needs at Wisconsinmade.com with three of our top selling gifts.
Danish Kringle is an exquisite coffee-cake made with many layers of Danish pastry, filled with choice pecans, almond paste, or a variety of homemade fruit fillings. Kringle flavors include Pecan, Almond, Cherry, Raspberry, Apple, or Blueberry. Enjoy your kringle now or feel free to freeze it for up to 6 months. Be creative and send your friends and family a variety pack of their favorite kringle. Feel free to mix and match!
Who doesn’t want a taste of Wisconsin? The Nueske Party Basket includes a delicious selection of Wisconsin specialty cheese and sausage in this antique Apple Pail. The assortment includes some of Wisonsin’s best meat and cheese. And with the addition of an antique apple pail, what a great gift to gift to friends or family!
Stuffed with a delicious selection of gourmet popcorn and seasonings, the Rowe Pottery Bowl Gift Set from Fireworks Popcorn is the perfect gift. With a wide variety of kernels as well as popcorn salt and white cheddar cheese flavoring, your recipient will love the assortment and the quality popcorn bowl that comes along with it. Perfect for a movie night on that snowy evening!
Caramel is a fascinating sweet, and is rising in popularity. It is made by slowly heating sugar to around 340°F. The heating process breaks down the sugar molecules which reform into compounds with the color and flavor we now call caramel.
You may not know that making your own caramel is incredibly easy! Start by heating a combination of 2 parts sugar and 1 part water on low heat. Use the biggest pot you have so it doesn’t splatter on you. Stir until the sugar dissolves in the water, then wait for it to turn brown. And… you’re done! Place the pot in ice water to stop the cooking. This is caramel in its most basic form. However, if you are making caramel candy or caramel sauce, there will be a few extra steps with the addition of cream, butter, or milk.
A few caramel-making tips:
- Don’t underestimate the danger of splatter. Caramel bubbles during the cooking process, and it is hot. Be prepared to quickly put your hand under cold water, or wear oven mitts.
- Use white refined sugar. Impurities can disrupt the chemical process of caramelization. Brown sugar or unrefined sugar probably won’t turn out very well.
- If you burn caramel, toss it and start over. You’ll never get rid of the burnt flavor.
- Add sea salt when serving. No matter what you’re using your caramel for, you can add a dash of sea salt for a slightly different (enhanced) flavor. Salted caramel has been a huge trend over the past few years in candies, frosting, caramel apples, cupcakes, and other desserts.
Venison and elk sausage is found in many Wisconsin cupboards during the holiday season. Deer hunting season has started in Wisconsin – bow season is open and the gun season starts Nov 23. For more details you can go to the Wisconsin DNR website.
If you are a not a hunter, but like venison sausage – you are in luck! Wisconsinmade.com has a couple of flavors of Venison sausage for your eating enjoyment. You have a choice of our original flavor, or if you like a little more spice in your life, we have a pepperwurst flavor as well. Venison sausage makes a great appetizer. You can accompany it with some cheese and crackers.
Or, if you want to experiment with some other delectable delights, you could try elk sausage or buffalo sausage. These sausages are fun to try during the holidays -something a little different for your guests to enjoy other than the regular beef or pork summer sausage. They also make a great hostess gift for you to bring to a dinner party – something out of the ordinary that will surprise and delight.
Turkey on Thanksgiving is tradition. The wild turkey is native to North America, but the name comes from the 16th century when the animal was brought imported to Europe from Turkey (the country). After becoming an official United States holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving day feasts quickly developed a trend of serving turkey.
A lean meat! Turkey is now commonly used as a substitute for red meat. With low fat content and high protein, turkey is one of the healthiest meat choices. Compared to another white meat, chicken, a typical serving of Turkey will have 1/5 of the fat, but only 1/3 of the protein.
Feast and Sleep. Feeling tired after stuffing yourself with a Thanksgiving meal is normal. Turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps create serotonin which regulates sleep. However, this common trivia tidbit is very deceiving! In fact, all meat contains comparable levels of tryptophan. So what makes Thanksgiving great preparation for a nap? Carbs. Thanksgiving meals typically offer an abundance of carbohydrates, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, and pie. Carb intake releases insulin, which moves most amino acids from the blood into the muscles. Except for tryptophan, which then has a clear path to the brain to produce serotonin.
Cooking Tips! Thaw your turkey completely before it goes in the oven, don’t baste the bird if you want crispy skin, and let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes after removing it from the oven. This lets the moisture soak into the meat — and nobody wants dry turkey.
Thanksgiving is an American and Canadian traditional celebration of giving thanks for the autumn harvest . The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians.
In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday. To this day, Thanksgiving is celebrated in America on the fourth Thursday of November with a dinner feast of traditional foods. Thanksgiving dinner often includes roasted turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. For more information about Thanksgiving and the History of the holiday, visit history.com and wikopedia.
In my family, our traditional Thanksgiving dinner always included Turkey. Sometimes the side dishes varied but Turkey and dressing were always on our Thanksgiving table. The complimentary dishes for our Turkey included mashed potatoes and gravy, candied sweet potatoes ( my mother baked the sweet potatoes and melted miniature marshmallows on top), and a green bean casserole. Dessert always included a pumpkin pie and an apple pie or a minced meat pie. What delectable traditional foods does your family include in your Thanksgiving dinner?