Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
Kermis or Kermesse is a Belgian term derived from 'kerk' (church) and 'mis' (mass). With its origins in a mass said upon a parish's anniversary the Walloon Belgians of southern Door County also celebrate a Kermis during the late summer harvest season. It's a festival with music and dance accompanied with ethnic food. Nowadays only the food is ethnic. Some of my readers might not know that the largest concentration of Belgians of Walloonian descent (outside of Belgium) can only be found in Brown, Kewaunee and Door Counties. I'm not making that up. Only in northeast Wisconsin. Kermis is a time to celebrate with both prayer and festivities to give thanks for the bounty of the harvest.
Since September of 2011 readers from all over North America and beyond have been visiting WauwatosaNOW to learn about how to make crispy crunchy sweet pickles. Lest you doubt that claim check out the lower right-hand corner of the home page under the category: Most Popular. Usually right around the start of July that old blog post finds its way to the list and is frequently at or near the top. There is a remote chance I may have become one of the World Wide Web’s foremost authorities on crispy crunchy sweet pickles.