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North to Alaska! With Inga Witscher, Host of Around the Farm Table

For years, Wisconsin Public Television has partnered with Holiday Vacations to provide unique travel opportunities around the world. Viewers join experienced guides and enthusiastic WPT personalities to visit many sites they may have experienced for the first time through a program on PBS.

Inga Witscher, host of Around the Farm Table, recently traveled to Alaska with one of these groups. Read on for her reflections on travel, television and the world we share.

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More to Savor: Around the Farm Table is back!

A Note From Inga…Inga Witscher, host of Around the Farm Table

It’s officially fall – which means it’s time for another great season! Rick, the producer, director, idea guy and – most importantly – my dad, joined me over the last few months as we had a blast touring the state in search of new farms and unique opportunities.

Read more to find out where we’re headed this season on Around the Farm Table – and join us for our new episodes beginning Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.!

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A New Kind of TV Dinner

There’s a lot to enjoy about October: fall is officially here, new episodes of Wisconsin Life are airing every Thursday, and a brand-new season of Around the Farm Table kicks off this Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Cooler temperatures always inspire me to cook a hearty meal and spend an evening with some of my favorite shows, and I’m guessing I’m not alone. Why not explore some fall recipes inspired by some of WPT’s original series? Continue reading A New Kind of TV Dinner

Streaming Favorites for March

A lot of my favorite national dramas from PBS recently wrapped up, including Downton Abbey (let’s all share a moment of silence), and Mercy Street. In my search for great streaming content, I decided to bring it back home and focus on some of our locally-produced shows. So much of the quality content we broadcast at WPT is also available to watch online, so if you missed an episode – or if you’re a spoiled viewer like me, and only watch shows on-demand – check out some of our great, locally produced shows online.

Wisconsin Foodie
Kyle Cherek goes all over the state in a quest to discover the hidden gems of Wisconsin’s culinary scene. From cheese makers to beer distillers, Cherek shows us why it’s great to be a foodie in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Life
When you feel like you’re in a rut, Wisconsin Life can show you a new perspective and share some of the incredible, adventurous things going on across the state. This show highlights how diverse, creative and fun Wisconsinites truly are!

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Gather “Around the Farm Table” for a Brand-New Season

Join fourth-generation organic dairy farmer Witscher for a new season of "Around the Farm Table" beginning tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.
Join host Inga Witscher for a new season of “Around the Farm Table” beginning tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Around the Farm Table is back! Join fourth-generation organic dairy farmer Inga Witscher and her friends at her organic dairy farm near Osseo, St. Isidore’s Mead, and other locations across Wisconsin for new outings designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices. It all begins tonight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 (or you can watch the season premiere online now).

From a delightful, locally sourced “thank you” lunch for her farmer friends to a visit to an herb farm to brew a fresh cup of tea, the third season of the Wisconsin-produced series follows Witscher as she seeks out the best ingredients the region has to offer and produces fresh meals that celebrate Wisconsin’s landscapes and appetites.

Watch the season premiere episode, which features a Downton-Abbey inspired “shooting breakfast,” below, or tune in tonight! Want more Around the Farm Table? You can find more new episodes, as well as episodes from past seasons, online, anytime here.

At Home with Inga: Spring Frittata

I think it’s safe to say that we all love the food featured on Around the Farm Table. If you’re looking for more recipes and cooking tips, check out our new series of blog posts, where Inga shares some of her favorite meals – the type of recipe that’s local, seasonal and that might make it to her table during a busy week. Enjoy, and feel free to share your own opinions and adjustments to any of the recipes. At any rate – here’s Inga:

Eggs, asparagus, nettles galore: spring is full of abundance here at the farm. The cows have calved, and the barnyard is abuzz with the mooing of tiny newborn babies. The grass needs cutting and another batch of lettuce needs sowing.

Whether you’re waiting on your neighborhood’s CSA or foraging for your own greens, as the days get longer they also seem to be filled with more and more activity.

But we can put all that off for an hour while we sit down for breakfast, talk about the day, and absorb the sights and smells of spring. I’ll grab some eggs from the coop if you gather some asparagus. A handful of nettles and a few chives might be nice, too. Everything tastes good in a frittata!

Spring Frittata
Serves 4

Ingredients:
– 6 Eggs
– 2 C. loosely packed nettle leaves (for more information on nettles, how to use them and where to buy them, check out this Madison.com article)
– 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
– 5 Asparagus Spears, steamed for two minutes and cut into 1-inch pieces
– 1/4 C. Whole Milk or Cream
– 1-2 Tbsp. Butter
– 1/2 C. Grated Cheese, any type of cheddar works well
– Salt and Pepper to Taste
– 1 Tbsp. Minced Chives, for garnish

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a sauté pan set over medium heat, melt a tablespoon of butter. Cover the bottom and sides of pan with the melted butter.

