Limburger cheese rolls from Monroe, Wisconsin

Limburger cheese rolls from Monroe, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Limburger Rolls from the Boomerang Bakery in Monroe, Wisconsin. Despite the pungent reputation of Limburger cheese, these unique rolls are really delicious because of their sweet, yeasty dough, which...

Corn dogs: Squire’s Dog Haus, festival food vendor

Corn dogs: Squire’s Dog Haus, festival food vendor

Monroe, Wisconsin — Fresh corn dogs, hot dogs on buns or on sticks, caramel apples, and 26 flavors of soda and sno-cones are all available at Squire's Dog Haus, a staple at fairs and festivals in southeastern Wisconsin and...

Heirloom tomato haul from Racine, Wisconsin garden

Heirloom tomato haul from Racine, Wisconsin garden

Racine, Wisconsin — Heirloom tomatoes — Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Mr. Stripey — plus Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, poblano peppers, and even a couple of chile peppers from our backyard tomato garden. Many of the Roma...

Backyard garden: 6-foot tomato plants, Racine, Wisconsin

Backyard garden: 6-foot tomato plants, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — The heirloom tomato beds that Amy dug and planted in late May, and mulched on June 1st now sport tomato plants over 6 feet tall, as well as basil and peppers. So far, we've only harvested a couple of ripe...

Green tomatoes in the rain, Racine, Wisconsin

Green tomatoes in the rain, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Today's photo — after astonishing rains, with more on the way — is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this...

Backyard garden beds, July 9, Racine, Wisconsin

Backyard garden beds, July 9, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Our backyard garden beds, nearing the halfway point of the growing season: Raised bed (based on a raised bed plan from Sunset magazine) with marigolds, English lavender, snapdragons, rosemary, parsley,...

Red Admiral butterfly, purple coneflower, Racine

Red Admiral butterfly, purple coneflower, Racine

Racine, Wisconsin — Dorsal view of a Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) as it feeds on a purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). We saw an abundance of Red Admirals here in early July.

Air Force One from Racine, Wisconsin

Air Force One from Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Air Force One, as seen from Lake Ave. near 7th St. outside Memorial Hall, about 90 minutes before President Obama's town hall meeting here.

Belle City logo on antique threshing machine

Belle City logo on antique threshing machine

Brighton, Wisconsin — 1915 Belle City threshing machine displayed during the 2010 Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast at Crane Dairy, This threshing machine, along with other farm equipment, was manufactured by the Belle City...

Alfalfa mulch on garden beds, Racine, Wisconsin

Alfalfa mulch on garden beds, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — After reading about Ruth Stout in Jerry Minnich's Wisconsin Garden Guide, we have used alfalfa hay for garden mulch with good results. We buy it from a farm just across the interstate and, where...

Scarlet Tanager in our mulberry tree, Racine, Wisconsin

Scarlet Tanager in our mulberry tree, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — This is the first Scarlet Tanager I have seen in the five years we have lived here. The mulberry tree has only recently flowered, so it's too early for fruit. The bird flitted from branch to branch for...