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New Michigan-themed digital cookbook released

Perhaps the only thing that can make Michigan’s agricultural products and inventive locally-produced foods even more tantalizing is when talented chefs combine them and take them to a masterful new level. That’s what makes Taste the Local Difference’s (TLD)new digital cookbook such an exciting addition to Michigan’s foodie culture. The Traverse city-based local food marketing company has

New Michigan-themed digital cookbook released2020-09-02T17:31:18-04:00

Up your summer grill game

Whether it’s a charcoal hibachi at the beach or firing up a gas-powered beast in the backyard, summer is definitely grill season in Michigan. With many of us lounging more at home this year, there’s never been a better time to up your grill game. Here are some flavorful suggestions. Fish Grilled fish is a really healthy

Up your summer grill game2020-07-26T22:37:10-04:00

Six scoops of uniquely Michigan ice cream

There are few things more refreshing and decadent on a hot summer day than a sweet, creamy, scrumptious scoop of ice cream. Summer road trips often include stops at great joints like Marion’s Dairy Bar in East Tawas, House of Flavors in Ludington, Roaring 20’s in Flushing, The Frozen Flamingo in Munising, and of course the aptly-entitled

Six scoops of uniquely Michigan ice cream2020-07-29T10:16:02-04:00

10 gifts that will make your dad’s day

June means it’s time to turn our attention toward the contribution of the dads and father figures in our lives. These days, when many of us have had to be apart, this holiday has some extra significance. It is also a more important year than ever to thank your dad with gifts that keep dollars close to

10 gifts that will make your dad’s day2020-06-10T16:31:05-04:00

Honoring mom while spending locally

Like most things these days, this will be an especially interesting Mother’s Day. Some families that are usually apart on that day have been quarantined together, while others who are typically able to spend the day together, will be separated for safety. Regardless of circumstance, there are several wonderful ways you can honor mom, while staying safe,

Honoring mom while spending locally2020-05-08T10:53:16-04:00

10 ways to help local businesses through these tough times

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on our economy, but we can work together to minimize the negative impact. Place carryout orders from local restaurants One of the easiest ways to help, and let’s face it, give yourself a break too, is to pick up a curbside carry-out from your favorite

10 ways to help local businesses through these tough times2020-04-22T16:07:17-04:00

12 Michigan honorees are among 2020 James Beard semifinalists

There is perhaps no more prestigious honor in the restaurant world than to be acknowledged by the James Beard Foundation. Today, there are a dozen chefs and eateries in Michigan with reason to celebrate. The foundation has announced its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists, and Michigan, particularly Detroit, is well-represented. Best New Restaurant: Saffron De

12 Michigan honorees are among 2020 James Beard semifinalists2020-03-04T17:28:53-05:00

Plum Market Kitchen opens at Henry Ford Museum

What was once a small chain of Plum Market grocery shops has gradually expanded into several go-to destinations around Metro Detroit. The latest of these Plum Market Kitchens has now opened in the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Plum Market Kitchen is a small-format spin-off of the full organics-focused grocery stores with which the company started.

Plum Market Kitchen opens at Henry Ford Museum2020-03-04T13:38:23-05:00

How did a doughnut get its own holiday?

One of the most significant elements that makes up the food culture of any region is the ethnicity of the people that settle in that area because they bring with them the traditions of their land of origin. One such example is the influx of Polish immigrants to the Detroit area in the late 1800s and early

How did a doughnut get its own holiday?2020-03-04T13:40:59-05:00

Michigan’s Super Bowl super foods

They say that Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to food consumption in a single day in America. That means a lot of dollars being spent, and whether placing an order, or relying on grocery stores, there are plenty of ways to keep things simple and local for the big game. Popcorn

Michigan’s Super Bowl super foods2020-03-04T13:51:47-05:00

‘Tis the season for winter squash

If they’re grown in the summer and sold in the fall, why are so many fruits (yes, they are fruits not veggies) considered to be winter squash? Pumpkins, buttercup, butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash are all part of this family, which is harvested and eaten in the mature fruit stage, meaning the seeds have matured fully and

‘Tis the season for winter squash2020-03-04T15:06:35-05:00

Top 10 tips for picking your own apples

The air is getting crisper and so are Michigan’s apples. September and October are prime apple-picking months and there are U-Pick orchards all over the state for some fresh food and family fun. Before you head out, here are ten tips for a fruitful experience. Plan Ahead Before you choose your destination orchard, do some investigative work. Find

Top 10 tips for picking your own apples2020-03-04T15:07:49-05:00

5 unique snacks you just have to try

The season of road trips, picnics, and beach days is upon us. What better time than now to up your snack game? These unique options will tantalize your palate and perhaps even surprise a guest or two. Original Cinnful Crunch When I was a kid I absolutely loved buttered toast, topped with cinnamon and sugar. It was

