Category Archives: Manawa Wisconsin

Date night idea

January 23, 2017 by Judy Trull

Perhaps you  are looking for something to do with your sweetheart, what could be more fun than discovering what is included in the Manawa Mystery date together.  An evening complete with dinner, lodging, entertainment and a few surprises and even breakfast the next morning!

Operation Popcorn Finale

December 31, 2016 by Judy Trull

For our final recipe of the popcorn challenge, we are using the salt & vinegar popcorn again and this time using it in a recipe for Scotch Eggs.  For those of you thinking that making scotch eggs means you’re having a glass of scotch while cooking eggs, it is not really that so much as it consists of a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried. Just as with our previous recipe, we decided not to deep fry the scotch eggs, as I don’t own a deep fryer.  So instead we pan fried them and finished them off in the oven.

  • 8 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 package of Jimmy Dean pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup salt & vinegar popcorn
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Cut the roll of pork sausage into 8 equal pieces.  Place the egg on the piece of sausage and mold the sausage around the egg.  Once the egg is encased in the sausage, roll the sausage in the pulsed popcorn/panko mixture.  Place in a hot skillet coated in olive oil and brown on all sides.  Place the skillet in the oven for 10 minutes to finish cooking.  Enjoy!  p.s. these definitely were a hit.



Operation Popcorn 11

December 31, 2016 by Judy Trull

Well as sometimes happen, the time got away from me so here it is December 31st and to end the year with 2 recipes.  I needed to do 2 recipes in December as shock of shocks November got away from me as well.  It seems to just get busier and busier the more holidays come and go.  Well in any case, back to the first of two recipes.  The flavor of popcorn that Brian Busby, aka “Hey Popcorn Guy” dropped off in November was Salt & Vinegar popcorn.  I love salt & vinegar potato chips so I was excited about this challenge.  This was the recipe that I was going to post in November as a way to use those turkey leftovers.  A croquette is a small often rounded mass consisting usually of minced meat, fish, or vegetable coated with egg and bread crumbs and deep-fried.  Although as some of you may have caught on by now, I look at recipes as suggestions, and I baked the croquettes and instead of just bread crumbs, I rolled them in a mixture of salt & vinegar popcorn that I pulsed in the food processor and panko bread crumbs.

Turkey Croquettes

  • 2 cups leftover turkey meat
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 sleeve of butter crackers
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup salt & vinegar popcorn, pulsed in food processor
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

In a food processor with the chopping blade, place the celery and carrot and pulse till smallish pieces, add crackers and turkey and pulse, then add mayo, sour cream and egg and pulse just until combined.  I used a pampered chef brownie pan and sprayed it and placed it in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven and take a scoop of turkey mixture and roll it in a mixture of salt & vinegar popcorn and panko breadcrumbs and press down into pan.  Repeat until all spaces in brownie pan are filled.  Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.



Operation Popcorn, May be yes, May be no

June 1, 2016 by Judy Trull

So for the month of May it is down to the wire.  The flavor of the month is Chocolate Dipped Banana, and yes Hey Popcorn guys sense of humor just keeps on giving doesn’t it?  So with the help of my daughter Morgan, we concocted a plan.  Banana chocolate chip oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches.  And just for a little added bonus, rolled in chocolate dipped banana popcorn.  I have to say that we road tested those ice cream sandwiches, and yes they are delicious.  So check out next month, heaven only knows what Hey Popcorn Guy has in store for us next, always with a twinkle in his eye and a laugh….thank goodness.  Until next month, check out Hey Popcorn Guy on Facebook and see what flavors he is highlighting and where he will turn up next.

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

3 medium bananas, mashed

2 cups quick cooking oats

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.  Add to creamed mixture and combine.  Stir in mashed bananas, oats and chocolate chips.

Grease baking sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  I actually baked these in a jelly roll pan with a silicone liner, for approximately 20 minutes and let them cool.  Then cut them with a biscuit cutter to get the round shape.


Operation Popcorn Easter

March 21, 2016 by Judy Trull

In preparation for our own version of March Madness, Hey Popcorn Guy messaged me at the end of February and let me know that he would be delivering the next challenge soon.  He did sound in the message a tad bit on the devilish side, however I hoped for the best and was pleasantly surprised.  Grandma La La, Hey Popcorn Guy’s better half, dropped off the challenge a few days later, she said it reminds them of Spring.  So being that Spring brings Easter time I thought why not make an edible candy bowl for all those sweet treats.  Any holiday that offers up candy is one I can get excited about so here is the recipe for our edible candy bowl using Citrus Blend popcorn compliments of Hey Popcorn Guy!

1/3 bag of 10 oz. bag of marshmallows

3 Tablespoons butter

6 oz. white chocolate chips

Melt together in a sauce pan the marshmallows, butter and white chocolate chips.  Once melted turn off the heat and add the bag of Citrus Blend popcorn and stir to coat.  Pour into a plastic bowl and with buttered hands, work to form the shape of the bowl.  Let set up.  Remove from the plastic bowl once cooled and fill with your favorite candy.  Enjoy!




