Freelance writer & proofreader

I write about the happy things in life: pets, food, home, family, and gardening. I also cover history, rural life, and horses, and I'm the author of 10 books. Drop me a line at: miraclewelsh@gmail.com

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How Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs became créme de la créme

By Samantha Johnson
You’ll have to wait until Thursday to take a bite of a Wisconsin State Fair cream puff, but in the meantime, sink your teeth into some cream puff history....

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Frozen custard didn't start in Wisconsin—but we're still the custard capital

By Samantha Johnson
Let’s step back and explore the glory that is frozen custard and how it came to be....

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Thanks for everything, Beverly Cleary

By Samantha Johnson

I was 6, and a voracious reader. And on that day, I had a new paperback book. At the top of the cover in big letters were the words "BEVERLY CLEARY."

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Popularity of fish fries has remained steadfast for decades

By Samantha Johnson, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Ah, the Friday night fish fry.
(You just felt a little surge of anticipation, didn't you?)
In Wisconsin, a fish fry conjures up warm feelings of family memories, continuity and tradition, in addition to the warm feeling that a hearty meal provides in its own right.

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Tapping into maple syrup's history in Wisconsin

By Samantha Johnson, Special to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Herring sustains generations of tradition

By Samantha Johnson, Special to the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 27, 2015
Baensch Food Products Co. has been producing the Ma Baensch brand of marinated herring in Milwaukee since 1932.

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How Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs became créme de la créme

You’ll have to wait until Thursday to take a bite of a Wisconsin State Fair cream puff, but in the meantime, sink your teeth into some cream puff history....

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Frozen custard didn't start in Wisconsin—but we're still the custard capital

Let’s step back and explore the glory that is frozen custard and how it came to be....

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Tapping into maple syrup's history in Wisconsin

Maple syrup is more than just a part of Wisconsin’s culinary scene; it’s a connection to our state’s history....

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Popularity of fish fries has remained steadfast for decades

While there are fish fries in states other than Wisconsin, no other state is synonymous with fish fries in the deep-down, deep-fried way Wisconsin is. But how did the tradition of Friday fish fries become so ingrained in Wisconsin culture?...

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Herring sustains generations of tradition

The tradition of eating pickled herring at the New Year migrated to Milwaukee with immigrants from the Baltic Sea region. As we count down the final days of 2015, let’s explore the story of pickled herring through the centuries....

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