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Dinner Plus Drinks

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Dinner + Drinks is a podcast about all the things you share over food. Co-hosts Bridget and Nick release Sunday night episodes talking about the delicious things they ate last week, funny kid stories, meal plans for the next week, life, and, of course,…


Bridget and Nick Are Very Particular About Pens | Dinner Plus Drinks #14
Mar 29 • 33 min
How are you holding up guys? Bridget and Nick are here with a little sanity and distraction. On this week’s episode, we talk about: Parenting during social distancing.Some yummy food we ate + recipe ideas for this week.A bottle of wine that’s perfect…
We Judge Hard Seltzer. Hard. feat our friends at Greyspot Visuals
Mar 25 • 27 min
In our first ever video podcast episode, we hit the road to meet our friends at Greyspot Visuals and judge five different hard seltzers. We tried to guess the flavor, and then picked our favorites. The five seltzers we tried are:Bud Light Seltzer -…
Coffee Down! | Dinner Plus Drinks #13
Mar 22 • 33 min
The corona virus is changing all of our lives, but we’re still here for you! This week’s episode has Nick & Bridget talking about how their lives are going in the current situation, plus meal plan tips for your shelter in place situation, tips on…
Eat Sane During Corona Virus | Dinner Plus Drinks #12
Mar 14 • 49 min
We switched up our normal format and are sharing our 4 tips to keep you eating nutritious, delicious, affordable food no matter what your situation during the Corona Virus crisis. Here are our practical, panic free tips:If you’re at home with kids, try…
St. Patrick’s Day 2020 | Dinner Plus Drinks #11
Mar 8 • 30 min
Both Bridget and Nick are Irish, so we decided to theme this episode for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday! Recorded live at Fleming’s, one of the finest Irish stores you will ever find, we are joined by Kevin Fleming, proprietor of Fleming’s, to…
Nick’s in Las Vegas! | Dinner Plus Drinks #10
Mar 1 • 29 min
Nick took a trip to Las Vegas this past week, but still found time to record the podcast. In this episode:Get tales of Nick’s adventures on the Las Vegas Strip.Learn Bridget’s fun twist on the classic Mimosa cocktail.Get our picks on what you should…
We Want to Bring Joy to Your Life | Dinner Plus Drinks #9
Feb 23 • 34 min
Hello loyal listeners, thanks for tuning in to this episode! We talked about lots of things we love in this week’s episode, but the overall theme is that we want to bring joy into your life. Everyone has ups and downs in life, and we want you to be part…
Enjoy Your Food Like a Chef with Chef Nelly Buleje of Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
Feb 20 • 44 min
As a millennial, I have a lot of anxiety. (Haha - everyone loves a good millennial joke!) One of the things I have anxiety about is trying new types of foods and not being “inauthentic” about “someone else’s” cuisine or culture. I think a lot of other…
Cajun & Creole Cooking with Chef Joe Muench | Re-released from the archives!
Feb 19 • 34 min
Two years ago, when the podcast was named Reduce by Half, we had the opportunity to talk to Chef Joe Muench the renowned Chef / Owner at Maxie’s restaurant in Milwaukee, part of the Black Shoe Hospitality Group. Chef Joe is an expert on the cuisines of…
Chalky Conversation Heart Candies | Dinner Plus Drinks #8
Feb 16 • 34 min
Bridget has a strong opinion on conversation heart candy - are you surprised? Tune in to this week’s episode, where Nick and Bridget start with an honest discussion of one of the most controversial Valentine’s candies and go on from there. Topics on…
At Least There’s Galentine’s Day | Dinner Plus Drinks #7
Feb 9 • 31 min
Nick is bummed that the Super Bowl & Winterfest is over, but Bridget is looking forward to Galentine’s Day. Listen to all of our food tips, pop culture chat, and more. Here’s what we talked about this episode:We started by announcing our new social…
Snot Suckers | Dinner Plus Drinks #6
Feb 2 • 32 min
Bridget and Nick had an awesome week(end) packed full of Lake Geneva Winterfest, SUPER activities, plus some new experiences with a certain child’s nose. Here’s what you can enjoy on this week’s SUPER fun episode:We popped a bottle of English sparkling…
Lake Geneva Winterfest 2020
Jan 28 • 66 min
Check out all the wonderful things happening at Lake Geneva Winterfest!
