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!)



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



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

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

August Cookbook Club!


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?

Corn Dogs!

ms_corn_dogIt’s State Fair season, and with State Fairs come food on a stick!  The Machine Shed has served up everything from Chocolate Covered Bacon on a Stick, to the Fry Dog on a Stick, and this year at the Mississippi Valley Fair we are even serving Meatloaf on a Stick!

You can make one of the most well known recipes on a stick at home, a corn dog.  Click here for Machine Shed’s very own recipe from our Now That’s Cookin cookbook.

Summer Events!

airshowThe Machine Shed Restaurant will be participating in many fairs and events this summer.  From serving the famous Krispy Kreme burger at the Wisconsin State Fair to serving food at the worlds largest air show, we hope to see you soon!

Come see us at….

EAA Airventure July 27- August 3 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Come check us out at the worlds greatest aviation celebration.

Mississippi Valley Fair July 29-August 3 in Davenport, IA.

fairWisconsin State Fair July 31-August 10 in West Allis, WI.  This year we roll out a new fair food-Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Melts!

Boone County Fair August 5-10 in Belvidere, IL.

Iowa State Fair August 7-17 in Des Moines, IA.  This year we will be at the Varied Industries Building with the Iowa Food and Family Project on August 15!

Cookbook Club-Spaghetti Pie!

It’s the first week of our Cookbook Club!  We selected The Old Farmhouse Kitchen as our first cookbook, because come on, that’s so Shed!  367_MS_Cookbook_Club_Eblast

Wondering what the Cookbook Club is all about?  Each week we will show you our experiences cooking from the selected cookbook so that you can get a feel of the type of recipes available, and the unique ways you can mix up the recipe to make it your own!  Now, we can’t share the recipes, (because that wouldn’t be fair to the authors) but we will entice your tastebuds with great photos of our adventures in cooking.  We will also have giveaways at the end of each month.  To enter, simply share a picture with us with you and your cookbook on our Facebook page as you cook along with us each month!  Don’t have a Facebook?  That’s ok, send the picture to and we will post it for you!

This week we selected the recipe Spaghetti Pie.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can use leftover spaghetti and incorporate a few extra ingredients for an easy weeknight meal!  We added a mushroom cream sauce to give the recipe some extra flair!  Check out our photos and share yours with us!


Click on the pictures below to see what we made!



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