Operation Popcorn

January 18, 2016 by Judy Trull

Some of you may have seen one of my Breakfast with Judy video’s on You Tube several months ago, when we made Apple Cinnamon Mini Loaves using Crunchy Cinnamon Honey Pretzel Cookies, which is a product that is carried by Manawa’s own Brian Busby also known as “Hey Popcorn Guy”. At that time, Brian aka “Hey Popcorn Guy” offered me a challenge. Each month in 2016, Brian would choose a flavor of popcorn and drop it off here at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast and I would utilize it in a recipe in some way. I agreed as I thought it would be an interesting challenge and a way to stretch myself as a home cook.
And so Operation Popcorn has begun. Brian has dropped off my first challenge for 2016 in the form of Tomato & Basil Popcorn. I must admit I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how I am going to utilize this interesting and somewhat challenging ingredient.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our first installment of Operation Popcorn.

Operation Popcorn (4)

Tomato & Basil Chicken

2 cups “Hey Popcorn Guy” Tomato & Basil Popcorn
1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin

Place 2 cups of tomato & basil popcorn in a food processor with the chopping blade. Pulse until the popcorn is a fine crumb. Place in a pie plate and add panko bread crumbs, basil and kosher salt.

In another pie plate, crack 2 eggs and beat.

Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound until about ¼” thin.

Dip chicken breast in the egg and coat both sides.

Put into popcorn crumb mixture and turn to coat both sides with crumb mixture.

Place in a frying pan on medium heat with a pat of butter and a drizzle of Winemaker’s Daughter Shallot Garlic olive oil, or the oil of your choice. Fry until a golden brown on both sides and place on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes.

I served this with an Angel Hair Alfredo, and it was YUUUMMMYYYY!

Tune in next time for our next installment of Operation Popcorn!

Winemaker’s Daughter Cooking Demo

May 2, 2015 by Judy Trull

I am so excited to be able to do a cooking demo at Winemaker’s Daughter right here in beautiful downtown Manawa this afternoon at 1 p.m.  I will be making a version of a Kentucky Hot Brown, in honor of our Derby inspired brunch.  Jamie will be featuring a mint julep inspired wine cocktail.  My dish is called “Hot Buttercups” and has many of the classic Hot Brown elements and we are using a few ingredients carried at Winemaker’s Daughter to bring the dish together.  I have included the recipe here and we should be posting the video of the cooking demo within the next few days.  Happy Kentucky Derby day, and cheers to new ideas for brunch!



Cheese sauce
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
Salt and pepper
2 cups milk
¼ cup smoked Gouda cheese grated

In a saucepan, or deep frying pan, melt butter. Once butter is whisk in flour and cook several minutes. Whisk in milk and season with salt and pepper. Stir with a spatula continually until sauce begins to thicken, add grated cheese and continue stirring until the cheese is incorporated.

6 slices of white or wheat sandwich bread with crusts cut off
1 – 2 Tbsp. of butter, softened
½ cup diced roasted turkey breast
¼ cup diced cooked bacon
½ pound smoked Gouda cheese, grated (minus ¼ cup used in cheese sauce)
6 eggs, whisked
½ cup half and half
Bacon olive oil from Winemaker’s Daughter
Penzey’s Smoked paprika
Sliced or diced tomato’s for garnish

Butter the slices of bread and place butter side down into a muffin tin or small ramekin. Brush the inside of the bread with bacon olive oil or the oil of your choice. Add turkey and bacon and grated cheese to each muffin cup. Whisk eggs and half and half together and pour into muffin cups.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 16 minutes just until the eggs are softly set, you do not want to over cook them.
Place on a plate and drizzle cheese sauce over the top and garnish with diced tomato’s.


The newest you tube video….Part 2!

May 1, 2015 by Judy Trull

Now when your wondering what can I use that hollandaise sauce on, here comes the second part of the video.  My take on Eggs Benedict in two ways, one as a vegetarian option, and the second one using one of my new favorite things, spiced pork cutlets!


Drunken’ Junkin’ tour coming soon to Waupaca County!

May 1, 2015 by Judy Trull

Perhaps your looking for something new and different to do right here in Waupaca County.  Here it is, announcing the Drunken’ Junkin’ tour right in the heart of Waupaca County.  Ladies it is more fun to share this time with friends, so gather up the gals and grab your tickets for the Drunken’ Junkin’ tour, complete with stops in Weyauwega, New London, Manawa and Iola.  Have fun seeing all the treasures at Gold n Country and seeking out the unique at Water Street Vintage, Back Again Furniture and a few sips at Winemaker’s Daughter and enjoying the quaint downtown shopping experience of The Flower Pot, Simply Inspired, Old Country Barn and a refueling at Oh My Goodness and complete with a tour and a takeaway of a beautiful Victorian Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Manawa, and so much more!

Mimosa’s and Music for Mom

May 1, 2015 by Judy Trull

Just in time for Mother’s Day right here in downtown Manawa, Winemaker’s Daughter will be offering a refreshing mimosa for Mom and music by Grayling Pingel, a singer/songwriter who grew up on a diary farm in Wisconsin and and has traveled across the United States and lends his own spin on his folk/rock roots.  Come and join us for a beautiful day that is all about Mom’s!