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Virtual Cooking is the New Trend, and Now I Understand Why

I will gladly take any opportunity to cook. Whether it’s casual Wednesday night dinners at my parent’s house or meal-prepping for friends, I will probably be putting on my apron before you’re even done asking me if I want to cook. It’s even better when cooking can be a shared experience: one chops the veggies,…

Deep Into the Surface: Nigerian Cuisine

This week the WUD Publications Committee is hosting events that are showcasing the diversity and intersectionality of Africa. The Dish is preparing two Nigerian classics: Egusi soup and Eba Egusi Soup: A true West African classic. It is specifically enjoyed in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Cameroon. This recipe varies in preparation and…

Six Food-Related YouTube Series for Your Next Binge

When you can’t commit to watching a movie or television show, YouTube is an ideal form of quick entertainment. You’ll probably end up watching an hour and a half’s worth of videos, but, hey, it still feels like you took a short break. As the power to create content becomes more and more accessible, YouTube…

Restaurant Spotlight: Paul’s Pel’meni

If you know me, you know I am obsessed with Paul’s Pel’meni and have been for awhile.My love affair with these dangerously addictive dumplings packed with flavor began on my first gameday my freshman year. Although I love a good hole in the wall, when my friend pulled measide on gameday to this little spot…

Ranking all the Cookbooks I Could Find in My Apartment

If your Pinterest account looks anything like mine, it’s overflowing with blogger recipes that I will never actually attempt. Recipes like Almond Joy overnight oats, one-pan honey garlic chicken and egg roll in a bowl saturate my boards because one time I thought, “hmmmm, I would make that.” And then I absolutely did not. While…

If I Can Make Chris Morocco’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, so Can You

When it comes to sweets, I may be an ice cream enthusiast, a cupcake connoisseur and the ultimate authority on who has the best doughnuts (by the way, it’s Pick ‘n’ Save). One thing I am not is a fancy, or even disciplined, baker.  Precise measuring? Who needs it? Fancy chocolate? Nestle’s semi-sweet chunks will…

The Red Carpet is Going Green

Glamour. Prestige. Celebrities. Distinction. And… (checks notes)… vegetables? As cinephiles debate which films will walk away with the most distinguished prize in film this Sunday at the 92nd Academy Awards, foodies have noticed a groundbreaking trend in award shows that has nothing to do with statues. Recently, major award associations have adopted vegan and plant-based…

Taking it Slow

Slow Food UW serves a sense community and sustainability one meal at a time.  What do you prioritize when indulging in a delicious home-made meal? Is it sustainability and the source of the ingredients? The price tag of the meal itself? Or maybe it’s the overall tastiness of the food. Regardless of what your particular…

Welcome to the Dairy (Free) State

After moving from the East Coast to Madison, Wisconsin has taught me a lot about myself. One, there are people in this world who are genuinely friendly and incredibly patient. Two, eating ice cream in the morning, afternoon, and night is the norm. And did you know, cheese can be incorporated (or forced) into any…

Cooking with Crooners

 From big-swing bands to romantic crooners, this playlist covers all the bases for a jazzy night of cooking (and dancing). A few of my personal favorites: “Just a Gigolo” by Louis Prima A fun song that is guaranteed to get you dancing. The fuzzy harmonies and brass section put this song at the top of…

Soothing the Soul: Autumn Squash Soup

Four years ago, on a crisp Autumn day filled with amber sunlight and cool breezes, my life changed.  Where did this take place you might ask? Tucked away in a cozy booth at a Panera in Delafield, Wisconsin.  I know, that’s not usually a place of earth-shattering discovery, but my taste buds have never been…

From Farm to Glass: The Cider Farm

Settings that support local community have become more valuable than ever. As we walk around the Dane County Farmer’s Market, we notice and appreciate all of the local farmers and business folk that come together to provide their very best product. We cherish their food because it was produced and harvested with love and care,…

