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Top 12 Recipes of 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve! As I’m switching my planner to 2013, it seems like I was shopping for a 2012 planner at Target just yesterday. This year seemed to move at lightening speed — with a new nephew, new jobs, new friends, new gym, new home projects and a whole lot more. Yes, 2012 was an awesome year, but I feel strangely optimistic that 2013 will be even better :)


Since the countdown is happening tonight, I thought I would do my own. Here are my Top 12 Recipes of 2012.

#12) Coffee Rum Chata

#11) Canned Apple Pie Filling

#10) Stuffed Pepper Casserole

#9) Tamale Pie

#8) Homemade Marshmallows

#7) Oreo Rice Krispie Treats

#6) Corn and Scallion Sourdough Pancakes

#5) Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Bread

#4) Spicy Tomato Peanut Butter Soup

#3) Japanese Eggplant Parmesan with Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce

#2) Chicken Enchilada Soup

#1) Shrimp and Grits

Question: What is your favorite recipe from 2012? Links welcome!

Adventures at Wine and Dine Wisconsin + Giveaway Winners!

I’m so sorry I was MIA for my Thursday Things (I was even hoping to make it up with some Friday Things but no cigar). Last week was literally insane. Don’t worry, I’ll explain later. Just stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this week!

I’ve been looking forward to this past weekend for awhile. The lovely folks over at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (they sponsored our cheese road trip this summer) gave me a few tickets for Wine and Dine Wisconsin, which they also sponsored. It takes place over two days, Saturday and Sunday, at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee. The venue is gigantic and was filled with food, wine and beer galore. Each guest was given a commemorative wine glass for tasting throughout the event.

Just like at Milwaukee Brew Fest, I gravitated toward Cider Square like white on rice (sorry, I just love that phrase and thought it needed a cameo on the blog). I discovered a new favorite – Hornsby’s.

The Nueske’s booth and a mystery appetizer from Molly Cool’s

Although Wine and Dine has a good selection of food (and especially cheeses), I thought the sweets to savory food ratio was a little off. I would have liked to see a wider variety of “real food.” There is a separate section called Critic’s Choice where you pay $19 extra to gain access to 30 additional restaurants (ticket prices for general admission are $45 in advance and $55 at the door). I’m sure the VIP section gave more savory options, which would have changed my opinion.

Bacon jam crostini from the Rumpus Room

You could also buy some really unique wine racks from The Barrel Broker. I just love that one on the far right — how elegant if you had a real dining room.

The gadget I was most impressed with was the Verismo from Starbuck’s (Oh, and I’m smiling like a crazy person because I sneaked a coffee for the second time that day and felt like a bandit). This appliance makes single-serving lattes in about a minute. I’d love to put this baby on my desk along with my Capresso electric tea kettle, but the Verismo starts at $199 and  you can only buy Starbuck’s special pods. Still, this thing was pretty cool.

The Pasta Shoppe Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered my holiday gift box giveaway for The Pasta Shoppe. The winners are Sarah, Lisa and Sun! Please send me your mailing address to so you can get your prize asap!

Question: Do you own a single-serve coffee machine? Do you think it’s worth it?

Quark, Cocktails and Crate Projects

Happy Monday! This weekend was packed with more activities than the entire rest of last week. Lots of friends and family time, DIY projects, cooking and getting my baby fix.

On Friday we headed over to Brittney and Ryan’s for an appetizer/dessert party. I probably ate my weight in jalapeno cheese dip and mini meatballs (which I am waiting patiently for the recipes!). If Brittney posts them I will definitely mention the links. I have never made meatballs before (shocking, I know), but I could totally see myself making those for a meatball sub sandwich or part of a pasta dish.

In addition to fabulous food, we also shared some fabulous drinks. My favorite of which featured Rum Chata, made right here in Wisconsin. For those of you who’ve never heard of this liqueur, it’s like drinking the milk from Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I first tried this as a shot at a wedding this summer, but I thought it was so good that I wanted a whole drink out of it.

I started playing barista in their kitchen and created this beauty.

Photo courtesy of Brittney


Needless to say, it was a longer night than what I am used to. I may or may not have fallen asleep on their couch in a dip coma or snapped at Brenton for shaking my leg. Opps.

Despite Friday’s events, I woke up early on Saturday refreshed and ready to tackle a bunch of to-dos. I made a cheesecake, did some crafting, went to the farm stand for squash and the apple orchard before going on a 6-mile run. All was well besides the runner’s knee that decided to come back, which means more PT exercises. Will I ever be rid of those?

After all that craziness, we headed to my parent’s house to sand and stain some crates to make our Pinterest Coffee Table (I first blogged about doing this DIY project here). We still have a lot to do, but we are making progress!

I also got a chance to hang out with this little blonde boy.

Tristan can officially crawl, and it is the cutest thing ever. He loves puppies, namely Oliver. I try to introduce them as much as possible because Oliver is skittish around kids. He didn’t seem too concerned that Tristan is now mobile, which is a good thing.

On Sunday, an article I wrote on quark was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (Quark is a German cheese that tastes like a cross between cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. The only Wisconsin producer is Clock Shadow Creamery, a local urban cheese factory in Milwaukee.).

And according to Karis, it may be responsible for creating a shortage at Woodman’s.

Now that’s what I call an article success!

Question: Has anyone ever tried quark?

What was the best think you did this weekend?

Welcome to She's on the Run! I'm Alysha, a copywriter and food writer living in Milwaukee. I live to run, write and explore wonderful food - this blog is how I find balance while constantly being on the run. Feel free to reach me at with any questions or comments.
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