Monday, September 8, 2008

Wisconsin Cherry Country

Named one of the nation's 10 best vacation destinations, by Money Magazine, Door County, Wisconsin is a vacationers' paradise. If you also love cherries, then this is definitely your kind of place. From brilliant crimson to black-red, you'll find cherries on food and beverage menus throughout 'the Door.' Located between Lake Michigan and Green Bay, the county can produce up to 13 million pounds of cherries by mid-summer.

That's enough fruit for more than two-dozen pies from each and every fruit-bearing tree on the peninsula and adjacent islands. But inside pies isn't the only place you'll find cherries in Door County. At the Savory Spoon Cooking School, chef/owner Janice Thomas may pair pork loin with fresh cherry sauce or combine wine-soaked dried cherries with roasted apples, pecans and Wisconsin Blue cheese, in a dynamite salad.

Across the watery expanse known as Death's Door, chef and co-proprietor, Leah Caplan, may whip up a light-as-air crepe filled with creamy local goat cheese and topped with a fresh cherry sauce at The Washington Hotel, Restaurant & Culinary School. Or you can sip freshly pressed cherry juice and wine at Orchard Country Winery. Scrumptious doesn't do Door County cherries justice.

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