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Best Outdoor Dining in Madison WI

Our guests at The Speckled Hen Inn often ask us to recommend a venue for the Best Outdoor Dining in Madison WI.  It’s a tough call because every year the list of possibilities grows.  Here are just a few of our favorites for the best outdoor dining in Madison WI that are pretty close to the Inn. Summer vacations consist of lazy days: tanning on the beach, shopping down the boulevard, hiking through the woods or maybe even taking in some biking around town. To finish off the day, there is nothing better than a delicious dinner out. The problem? You have to make the choice about where to go and, considering the overabundance of Madison’s restaurants, that can be
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A Foodie Visits Madison

A foodie visits Madison, WI and wants to know our Top Ten Foodie places.    It’s hard to pare the list down to just 10 places and I’ll not even attempt to include places where you could eat.  Here are my picks for the top 10 places for foodies to shop for things to eat, drink, and bless their home kitchens. Dane County Farmer’s Market.  Yes, it is a year-round love affair with all that is fresh and local.  The market is held every Saturday morning.  In the summer months a Wednesday market is added.  In fact, in the summer months there is a farmers market somewhere near Madison every single day of the week. Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier.  Madison’s finest dark
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Beer Bread Recipe for Packer fans

Up here in Frozen Tundra land most Packer Fans will be serving chili on Super Bowl Sunday.  Do you need a special, perfect something to go with the chili?  How about grilled cheddar sandwiches made with Wisconsin Beer Bread?  Here’s the Bread recipe: Wisconsin Beer Bread 3 cups of self-rising flour 3 Tablespoons of sugar 12 ounces of your favorite Wisconsin Beer  (We will be using Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewery) 3 Tablespoons of melted butter. Mix the flour, sugar and beer.  Scrape into a well greased loaf pan.  Pour the melted butter over the top and bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool the loaf and slice into hearty slices.  Make sandwiches with your favorite Wisconsin Cheddar
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Innspiration for your Super Bowl Party

If you need a bit of inspiration for your Super Bowl Party, the innkeepers at the Speckled Hen Inn in Madison Wisconsin have a couple of suggestions for you.  Since Packer fans have a weekend off from watching football this weekend why not head to Madison to check out the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest. Sample some of Wisconsin’s finest craft beers and specialty cheeses and decide which ones you will want to serve at your Packer’s party on Super Bowl Sunday.  There are even a couple of special sessions at the event that you won’t want to miss but need to sign up for early.  At 1:30 the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will pair wonderful Wisconsin cheeses with the
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Can you use ‘blonde’ & ‘chub’ in the same sentence and still be PC?

You can if you have attended Capital Brewery’s Bockfest.  Guests at our Madison WI Bed and Breakfast will be chatting Sunday morning about the wonderful time they had at this annual event. First let me explain about the ‘Blonde” and the ‘Chub’.  Bockfest celebrates the release of Capital Brewery’s Blonde Dopplebock beer.  The ‘chub’ part comes into play mid-afternoon when Kirby gets up on the roof of the brewery and flings smoked chubs into the crowd.  Smoked chubs are delicious smoked 6″ or so fish that are dearly loved by all those who have been fortunate enought to taste one.  Why does Kirby throw fish from the roof?  You will have to go to a Bockfest and ask.  I think
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January in Madison — events to enjoy

Yes, it is cold and there is lots of snow piled around but there is a lot to do this month.  Here’s a quick summary of weekend events in the month of January: January 8-10 is Madison Home Expo 2010 time.  Do you need a little inspiration for an upcoming facelift for your home?  You will find it here. January 9 or 16  Michael Feldman is in town for his WPR radio show, Whad’Ya Know.  If you have never been part of a live audience for a radio program, you have to go.  It’s a hoot!  January 15 and 16, 22 and 23 get out the saddle shoes and head on down to Fort Atkinson to the Fireside Dinner Theatre for Those Fabulous
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