Roasted Sweet Potatoes for the Holidays

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we’ve provided some of our holiday favorites. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling potatoes after cooked
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lay the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle the oil, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the potatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes in oven or until tender.
  3. Take sweet potatoes out of the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil.

This recipe was provided by Food Network. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.


Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch oval baking dish.
  2. Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, and spices. Pour into the dish.
  3. To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.
  4. Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm.

This recipe was provided by Food Network. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.


**Holiday Hours

Our offices will be closed the following days in December and January:

Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25

New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1

We wish you all a warm and happy holiday season filled with family, friends and good times!

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


Ashleigh Asleson Attains CISR Designation

The designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) has been conferred on Ashleigh Asleson, Commercial Insurance Service Agent at Hierl Insurance, Inc, following her successful completion of a comprehensive insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives.

This accomplishment is affirmed by the President of the Society of CISR, Dr. William T. Hold, Ph.D., CIC, CPCU, CLU. The full CISR credentials were sent to Asleson on November 8, 2019, in official confirmation of the achievement.

The Society of CISR is a key member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, the nation’s preeminent provider of insurance and risk management education. The National Alliance conducts more than 2,500 programs annually throughout all 50 states, Virgin Islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico and around the world. This program is designed to serve a variety of individuals practicing insurance so that they may better serve their clients’ needs and requirements. Currently, more than 28,000 agents and insurance professionals throughout the country and world have received the CISR designation.

Asleson has demonstrated her professional competence through the successful completion of the five CISR courses and the corresponding comprehensive examinations that focus on all major fields of commercial casualty and property, personal residential and auto, personal lines, agency operations, life, and health, and risk management.

To learn more about Hierl Insurance, please contact Cathleen Christensen at (920) 921-5921.

About Hierl Insurance Inc.

A third-generation family-owned business, Hierl’s goal is for you to “Expect More and Demand Better.” Since 1919, Hierl has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce. With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness creates a great business team. Learn more at hierl.com.


Pennie's Heartwarming Banana Bread

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Pennie Hildebrant to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Pennie

Pennie is the current Property & Casualty Client Services representative at Hierl Insurance.

Pennie has been with Hierl for more the 24 years and is a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and CIRS (Certified Insurance Service Representative) in the Property & Casualty department.

During her free time, Pennie enjoys boating in spring and summer and during the fall, loves hopping on the back of her motorcycle for colorful rides. She also enjoys traveling and enjoys spending time after work gardening and hanging out with friends. Pennie has two children.

Learn more about Pennie. 


Heart-Warming & Homemade Banana Bread

“This is an all time favorite that makes everyone smile.” -Pennie

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 stick of margarine or butter ( melted)
  • 8 TBL cold water
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients except for the eggs.
  3. Mix in egg yolks to batter and beat egg whites.  Fold egg whites.
  4. Place in greased loaf pan.  Bake a 350 degrees for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.


Pennie loves to dine out at Blanck’s Lake Aire in Fond du Lac. One of her favorite dishes at Blanck’s is the baked haddock along with their amazing salad bar.

Get more about Blanck’s Lake Aire on the restaurant’s website.

Check out their menu.

Blanck’s Lake Aire is rated 3.5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


White Chicken Chili with Cathleen

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Cathleen Christensen to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Cathleen

Cathleen is the current Vice President, Property & Casualty of Hierl.

Cathleen has a yellow lab named Bella and a rag-doll cat named Capone. In 2015, she began keeping chickens and since then she’s added a few ducklings to her family!

In her free time, Cathleen enjoys gardenings and traveling Spain and other new places with her husband who is a college & youth soccer coach.

Read Cathleen’s Full Bio Here


White Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 (15-1/2 ounces) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (other white beans can be substituted like cannellini)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 (4 ounces) can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Tabasco sauce (optional)

Directions

In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté onions in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except for the sour cream and cheese.

Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until heated through. Shortly before serving, add sour cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. If you like a little kick add a few shakes of Tabasco sauce.

 


When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Cathleen and her family enjoy Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub in Fond du Lac. Ala Roma offers delicious and authentic food, made from scratch using high-quality ingredients.

Get more about Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub on the restaurant’s website.

View Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub’s menu.

Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


Scott Smeaton, CIC, CRM, Attends Certified Insurance Counselor Institute

Scott Smeaton, CIC, CRM, Attends Certified Insurance Counselor Institute

Scott Smeaton, CIC, CRM, Executive Vice President of Hierl Insurance Inc. of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin has successfully completed the annual continuing education requirement of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors and Certified Risk Managers.

To earn these prestigious designations, Scott Smeaton attended ten courses covering all phases of the insurance and risk management business and passed ten comprehensive examinations.  Additionally, The National Alliance requires annual attendance in the program to maintain the designation.

Scott Smeaton, a thirty year veteran of the industry, believes the insurance and risk management profession is best served by those who acquire and maintain a high standard of professionalism by meeting the continuing education requirements of the Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Management programs.

About Hierl Insurance

A third-generation family owned business, Hierl’s goal is for you to “Expect More and Demand Better.” Since 1919, Hierl has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce. With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness creates a great business team. Learn more at hierl.com.


