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Janice Thomas of Savory Spoon Cooking School in Door County, Wisconsin, makes a simple Pasta Carbonara recipe with the addition of Nueske's Applewood Smoked Pepper-Coated Bacon in place of the traditional pancetta.

Nueske's Autumn Bread Pudding Recipe

Janice Thomas of Savory Spoon Cooking School in Door County, Wisconsin, makes a savory autumn bread pudding using Tuscan Kale, Nueske's Bacon, and Butternut Squash, in a cast iron skillet.

Nueske's Bacon Cooking Techniques

Janice Thomas of Savory Spoon Cooking School in Door County, Wisconsin, demonstrates bacon cooking techniques using Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon. Methods shown include pan-frying, oven baking, and grilling.

Nueske's Braised Slab Bacon with Greens Recipe

Janice Thomas of Savory Spoon Cooking School in Door County, Wisconsin, demonstrates how to braise a slab of Nueske's Applewood Smoked Bacon in apple cider and bourbon, served with kale and tangerine balsamic vinegar.

Savory Spoon Cooking School - Door County, WI Travel Show

Explore The Door show host Jon Jarosh joins in on a homemade pasta cooking class at the Savory Spoon Cooking School.

How to Make an Easy Bittersweet Chocolate Tart
MidwestLiving Magazine - 2018

A Wisconsin cooking teacher shares her most-requested recipe on one condition: Shhh.

Writer: Lisa Holderness Brown; Photographer: Blaine Moats

Janice Thomas gladly tells students at the Savory Spoon Cooking School in Door County, Wisconsin, how to make her Bittersweet Chocolate Tart. But then she urges secrecy. No one who eats it needs to know how hard you didn't work.

The shortcuts start with the crust, an easy stir-and-pat dough that bakes up crisp without the tasks of cutting in butter or rolling pastry. The bittersweet filling has just four ingredients, and to set it, you briefly pop the tart in a warm, turned-off oven—kinda genius.


A Cherry Life
Country Gardens Magazine - 2017

Country Gardens Magazine ran a 10 page aritcle on Door Cherries and featured recipes from Savory Spoon.

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Farm, Cooking School Combine to Explore the Possibilities of a Garden
Edible Door
By Paige Funkhouser / Photography By Paige Funkhouser | March 15, 2017

Crinkled up noses and puckered mouths contrasted the "It's kinda good" and "This tastes good for me" exclamations as a gaggle of kids and a few adults sampled an aronia berry.

It had just been plucked fresh off a bush at the Hidden Acres Farm & Beach Road Community Gardens in Sister Bay. This small group of eager garden explorers sniffed, touched and sampled fresh-from-the-earth vegetables, some of which they would be using to cook their own lunch down the road at Savory Spoon Cooking School. Read more...

Lighter fruitcake just might make you a believer

Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel
Dec. 20, 2016

Holidays are steeped in traditions. Most are looked forward to with great anticipation. But some are, let's just say, a bit less welcome.

Enter the annual "gift" from that favorite aunt, uncle, neighbor or fill-in-the-blank. Hermetically sealed in cellophane (lest the air hit it), and tucked in a decorative red and green striped box, is the annual fruitcake. Read more...


Travel Wisconsin
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Door County might truly be Wisconsin's quintessential destination for a weekend away with just the girls. Its small towns are home to a variety of dining options, eclectic shops and even unique activities such as classes at the Savory Spoon Cooking School or "make your own art" at the Hands On Art Studio. Join video guide Lisa Marshall – and friends – on a Door County girlfriends getaway.


The Savory Spoon was featured in a Podcast "Explore the Door" through the Door County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This hands-on class featured homemade spinach pasta. Check it out!

I've taken classes at the Savory Spoon since the first year and still love attending classes regularly. I ALWAYS learn something new. There's such a great variety of topics to choose from."
- Dianne Z
Summer Classes are in Session Around the State

by Terri Milligan

Who doesn't remember going back to school after an all-too-short summer vacation only to receive that first essay on how you spent your summer vacation?

You may have spent it at a cabin on a lake, crammed in a tiny bedroom with your four cousins. Or maybe it was a two-week-long cross-country vacation in the family station wagon, visiting every attraction from the Corn Palace to the Grand Canyon.

Spending your summer in a kitchen probably wasn't on the list. Read the rest of the article...

A Cooking School, Artisan Cheeses and a Great recipe for Thai Soup

Limité Magazine
by Leslie Long

In the northern part of Wisconsin, there's a bucolic area called Door County known for cherry farms, wineries, rustic beaches. And in the northern part of Door County, there's a cooking school called The Savory Spoon, known for teaching everything from Southwest Flavors and Asian Flare to Wisconsin Roots and Cherry Pies.

Founded by the elegant and knowledgeable Janice Thomas, the school attracts family groups, vacationers and locals who come back again and again to learn not only the featured recipes, but general tips that can help the everyday cook with whatever is being created.


Fancy and fabulous: All you need is planning and prep to throw an elegant dinner party

Nov. 27th, 2012
Austin 360
By Andrea Abel

On a recent Saturday night, I hosted a dinner party. A REAL dinner party complete with candlelight, flowers, crystal, china and linens. No buffet or family-style serving. No potluck or asking folks to bring a salad or dessert. I even hired my teenage daughter, Anna, to pass hors d'oeuvres, plate and serve the courses, and load the dishwasher while we dined and enjoyed the company and conversation.


Beyond Door County fish boils
Cooking classes a bit of hands-on entertainment

September 16, 2012|
By Jay Jones, Special to Tribune Newspapers

ELLISON BAY, Wis. — — The sweet aroma of onions caramelizing in a skillet is impossible to miss as vacationers enter the classroom in an old schoolhouse not far from the northern tip of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula.