3. Add the onions and sweat for two or three minutes. Add the nettles and cook until wilted, another two minutes.

4. Remove onion and nettle mixture from the pan and set aside.

5. Whisk the eggs and milk or cream together with some salt and pepper.

6. Return the pan to medium-high heat, adding more butter if necessary. Pour in the egg mixture and let it sit untouched for 30 seconds. Gently move around the cooked eggs from the bottom of the pan with a spatula, allowing the raw egg mixture to take its place. Only do this a few times, because you don’t want to cook all the egg mixture.

7. After about a minute or two, remove the pan from the heat and artfully add the onions, nettles, asparagus and grated cheese to the top.

8. Bake in the oven for about ten minutes or until the cheese is melted and the eggs are set.

10. Let the frittata cool slightly, serve and enjoy!

6 Videos to Watch Online Now

According to my calendar, summer is officially here. Long days and nice weather might mean more time outdoors, but summer also means more free time to catch up on the TV you missed during the hectic winter months.

Here are some of most popular WPT videos you may have missed this past TV season. Watch ’em all for free anytime at wpt.org or on your Roku, Apple TV or tablet app.

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Wisconsin From the Air
This aerial tour of Wisconsin landmarks and landscapes was the most popular WPT production of the season…by a long shot! With sweeping views of the Great Lakes, northern forests and the Mississippi River, and stunning shots of cities like Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin From the Air is one of the most breathtaking programs we’ve ever produced. Since it premiered in December, 2014, thousands of viewers have pledged their support for Wisconsin From the Air…Thank You! If you haven’t already, watch Wisconsin From the Air now. And, check out this behind the scenes video to see how the film was made.

University Place “The Value of Having Native Plants in Our Yards”
Most of us know it’s important to help native species thrive and to weed out the invasive ones. But why? For one, this informative lecture explains that native plants in your garden can offer an important food source for animals. Since Wisconsin’s deer seem to eat everything we plant, why not give them their preferred diet! On a side note… if you want to help out the smaller critters, check out the illustration “Plant These to Help Save Bees,” which identifies several bee-friendly plants and flowers. Follow that up with a quick visit to the Wisconsin DNR’s website to find out which ones are native to Wisconsin.

Oshkosh on Wisconsin Hometown Stories and Around the Corner
The little city on the west side of Lake Winnebago got some major attention on WPT this past year in Wisconsin Hometown Stories “Oshkosh,” which offers a look at the community’s rich history — a must-watch for anyone from the Oshkosh area. For a closer look at contemporary Oshkosh, be sure to watch Around the Corner With John McGivern’s visit to Oshkosh. If your summer travel plans include Oshkosh, this episode will serve as the ultimate visitor’s guide to the city’s liveliest restaurants and attractions.

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Wisconsin Life “Bronson Koenig”
Remember the Badgers Men’s Basketball team’s magical run to the Final Four?! La Crosse’s Bronson Koenig played a key role in the Badgers’ success last season. But, long before Koenig became a household name in Wisconsin, WPT’s Wisconsin Life caught up with him to see why he chose Wisconsin over several other top-tier schools. Watch the story now.

30 Minute Music Hour “Charlie Parr”
I’m stretching all the way back to last June with this one, but Charlie Parr’s performance on the 30 Minute Music Hour was our most viewed episode from the show’s sixth season. Watch Charlie Parr perform his unique style of country blues now on WPT, and check him out on tour this summer.

Wisconsin Foodie “Cheese Days”
Food is a perennially popular genre on Wisconsin Public Television and among all the episodes of Around the Farm Table and Wisconsin Foodie that aired this past season, this episode all about the annual Cheese Days celebration in Monroe was among the most viewed online…for obvious reasons!

Enjoy these and more videos streaming now at wpt.org. Have a favorite episode that’s not on the list? Let us and everyone else know by sharing it in the comments.

At Home with Inga: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

I think it’s safe to say that we all love the food featured on Around the Farm Table. If you’re looking for more recipes and cooking tips, check out our new series of blog posts, where Inga shares some of her favorite meals – the type of recipe that’s local, seasonal and that might make it to her table during a busy week. Enjoy, and feel free to share your own opinions and adjustments to any of the recipes. At any rate – here’s Inga:

In preparation for my visit to the south of France (sorry, “my trip to France” seems to work its way into every conversation lately), I’ve decided to venture away from my usual cooking routine with a dish that comes from Provence: Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic.

Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic is a lovely winter meal; It works for either lunch or dinner (speaking of France – amazing food, handsome men AND wine with lunch? Count me in!). I would consider moving to France if my cows could handle the eight-hour flight over, but then I would probably miss our endearing sub-arctic Wisconsin winters.