Nicole Sumner Promoted to Employee Benefits Service Agent and Earns Accident & Health License

Nicole Sumner Promoted to Employee Benefits Service Agent and Earns Accident & Health License

Nicole Sumner, EB Service Agent, Hierl Insurance, Inc. of Fond du Lac, has successfully completed the Accident and Health training course through Kaplan, as well as took and passed the licensing exam, earning her Accident and Health license.

Starting at Hierl as an Administrative Assistant, Nicole is an honors graduate from Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Human Resources. She spent her earlier employment years at Agnesian Healthcare, where she filled multiple roles such as delivering patient meal trays, working the hospital coffee shop, and cashiering at the hospital cafeteria.

After a year, Nicole moved into the Pharmacy Department where she worked as a Salesclerk, helping customers with questions about their prescriptions and was the assistant to the Pharmacists and Technicians. This assistant work led her to be a perfect fit for the Administrative Assistant position at Hierl.

Due to her dedication, work ethic, and newly required qualifications, Nicole makes a great addition to the Hierl team as an Employee Benefits Service Agent. Having received this promotion, Nicole commented, “I’m very excited to join the EB team at Hierl. I look forward to learning about the EB processes in depth, as well as using my HR knowledge to assist the team.”

About Hierl Insurance

A third-generation family owned business, Hierl’s goal is for you to “Expect More and Demand Better.” Since 1919, Hierl has earned the trust of Wisconsin employers by using insight and innovative technology to create unique strategies that protect business owners, their employees and their budgets. Hierl’s mission is to provide clients with the wisdom and tools necessary to build a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce. With locations in Fond du Lac and Appleton, Hierl’s expertise in employee benefits, commercial insurance, human resources and wellness creates a great business team. Learn more at hierl.com.


A Universally Loved Recipe: Cheesy Potatoes

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Ashleigh Asleson to provide us with her favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Ashleigh

Ashleigh is a Commercial Insurance Services Agent at Hierl.

Ashleigh is a lifelong Wisconsin resident who is passionate about being involved in her church and enjoys volunteering at the food pantry, taking part in food packaging events, and lending a helping hand wherever needed in her community.

In her free time, Ashleigh loves spending time with her husband, three dogs, and chickens. She and her husband are passionate about working in their yard and enjoy renovating their old farmhouse. Read Ashleigh’s full bio here.


Cheesy Potatoes

This recipe is great for any occasion and can be paired with any meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in hash browns and 1-1/2 cups cheese. Cook, covered, on low until potatoes are tender, 4-5 hours, sprinkling with remaining cheese during the last 5 minutes.

 

This recipe was provided by Taste of Home. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.


When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Ashleigh and her family enjoy Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub in Fond du Lac. Her favorite dish is…everything! “You can’t go wrong with Italian food!”

Learn more about Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub on the restaurant’s website.

Ala Roma Pizzeria & Pub is rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


Mike Hierl's Good Ole Ribeye

Welcome to our monthly Dish segment. This month, we asked Mike Hierl to provide us with his favorite Dine In and Dine Out choices. Check them out below and let us know if you give them a try!

A Little Bit About Mike

Michael Hierl is the third-generation owner and current President of Hierl Insurance, Inc.

Mike is married with 2 children and 2 dogs. He enjoys physical activities such as golf, hunting, running, and biking. Mike also has his pilot’s license and has parachuted twice: once in college and another time with friends and family a year later.

Mike is the current President of Hierl Insurance, Inc and is the third generation owner. He is a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He has since earned the designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

Learn more about Mike


The Good Ole Ribeye

Ingredients

Ribeye Rub:

Directions

Preheat a grill to high heat.

Place ribeye steaks on a large platter and season with rub on all sides. Transfer seasoned steaks to the hot grill, and cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side for medium-rare, longer if desired. Remove steaks and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

 

This recipe was provided by Food Network. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.


When It’s a Great Time to Go Out

Mike and his family enjoy Gino’s in Fond du Lac. Mike loves to order the caesar salad and a pizza of choice.

“At Gino’s Italian Restaurant, you can indulge in authentic Italian food without breaking the bank. From sauces to dough, everything is made from scratch.” Get more about Gino’s on the restaurant’s website.

Gino’s is rated 4.0 stars on Trip Advisor.

Thank-you for joining us for this month’s Dish! Don’t forget to come back next month for a new one.


Hierl100: Bucking Trends and Breaking Glass Ceilings

Sisters of St. Agnes

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes was founded in Barton, Wisconsin, on August 12, 1858. Father Caspar Rehrl, an Austrian missionary, established a sisterhood of pioneer women under the patronage of St. Agnes of Rome to whom he had a special devotion. At first, the group suffered such untold hardship that, for a few months in 1861, it was reduced to one blind sister.

In 1863, the fledgling community gained new life and leadership when, in 1864 at the age of 17, Mother Agnes Hazotte was elected general superior. She directed the move from Barton to Fond du Lac, WI, in 1870 and served as the community’s leader until her death in 1905. In 1870, Father Francis Haas, OFM Capuchin, became the spiritual director of the community and assisted in revising the original rule.

These three founders paved the way for growth and expansion. Today the Sisters of St. Agnes minister with simplicity, hospitality, and missionary zeal in the United States and Latin America.

Thank you, Sisters of St. Agnes for your partnership over all of these years.

Trivia of the Month

What Fond du Lac woman is behind the famous catchphrase “quack, quack”?