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Celebrating Oktoberfest!


Sometimes The Cooking Mom needs to hang up her apron. I love going out to dinner once in a while! It’s fall, it’s October, I’ve been craving German food! In college I used to work at one of the most famous German restaurants in the country, Mader’s in Milwaukee. What a cool place! It’s been around for more than 100 years and if you ever get a chance to go there, do it! You used to get one free meal during your shift and looking back, that was a pretty good gig! I wasn’t a huge fan of German food back then so, I’d usually stick with their Famous French onion soup or a cheeseburger. What was I thinking? Now, I can’t get enough of sauerkraut and sauerbraten!

One of my favorite places besides Mader’s for German food is Mark’s East Side in Appleton, Wisconsin. Bob and I went last night and it was delish! While waiting for our table, we sat at the bar and enjoyed their famous fried sauerkraut balls with horseradish dipping sauce. YUM! Dinner starts with your choice of soup or salad. We always go for the salad with Mark’s homemade hot bacon dressing. It’s served with the best warm rye bread. For dinner I had the Bavarian Sampler platter which is a little bit of everything. German sausage over kraut, Kasseler Rippchen (smoked pork chop) , Weiner Schnitzel ( lighted breaded fried veal cutlet), potato dumplings with bacon gravy, spatzle, and warm apples. Bob had the Black Forest Schnitzel, which is breaded veal topped with black forest mushroom gravy, his favorite! Good thing I wore loose pants! No way could we do dessert, but we did take home a piece of German chocolate cheesecake which I managed to nibble on later that night. Can’t wait to go back again soon! Auf wiedersehen for now.

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