But back to garlic chicken! The secret to good food is using good ingredients. For this recipe, look for happily raised chickens from your back yard or local farmer. Whichever chicken you choose, just don’t skimp on the garlic! I’m glad to see more farms selling precut chickens, because I’ve yet to master the art of carving my own bird.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Serves 4

Ingredients:
– 1 Whole Chicken (cut into 8 pieces)
– 3 Bulbs of Garlic (roughly 40 cloves, go ahead and count them if you really want to)
– 2-3 Tbsp. Sunflower Oil (for the pan and the chicken)
– 1 C. of dry Vermouth (also lovely in a martini!)
– 2-3 Sprigs Rosemary
– 1/2 C. Cream
– 4 Tbsp. Butter (or ½ stick – I know, I know, but that’s what makes it so good!)
– Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Peel all of the garlic cloves (for a really neat trick on quickly peeling cloves, check out the video below!)

3. Rub the chicken pieces all over with a bit of sunflower oil. Salt and pepper the chicken pieces.

4. Add some sunflower oil to an oven-safe frying pan set over medium-high heat

5. Brown all the chicken pieces in batches, adjusting the heat of the pan so that the chicken doesn’t burn (you know your stove better than I do).

6. Once the chicken is brown, set it aside and throw the garlic and rosemary into the pan. Stir the cloves and sprigs around the pan for a few minutes until fragrant, then set them aside.

7. Add Vermouth to the pan and scrape up all the brown bits. Once you have all the brown bits scraped up, add chicken, garlic and rosemary back to the pan. Cover tightly with a lid or foil and bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until its done.

8. Once the chicken is done, remove it from the pan and tent it with foil.

9. Add cream and butter to the pan, cooking it over medium heat until the butter is melted.

10. Check to see if it needs an extra bit of salt or pepper, then pour the sauce over the chicken, garnish with a bit of leftover rosemary, and enjoy!

The Most Watched Shows of 2014

The year’s end always brings on an abundance of “top 10” and “best of” lists. With thousands of videos streamed this year, we thought it’d be fun take a nostalgic look at some of the most popular videos on wpt.org this year.

By the numbers, here are some of the videos you watched most in 2014.

Without a doubt, Sewing With Nancy was the most streamed show, due, in part, to a loyal audience that extends far beyond Wisconsin. Among the hundreds of videos, “Sew Simple With Rectangles and Squares, Part 1” was the favorite in 2014.

30-Minute Music Hour ranked among the favorites this year thanks to Charlie Parr. The Duluth singer/songwriter performed his mix of steel guitar country and bluegrass for a live audience in Madison last summer.

Several films in the WPT Documentaries series made the list of favorites this year. “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story” and “A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps” continued to log views, as did “Being Hmong Means Being Free” as well as “Menominee History,” which is part of WPT’s new collection of Tribal Histories.

From state legislative races to the race for governor, Here and Now and WisconsinVote.org kept viewers informed throughout the election season with weekly reports and statewide candidate statements. And, fracking continued to make headlines in Wisconsin. Frederica Freyberg’s 2012 report on the booming sand mining industry in Western Wisconsin remained among the most viewed in 2014.

At the start of the year, WPT introduced the new TV series Wisconsin Life in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio. The series showcases Wisconsin’s most interesting people and places. Some of the favorite stories were “State in Law,” “Milwaukee Gymnast,” and “Barn Quilts.”

And in December, WPT premiered another new film that invited viewers to soar over Wisconsin’s treasured landscapes. Wisconsin From the Air delighted viewers during the recent winter membership drive. The response from WPT viewers was overwhelming and resulted in a most successful membership drive. Thank you to all for your gifts of support!

University Place continued to spread education across the state and beyond by adding over 100 new videos to its collection this year. The most popular video in 2014 featured “Miracle on the Hudson” co-pilot Jeff Skiles sharing his story of the successful landing of a U.S. Airways flight on the Hudson River.

We said farewell to The Wisconsin Gardener’s Shelley Ryan this year and remembered her legacy as viewers gained knowledge – from identifying wild parsnip, to fighting tree and shrub disease and attracting hummingbirds — for growing in Wisconsin.

On Wisconsin Foodie, eager viewers dined with host Kyle Cherek at Ishnala in Wisconsin Dells. A new season of “Foodie” adventures premieres Jan. 8 on WPT, with new episodes already available to watch online. Also in the food and travel category, Around the Farm Table gained popularity in its second season this year as host Inga Witscher made egg soufflé with guest Michael Perry.

If you missed any of the above videos, don’t worry…all these and more are available to watch for free at video.wpt.org. Ring in the New Year by watching some of your favorites. And, if you don’t see your favorite video on the list, tell us what it is in the comments.

Thanks for watching, and happy New Year!

All-New Wisconsin Life and Around the Farm Table Coming in October

We have a couple great reasons to be excited here at Wisconsin Public Television!

All-new episodes of Around The Farm Table and Wisconsin Life are coming Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 and 8:30. Watch a preview with Around the Farm Table host Inga Witscher below.

You can find exclusive sneak-peeks at new Wisconsin Life segments now online here, and see an all-new episode of Around the Farm Table, with special guest Michael Perry, online here.

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