October 1, 2008

"Welcome to Wisconsin"... a quiz.

Reading a menu the other day, I expressed surprised at the existence of a particular item. The server responded, "Welcome to Wisconsin."

What was the item?

AND THE ANSWER IS: Cheese and burger soup.

113 comments:

X said...

Texas Toast?

erniecu73 said...

Sweet milk curds?

peter hoh said...

Cheese curds.

Richard Dolan said...

Barbecued cheese, Hmong-Korean-Episcopalian style.

Tom Tucker said...

chicken fried steak, or biscuits 'n gravy...

Jim said...
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Headless Blogger said...

"Broasted" anything.

Jim said...

Eggs Benedict using a bratwurst patty in place of Canadian Bacon.

Ann Althouse said...

To be clear, I was surprised that this item existed at all, not that it managed to appear on a menu in Wisconsin. "Welcome to Wisconsin" was the server's attempt to explain that such a thing had been concocted. I was assured of its goodness.

mcg said...

Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Paddy O. said...

moose

EDH said...

Beaver?

mcg said...

Chicken Fried Bacon
...with cream gravy

But that's Texas

BJK said...

I'm going to guess some permutation of cheese, most likely involving a deep frier.

ricpic said...

Kringles.

treborobot said...

Head cheese?

Liverwurst?

mcg said...

Perhaps an odd flavor of ice cream. The local Whole Foods here has avocado gelato, for instance.

bleeper said...

Lutefisk milk shake.

Cheese flavored water.

That Seventies Show platter.

Anneliese Dickman said...

bratwurst salad

Henry said...

Badger Sandwich

erniecu73 said...

mcg said...
Perhaps an odd flavor of ice cream. The local Whole Foods here has avocado gelato, for instance.

9:14 AM


Not really that "odd". My grandma used to make avocado (aguacate) ice cream from scratch by hand.

erniecu73 said...

Obama (PBUH) burger

John Clemens said...

Apple pie with a slice of cheese on it?

MadisonMan said...

Cream of cheese curd soup?

I'm thinking it's a creamed soup with an odd ingredient.

Last week I was at the new La Brioche spot (fabulous!) where Magic Mill used to be, and I'm trying to remember if they had any weird items on their menu. But I can't.

Headless Blogger said...

Follow-up quiz: Did Ann order and eat the odd menu item?

Apathetic Citizen said...

"Lutefisk is cod that has been dried in a lye solution. It looks like the desiccated cadavers of squirrels run over by trucks...."

Garrison Keillor

MadisonMan said...

john clemens, what is odd about Apple Pie and cheese? Apple pie is delicious with aged cheddar.

froggyprager said...

fried badger?

Original Mike said...

Apple pie with a slice of cheese on it?

Apple pie should ALWAYS be served with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese (at least 5 yrs old).

Anything else would be uncivilized.

Original Mike said...

And a big glass of cold milk.

Ken Stalter said...

Deep-fried Oreo.

Meade said...

Sauteed worm bowels?
Squirrel brains?
Crap salad sandwich?

(all organic, of course)

AllenS said...

Egg salad sandwich from free range chickens.

Lawgiver said...

Trout throats.

former law student said...

A toughie. After all, Wisconsin is the home of the cheese-stuffed jalapeno popper.

Deep-fried bacon.

Richard Dolan said...

Kosher fake-ham and cheese sandwich, a special Wisconsin tradition for Rosh Hoshana to celebrate America's diversity.

bearbee said...

Cock’s combs
Birds’ nests (though not that unknown)
Eyes of a roasted lamb’s head (see Lawrence of Arabia)
Hooves of some sort

Maxwell said...

Oooh, I bet it was that Pretzel Burger from the Great Dane - a 1/2 pound burger AND a bratwurst on a pretzel roll!

rhhardin said...

Free range badger.

Michael_H said...

Tax increase soup.

chickenlittle said...

Carp sandwich? (local catch only, when in season)

bearbee said...

Honey baked honey-bees

American robin tongue, eggs or feet

bearbee said...

Final entry:

Cow udder

Trooper York said...

A cheddar cheese dildo.

Trooper York said...

Oh, wait he got traded to the Jets.

UWS guy said...

Did we ever get the answer to the last quiz? "Slap in the face" or something from the upcoming blogging heads?

