Manie

Well, it’s official, Fall is here! I’m trying to enjoy what comes along with the crisp autumn weather (sweater dresses) and hold on to what we’re leaving behind (blue skies).

View of Milwaukee from US Bank Observation Deck

View of Lake Michigan from the observation deck at the US Bank building. Normally the observation deck is closed, but thanks to Doors Open MKE we got the chance to check it out.

Nate Berkus for Target Basket -- Dog ToysA new toy basket for Beatrix since she was under the impression her last toy basket was, in fact, a toy as well.

Romeo & Juliet Couture Sweater Dress

Navy blue & mustard yellow sweater dress to get me in the Fall spirit. Romeo + Juliet Couture from TJ Maxx

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Grilled Potato & Corn Chowder with Dumplings

Grilled Potato and Corn Chowder with Dumplings

It’s Fall. It’s windy and a little bit rainy and I need dumplings.

My ma always makes them with bisquick, parsley & sharp cheddar so that’s what is happening here. Easy and simple. The chowder, on the other hand, is a little bit labor intensive and a little bit terrible for you, but I promise, it’s worth it. You don’t need to make the dumplings, the soup is actually made to stand alone, but like I said, I needed dumplings.

 

Grilled Potato & Corn Chowder:

1 lb Red Potatoes, quartered
3 tb Butter
4 ears Corn
3/4 cup Onion, finely chopped
4 cups Milk
1/2 cup Half-and-Half
2 sprigs Thyme
3 tb Chives, finely chopped
Salt & Pepper

Grill corn and potatoes until slightly charred. Cool slightly and cut kernels from cobs. Process 1 cup of the kernels in a food processor until smooth. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch cubes.

Melt butter in a sauce pan and add onion. Saute for a few minutes and season with salt & pepper. Add potatoes, corn kernels, pureed corn, milk, half-and-half, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until potatoes are just about cooked through. Season to your liking. Follow below instructions for cooking dumplings in the soup. Remove thyme sprigs & add chives.

For the dumplings:

2/3 cup Milk
2 cups Bisquick
2 tsp Parsley, minced
3/4 cup Sharp Cheddar, grated

Mix all ingredients until moistened. Drop walnut-sized pieces of dough into soup. Cover and cook until dumplings have puffed and are fully cooked.

 

“Corn chowder. That’s an interesting choice. You do know that cellulite is one of the main ingredients in corn chowder.” – The Devil Wears Prada

Manie

This week I’m re-visiting some things that made me happy around my 25th birthday a short while ago. Oh and those things are mostly food, as usual.

Tattly Temporary "Love" Tattoo

Pretty temporary tattoos from Tattly make me feel like a little girl and a badass at the same time. What do you think? Should I turn this temporary tattoo into a permanent one?

Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts, Milwaukee

Holey Moley these doughnuts are good. This new shop in the third ward will be to blame for my future cavities. Full Holey Moley post coming soon!

Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub, Vegetarian Tasting Menu, Milwaukee

A vegetarian tasting menu from Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub including a tomato salad, beet salad, Moroccan tagine, and fruit salad.

The Autumn Ten

The Autumn Ten

Early this summer I made myself a little to do list of things I wanted to experience or accomplish. I didn’t quite get to everything, but it reminded me to take time to enjoy the season. For Autumn, I’m sharing my list with you!

1. Go Apple Picking at Harvest Time Orchards (they allow dogs). All of the orchards are already picked clean 😦

2. Throw Beatrix into a pile of leaves to watch her play. She’s more of a leaf chaser, as it turns out.

3. Make Caramel Apples & buy Apple Cider from the farmer’s market. Caramel apples didn’t happen (which is probably good news for my teeth), but the cider was a lovely treat although not from a farmer’s market.

4. Visit Potosi Brewing Company. Oh maybe next year.

5. Have a night of stargazing & a campfire. This would be a lot more feasible if I had a backyard…

6. Stock up on produce at the farmer’s market & freeze for winter.

7. Host a Superbowl Party. (I realize this is more of a Winter thing, but it’s part of my current bucket list. Football just feels like Fall to me.) We had a mini party with our friend Joe and a big pot of Bryce’s drug lord chili. What is drug lord chili, you ask? Secret recipe!

8. Make a Sweet Gin Symphony with Great Lakes Distillery Absinthe. Just nope.

9. Make some Fall Floral Arrangements based on some inspiration here. I had lots of flowers, but none needed much arranging.

10. Donate summer clothes I didn’t wear.

Brew Review: Upland Brewing Co. Wheat Ale

Brew Review: Upland Brewing Co. Wheat Ale

Welcome to Affichomanie’s first brew review. I’m not sure why it took this long for me to start sharing & recommending delicious beers considering the Ulmer household is rarely without new beers we’re trying. But alas, here we are at numero uno.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Brew City lady, but I find it thoroughly irritating when people are surprised I drink/have good taste in beer. Now come on, ladies! I know you drink beer. And I’m assuming you want to drink a beer that doesn’t taste like watered down cat pee just because you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into with those crazy sounding (and sometimes hard to pronounce) beers. Let’s not be those girls ordering Miller Lite, alright? (Unless you legitimately like Miller Lite, in which case, no judgment.)

Now I’m no expert, but I’d like to think I know a good beer when I taste one. I’m going to keep it simple here. Is the beer good? Yes or No. Should I eat it with pie? Yes, always yes. Can you describe the mouthfeel? No, stop being so fancy. (I actually talked to Bryce about what I was going to write and he said I should talk about IBUs so I literally did have to say, “No, stop being so fancy.” Keeping it real, yo.)

With all that being said, let’s get tasting!

I’m starting you off reaaaaallll easy with a light and very drinkable Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Co.

Brew Review: Upland Brewing Co. Wheat Ale

 

Beer: Wheat Ale

Brewery: Upland Brewing Co.

ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 4.7%

Price: $8.99 for a 6 pack (On sale from $9.99 at Whole Foods!)

Drinkability: Easy Peasy

Tastiness: I found this beer to be pretty de-lish and was surprised at the very light spice flavor it had.

Serve with: Veggie Burger & Fries

Tips: This beer is unfiltered so it will be a bit cloudy. Poor it into a glass my friend, you don’t want all that goodness just sitting on the bottom of the bottle.

 

Manie

 

 

Cheese BoardTiny treats from Whole Foods. I hope you have all taken advantage of the scraps at the cheese counter. I’ve tried so many cheeses that I wouldn’t have even attempted (or been able to afford) thanks to the tiny treats. Here we have Brie with Mushrooms, Quadrello di Bufala, Habanero Cheddar, 20 month Cheddar, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

 

Irish Terrier Puppy Love

Uh oh! Mama caught me chewing on her messy hair!

 

Rifle Paper Co Calendar

It’s a good month to be a Cubs fan with this Rifle Paper Co calendar.

 

Homemade Rustic Peach Hand Pies

Homemade Rustic Peach Hand Pies — here’s the recipe. (Their pictures are way more beautiful than this one.)