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Doug Berdan column: Northwoods Easter baskets - now there's an idea

7:48 PM, Mar. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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Today, as we're seated around tables full of food, let's enjoy the company of family and the laughter of children as they merrily search for Easter baskets. Embrace your faith if you so choose and sometime during the day, if you don't mind, patiently explain to those children that rabbits don't actually lay eggs. You might just save your child from having to explain some very odd answers on a seventh-grade science quiz.

I'll actually spend some time today looking for an Easter basket as well. I plan to search the riverbank just south of the spillway in Stevens Point. Coincidentally, I will have a spinning rod and tackle box with me, just in case there's no basket to find. It usually takes me a solid four hours to search for my basket. I have yet to find one, but this could be my year.

As a kid, I could polish off the contents of an Easter basket in a single sitting. Chocolate bunnies, Cadbury Eggs and marshmallow Peeps were no match for me, no matter the copious amounts of sugar involved. If I were to attempt such a thing now, I wouldn't stop shaking for a month. Besides, it really bugs the wife when I don't blink for days on end. The biggest problem with Easter baskets is that they really aren't geared toward adults, which got me thinking. If I were to find a basket alongside the riverbank, what would I like to find inside?

Instead of the chocolate bunnies, I'd prefer to find a big bag of fresh cheese curds. If there's cheese in the basket, there should probably be some wine as well. A bottle of cranberry wine from Three Lakes Winery would be my preference, though the wine aficionados in my life tell me a chardonnay would be better. Seeing as chocolate shouldn't be left out altogether, it would be nice to find a couple of tidbits from Dan's Minocqua Fudge nestled in next to the cheese curds and, what's that? Why, it's a package of Cajun brats from Townline Market in Wausau - perfect! Assuming the Easter Bunny doesn't have the funds to include keys to a new bass boat, a matched pair of lures from Rollie and Helen's Musky Shop is the perfect alternative for topping off the basket.

As I look over my list, I'm suddenly hoping that this is indeed my year. As I see it, I've created the ultimate Northwoods Easter basket! Hopefully this basket finds its way into my hands today. Actually, there's not much hope needed. If I don't find this basket hidden somewhere, I'm just going to make it for myself!

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