Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Want to come over for lunch?

Grilled multigrain bread from Detroit's Avalon bakery 
with Brie and sliced Michigan peaches,
and a few drops of balsamic vinegar - the real stuff. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Argus Farm Stop

Argus Farm Stop was worth the wait.  With the clear mission of selling goods of local farmers, they knocked it out of the park!  The vibe is fun.  The service friendly.   The merchandise selection is very wide, with heirloom and specialty items that chefs might be looking for. 

Check it out at Argus Farm Stop or stop by 325 West Liberty.






Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Biercamp

Dropped in Biercamp today for a sausage craving, and stumbled upon this new-to-me goodie, a house made pancake mix.  The ingredients were just as if I would have made it myself, flour, leavening, sugar & salt. But convenient because it's all portioned out. It's really quite genius for a sausage store to throw in a bag of pancake mix.
I turned it into a fantastic waffle foundation by following the recipe on the back- except for two changes. I separated the eggs, whisking the whites to semi soft peaks to fold in at the end while combining the yolks with the buttermilk. I also added two Michigan zucchini, grated and squeezed to rid extra liquid, and a little bit of ground cumin, chili and black pepper.
Topped with some green zebra jam (see earlier post), paired with a caprese salad and of course a mouth watering Biercamp sausage.  Let's just say there were no leftovers. 





Monday, September 08, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

CAP 144: breakfast and pantry, week 2

I suppose getting the least exciting breakfast station for the first week of live service means that it's now out of the way:  sandwiches, smoothies, quiche, salad & fruit.  However, my team used the opportunity to get to know each other better and bang out some pretty wonderful little bites to accompany the more traditional breakfast items. 





Thursday, September 04, 2014

Tomato season: Green zebra

An heirloom variety that has a mouth tingling balance of sweet and tart, the green zebra is ripe when green. It makes a fantastic jam, seen below with an Indian influence -cumin, cayenne, garlic, & ginger.



Diced and boiled with cider vinegar, brown sugar and spices.
Paired perfectly with these fluffy hush puppies!


Friday, August 29, 2014

We wait all year for the Cider mill to open. I'm very happy to announce that it has reopened. But it's a Good thing that the best donuts in town are only available for 10 weeks....

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Zegli take Acadia

We hit Acadia national park so hard this week, biking & hiking, that Mama ate as much crab as she wanted.  And what spectacular local Bar Harbor crab it was! It beat the lobster, which I wasn't expecting. It was finely shredded and succulent, and perfect in cakes, curried salad, grilled crab sammies. We have been driving all day, are away from the great ocean and back in the land of the lakes. At least I have Monahan's. Right?!

Here were a few highlights.
First lobster roll of the week at RedBarn in Augusta.

Even the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are special on vacation. Pb layered with fluff, Maine blueberry jam, sliced bananas & cinnamon.

Grilled crab and cheddar on whole grain. Preceded by crab Louis dip at Thurstons in Bass harbor.

Best for last: the Burning tree in Otter Creek. My kind of creative combinations of smart concepts and playful flavors led us back a second time. The above was a crab Napoleon: pappadum layered with spoonfuls of lightly curried crab salad. So wonderful! 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A tomato sandwich



White lotus farms Sesame levain
Sliced Avocado
Green zebra heirloom tomato
Kale pesto
Red chili oil drizzle

Come over...&  I'll make you one!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Ummm, no!

I don't normally do negative blog posts. It's not my style. But this stuff is terribly atrocious!! DO NOT buy it. It bites your tongue and throat with an awful nail polish poisonous water flavor, with the added benefit of an aspartame aftertaste. 
A complete Waste of money and swallows. I took one sip and poured the rest down the drain, violently. I normally don't fall for the skinny girl rigamarole, but the end cap at Meijer suckered me. Damn! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Birthday bash

Sometimes I get the urge to cook an extravaganza. I'm always happy when it lines up with someone's birthday- because then I'm honestly grateful that I get the excuse to cook for a couple hours uninterrupted for someone I love. Last night's meal was no exception: 

Maryland crabbies: with spicy mayo and smoked paprika tartar
Fried green tomatoes: with garlic scape ranch 
Olive oil poached gulf shrimp: the texture on these was incredibly sexy
Michigan garden flatbreads (rubbed with kale pesto topped with charred corn salad and homegrown sweet pea sprouts) 

These sprouts gave their life for you Buns!

Passion fruit key lime bars were the sweet course, but it looks like theygot eaten before they were photo-ed.

Monday, July 28, 2014

west side of the mitten

live at Sonic lunch last Thursday



Don't ever drive by this fishery in Ludington, MI thinking it's just a shack. Oh man, will you be sorry. 





You can get it smoked....



or dipped lightly in crumbs & flash fried. 
Then you can take it across the street to Bortell's landing and watch Lake Michigan's clear waters as you enjoy.  Warning: bring your own ketchup. And ask for extra salt!









Friday, July 25, 2014

I scream, you scream!

Jeni's ice cream is mouth slapping good.  Usually ice cream is rich, sweet and satisfies your need for a cool treat, but even your favorite is only mildly flavored. But Jeni's ice cream is different.  It takes real flavors of desserts that are also your favorites and turns them into amazing concoctions of deliciousness.

Check out their website that has picto-stories of certain flavors, and is just generally cool.
Preview Sweet Cream Biscuits & peach jam. 

In Ann Arbor you can buy Jeni's at Plum Market in pints. Otherwise spend a few extra dollars and get a party pack shipped to your house. It's an indulgent luxury but it's worth it!  It's especially sweet because it hails from Columbus, Ohio, the city of my new cool sister-in-law, Emily.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

a photo story: making Elderflower cordial

I found some of these on my property, and others off the side of the road nearby.  Is foraging the same as stealing?


add lemon slices and zest of lemon
cover with simple syrup
set overnight & strain.  mix with soda water and a splash of Hendricks gin




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Smack in the middle of summer

Farmers market finds:

White lotus heaven:
A goat crottin & baguette

With this for dinner:
Brown butter trout 
On a bed of Brown rice salad 
Of wilted kale and zatar viniagrette





Countdown until school starts: 4 weeks


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

High summer

Garden bounty: cool and wet defines this summer.  

a new lavender patch for the honeybees

a butternut hiding in the parsley patch
brussels!!

broccoli which gets eaten in its raw state by my little guy

calendula

marigold (for beeswax soap)

look who made it inside!