Meet Lisa…

Just a happy lake gal..

I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re like me, you love the outdoors, food, and especially pizza!

For years I thought I was a city slicker, but every day off I found myself on one of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes or the St. Croix River. After years of putting miles on our cars, my husband and I left the big city (Minneapolis–it seemed big to us then). At first, moving to the country was a shock. Our home was 9.2 miles from the nearest grocery store and going out for anything other than bar food was out of the question–it didn’t exist.

In the 25 years we’ve lived in Wisconsin a lot has changed. The restaurant scene is booming and I learned how to cook and bake like a pro. In the beginning, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I started baking and cooking the things I missed like Sushi and Creme Brûlée. Gaining confidence in my cooking abilities, I began cooking the wild game my husband brought home, which is not always easy. Using my passion for food science, I began creating recipes that people loved. There’s a lot more to my story and you can find it under lake life and meet Lisa.

Hunting grouse
Yes, I hunt too, when I have time.

The recipes and information on this site reflect myself and the changes I’ve went through as a mother, wife, and working gal. Here you will find REAL unpretentious recipes that reasonable to cook and they have been thoughtfully tested with the understanding that life is too busy to mess it up! You will also find information on all kinds of stuff related to the lake, outdoors, and Wisconsin.

What you will find on this Blog:

  • Lots of wild game recipes. Pheasant, grouse, and venison are big deal in my family.
  • Lots of “tame” recipes. I will eat anything except cilantro!
  • Recipes have been tested by myself and friends. You will be able to recreate with my simple directions, if not, let’s connect and figure out what went wrong.
  • I like to share health, history, and fun facts about what you are eating. The more educated we are, the better decisions for our health we make. Plus, I’m a food science junky!
  • Menus and ideas for special occasions.
  • Stories about food and how it makes us feel. For example, I love when I smell pfeffernusse cookies I instantly think of my grandmother and I’m transported back to her kitchen! I miss her, sniff…

Q’s I get frequently asked

Did you go to school to school to be a chef? No. I have self-taught myself how to cook, bake. I’ve owned a catering company and worked in the food industry for many years. I still do. I manage a dairy plant located in Wisconsin, called Crystal Ball Farms. Check it out here. Plus, I have a degree in journalism with an emphasis in food science through the University of Wisconsin.

Do you take your own photos? Yes. I am still learning. I’m currently, using a Nikon D3200. Nothing too crazy $$ here…yet. I use my phone a lot. You really don’t need expensive stuff to create good photos.

My camera is a Nikon D3200

Do you create all of your own recipes? No. Most are my own, but sometimes other people have already created a recipe or a particular recipe is already common knowledge (i.e., pie crust or short bread). If I use someone else’s recipe for an adaptation, you will find attributions attached to each recipe whether it is on my blog or in my weekly food column in newspapers.

Can I contact you? Yes. If you are asking about a recipe, please do so in the comment section of the recipe you are inquiring about. If you have general question or would like me speak at a conference or for a special event, please fill out the contact form.

Do you still teach cooking classes? Yes. There is a small process to go through if you are interested in having me teach on location. Contact me through the contact form.

Do you still cater? No. At this time, I have hung up my catering hat and coat. I have been known to do a VERY special occasion here or there.

Do you have a cookbook yet? I wish. With the internet and free recipes floating across the land, it’s hard to make it worth my while. I’d love to hear if you think I should write one. Help me change my mind! (Update…I am writing a cheese cookbook!!! I’m beyond excited. I’ll keep you posted)

Do I know you from somewhere? Were you on TV? Yes. I was Minnesota Bound’s wild game cooking host for two and half years. I also did some morning cooking news spots.

Lisa Erickson and Ron Schara
Cooking Venison Burgundy
Lisa Erickson, Ron Schara, and Mark Erickson
Me, Ron Schara, and my cute hubby, Mark (aka: Mr. E)