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Madame Fromage: 12 things to do with your cheese curds

A few Wednesdays ago, I was at the Dane County Farmers' Market when I overheard one vendor say to another, "You know what I like to do with my curds? I wrap them in arugula." A little light went off in my mind. Of course, arugula-wrapped curds. Maybe add a cherry tomato? >More
 Madison eats agenda: More summer fairs and fests, Monty's 20th, Day on the Farm

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Cilantro Bar and Grill ups the ante in Madison

The audience at Isthmus' annual Green Day event was disappointed when Chicago chef Rick Bayless politely declined pleas to bring his renowned Mexican cuisine to Madison. (You can't blame us for trying.) Fortunately, we now have Bayless by proxy. Three alums of Bayless' Frontera Grill opened Cilantro Bar and Grill in late May on Tree Lane on Madison's far west side. >More
 Peapod boats for locavores, kids, and lovers of high tea (recipe)

I spent the last week in Bermuda. This old British colony in the North Atlantic is teeming with natural beauty: blooming gem-tone flowers, skittering geckos, crystal-clear oceans. We were even among the lucky few to see a few elusive tree frogs. It's easy to see why so many Americans make a hop, skip and a jump past the Carolinas to get there. >More
 Cookbook cues: Culinary memoirs by Laura Schenone, Fuchsia Dunlop, and Moira Hodgson

If you had told me a year ago I would be hooked on the genre of the culinary memoir, I would have given you the old doubty face. For one thing, I have never been able to read a page of M. F. K. Fisher's food nonfiction without nodding off, and she is generally considered the gold standard in this area. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Fairs, fests, a fête, and the Fly-In/Drive-In

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Dane County Farmers' Market: Driftless Organics

When Noah and Josh Engel were children, aged nine and 11 respectively, they started a small business selling potatoes. Their original farm was a quarter-acre plot on the Engel family organic dairy farm. As the brothers grew up, their interest in farming never waned. >More
 A new menu at Sundance Madison is hit and miss

I like almost everything about Sundance Cinemas -- the big, cushiony seats, Robert Redford's noble intentions, the fresh-popped popcorn and the smartly curated films. So the fact that the theater hasn't yet managed to serve the kind of food that matches all those good intentions, and that you'd expect from an artisanal cinema, has been frustrating. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Fourth of July festivals, Plant a Row for the Hungry

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Dane County Farmers' Market: JenEhr Family Farm

Paul Ehrhardt and Kay Jensen can trace their families' farming history back for hundreds of years, and are proud to continue that tradition today. Growing up on small dairy farms, they both learned from an early age that a farmer could make an honest living without having a large plot of land or hundreds of animals. >More
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