UWS guy said...

Also, Richard Dolan's guess at 9:05am is the winner (at least on awesomeness).

The Drill SGT said...

slightly off topic, but only slightly.

In Virginia, the California Cheese people (The Happy Cow folks) are running an ad called "To California" with a bunch of I assume Wisconsin (listen to the accents) Cows in a snow storm, talking about how Sadie made a break for it and is off to Calfornia

:)

Is it true you folks abuse your cows?

http://www.realcaliforniacheese.com/content/california

garage mahal said...

Old Fashioned
No. 6
Jim's Blue Ribbon summer sausage, Miesfeld market holiday garlic salami, Bavaria Sausage Kitchen's Braunschweiger, mustard, bread & butter pickles, deviled eggs, coleslaw and rye bread.

AllenS said...

Pickled pigs feet.

Lorelei Leigh said...

Carp sandwich? (local catch only, when in season)

Maybe it's crap sandwich.

Oh, wait, that's D.C.

Here in Mississippi it would be something else. Deep fried crap, perhaps. In Wisconsin? I've never been, but I imagine the crap would be covered in cheese.

Brad V said...

raw ginseng garnished with cranberries and covered in real butter, not margarine?

pickled sucker? a smelt patty? booyah? sturgeon blood sausage? venison salad?

although I must agree that #6 at Old Fashioned is about as Wisco as it gets.

Lawgiver said...

After all, Wisconsin is the home of the cheese-stuffed jalapeno popper.

PLuueeese! Something obviously stolen. The jalapeno is the Texas state pepper.

madawaskan said...

Cheese beer.

erniecu73 said...

Sara Palin's head

Palladian said...

Lark's tongues in aspic.

UWS guy said...

Trooper York's tongue in Rispic.

Triangle Man said...

My three guesses,

1) Something deep fried and on a stick (imported from Minnesota)

2) Some uncommon part of a cow / bull.

3) Moose burger!

Original Mike said...

Steel Spring Surprise!

Original Mike said...

A carp sandwich is a crap sandwich. Yuch.

kentuckyliz said...

Crunchy Frog.

No wait, that's one of the chocolates from a Monty Python sketch.

I imagine it involves the balls of gelded farm animals. Pig or cow?

I heard they're tasty but I'm too afraid to try it.

UWS guy said...

Mountain oysters fried in cheese.

EnigmatiCore said...

Cheese stuffed squirrel?

Ron said...

poutine?

Joe said...

Hamburger with butter?

Headless Blogger said...

Chocolate covered bacon.

garage mahal said...

pickled sucker?

LOL. Fun to snag, and surprisingly good pickled.

Original Mike said...

I've heard of chocolate covered bacon. It's reported to be good.

Original Mike said...

Butter Burgers!!!

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Bacon and cigarette sandwich?

Brian Hancock said...

Old fashion?

Exploding pig?

MadisonMan said...

Has silvio ever been through a Culver's Drive-through?

I think so.

Michael_H said...

Cheese, stuffed with cheese, with a crunchy cheese coating, served in a three-cheese sauce. With several spicy cheese dipping sauces on the side. And cheese bread.

It was a side dish served with the daily special - cheese plate with braunschwieger.

Excellent with a glass of Cheddar Porter from Capital Brewing Company.

It was probably listed in the 'no added sugar' section of the menu.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Alice in Dairyland on a stick?

Trooper York said...

I already guessed cheddar cheese dildo.

T J Sawyer said...

Hot Dish!

Oh, wait. We have that in Minnesota too. - It must be broasted chicken.

Brian Hancock said...

Road Kill burrito (Green Tavern on Thursdays)?

Original Mike said...

Broasted chicken is only a Wisconsin thing?

Michael_H said...

I already guessed cheddar cheese dildo.

I was going to say Sen. Herb Kohl, but Trooper beat me to it.

TerriW said...

Deep fried cheese curds are actually very good ... though I suspect each one will take a good hour or so off of your life.

As a sort-of aside, one time when my husband and I lived in Texas, we drove by a Culvers (a Wisconsin-based chain -- was surprised to see one in Texas!). He looked up at the sign where they advertise the day's special and asked, "What the heck is Walleye?"

