Iowa State Fair



frontThis year The Machine Shed was excited to work with The Iowa Food and Family Project out at the Iowa State Fair.  The Machine Shed Team helped to spread the word about where our food comes from and the importance of supporting local farmers.

The best part was seeing The Machine Shed building built into a GIANT sand sculpture right at the fair!shed

Cookbook Club!



51eNepQoodLThis week we are featuring the Pizza recipe from page 154.  What we love most about pizza is its versatility, it can be a vehicle for SO MANY flavors.  This recipe is great because it gives the recipe for the sauce and the dough, but leaves the toppings up to the creator!  Whatever you have fresh from your garden is fair game!

Check out our Pinterest board for ideas on what to put on your pizza!  Don’t forget to cook along and share your photos with us on Facebook or by emailing mhoaglin@hoari.com.

 

Follow Machine Shed Restaurant’s board Pizza! on Pinterest.

Wisconsin State Fair



cheddar meltsThis year we had a blast at the Wisconsin State Fair!  Our fair food was a HUGE hit!  Who could resist Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Melts.  Check out our photos from the event, and try to hold out your excitement until next year to see what we create!

Cookbook Club



51eNepQoodLThis weeks edition of the Cookbook Club features the recipe for Wild Mushroom Lasagna on page 271.  As usual we mixed it up a bit to suit us!  Since work nights can be busy, instead of a lasagna we made a pasta bake using rotini!  Saves plenty of time but doesnt sacrifice taste.  Also, we added artichokes and spinach to kick up the flavor. ( We also used some extra onions and garlic, can you blame us? YUM!)

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Remember to buy your cookbook and cook along with us!  Send your photos to mhoaglin@hoari.com or post them to our Machine Shed Facebook page.  Happy cooking! (and eating!)

 

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EAA Airventure



eaaThis year The Machine Shed in Appleton took part in EAA Airventure, the world’s greatest aviation celebration.  They served up great food to visitors and fed 1200 sponsors daily.  Check out our photos from this great event!

Cookbook Club!



51eNepQoodLWelcome to month two of our Cookbook Club!  This month we thought it was perfect timing to feature a cookbook all about making meals fresh from your garden.

First up?  We made the author’s Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Salad with Artichoke Hearts found on page 135.  Why did we choose such a simple recipe?  Because not only is it delicious, but so versatile!  There are so many simple ingredients and variations of this salad. Garlic, tomato and basil

For example:  You could add prosciutto, you could serve it atop a chicken breast, you can add leafy greens or arugala, or even turn it into skewers for the perfect appetizer!  The list goes on and on.  Check out our Pinterest board for more great ideas.  Just like last month, pick you a copy of the cookbook at your local Machine Shed and cook along with us!  Be sure to share your pictures on Facebook or send them to mhoaglin@hoari.com.

Follow Machine Shed Restaurant’s board Caprese for days! on Pinterest.

August Cookbook Club!



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More State Fair Fun!



ms_friesWho could say no to another State Fair food favorite?  French Fries!  At the fair french fries are served in a variety of ways, plain, with catsup, loaded with cheese and bacon…just to name a few!

The skies the limit with what you can top you french fries with, here is our recipe from our cookbook Now That’s Cookin!

 

 

 

 

Repurpose old candles!



candleHave you ever noticed that when you finish burning a candle there is always wax left at the bottom?  Well here is a great way to get all the bang for your buck out of your candles!

 

 

 

waxWhen your candle burns out, let the wax dry and then place the candle in the freezer.  Within 3-4 hours the candle will freeze enough that the leftover wax will release from the candle jar (it might need a little tap or assistance from a knife or other small object).

You can then use this wax in your wax burner!  Ingenious!  

More State Fair Fun!



ms_caramel_cornState Fair season continues!  So, in honor of that we will continue the State Fair food recipes!  Not all great State Fair food is on a stick, so this week we are featuring Caramel Corn that you can make right at home from our Now That’s Cookin cookbook.  Click here for the recipe!

What is your favorite fair food?

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