Author: Jane Simon Ammeson

Jane Simon Ammeson is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, food and personalities. She writes frequently for Northwest Indiana Times, Edible Michiana, AAA Home & Away, Heartland Boating, Lakeland Boating, Cleveland Magazine, Long Weekends Magazine, Travel Indiana and the Herald Palladium where she has a weekly food column. Her Bindu travel apps include Michigan Road Trips and Indiana Journeys. She also writes the weekly book review column Shelf Life for the Northwest Indiana Times, has authored ten books including Hauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest, Murders That Made Headlines: Crimes of Indiana, A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana, Brown County, Indiana and East Chicago. She is a restaurant reviewer for Gayot.com and is also a James Beard Foundation nominating judge for the Great Lakes Region. Jane’s base camp is Stevensville, Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. Follow Jane at facebook.com/janesimonammeson; twitter.com/hpammeson; twitter.com/travelfoodin and on her blogs nwitimes.com/niche/shore/blogs/will-travel-for-food and janeammesion.blog

WHAT ARE THE BEST WINES IN INDIANA?

The Judges have Spoken Judging for the 17th Annual Indiana Wine Fair took place on May 4 and 5, 2019, in the Old Barn at Story Indiana. Eight judges participated: Matt Gordon, Lou Melillo, Joe Persinger, Yael Ksander, Adrian Lee, Nicole Lee, Justine Fearnow and Rick Hofstetter. The wines were grouped into seven categories. All…

It’s That Time of the Year: Get Set! Go Grill!

             These last few days of warm weather, sunshine and blue skies is all the incentive that outdoor cooking enthusiast Patti Kenworthy needed to fire up the grill.   Kenworthy of Stevensville, located in Southwest Michigan, who is the Instructional Manager of Culinary Arts and Catering Management at the Van Buren Technology Center in Lawrence, Michigan…

The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends

Elizabeth Minchilli, who has lived in Italy for a quarter of a century, has created a way for all of us to experience certain special food events that comprise the country’s heritage in much the same way as their monuments (think The Colosseum, St. Peter’s and the Leaning Tower of Pisa) are must-sees for visitors.…

The 1845 Brass Tavern Inn Cookbook

Vintage recipes from a historic stagecoach restaurant and inn. In 1845 when the Brass Tavern and Inn first opened its doors on the corner of Old Pike and Old Highway in what is now Munster, the journey from this section of Northwest Indiana into Chicago took about a day. Because the journey was hard (travelers…

50 Ways to Love Wine More: Adventures in Wine Appreciation!

Jim Laughren wants to keep it real when talking about wine. No pretensions, no superciliousness. It’s about what you like, not what the big time wine critics say you should like says Laughren, author of 50 Ways to Love Wine More: Adventures in Wine Appreciation! (Crosstown Publishing 2018; $26.95), an NYC Big Book Award winner…

Very Valloladid Indeed

The heat of a Yucatan summer day is peaking as we walk stairs carved out of stone to swim in the refreshing waters of Cenote Dzitnup with its magnificent rock formations, dripping stalactites and sprouting stalagmites. Floating on our backs, we can see shafts of daylight far above us pouring through the domed rock ceiling…

Glory Days

So posh it needs only two words in its name, The Getty is really two places, the much better known Getty Center and the magnificent Getty Villa, a recreation of a Roman country house circa 1 A.D. The latter is all-ancient Roman and Greek art—running the gamut of paintings, pottery, sculptures, glass and all that…

So Sweet: Michigan Maple Syrup

            Early spring is sweet in Southwest Michigan when the sap rises ready to be harvested and turned into sticky sugary and wonderful maple syrup.            Surprisingly, there are many maple syrup producers in Southwest Michigan, some who market their syrup throughout the state and beyond and others who are known locally and sell just…