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This homemade breakfast poutine, inspired by Goodkind restaurant in Bay View.
This homemade breakfast poutine, inspired by Goodkind restaurant in Bay View. (Photo: Lori Fredrich)

Kitchen copycat: Goodkind's breakfast poutine

I owe a great deal of my home cooking inspiration to social media. Take for instance, the post from Goodkind restaurant I ran across last weekend on Instagram.

My first instinct was: "Whoa. I’ve got to get there and eat THAT."  But, a quick look in my wallet told me that staying home was the more prudent thing to do (after all, it’s not like I would stop with poutine; I’d have to get one of their great brunch cocktails and then…)

I’ve made an occasional habit of recreating restaurant dishes at home. And I’ve had pretty good luck with both the artichoke a la mode pizza from Pizza Man (I was suffering from withdrawal when the original restaurant burned down) and the Stendler burrito from Comet Cafe (which is the best way -- ever -- to use up leftover corned beef).

Most recently, I replicated the salted honey pie from Honepie Cafe -- mainly because they don’t put it on their menu half as often as I’d like (OMG, so good).

So, I looked around my kitchen to see what ingredients I had on hand.

Potatoes – check.

Eggs – check.

Milk – check.

Breakfast sausage – check.

Cheese curds – check.

All the necessary components were there, with the exception of the arugula (but I had kale and parsley in the garden, so I figured I’d just make a quick substitution in that case). And I always like a nice excuse to drag out the deep fryer.  So, the challenge was on.

I chopped up some of the Yukon Gold potatoes in my pantry, and then soaked them for a good half-hour (could’ve gone longer, but I was hungry). Then I gave them a good drying with kitchen towels and left them to air-dry the rest of the way. In the meantime, I fried up some breakfast sausage and made a quick milk g…

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Give to The Women's Center and get a cocktail at Central Standard Distillery's anniversary bash.
Give to The Women's Center and get a cocktail at Central Standard Distillery's anniversary bash.

Give of yourself and get a cocktail in return

The food and beverage industry in Milwaukee has "sploded" (as my niece would say) over the past few years. Seems brand new restaurants, breweries and distilleries are cropping up all over. And that’s pretty exciting.

It’s also exciting, for me, when I see some of those businesses giving back to the community (my heart "splodes" a little just thinking about it).

Such is the case with ​Central Standard Craft Distillery, who will celebrate its first year in business on July 24, 2015 by collecting donations for The Women’s Center, an organization that has been working since 1977 to provide a wide range of free and comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. [Read more about them here.]

The Deets

They’ll be doing so at an event at the Distillery (613 S. 2nd St.) on Friday, July 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

During the anniversary celebration, if you bring a donation for The Women’s Center (see the wish list of items they need below), you will receive a ticket for a free signature Central Standard cocktail.

It’s a win-win for everyone. You can do good for others -- and celebrate another of our great Milwaukee businesses -- while also kicking back and starting off your weekend with a little tipple. Rumor has it there will also be live music, food trucks and cool give-aways throughout the event.

Bourbon Pre-Orders... Oh, yes!

Oh -- and if you’re a bourbon lover like me -- you’ll also be interested to know that they’ll be taking some of the very first pre-orders for their Bourbon Whiskey -- which has been aging quietly in charred White Oak -- at the event. The bourbon's grain bill is approximately 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% barley, and it has been aging for just over a year. Rumor has it that the spirit has rich caramel notes with a bit of fruit and spice from the rye. It’s been a long wait for this one, but I’m excited to get my first taste of it.

Now, take a look at this list and start thinking about what to bri…

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You could win a box of filled with cheese curds and other cool stuff.
You could win a box of filled with cheese curds and other cool stuff.

Curd is the word: Enter the awesomely squeaky cheese curd giveaway

If you don't love cheese, look away from the screen right now.
But, if you do, you're going to want to keep reading all the way to the end of this article.

Why?
Because that's where I'm going to tell you how to win an awesome box of cheese curd paraphernalia just like the one you see up there ^^^  (the box includes a big bag of fresh cheese curds, a beer coozy, a t-shirt, a magnet and a coupon for buy-one-get-one-free cheese curds from Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, the official "cheese curd capital of Wisconsin").

But, first things first. If you call yourself a Wisconsinite, you owe it to yourself to head over and visit EatCurds.com.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has really outdone themselves with this site, which focuses on everything you ever wanted to know about cheese curds. Like a tutorial on how cheese curds are made.  Or how about information on how to keep your curds fresh or what some of the best places are to find them?

You can also check out delicious cheese curd recipes like: 

I know you're getting hungry just thinking about it.

But, before you head off to Clock Shadow Creamery to get yourself a fresh bag of cheese curds, be sure to ENTER THE CONTEST.

Winners (94 of them total) will be randomly selected daily all summer long. Ends September 22, 2015.

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A photo with Bumstead Provisions window cat could win you passes for two to the grand opening.
A photo with Bumstead Provisions window cat could win you passes for two to the grand opening. (Photo: Bumstead Provisions)

Meow: Take your photo with Bumstead's window cat to win

If you happen to pass the site for the forthcoming Bumstead Provisions at 2671-75 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Bay View, you really owe it to yourself to take a photo with the cat.

If you do, you could win passes for two to attend one of the friends and family grand opening parties for the grocer-deli-restaurant, which will open sometime this fall. 

Just take your photo and post it to social media (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) with the tag @BumsteadMKE.

That's it. But, it will pay to be creative to set yourself apart from the crowd. So, don't be shy.

Five winners will be chosen between now and the opening to attend the festivities with a guest.

What are you waiting for?  Get down to Bay View now and strike your best pose with Bumstead Cat.