5 unique snacks you just have to try2020-03-04T15:09:15-05:00

Family recipe sparks delectable adventure

Throughout the years of running this campaign I’ve met many food producers across the state with remarkably similar origin stories. It all starts with a phenomenal family recipe, followed by the encouragement of loved ones, and then some innovative twists of their own. Granny’s Confections in Howell is no exception to this path to success. In their case it

Family recipe sparks delectable adventure2020-03-04T15:09:43-05:00

Why I got into beekeeping

The origin of my business, Sunrise Side Honey, LLC, goes way back to when I was a kid, growing up spending most of my summers all across the great state of Michigan. Outdoor activities have and always will be a part of my life and because of that, beekeeping just seemed like a natural progression that could achieve

Why I got into beekeeping2020-03-04T14:57:14-05:00

Michigan’s 2019 James Beard semi-finalists

America just shined its spotlight on the Academy Awards, and now it turns toward the “Oscars” of the food industry, otherwise known as the James Beard Awards. These culinary accolades seek to honor the skill and expertise of top chefs and restaurants across the nation each year. The process begins in mid-October of the preceding year when

Michigan’s 2019 James Beard semi-finalists2020-03-04T14:53:06-05:00

Kellogg’s introduces whimsical new cereal for Easter season.

There are several sure signs that spring is around the corner: the Detroit Tigers report to Florida for training camp, crocuses start to burst through the snow, and Peeps candies begin to appear on store shelves all over the place. Most commonly in the form of little yellow chicks, the soft marshmallow treats have been around for

Kellogg’s introduces whimsical new cereal for Easter season.2020-03-04T14:55:19-05:00

Michigan maple weekends are back

Long before European settlers came to Michigan, maple syrup was an agricultural staple. The spring thaw would start sap flowing, and Native Americans tapped the trees to collect the sap then boiled it down to create sweet syrup. While the process has remained essentially the same, most makers employ more advanced equipment during the boiling process than

Michigan maple weekends are back2020-03-04T14:55:36-05:00

Highlights of MSU’s 2018 Making It In Michigan Conference

Each November, the MSU Product Center, part of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, brings together food producers, buyers, and representatives from supporting entities for Making It In Michigan. Part trade show expo and part educational conference, the Lansing event seeks to advance the success of agricultural-related endeavors in the state. The 2018 gathering is now

Highlights of MSU’s 2018 Making It In Michigan Conference2018-12-17T09:09:24-05:00

Corridor Sausage lands in Kroger stores

Chefs Will Branch and Zachary Klein first met in what is now known as Midtown in Detroit, but back then the area was more commonly known as “Cass Corridor.” Thus, when the two decided to team up and start making sausage, it seemed only natural to name their company Corridor Sausage. The pair has come a long

Corridor Sausage lands in Kroger stores2020-03-04T14:43:13-05:00

Uncle Ray’s to remain official potato chip of Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball fans may need to change these familiar lyrics, “Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the park, buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back,” to include Uncle Ray’s chips. The league announced yesterday that it has renewed its partnership with Detroit-based Uncle Ray's as

Uncle Ray’s to remain official potato chip of Minor League Baseball2020-03-04T14:45:02-05:00

Los Angeleno recommends her BMNFest favorites

I'm sitting on a plane, listening to the list of snack options being presented to me by my American Airlines attendant, turning them all down, knowing I have something with me that's even better.  Rosted Spicy Crunchy Lentils. Otherwise known as My Latest Obsession. Have you had these things? They are crunchy, spicy, tasty goodness in a snack-sized

Los Angeleno recommends her BMNFest favorites2020-03-04T14:34:42-05:00

$100,000 Awarded to ten healthy food enterprises

Michigan is fortunate to have the resources to grow an abundance of healthy foods. Yet, residents of the state, particularly in urban areas, do not always have access to that bounty. In its latest effort to make healthy food more accessible, the Michigan Good Food Fund recently awarded $10,000 to each of ten conscientious food enterprises throughout

$100,000 Awarded to ten healthy food enterprises2020-03-04T14:36:34-05:00

Frankenmuth Cheese Haus celebrates 50 Years

If you’ve ever been to Frankenmuth, especially with kids, chances are you recognize the iconic Cheese Haus mouse. Thousands of families have stopped to see him for what used to be a photo opportunity, but is now better known as a selfie. Most, then wandered into the famous shop, which may well be why it’s celebrating 50

Frankenmuth Cheese Haus celebrates 50 Years2020-03-04T14:33:15-05:00
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