Fantastic news for foodies! The Pure Michigan Cookbook is hot off the presses at Sheridan Books, in Ann Arbor.
There’s no better way to discover the essence and spirit of a place than through its local foods and wines, and Michigan offers some of the richest food experiences anywhere. This book celebrates and captures those unique flavors.
Tim Chilcote, a freelance writer and a Great Lakes enthusiast, takes us on a visit to the DeKlein family orchard. Get your taste buds ready, because it’s time for chestnuts!
Mark DeKlein is heir to DeKlein Orchards, a family-run chestnut farm located southwest of Grand Rapids. I first met Mark at a tailgate in East Lansing when this former Sparty mascot arrived on campus with a burlap sack and a homemade roaster, an old keg with Roasted Chestnuts painted on the side.
Thanks to John Palmer of www.MichiganMicrobrews.com for helping us celebrate Michigan craft beer month!
July… It’s easily one of the greatest months of the year (in my opinion). Summer vacation is in full tilt and people are out enjoying all that Michigan has to offer; the immense state parks, the vast amount of freshwater coastline, the beautiful weather, and craft beer.
Wait, what did I just say? How could I even compare the growing splendor of the Michigan outdoors to the product of a microbrewery? Read more…
Thanks to Bonnie Palmer for submitting this great recipe for her favorite apple crumb pie. Check out our recipes post to learn how to submit your own!
- Deep pie crust
- 1 C sugar
- 4 Tbsp. (or to taste) cinnamon
- ¾ C flour
- 1 stick butter
For each pie:
Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s a great stuffing recipe from historic Cherry Creek Winery’s own Chef Marian. For more info on recipes and wine pairings, check out Cherry Creek Winery’s website.
We’d love to hear your favorite recipes – to learn how to submit your own recipe to us, check out our Pure Michigan Recipes post.
Will stuff 18 Chicken breasts or one Turkey breast
- 3 cups of multigrain breadcrumbs (not large or fine chunks)
- 1 cup dried cranberries that have been soaked in one cup of Cherry Creek Cellars Cranberry Passion for several hours
- 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped & sauteed until soft
- 2 8 ozs packages Neufchatel cheese, softened
- 1 tsp thyme
- ½ cup finely chopped almonds
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
1) Drain cranberries, reserving the liquid. Coarsely chop the cranberries.
2) Mix chopped cranberries with the Neufchatel, cranberries, onion, pepper, & thyme. Mix in the breadcrumbs.
3) Sprinkle the reserved Cranberry Passion over the bread mix, folding to blend.
4) Stuff poultry & bake according to directions. Chicken breasts can be wrapped in two sheets of phyllo that have been lightly brushed with olive oil, bake at 375° for 30 minutes.
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