Road Trip! | Dinner Plus Drinks #5
Jan 26 • 27 min
Bridget & Nick record this episode while on a road trip - it’s full of road trip stories, in addition to our normal topics of discussion!
Mint Dark Chocolate Kit Kats are Delicious | Dinner Plus Drinks #4
Jan 19 • 26 min
Nick’s quest to find a Mint Dark Chocolate Kit Kat is shared, plus we have a giveaway, and all of the normal fun!
Tenderizing your meat isn’t archaic | Dinner Plus Drinks #3
Jan 12 • 27 min
We get a mailbag question about tenderizing meat, we share how you can support Australian firefighters by drinking wine, share this week’s meal plan, talk kids, and more!
I let my kids stay up until midnight on NYE | Dinner Plus Drinks #2
Jan 5 • 30 min
We welcome 2020 with a meal plan full of lean meats, tales of new year’s lobster tails, and planner picks!
Meat in 2020 with Travis Stockstill aka @AmericanButcher
Dec 30, 2019 • 64 min
Lake Geneva Country Meats, Nick Vorpagel, Travis Stockstill
Lobster tails are easy to cook! | Dinner Plus Drinks #1
Dec 29, 2019 • 27 min
We’re getting ready for New Year’s with Surf & Turf and bubbles!!
Wine in 2020 with Jeff Siegel - The Wine Curmudgeon
Dec 28, 2019 • 51 min
We recap 2019’s trends in the wine industry and take a glimpse into 2020 - listen and find new wines to try!
Flavor in 2020 with John Brewer of Excalibur Seasoning
Dec 27, 2019 • 43 min
We talk about what’s happening in the world of flavor with the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for our major seasoning supplier!
Craft Beer in 2020 featuring Nick Scofield of Solemn Oath Brewery | Dinner Plus Drinks Interview 1
Dec 26, 2019 • 45 min
Nick from Solemn Oath Brewery shares his thoughts on 2019 and looks forward to 2020 in craft beer.
RBH 47: A New Beginning
Dec 23, 2019 • 7 min
We’re relaunching the podcast, and have some big changes in store!
RBH46: I Read Bill Kim’s Korean BBQ
Mar 7, 2019 • 15 min
I love Korean BBQ, and I’ve always been impressed by Bill Kim’s cooking. When I found out he had a cookbook out, I checked out a copy from the library, and read it. In this podcast episode, I review it in the best way I could think of - by coming up with…
RBH45: FFA Week 2019
Feb 21, 2019 • 22 min
At Lake Geneva Country Meats, we’re proud to support FFA and agricultural education. for FFA Week 2019, we interviewed students and alumni of FFA to get more understanding about what the organization does, how it helps young people develop skills, and the…
RBH44: How to Cut Up a Pig
Jan 24, 2019 • 26 min
February is Pork Sale time at Lake Geneva Country Meats, and for this episode, we spoke to our Head Butcher Marc, as well as Angie from our front office to break down (pun intended) how to cut up a pig. Marc lets you know all the different ways you can…
RBH43: New Year, Lean Meats
Jan 5, 2019 • 13 min
Happy New Year! It’s a common New Year’s resolution to want to eat healthier, and we are here to support your quest to eat healthy, but also delicious food. In this episode of the podcast, we tell you what a lean cut of meat is, help you identify lean…
RBH42: A LGCM Christmas
Dec 20, 2018 • 9 min
Merry Christmas to everyone in podcast land. Here are some Christmas traditions, tips, and advice from the LGCM staff. Thank you to Melanie, Kim, Marc, Kate, and Maria for appearing on this episode! Have a great Holiday season and fabulous New Year -…
RBH41: Simon Roberts of Ridgeview Wine Estate
Dec 6, 2018 • 36 min
English sparkling wine is a thing, and here’s your chance to learn about it from the Head Winemaker of one of England’s top producers. We’re joined by Simon Roberts from Ridgeview Wine Estate to talk about his family business, sparkling wine production,…
RBH40: Thanksgiving Wine Pairings
Nov 15, 2018 • 19 min
We talk Thanksgiving wine pairings with Brian McAlister, Certified Specialist of Wine, and ex-Chef, to give you the best ideas for finding some yummy wines for Thanksgiving. Our top recommendations include dry Riesling, Pinot Noir, and, of course,…
RBH39: Wesley Livesay & Food in the Great War pt. 2
Nov 1, 2018 • 24 min