Being a Cheddarhead myself, I never considered Walleye exotic.

former law student said...

Broasted chicken is only a Wisconsin thing?

BC was common in the Chicagoland of my youth -- our pizza delivery joint sold it.

What's distinctly Wisconsin (AFAIK) is the Supper Club. Wisconsin shares with Minnesota the concept of the Parking Ramp.

Original Mike said...

We caught walleye last weekend when we were canoe camping. Yum, yum, yum.

Original Mike said...

Trooper, do you have broasted chicken in NY?

Trooper York said...

I don't think so. But we do have rosietirrie (sic) chicken. I remember there was this old school deli on Pierpont St. that served the Court house area on Court St. Anyway they had this big roaster oven with a glass case that they broiled whole chickens on a spit. I swear that the same chicken was in that thing for a solid year.

Broasted mean's what exactly?

Trooper York said...

The was a girl in my eight grade class that had the Walleye. It was a shame because she was kinda cute otherwise. But I hear they have an operation for that now.

bill said...

slate.com, July 21, 1999: Broasted Chicken: A Chatterbox Investigation

Michael_H said...

Broasted = breaded and deep fried in a pressure cooker. Think of a deep fryer that is constructed with a vault-like top to prevent explosions.

Original Mike said...

Broasted mean's what exactly?

Good question.

ginabina said...

Beer. On the breakfast menu.

Michael_H said...

There was a girl in my eight grade class that had the Walleye. It was a shame because she was kinda cute otherwise. But I hear they have an operation for that now.

She was lucky. The bullhead was a far more difficult condition to treat.

Trooper York said...

Wow, that sounds tasty.

Maybe with cole slaw and pickles and a few ice cold beers.

Ice cream sandwich for desert.

Brian Hancock said...

Our local Pizza Huts have 'Badger Special' but sadly, it does not contain badger meet.

Brian Hancock said...

Beer chasers go with Bloody Marys. Also on game days, you can start drinking at anytime.

KLDAVIS said...

Deep fried twinkie?

The one food I can't get anywhere but Wisconsin is the Ponza Rotta Pizza (like a calzone, but deep fried instead of baked). To my knowledge, they only come from Jimmy' Grotto in Waukesha.

Michael said...

Broasted = breaded and deep fried in a pressure cooker. Think of a deep fryer that is constructed with a vault-like top to prevent explosions.


Isn't that what the Colonel does?

erniecu73 said...

Michael said...
[...]

Isn't that what the Colonel does?

11:41 AM


OMG! Michael thinks the Colonel is still alive, and cooks!!!

Or something like that...

Peter V. Bella said...

Fried turkey testicles?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

scrapple?

yum

Original Mike said...

She is going to tell us, right?

chickenlittle said...

UWS wrote: Did we ever get the answer to the last quiz? "Slap in the face" or something from the upcoming blogging heads?

You're right, I don't believe we did. We've been played as suckers.

Jason said...

Carrot and raisin salad.

TerriW said...

Smelt?

(Though, admittedly, I've seen that on menus in the UP.)

Beth said...

did it have "cajun" in the name?

matthew said...

As someone who grew up in Wisconsin, the proper answer here should probably combine things that are wisconsin. Hunting, sausage, cheese...

Which is why I think it is venison bratwurst with cheese.

Of course the "scrambler" at Mickey's Dairy Bar in Madison probably isn't found anywhere else either (an omlete scrambled with fried potatoes topped with cheese and gravy)

Duscany said...

lime Jello with cheddar cheese balls

Original Mike said...

Hmmm. Mickey's scrambler. I have to skip dinner the night before so I can eat one.

Ann Althouse said...

I put up the answer.

The "slap in the face" will be answered when bhtv puts the diavlog up.

AllenS said...

I just Googled "Cheese and burger soup" and there is only one entry. That's right, yours.

chickenlittle said...
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Michael_H said...

This month's special is October Surprise.

bearbee said...

Cheese and burger soup? That's it?

Sounds mundane.

I just Googled "Cheese and burger soup" and there is only one entry. That's right, yours.

If you remove the "" a number of recipes come up.

Original Mike said...

I make a cheese and brat soup (though I've found it's much better with Italian sausage).

bleeper said...

I still think it was cheese flavored water.