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Chris Roberts

Her turn: Jane Burns provides a lively roundup of some of 2019’s best female music memoirs: from Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Liz Phair, Tegan and Sara Quin, and Amy Rigby. Read more

Books

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Jane Burns

Bananas and peppercorns might not seem an obvious choice for food that celebrates Wisconsin, but a new line of chocolate bars makes that case quite well. Read more

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Jane Burns

Guggisberg Cheese of Ohio took top cheese honors at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay Bay, but Wisconsin dominated overall. Two of Marieke Penterman’s aged goudas won runner-up and second runner-up. Read more

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Brix Cider in Mount Horeb experiments with ciders like a modern craft brewery. Its specialty is single-origin ciders. Read more

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Nathan Gibson

UW-Madison professor emeritus Jim Leary will be at the Grammys this year, hoping for a liner notes award. This nomination, his second, is for an archival collection of songs by Swiss and Austrian immigrants, “Alpine Dreaming.” Read more

MUSIC

Favorite beer and cheese combos from those in the know. Even assertive brews like IPAs can work well. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Uplands Cheese, Seven Seeds Farm and Underground Meats are in a sustainable partnership. The result? Fennel-inflected sausage made from a sweeter pork. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

Once a month for three hours, six students who pay $169 get hands-on instruction in how that whole hog becomes their breakfast, lunch or dinner. Read more

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Eric Schirtzinger

Johannes Wallmann releases “Day and Night,” a new album of originals and standards that brings together some of the players the pianist worked with in New York City. Read more

MUSIC

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Christine Hyatt/Capriole Goat Cheese

Wisconsin is not the only state producing cheese with nomability. Here are out-of-state faves that fill gaps in the Dairy State’s cheese output. Read more

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Mark Brown/University of St. Tho

The improbable winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing was Art Cullen, editor of “The Storm Lake Times in Iowa. Jane Burns talks to Cullen about the future of independent journalism and the changing face of rural America. Read more

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Liz Dueland

Pairing cheese with spirits? It’s a thing at Yahara Bay Distillery. Read more

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Matthew Norman

The Dutch held the world record for the largest cheese board, with 3,376 pounds. But that’s child’s play to Wisconsinites, who easily set a new record. Read more

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Courtesy of Kurt Dietrich

Jazz isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you say Wisconsin. But Ripon College music professor Kurt Dietrich had no trouble finding stories to tell in his hefty volume, “Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland.” Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

The Spark! program is modeled after Meet Me at MoMA, a monthly program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to engage individuals with dementia and their care partners through art. Read more

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Jane Burns

A French sheep’s milk cheese gets top honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace. But Wisconsin makes a strong showing. Read more

Food News

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Kral Photography

What does it take to judge the world’s best cheeses at the World Championship Cheese Contest? Isthmus talks to some of the “Red Hats.” Read more

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Cedar Grove

Cold pack cheese is as real as curds or aged cheddars. This Wisco hit just keeps on getting better with more cheesemakers coming up with special spreadables. Read more

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Jane Burns

Cheese Underground founder Jeanne Carpenter and her husband are taking over Oregon’s Firefly Coffeehouse. Guess what they’re adding to the menu? Read more

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David Stluka

Wisconsin Cheese Camp is the place to learn all about artisanal cheese. Jane Burns talks to organizer and cheese geek Jeanne Carpenter. Read more

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    Jane Burns

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    Jane Burns

    Cheese royalty: From left Kim Rabuck, general manager of Marieke Gouda; Richard Guggisberg of Guggisberg Cheese, and Marieke Penterman of Marieke Gouda.

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    Jane Burns

    Sylvain Diedrichs, a representative of Savencia Cheese USA, hoists the Best in Show ribbon during the finals of the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace.

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    Jane Burns

    Firefly Coffeehouse founder Erika Weidler, left, with new owner Jeanne Carpenter.

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    Jane Burns

    John and Christine Strobel.

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    Jane Burns