Welcome to part 2 of our podcast with Wesley Livesay, host of The History of the Great War Podcast. In part 1, we talked about food on the homefront during the Great War, and on this episode we talk about food in the trenches. It’s a really interesting…
RBH38: Wesley Livesay & Food in the Great War pt. 1
Oct 26, 2018 • 23 min
Welcome everyone to our first ever 2 part podcast! We’re talking with Wesley Livesay, host of The History of the Great War Podcast about food in the Great War. In this part of the 2 part series, we talk about food on the home front during the war. We bet…
RBH37: Emily Kornak from the Lake Geneva Public Library
Oct 11, 2018 • 17 min
October is National Cookbook Month and we’ve teamed up with the Lake Geneva Public Library to have some awesome promotions. Listen to learn about the Lake Geneva Library, cookbooks, and how you can win awesome LGCM prizes!Enter online or learn more at…
RBH36: Mavra of Mavra’s Greek Oil
Oct 4, 2018 • 27 min
How the heck do you get olive oil from Greece to America? And how do you accomplish that feat as a small, independent person sourcing oil from your family farm? To get this answer, and so much more, we talked to Mavra Papadatos of Mavra’s Greek Oil. She’s…
RBH35: Three Sheeps Brewing Company with Grant Pauly
Sep 20, 2018 • 40 min
What does “brewed with heart and science” mean? On this episode of Reduce by Half, we talk with Grant Pauly, founder, and brewmaster at 3 Sheeps Brewing from Sheboygan. He explains how 3 Sheeps came to adopt “brewed with heart and science” as their…
RBH34: Oakfire Pizza with David & Chef Nick
Sep 6, 2018 • 42 min
If you love pizza, listen to this episode! We interview David Scotney, owner of Oakfire Pizza in Lake Geneva, along with Chef Nick Crawford about their restaurant, Neapolitan pizza, and more. We hope you enjoy, and be sure to stop in at Oakfire for a…
RBH33: Beer Can Chicken
Aug 9, 2018 • 14 min
Few things say “Summer time cooking” like Beer Can Chicken. A magnificent whole chicken with a can of beer shoved up its butt is a common sight on grills, but is there a better way to cook chicken on the grill? On this episode, we share how to make Beer…
RBH32: Julie Waterman of Indulgence Chocolatiers
Jul 26, 2018 • 28 min
This episode, we talk to Julie Waterman, owner and chocolatier at Indulgence Chocolatiers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She gives us the lowdown on how she became interested in gourmet chocolate, the story of Indulgence Chocolatiers, how she pairs chocolates…
RBH 31: Joseph Baird of Mershon’s Cider
Jul 12, 2018 • 22 min
Hard cider is rediscovering popularity in America, and we’ve got a great guest to help us discover more about it. Joseph Baird, President of Mershon’s Cider in Stoughton, Wisconsin joins us today and tells us more about hard cider, how he became…
RBH 30: Thomas Jefferson 4th of July
Jun 22, 2018 • 15 min
It’s almost the 4th of July, and I thought we could do something a little patriotic for the occasion. For this episode, I’m going to share a Thomas Jefferson recipe you could have enjoyed if you had shown up at Monticello to celebrate the 4th of July with…
RBH29: Whiskey Cheese with Ron Henningfield
Jun 16, 2018 • 14 min
We’re having an awesome Whiskey, Cheese, and Meat Party with Great Northern Distilling and Hill Valley Dairy. On this bonus episode, we’re talking with Ron Henningfield about the special whiskey cheese he made for this event. If you want to try the…
RBH 28: Chilean Wine with Jorge Liloy
Jun 9, 2018 • 27 min
On this episode of Reduce by Half, we’re joined by Jorge Liloy, the Director of Portfolio Sales Management for MundoVino. He joined us on Thursday, June 7th for a wine tasting featuring some delicious Chilean wines, and before the tasting, he recorded…
RBH27: Kelli Yarc of Double Y Cattle Company
May 17, 2018 • 27 min
Happy Beef Month! We’ve got another beef themed episode for you, and this time it’s a really interesting interview with Kelli Yarc of Double Y Cattle Company in Libertyville, Illinois. We talk about her ranch, what she does as a rancher, how beef are…
RBH26: Beef Cheeks
May 3, 2018 • 11 min