Macha Tea Co. : the Community Tea House

Written by Andrew Madison, Features Editor. Places that inspire and provide community are becoming more valuable than ever. We live in a time when, more often than not, it seems our differences are emphasized, instead of our similarities. Considering this, it’s important to have a place to sit, share experiences with others, and remind ourselves…

Pi(e)

Written and photographed by Ethan Winkler. If you happen to be in Northeast Wisconsin on Pi Day, look no further than OJ’s Midtown Restaurant in Gillett for all of your Pi Day celebratory needs. Family owned since 1977, OJ’s has been, and still is, synonymous with being the best place in Northeast Wisconsin to get…

Forequarter: The Quaint Gem of Madison

Written by Lauren Lamothe, Social Media Director. Galentine’s Day. What first popped into your head when you read that? Not having a significant other? Boycotting the holiday with your girls? An excuse to eat extra chocolate? Most likely, those are the first things you think about, but not me. I’m the Hallmark clichè: I live…

Madison Ride-or-Dies Part II: Make-Your-Own Salad at Forage Kitchen

By Lauren Lamothe, Social Media and Marketing Director “Madison Ride-or-Dies” is a series in which our writers and staff write love letters to uniquely Madisonian foods they just can’t live without. So I have this list. It is about 102 items long, and categorized by meal: brunch, casual, fancy, pizza, sweets. Whenever there is a…

Game of Cinnamon

Written by Gretchen Poston. The unmistakable, warm smell of cinnamon effortlessly sets stomachs growling and mouths watering. As the signature flavor of Fall, cinnamon epitomizes cozy cold days and attracts the masses with its sweet and spicy aroma. Whether you pair it with apples, add some brown sugar, or sprinkle it onto a pastry, the…

Seasoning the Season

Written by Jordan Buchanan Owen. Photographed by Kyi Phyu Khaing. To me, fall is a season steeped in nostalgia. I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where fall did not arrive until late November. The sweltering heat remained omnipresent long past the time when Buzzfeed had started publishing pumpkin spice rankings and fall-themed style…

A Good Feelin’ For Gameday

Written by Lauren Anders. Photographed by Xinyi Li. Although we have rivalry, good eats will always bring football fans together. The one word that describes fall to me is football. When I was growing up in the nation’s capital, the months of late August through February were not for pumpkin spice lattes or apple orchards,…

To celebrate, or not to celebrate: a historical look at Thanksgiving

By Genevieve Vahl Thanksgiving: a holiday sodden with tradition. The brisk fall air nips at your nose as you walk up the steps lined with pumpkins leading to the warm glow inside. A sensory overload as family members race to greet you. Smells of fresh baked apple pie and roasting turkey fill your nostrils while…

A Five Course Meal For Your Extra Orchard Apples

Written by Andrew Madison. Photographed by Erika Aoyagi. As the wind grows sharper and the leaves turn orange, apple orchards around Madison open their gates. People flock to them to stroll between the beautiful trees, take pictures with red noses, and pick apples with gloved hands. New couples, groups of friends, and families mingle with…

The History of the Apple Cider Doughnut

Written by Emma McClure. Photographed by Janvi Shah. Looking for a new fall food to try this season? How about a classic that can be found hot and ready at just about any apple orchard? Apple cider doughnuts are the ultimate fall dessert, but they aren’t just a trendy seasonal dish to put on your…

Hubbard’s: A Diner to “Pie” for

Written by Alexa Miller. Photographed by Ally Dweck. It’s no mystery that food brings people together, and Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery is no exception. By using pie as an irreplaceable staple, Hubbard creates an atmosphere of comfort and familial experience for the Middleton community. While incorporating the classic baked dish is not a groundbreaking…

Madison Ride-or-Dies Part I: The Rathskeller Buffalo Wrap

By Matt Shelver, Community Editor “Madison Ride-or-Dies” is a series in which our writers and staff write love letters to uniquely Madisonian foods they just can’t live without. A ritual is truly a funny thing: it is something so cherished and so ingrained in one’s life, yet it can become so regular that the very…

