A Century of Garlic

More than two decades ago, Penny Murphy, owner of Ma’s Organic in Benton Township in southwest Michigan made a commitment to a 90-year-old woman, the aunt of an acquaintance who had immigrated to America from the Ukraine 75 years earlier.                “She wanted me to continue growing the Ukraine rose garlic she’d brought with her,”…

32 Years of Celebrating Cherries in Southwest Michigan

The results—and the recipes are in—from this year’s 32nd Cherry Baking Contest at the Eau Claire Cherry Festival held in Eau Claire, Michigan.  Contestants could enter one or more of the six categories: Cake, Bread, Pie, Dessert, Miscellaneous and Quick and Easy Mixes, a category where entrants can use cake mixes, pie fillings and other…

The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Nisha Vora Chicago Book Signing

In her debut cookbook The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Wholesome, Indulgent Plant-Based Recipes, Nisha Vora, the popular food blogger, photographer and content creator at Rainbow Plant Life, shows how to quickly put together delicious and nutritious dinners in an instant pot pressure cooker. A proponent of exciting, beautiful and tasty vegan cuisine, Vora, a graduate…

Summer Fun: Round Barn Artisan Market

Looking to fill your Saturday with shopping, wine, and music? Toast to local artisans from Northwest Indiana to Southwest Michigan! Round Barn Estate is hosting The Round Barn Artisan Market on July 20, 2019 from 11:00AM to 7:00PM. Enjoy al fresco shopping, sipping, and live music by Steely James and Red Deluxe Brand at one of Michigan’s…

On a High Plateau: Cameron Trading Post

              The words “historic restaurant” almost always pulls me to a stop and that was true last week when I was driving down US-89 about an hour north of Flagstone and saw the sign for the Cameron Trading Post in Cameron, Arizona, a small town seemingly consisting of a gas station, Burger King and laundromat.…

In the Kitchen with Bruno

              After reading Martin Walker’s The Body in the Castle Well, the 14th book in the series about Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges, I Googled real estate listings in the Périgord, known for its castles, caves, gastronomy and lush landscape of rolling hills, woods and vineyards. From Walker’s description, this region in southwestern France seems…