Lo & behold, I returned home one day to find another offering from “Hey Popcorn Guy” for the month of July, and it was……Creamy Cucumber! Now I will be honest and say that I thought to myself, what in heaven’s name am I going to do with this? I came up with an idea after some careful thought. In the height of summer, what is something you can hardly give away and grows plentiful in most gardens, you guessed it zucchini!
I was thinking about it a bit more and decided dill would go really well with this recipe as well, and there you have it, a recipe was born. The creamy cucumber popcorn is from “Hey Popcorn Guy”, the Dill olive oil is from Winemaker’s Daughter and the zucchini is from Triple B Produce all of these businesses are in and around Manawa. Check out your local area, lots of fun finds to be had.
Stuffed Zucchini Boats
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 small summer squash, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 mini colored peppers, diced
1 small potato, diced
1 medium zucchini cut in half
2 cups creamy cucumber popcorn
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 to 2 teaspoons Dill olive oil from Winemaker’s Daughter
1 teaspoon butter
Heat up skillet and drizzle olive oil into the hot pan and place butter in pan as well. Place diced veggies into pan and sauté approximately 10 minutes until they begin to soften. Place cucumber popcorn in a food processor with the chopping blade and pulse until the popcorn becomes quite fine. Add popcorn to the skillet, along with the dried dill and salt.
Scoop out seeds from zucchini, scoop out insides and chop and add to the skillet and sauté a few additional minutes. Drizzle olive oil on the cut side of the zucchini halves, and spoon veggie mixture into zucchini halves. Drizzle a bit more olive oil over the zucchini halves and bake in a 13 X 9 pan in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes. You could also wrap them in aluminum foil and place them on your grill.
Enjoy! Stay tuned to our next installment of Operation Popcorn!
Bring your sweetheart, a group of friends, or fly solo!
Grayling will be bringing the full show to Winemakers Daughter for the Sweetheart Serenade this Valentines Eve! This is going to be a very special evening of music, fun, dancing and don’t forget…..WINE! Winemakers Daughter has really great wine and “nibblies” platters to eat. They also serve specialty beers and vintage soda pop! Mirrorless Productions will be there to film the event which is very exciting!! It’s going to be a night to remember!
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!
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.
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!
On Wednesday May 27, 2015 come and have a few “Sips and Giggles” at Winemaker’s Daughter in beautiful downtown Manawa, starting at 7 p.m. This event will be featuring Nick Wallander, Craig Knitt, Steve Sorenson and Sean Yahn! Come on out and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles and a laugh or two. All proceeds will go to fund Saharra Lane’s upcoming People to People Ambassador Program!
We are so excited to report on our blog that the Grand Opening for Winemaker’s Daughter is Saturday March 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. This has been a long time coming, and if I feel that way, you know Jamie and Allen definitely feel that way. It started as an idea on a rambling weekend getaway. An idea was sparked, and ignited into a dream that is coming to fruition. Jamie Lane is indeed the Winemaker’s Daughter; her Father owns Munson Bridge Winery located in Withee, Wisconsin. “Dad is currently bottling wines for us, and eventually we will be bottling our own wines right here at Winemaker’s Daughter. We are starting off with 10 varieties and building from there. Our goal is to offer a casual environment with our tasting room where we will host cooking demos and other fun events. A wine tasting will include 5 wines. You may also enjoy an artisan cheese and charcuterie platter along with your wine. Winemaker’s Daughter is also offering craft beer; flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars as well as Wisconsin made jellies and dips. It definitely has been a lot of fun and hard work getting to this point and meeting a lot of great people along the way. We are so excited to continue this journey here in Manawa with our business. Jamie and Allen would like to thank everyone who has given them positive comments and for the outpouring of friendship and kindness from the Manawa community as well as the businesses. You can find Winemaker’s Daughter on Facebook, on their website winemakersdaughter.com or reach them by phone at 920-596-2992.. Their hours of operation will be Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.