The 16 students , a mix from children to retirees, didn't come for a traditional lesson in English or math. Instead, the visitors from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin gathered to learn how to make palate-pleasing pizzas from scratch.


Happy Little Tastebuds

From the Land of Beer, Cheese, & Beer Blog
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

By now, you've all seen at least one or one thousand cooking shows on TV. They're fun -- especially when you get to see the truly inventive and creative at work (Top Chef, I'm talking about you), but the problem is we never get to taste the food! It looks good, but for all we know, it could taste like an old shoe with a gorgonzola crumble and a sprinkle of oregano. Probably not, but I'm just sayin'. Happy Little Tastebuds By now, you've all seen at least one or one thousand cooking shows on TV. They're fun -- especially when you get to see the truly inventive and creative at work (Top Chef, I'm talking about you), but the problem is we never get to taste the food! It looks good, but for all we know, it could taste like an old shoe with a gorgonzola crumble and a sprinkle of oregano. Probably not, but I'm just sayin'.


Let's Go Wisconsin!

Wild Blue Yonder - Frontier Airlines In-Flight Magazine
July 2011

If culinary art is more your style the Savory Spoon Cooking School, housed inside a former village school house in Ellison Bay, will help you find your inner chef with menus that range from Greek appetizers to Door County cherry pies.

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Cooking Asian at the Savory Spoon
in Door County, Wisconsin

by Sandra Scott
Culinary Travel Editor

The Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay on Wisconsin's scenic Door County offers a variety of excellent cooking experiences. The cooking school is located the 1879-historic building that was the town school for 50 years. Once again classes are held in the building but now they are cooking classes. Michael and Janice Thomas purchased and restored the building keeping its historic integrity in tact. The original school bell has been restored and rings to start each class. More...

Destinations: Something's Cooking
Spaces Magazine - Kansas City

August, 2010

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Cheese Lover's Delight

Savory Spoon hosts artisanal cheesemakers
By Brittany Jordt
Peninsula Pulse

June 25, 2010

It might be stating the obvious to say that here in Wisconsin we love cheese. In celebration of that fact, every other Tuesday evening, starting July 13, The Savory Spoon in Ellison Bay will host artisan cheesemakers from around Wisconsin.

These cheesemakers bring with them not only the finest cheeses, (from goat, to gouda, to raw milk cheese, and many more) but also a passion to share their knowledge about the cheese making process. More...

Getting to Know Balsamic Vinegar

By Chef Walter Potenza

Balsamic vinegars have been present for about 20 years in mainstream American restaurants and their allure continues to grow in popularity.

However, the presence of this "tart syrup" can be traced back to the end of the Middle Ages in areas between Panaro and Secchia near the city of Modena, in Emilia Romagna. The syrup was initially used for medicinal purposes, rather than culinary, and was sued as vinegar around 1046.

During the Renaissance, noble families were passionate producers and consumers of balsamic vinegars, which had a legendary reputation for bringing people back from the dead. This was an exaggeration, of course, but those who tasted a few drops of real traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena were, in at least one sense of the word, transformed by its complex balance of aromas (sweet and spicy) and tastes (velvety but acidic). More...


Your trip will be complete and memorable with a class at the Savory Spoon Cooking School.

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Gourmet GetawaysGourmet Getaways is the essential guide to planning and getting the most out of a culinary vacation, whether one is a beginning cook or an accomplished gourmet. A soup-to-nuts guide to the top 50 culinary vacations in America

Cook your way across the U.S.A. with this insider guide to America's leading recreational cooking programs. The definitive resource for planning and getting the most out of your culinary vacation, Gourmet Getaways is a must-have for foodies of all tastes and levels of expertise—whether you're a budding chef or a kitchen diva.

From well-known culinary schools to country inns, from a weekend class to a weeklong course, you'll find detailed profiles on a whole menu of cooking school options. Find out who's teaching and what you'll learn, try sample recipes and get cooking tips from the chefs, and discover other area attractions to enjoy during your stay. California's COPIA in the Napa Valley, Wisconsin's Destination Kohler, and Virginia's Inn at Little Washington are just a few of the outstanding getaways profiled. Whatever your skill level, budget, or schedule, Gourmet Getaways has the perfect culinary escape to please your palate!

View an excerpt (pdf) on Savory Spoon in Gourmet Getaways by Joe David, ©2009, Globe Pequot Press

By Julia Chomeau

Right on the main drag of Highway 57 in Ellison Bay sits a modest, two story home. It is the type of home that a person can drive by quite literally hundreds of times without noticing. It is unassuming and may not spark the interest of the average passerby. The moment it starts to get interesting, though, is when you talk to one of the building's new owners, Michael Thomas.

Michael and his wife Janice are the owners of the Savory Spoon Cooking School, in existence since 2004. The school offers a wide range of cooking classes and private events from June through October. Although the couple was happy with the school operating out of their restored 1847 log home, someone who knows Michael's affinity for older home restoration happened to mention the "little schoolhouse" for sale in downtown Ellison Bay. "It wasn't something we were looking for,"Michael says, but he soon went to work on not only the restoration of the building itself - but on the renovation of its proper place in Ellison Bay history. More...

Hungry For WisconsinHUNGRY FOR WISCONSIN - Mary Bergin

In-Home Christenings

Janice Thomas will christen your new baby, but it will be done in the kitchen, not in a church.

The co-owner of Savory Spoon Cooking School, open seasonally and by private arrangement, also travels nationwide to help new homeowners feel more at ease with their appliances.

These kitchen christenings began in 1999, in an old adobe house in Tucson, Ariz. The kitchen was tiny, and an interior designer had recommended that Thomas help acclimate the homeowners to their revamped space.

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