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    Maple Syrup Season at Sippl’s Sugarbush

    No one has complained more than me about this miserable spring we’ve had, but there’s one group of people around Wisconsin and Minnesota that can’t get enough of this weather. Maple sugarers around the area are having a bumper year compared to the warm temperatures and dismal maple syrup season of 2012. Last weekend we headed back home to Wisconsin to take part in a long tradition in my husband’s family. The thick maple forests around the area where we grew up are some of the best maple syrup producing areas in the state. His uncles, cousins and friends can all be found strapping on snowshoes to haul buckets and steel…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Dark Days Week 11: Maple Sugar Candy

    It feels like I have been planned this week’s Dark Days Challenge for an eternity! During week ll-12, all participants were challenged to create Valentine’s Day Sweets using SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) ingredients. Not an easy task when you start cutting out chocolate! As soon as I saw the challenge in my inbox, I knew I had to make maple sugar candy. The kitchen partner’s family has been in the maple syrup business for as long as I’ve known him. Growing up he’d strap on snow shoes and wade through the deep snow collecting buckets full of sap to bring back to the ‘sap shack’ for cooking. We’re fortunate…