A Porter Pour-over

Written by Grace Miller, Editor-in-Chief. Photographed by Xiaoyue Pu. At first glance, Porter, located in a station on the train tracks at 640 W. Washington Avenue, is a cozy, secluded cafe who takes their coffee very seriously. I walked in and was greeted by the strong, bitter scent of ground beans mingling with a sweetness…

Alice Choi: The Hip Foodie (Madison) Mom

By Sam Karny | Photos courtesy of Hip Foodie Mom  She’s not a professionally trained chef or restaurateur, but thousands of followers from Madison and beyond replicate her recipes, listen to her tips and watch her Instagram stories. Alice Choi is a wife, mom, former advertising and marketing professional and author of the blog Hip…

The Scoop on Babcock

By Libby Schnepf | Photos by Devin Kelly A UW campus delicacy evokes humanistic responses such as nostalgia of one’s first lick of Union Utopia or reminiscent of summers spent on the terrace. But the process behind the sweet and creamy facade is far more technical than taste buds may indicate. Founded in 1951, Babcock Ice…

Food Fight Keeps Local Restaurant Culture Alive

A look into Madison’s premier restaurant group, how they function and why they’re still thriving over 20 years later.   By Sam Karny | Photos by Daniella Byck, Carli Gordon & Devin Kelly   “We are the definition of local,” says the opening line of Food Fight’s webpage—a hub of all things delicious in Madison.…

Thank God It’s Fish Fry Friday

For generations, Friday fish fry has been a staple of Wisconsin culture. Mike Seidel has reviewed over 1,200 fish fries on his website, Madison Fish Fry, keeping the iconically Wisconsin tradition alive. By Daniella Byck | Photos by Daniella Byck Mike Seidel originally considered himself a “prime rib connoisseur.” Growing up in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Seidel’s…

Late Night Menus in Madison

A new take on the midnight snack, Madison’s late night menus are sure to make your stomach growl. By Lauren Anders | Photos by Devin Kelly One might think that the only restaurants that are open on a late Friday or Saturday night would be the stereotypical pizza places. For college kids, this means sitting…

A Taste of Iconic Madison: Chef Tory Miller

By Alexa Miller | Photos by Ally Dweck Chef Tory Miller creates award-winning dishes in his Madison restaurants, but still loves making fried chicken and homemade pasta for his family. Miller’s eagerness to cook began when he worked at his grandparents’ diner in Racine, Wisconsin. Pursuing his passion, Miller took the leap and moved to…

Madison’s Yelp Elites Spread the Local Food Love

By Daniella Byck For the first year and a half of our college careers, my friends and I frequented Los Gemelos whenever our recurring craving for tacos kicked in. In the spring of our sophomore year, a single question changed the course of Taco Tuesday forever: what if we tried a new restaurant? We typed…

Young & Hungry: Jacob Wolf

On a mission to find some of Madison’s young chefs eager to make their mark on the city, the Young & Hungry series spotlights three chefs ready for the challenge. By Elizabeth Geboy | Photos by Elizabeth Geboy On a mission to find some of Madison’s young chefs who were eager to make their mark…

A Jarring Affair

By Olivia Jones | Photos by Daniella Byck In my home, cans are coveted. Thick lipped, glass bodied and tin topped jars line our pantry’s shelves. We collect them year round, peeling off jelly labels, scraping away peanut butter and rinsing out old residues. Without the jars, the success of our day is futile. Granola…

Simply Delicious French Toast

By Annie McGrail | Photos by Claire Burden French toast might seem like a more complicated breakfast to make… but it is very simple! You can even make the egg mixture the night before, to save time in the morning. This tasty breakfast will help you start your day, and who doesn’t love a simple…

Young and Farming with F.H. King

By Daniella Byck | Photos by Daniella Byck The balmy breeze moves through uncurling leaves basking in the powerful afternoon sun. Framed by the curving reeds of emerald green, 20 year old Garden Director Samson Srok is tending to a rectangle of rich, dark soil.  Planted right outside of the growing metropolis and cultivated by the…