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

Danielle Walker’s “Eat What You Love”

I love the premise of Danielle Walker’s latest cookbook, Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort You Crave, with its idea that even if you’re gluten-intolerant (which so many people seem to be), have a dairy allergy, suffer from an autoimmune disease, are following a Paleo diet or just want to incorporate healthy eating a few…

Churchill’s Cookbook

It’s not pleasant to imagine what the world might have been like if Winston Churchill hadn’t been able to persuade his chef, Georgina Landemare to leave the kitchen where she was making a pudding and head down to the basement bomb shelter with him. The date was October 14, 1940 and the Germans were doing…

King of Heirloom Apples

         We take the concept of heirloom or heritage fruits and vegetables as common place nowadays. But I was reminded how unfamiliar the concept was just several decades ago and how Herb Teichman, the owner of Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, Michigan who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88, was…

Get Outside for Winter Fun: Hot Chocolate Comes Later

Like to be outside but don’t want to peddle a fat bike up a snow-covered hill? Treetops offers horse-driven sleigh rides, and for serious foodies, there’s their Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinners. Garland Lodge and Golf Resort in Lewiston, Michigan, features 30-minute sleigh rides. The sleigh rides at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman, Michigan, includes elk-viewing…

Lost Restaurant Recipes Found: Finally, the famous Mead Chicken Recipe!!

            In the years I’ve been writing about food for the Herald Palladium, the largest newspaper in Southwest Michigan, I’ve received many requests from readers for recipes but undoubtedly the most popular request has been for the fried chicken and Cole slaw recipes from Mead’s Chicken Nook,  a very popular eatery in Benton Harbor and…

Lighten Up, Y’all: Virginia Willis Yummy French & Southern Cuisine

Georgia-born, French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has cooked with Julia Child and cooked for President Bill Clinton but when she found herself in “unhealthy situation.” She was overweight and her cholesterol and glucose numbers were way too high. So she decided to take a new approach to Southern cooking, combining her education at L’Academie de Cuisine and her…

It’s Always Five O’Clock Somewhere: Geoffrey Zacharian

An hour before Geoffrey Zakarian’s Interactive Cooking Demonstration at the 77th Senior PGA Championship began, the large room at the KitchenAid Fairway Club at Harbor Shores was already standing room only. But when Zakarian, star and/or producer of six television shows including the Food Network’s The Kitchen, Cooks Vs. Cons, Chopped and Iron Chef American…

French Fries and Heavy Cream: Staying Slim the Quebecoise Way

First of all, I’ve found that books with titles like French Women Don’t Get Fat, well, unfortunately they’re true.  There should also be books titled French Men Don’t Get Fat though I haven’t seen any on the book shelves yet. I’m in Quebec on a family vacation and this place is full of skinny French…