Door County!

13 Sep

We are well into September and my favorite season of all- fall!- but sooner than we all would like it will be cold and snowy here in Chicago.  Luckily this summer we had a lot of fun outdoors with friends and family and certainly got our fill of Summertime!

Our weekend in Door County, WI with Uncle Brian and Aunt Debbie was a great time!

In addition to sun and nature, our trip was full of delicious eats.  After we rolled into town on Friday we met up with our peeps at a popular local joint for some beer and good ol’ fashion Wisconsin fish fry.  This was the best fish fry (lake Perch) I have ever had.  And, it came with sweet potato fries- score!

Mike and I wanted to take advantage of all the local summer produce and make dinner for our hosts at the house one night so on Saturday I whipped up some grilled lemon herb chicken with a cucumber dill salad, local sweet corn, and a Door County cherry pie.  I had no idea Door Co. was known for it’s cherries?

Grilled Lemon Herb chicken- lemon juice, herbs de Provence, chopped garlic, EVOO, salt and pepper.  Place on prepared charcoal grill until no longer pink.

Cucumber + fresh dill+ finely chopped onion+ plain yogurt+ salt

Sweet corn from the farm stand!  Why does fresh produce purchased from a farmer on the side of the room taste so much better??

Cherries from the farm stand.

And, the farmer gave us 1/2 dozen eggs for free!  Isn’t that nice?


After dinner we all took a short walk down to the beach to view  the gorgeous night with a full moon.

We were escorted all around the towns in Door County which included a stop at the famous Wilson’s for ice cream.

We ate lunch at one of the best restaurants I have been to in a long time- The Cookery.

The Cookery uses meat and produce from local farmers.  I love enjoying food that was grown or raised right down the street.

One of the features of The Cookery is their variety of homemade drinks like cherry iced tea served in Mason jars.  Gotta love that, right?

Eggplant fries were shared by the table.  They were as good as they look.

Everything on the menu looked great, the turkey cherry chutney sandwich, quinoa salad, but I finally decided on the brown rice Asian salad.

If you stop in the town of Fish Creek you must pop in the Oilerie.  They have an amazing selection of all sorts of delicious items including dozens of varieties of olive oil.  They have tasting stations so you can sample everything before purchasing!  I picked up a truffle olive oil.

On our last night we made pizzas on the grill!

An amazing salad dressed with some of my truffle olive oil and Uncle Brian’s aged balsamic vinegar from the Oilerie.

Our trip to Door County was amazing! Thanks so much to our hosts 🙂 Hopefully, we will be able to come back soon!


3 Responses to “Door County!”

  1. Mary September 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    What a great getaway. The food and the area itself look wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog so I decided to take some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  2. Allison O'Mara September 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Thank you Mary!!

  3. debbie omara September 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Gorgeous fotos of a GREAT weekend with you guys!! I’m thinking of framing the sunflowers/and/or moon pix – have to figure out how to do it! Brian and I hope this was just the first of more happy times with you both in Door County!! 🙂

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