Discover the delicious world of Beef Cheeks on this episode of Reduce by Half! We tell you exactly what beef cheeks are, why you should cook them, and share a few recipes to make your life a bit more tasty.Get all of the recipes and tips we share on this…
RBH25: One Year of Reduce by Half
Apr 20, 2018 • 2 min
Short and simple - it’s our 1 year birthday, and we’re so thankful you keep listening! We’d love it if you could give us a little feedback, and enter to win a $50 gift card! Listen to the episode for the codeword, then head over to…
RBH24: The Big Green Egg with Mike Essman
Apr 5, 2018 • 27 min
If you follow Lake Geneva Country Meats, you’ve probably seen a few pictures with our Big Green Egg in the background. We get lots of questions about the BGE, and o n this episode, we’re joined by Mike Essman, who is the District Sales Rep for the BGE,…
RBH23: Easter Beer Pairings
Mar 29, 2018 • 14 min
Surprise everyone - we’ve got a bonus episode for you, and this is something a bit different than anything we’ve done before. Earlier this week, we did a Facebook live beer pairing event where we tried 4 different beers with ham for Easter. We’re taking…
RBH22: Simple Bakery with Jim & Joelle
Mar 22, 2018 • 27 min
If you love bread, this is a must listen. I spoke to Jim and Joelle from Simple Bakery in Lake Geneva as they were in the midst of making bread. During our chat, they explained how to make bread, what sourdough is, shared some history of blend, discussed…
RBH21: Fish Fry with Chef Kristin Hueneke from Lakefront Brewery
Mar 8, 2018 • 24 min
Wisconsin Friday’s aren’t complete without a good fish fry! One of the most legendary fish fries around is held at Lakefront Brewery, so we chatted with the Executive Chef at Lakefront Brewery, Chef Kristin Hueneke. She had some great tips on how to make…
RBH20: Developing a New Bratwurst
Feb 15, 2018 • 19 min
Find out how sausage is made! In this episode, we share our process of developing a bratwurst from flavor conception to putting it in your mouth. We highlight the how we went from thinking a Szechwan Bratwurst might be a good idea to making a delicious…
RBH19: Cajun & Creole Cooking with Chef Joe Muench
Jan 31, 2018 • 34 min
We’re in the midst of Mardi Gras season, and we turned to an expert to get the lowdown on the cuisines of Louisiana! For this episode, we’re delighted to welcome Chef Joe Muench, the renowned Chef / Owner at Maxie’s and Black Shoe Hospitality Group. Take…
RBH18: How to Enjoy Wine with Andy Gustafson
Jan 18, 2018 • 19 min
Wine is something meant to be enjoyed, not stressed over. However, too many people get caught up in making the perfect pairing, or finding the perfect fine that they forget to enjoy wine, or give up on trying wine entirely. On this episode, we talk to…
RBH17: All About New York Strip Steaks
Jan 4, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode of Reduce by Half, we give you everything you need to know about New York Strip Steaks. We tell you where New York Strip Steaks are cut from, how New York Strip Steaks are cut, how to season New York Strip Steaks, and how to cook New York…
RBH16: A Leahy Family Christmas
Dec 21, 2017 • 10 min
The Holiday season is full of many wonderful traditions. Most of our favorite traditions involve food, and on this Christmas themed episode, we’re sharing the story behind the Leahy family’s favorite Christmas Eve food - French Onion Soup and Hamburgers.…
RBH15: A Christmas Goose Recipe
Dec 7, 2017 • 11 min
In this festive episode of Reduce by Half, we discuss the traditional Christmas goose. You’ll get a bit of goose history, learn why it’s different than other birds, and then we share our simple roast goose pairing. Get the recipe and all the details at…
RBH14: How to Brine Your Turkey with Brian McAlister
Nov 16, 2017 • 18 min
Do you hate dried out, flavorless turkey? Then we have a solution for you - brine your turkey before you cook it! In this episode of Reduce by Half, we share how to brine a turkey. I’m joined on this episode by Brian McAlister, culinary genius, and we…
RBH13: Sardinian Pork Stew
Nov 2, 2017 • 10 min
On this episode, we delve into a delicious Sardinian Pork Stew recipe. This richly flavored stew is based on traditional wild boar stews made on the Italian isle of Sardinia. We share why it’s made from pork and not some other protein, and also give you…
