Cream of the Crop

Cream is a dairy product composed of the higher-fat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization.  Cream is the fat in cow’s milk that rises to the top and it contains saturated fat, which has been linked to high cholesterol, so it should be used in moderation.  Cream is processed in a creamery and you can buy milk products there like yogurt and ice cream.  In a creamery you might find pies and cakes or maybe even a coffeehouse and there could even be a confectionery there selling candy and other sweets.  Creameries and confectioners both located under the same roof, it doesn’t get much better than that.

I used to live in Wisconsin which became the leading dairy state in 1915, producing more butter and cheese than any other.  The slogan ‘America’s Dairyland’ has been on Wisconsin license plates for more than 75 years, evoking images of red barns and peaceful fields full of black and white dairy cows all wearing a bell around their necks.  Their cheese is something that they are proud of, just ask any Green Bay Packer fan, but what I like the best is the bratwurst that you can get in Wisconsin.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 10 and if you ever go to Wisconsin, I urge you to try the bratwurst.  Marcus Gavius Apicius a Roman gourmet who wrote the first cookbook devoted whole pages in his book to sausage making, but the first recipe for making the bratwurst comes from Thuringia in Bavaria and it dates all the way back to 1432.  Madison, Wisconsin will hold their annual festival of the bratwurst on May 22-24 in 2020 and as they call it the World’s Largest Brat Fest, between the food, music and fireworks, it should be a very festive event.

Oh, Lawdy Mama just talking about bratwurst makes me want to eat a whole tray of them.  They go best with beer, but I guess you could wash it down with some tea, although not tea made from the teapot, it would need to be iced tea.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a lot of breweries including, Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and Miller.  I never had a Blatz beer and I read that it was sold to Pabst and that it is currently produced by Miller, but it does sound like a strange brew and I bet it would make you high as a kite, if you drank enough of it.  My dad drank Pabst and that was the first beer that I tried.  He used to let me have some sips from his can from when I was about seven.  Beer is a good invention and it produces a lot of happiness.  It is a good drink for a wedding, as long as you don’t drink too much and end up falling down the stairs.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Urge, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Tray, for the Daily Spur prompt – Scale, for FOWC with Fandango – Stairs, for December Writing Prompts – Creameries and confectioners, for Ragtag Community – Wedding, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Kite Happiness Bell, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – The Teapot and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Festive.

18 thoughts on “Cream of the Crop

  1. Tea my favourite drink, always with skimmed milk, never black and not with cream. No one worth their salt would ever take it with cream! Not had a beer for a very long time, probably since my teens. 🙂

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  2. I do enjoy hearing about someone’s favourite morning, afternoon and evening beverage, Here we are scattered around the world, all of us different but all of us so alike. Thank you so much, Jim for taking part in our challenge. 🙂

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  3. Strange Brew is a great song…love the video. This is the first Cream song I learned on guitar.
    The first beer I ever drank was Pabst…when I was around 8 years old…I kept bugging my uncle on a trip to Florida to let me have some…I tasted it and it was awful…at that age…may be the reason I have never really liked beer.

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