July Contest Spotlight
Writers are People with Guts and a Pen
There is an old frontier saying “A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse” and we are pretty sure that “A writer is someone with guts and a pen.”
It takes guts to write a book, more guts to publish it, and even more to enter it in a contest. We have seem many authors who had the guts to enter and reaped the rewards.
Cooking Up the Past
High-Quality Cookware Aims to Enhance Kitchens
When Sara Dahmen brings her Housekeeper Crockery line to Cedarburg’s Rustic Palate Saturday,
she’ll be returning something to downtown
Cedarburg that hasn’t been in its kitchens for more than 100 years: highquality, American-made kitchenware. “Everyone talks about the importance
of natural, organic, locally grown food, but we really don’t think about what we are cooking in,” said Dahmen, the founder of Port Washington-based Housekeeper Cookery. “We really should. We take this wonderful food and we throw it into cookware that is made from impure materials and leaches chemicals into our foods.”
Award Winning Novel
Inspiration for Housekeeper Crockery, “Doctor Kinney’s HouseKeeper” takes First Place at the Laramie Awards
Laramie Awards 2015 First Place Category Winning Titles
The Laramie Awards writing competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Western Fiction. The LARAMIE Awards is a division of the Chanticleer Awards International Writing Competitions.
Congratulations to the 2015 Laramie Awards First In Category Award Winning Western Fiction Novels:
- Women’s Historical: Sara Dahman – Doctor Kinney’s HouseKeeper
A year ago today, local author, Sara Dahmen, released her first novel, Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper. A first place winner of the Chanticleer Book Review for Women’s Historical Fiction, the story is set in the Dakota Territories in the late 1800’s, and nearly everything important in the book takes place in the kitchen. The story, along with a love of cooking and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, inspired Dahmen’s latest venture: a line of historically-inspired cookware called Housekeeper Crockery.
“I wanted to go one step beyond the food discussion,” said Dahmen. “We’re buying organic, local, sustainable food, but when we bring it home, what do we cook it in? Cookware made in China with a bazillion chemicals in it.”
Housekeeper Crockery consists of a line of cast iron and copper pots and pans, ceramic bowls, wooden spoons, and cotton towels that are entirely made in America. In fact, the cast iron is poured in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, and the pottery comes from Rowe Pottery in Cambridge, Wisconsin.