Good Eggs | Ephraim, WI

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“Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.” ― Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham

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Winter, winter, winter.... I love it and I hate it. That's the thing about living in Chicago. We have the absolute extremes when it comes to weather. Our summers are hot and beautiful. Our winters are frigid and miserable. So why do I stay here? The summers. They make up for the less than ideal winters, I promise. But what makes living in Chicago even better is how centrally located we are to the rest of the country. Two hour flight to NYC. Four and a half hour flight to Los Angeles. Within driving distance to the rest of the Midwest. Honestly, I love living where I am.

Perhaps one of my favorite parts of living in Chicago is its close proximity to Door County, WI. Considered the 'Cape Cod of the Midwest,' Door County is home to small coastal towns that dot the shoreline of Green Bay. Boutiques. Independent coffee shops. 'Mom & pop' hardware stores. Small locally owned markets. There is nothing more idyllic and quaint about this area of Wisconsin.

The pace of life up there is different. Slower. More intentional. People are not running to and fro, iPhones glued to their fingertips, concerned about incoming emails or whether or not stock prices went up. You go up to Door County to relax and unwind. To get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Every time that I take a weekend trip north, I have my favorite go-to spots that I cannot miss. Basecamp Coffee Shop. Ecology Sports. Fred & Fuzzy's. And most importantly, Good Eggs.

The food options are limited to one thing: omelet wraps.

basic wrap spuds, eggs, and cheese $5.25

standard wrap spuds, eggs, cheese, and veggies $7.25

deluxe wrap spuds, eggs, cheese, veggies, and meat $9.25

Add a cup of coffee or juice, perhaps a fresh smoothie, and you're good to go. Everything about this small shop is genuine. They want to give you good food that you will enjoy and keep coming back for. They are not concerned with presentation or going above and beyond your expectations. Simply put, they want to give you good eggs.

Door County SMAK: Al Johnson's

Okay, so we've had our fair share of Door County posts over the last week. I promise you this is the last one, for a while at least.

Al Johnson's

If you have heard of Door County before, it is safe to say that The name Al Johnson's may have come up in conversation. This Swedish restaurant is located in Sister Bay, Wisconsin and is famous for having goats atop its grass roof. This is absolutely the first thing most people mention when talking about the restaurant.

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Complete with a store, Al Johnson's has everything needed for a complete 2-hour Swedish overload. The absolute must however is to wake up and sit down for a breakfast of coffee and Swedish pancakes. Similar to crepes, these pancakes are more dense and moist than normal pancakes. Once you go Swede, you'll never go back! Most important is to top your pancakes with lingonberries - a berry native to the forests of my native homeland.

The other Swedish staple most think of is meatballs. Pour a little gravy on top and eat them with your pancakes and I am not sure you could get a more perfect balance of savory and sweet. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I was thrilled with the meatballs at Al Johnson's.

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No matter what meatballs Al Johnson's prepares, the restaurant will always hold a dear place in my heart, perhaps solely due to my extreme pride in my Swedish heritage. I've included a recipe for Swedish pancakes before, so please be sure to try them out and let me know what you think.

Swedish Pancakes 

Ingredients:

6 eggs 2 1/2 cups milk 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 1-2 tablespoons butter

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir ingredients together until batter is no longer lumpy.
  2. Preheat a non-stick electric skillet to medium heat.
  3. Pour a thin layer of batter on skillet, and spread to edges. Cook until top surface appears dry. Flip to other side and cook for another 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Roll each pancake up, and serve.