Apple Orchard Season

Organic apples in a basketFall is here!  One of the best parts of fall is visiting apple orchards around the Midwest.  Here is a list of orchards near our Machine Shed Restaurants.  Stay tuned for recipes and ideas to use all the apples you pick!


Des Moines, IA

Center Grove Orchard

Davenport, IA

Stone’s Apple Barn

Rockford, IL

Edward’s Apple Orchard

Pewaukee, WI

Weston’s Antique Apples

Appleton, WI

Hofacker’s Hillside Orchard

Lake Elmo, MN

Aamodt’s Apple Farm

Fall has arrived at the Shed!

IMG_3911Fall merchandise has arrived at The Machine Shed gift shop!  Everything you need from cookbooks, canning materials, decorations and all your favorite pumpkin flavored items.  Make sure to check them out next time you are eating at the Shed!





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Cranberry Twist Bread

ms_cranberry_twist_breadLooking for a great brunch item, or just something delicious to snack on?  Try our recipe for Cranberry Twist Bread from the Now That’s Cookin’ Cookbook! Click here for the recipe, YUM!

Machine Shed Gardens

IMG_3754Our Machine Shed Gardens are in full bloom!  This week we stopped by the Davenport Machine Shed to see what Chef Jeff was picking out of his garden.  These days, he is picking over 50 pounds of tomatoes a day!  He also has plenty of cucumbers and peppers to serve at fresh at the Shed!  Stop in and try some of the fresh vegetables picked from the garden at your local Machine Shed.


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Carrot Cake Recipe

IMG_3746September has arrived, and that means its time to get out our favorite Fall baking recipes.  Click here to get the recipe.

No time to bake and still want a sweet treat?  Stop into the Machine Shed for one of our homemade desserts.


Follow Machine Shed Restaurant’s board Fall Baking on Pinterest.

Basil Eggs and Cornbread Toast Recipe!

ms_basil_eggsHere is one of our favorite recipes for breakfast from our Machine Shed Now That’s Cookin’ cookbook: Basil Eggs and Cornbread Toast.

Click here for the recipe





Spicy Deviled Eggs!

photoNew twist on an old favorite.  Give your deviled eggs a kick!  Start by making your hard boiled eggs the old fashioned way but switch up the filling.

Spicy filling: mayo, Sriracha, chives, and garlic powder.

Top with a pickeled jalepeno and more chives! Yum!

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


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!

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