RBH12: Merlot Month with Kay Malaske from Duckhorn Wines
Oct 19, 2017 • 37 min
We’re celebrating October Merlot Month on this episode of Reduce by Half! We talk with Kay Malaske, Trade Relations and Education Manager at Duckhorn Wine Company. We chat about Duckhorn Vineyards, what makes Merlot a grape worthy of our attention, and…
RBH11: Make Your Own BBQ Rub with Brian McAlister
Oct 12, 2017 • 18 min
On this episode of Reduce by Half, our friend Brian McAlister joins us to talk about how you can make a BBQ rub that’s customized to your own personal taste. He talks through the 3 components that are important to have in your rub and provides some…
RBH10: Central Texas BBQ
Aug 17, 2017 • 16 min
We talk about a very specific style of American BBQ in this episode - Central Texas BBQ - and give you the recipe to make an authentic Texas Smoked BBQ Brisket. You’ll learn a bit about how this style of BBQ came to be, some meat science, our tips on what…
RBH9: Frog’s Leap with John Williams
Aug 3, 2017 • 19 min
John Williams, owner and wine maker of Frog’s Leap Winery, joins us in this episode. He shares the story of one of Napa’s leading organic grape growers and sustainable wine producers. Take a listen and learn about what it means to grow organic grapes,…
RBH8: Hill Valley Dairy with Ron Henningfield
Jul 20, 2017 • 20 min
Love cheese? Take a listen to Episode 8 of Reduce by Half where we talk to Wisconsin Cheesemaker Ron Henningfield of Hill Valley Dairy in Lake Geneva, WI. Ron talks about his cheesemaking journey, techniques of cheese production, how what cows eat affects…
RBG7: Meet Weber Grill Master Kelsey Heidkamp
Jul 6, 2017 • 23 min
Kelsey Heidkamp is a super interesting person, not only is she a certified Weber Grill Master, she’s the manager of Weber Grill’s Global Grill Academy! We were lucky enough to interview her on this episode of Reduce By Half to get the story on how she…
RBH6: Dry Aged Beef
Jun 15, 2017 • 12 min
On this episode of Reduce by Half, we talk about Dry Aged Beef. In about 13 minutes, you’ll learn all about dry aged beef; what it is, what it tastes like, how it’s made and why not all meat is dry aged meat! Take a listen and become a dry aged beef…
RBH5: Stormin’ Sauce with Gorman Thomas
Jun 1, 2017 • 10 min
On this episode of Reduce by Half, we talk to a real life Major Baseball All-Star, Gorman Thomas! Stormin’ Gorman lives in Wisconsin now, but he’s originally from South Carolina. He missed their BBQ Sauce, so he made his own and named it Stormin’ Sauce.…
RBH4: Beef Month with Angie Horkan
May 18, 2017 • 14 min
On this episode of Reduce by Half, we talk with Angie Horkan from the Wisconsin Beef Council. She shares information about the beef industry, how beef goes from prairie to plate and gives us an awesome beef recipe that involves a tequila marinade. Listen…
RBH3: Carnitas
May 4, 2017 • 8 min
We celebrate an early Cinco de Mayo by chatting with Nick’s friend Jaime about carnitas. He shares some tips from his Mom about how to make carnitas and talks about how he enjoyed carnitas growing up. We also announce the winner of our Pork Chop and Rioja…
RBH2: Sous Vide Cooking
Apr 21, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode of Reduce by Half, we explain what exactly sous vide cooking is and how it can help you make delicious meat at home. We also share two simple recipes that you can make with your sous vide cooker. Check out the recipes we shared in this…
RBH1: Rioja-style Pork Chops
Apr 20, 2017 • 9 min
In this episode of Reduce by Half, we share a Rioja-style Pork Chop recipe, talk about Spanish wine from Rioja and share a little bit of Spanish culture. We also have a giveaway featuring the meat and wine we use in podcast. Get all of the recipes and…
RBH0: Welcome to Reduce by Half
Apr 20, 2017 • 3 min
On this short introductory episode, we explain our new food and recipe based podcast, Reduce by Half. During each episode, we’ll share a bit about a recipe or food topic, a wine, beer or other drink pairing and share a little bit of culture and history.…