Wisconsin is home to a variety of delicious foods, from crispy fried cheese curds and sausages to indulgent butter burgers. But among the foods with the most storied histories is a Danish treat with a special Wisconsin twist: kringle.
On this week’s podcast, we go directly to the source for information on this pastry, which was brought to the State by Danish settlers and remains among the area’s most beloved pride points. During our chat, Eric Olesen, co-owner of O&H Danish Bakery, offers insights into the history of both kringle and O&H, a bakery which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2019.
Along the way, he shares his experience growing up in the world of Danish pastry, offers a look at the process of creating the delicious treat and discusses the process by which they create new, innovative flavors including the Brandy Old Fashioned kringle.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.