With a tween daughter at home, I’ve given lots of thought to friendships: how they’re made, how fragile they can be, what makes a good one, and so on. While I didn’t especially enjoy those middle school years myself (though it was junior high back then, remember?), I take great solace in knowing that on the other side of 40, I have the best friends I’ve ever had and few of them go as far back as high school or even college. Kids and work have brought me together with those who share interests (food!) and views on life in general.
It is to one of these friends that I dedicate this post. Mary (might be her real name, then again it might not 😉 ) recently invited me to share a cottage with her in Door County, Wisconsin. She knew it as a haven for foodies and figured (correctly!) that I’d enjoy its culinary scene. So I made arrangements to get the kids to and from games, lessons, playdates, etc, and hopped in her car for the road trip to a Goldilocks-like cabin in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Four days later, we turned around and came home, but in that time, we found plenty to eat.
First stop was Door County Confectionery, which was much like any small town touristy candy store. But I’m a sucker for cute (and candy), so I didn’t leave empty-handed.
It wasn’t too many minutes later that I was unable to resist The Singing Donut, a made-to-order donut shop. Any guesses what my Kevin Bacon donut was topped with?
Starting the day with candy, then following it with a donut? The next “meal” could only be pie topped with frozen custard. (In my defense, I spotted this sign on my morning run, so at least burned off a few of my vacay calories.)
I went whole hog and ordered the Sweet Matilda pie, which blew me away with its pretzel crust topped with layers of ganache, peanut butter, bananas, vanilla cream, and whipped cream. Not adding a scoop of frozen custard from a shop named Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard seemed wrong.
Speaking of pie…
This cute shop was as homespun as they come and I was sorry to miss the local farmers’ market held in their parking lot one morning each week.
Cherries are a big Door County draw (as seen above) and they also turned up in the pie served after The Fish Boil (more later on that).
Coffee and a sweet seemed a bit of a theme as we traveled.
With the mention of coffee, I’ll put this post on hold until next week when we’ll talk about the Beverages of Door County. A sneak peekAnd, Mary? Looks like there will be a few more posts dedicated to you. Thanks for a fine trip, my friend. I am lucky to know you.