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Day 21 - Madison, Wisconsin

So glad to be on the ground! Yesterday, the plane circle the airport until they used up all the gas. One of the landing gears was stuck. Of course, Ziggy slept all the way through the ordeal. It was just as well. She would have been a basket case.

When we did land, it was really something. The pilot did a great job and after the plane stopped, everyone applauded. That's when Ziggy woke up and meowed to me, "What's everyone cheering about?" I told her, "Because we're in Madison, Wisconsin. That's why. Did you know Wisconsin was the 30th state in the USA and it became a state on May 29,1848?"

That's when she reached into her bag and put on her Wisconsin hat.

Located between two gorgeous lakes, Madison is Wisconsin’s state capital and home to University of Wisconsin, Monona Terrace Convention Center, and the Madison Civic Center. Touted time and again as one of our country’s finest cities, Madison has plenty to offer visitors no matter the season.

We met a few super subscribers there. There was Janne and Dot and they told us that we should find some cobbler while we were in Wisconsin. She said they were famous for their cobblers so we set out to find one.

His name was was Henry Lalamondier. He told us that what our friends Janne and Dot probably meant for us to have while we were in Wisconsin was some Wisconsin Crunchy Apple Cheddar Cobbler. Sheesh. But before we left, we asked him how long he was a cobbler, how long he lived in Wisconsin, and what it meant to him to be an American.

He said he had been a cobbler all his life as was his father and grandfather. He said, "My Grandparents came over from Holland back in the late 1800's. Their dream was to live the American Dream. The dream was to have the future generations of their family living in a land of plenty and freedom. I am grateful to my Grandparents and my country for everything. Now, for the cobbler, go down to Otto's. Otto's Restaurant and Bar, located on the west side of Madison, features the ambience of an 1870's farmhouse, framed by large, towering oak trees. They have some pretty good cobbler there. Tell 'em I sent ya!"

So that's where we went after we said our goodbyes.

Don't let the cheddar fool you. It gives this cobbler just the right bite. Yum. Here's the recipe.

Wisconsin Crunchy Apple Cheddar Cobbler
Serves 8

Apple Layer:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
6 cups peeled, thinly sliced firm, tart apples
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup cashew halves

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter melted
1/4 cup milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Oil a 9 inch square baking pan. Apple layer: Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon in bowl. Toss in apples, dried cherries and cashews. Place in baking pan.

Mix cheddar, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Mix melted butter and milk in small bowl; stir into flour mixture. Spoon over apple mixture. Bake until puffed and golden, 25-30 minutes. Served warm with ice cream.

We were told had to get some cobbler while we were in Wisconsin
But instead of having cobbler, we met a cobbler,
And the rest is history they say.


OK. This time we're driving. We're going to Des Moines, Iowa and I am sure we'll get to see the midwest at it's finest along the way. See ya tomorrow in Des Moines.


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