Category: Michigan

15 Sep

The Best Apples for Baking, Eating, & Juicing

Apple Guide | Foodinary

Welcome to Autumn! This is by far one of my favorite times of the year and in order to celebrate one of season’s best ingredients, I’ve created something very special for all of you. Introducing the 2015 Foodinary Apple Guide:  The Best Apples for Baking, Eating, & Juicing. This PDF Guide shares my top picks for […]

02 Sep

Black Cherry Ice Cream

Black Cherry Ice Cream | Foodinary

With Labor Day Weekend drawing near, the end of summer is sadly coming faster than I would like.  It only seems appropriate to celebrate with a treat that truly sums up a Michigan summer : Black Cherry Ice Cream. I made this Black Cherry Ice Cream “Philadelphia-Style” instead of in the “French-Style”.  When you make a […]

18 Jun

Bortell’s Fisheries

Bortell's Fisheries

If you’re a fan of fried or smoked fish, this is a great little gem in Northern Michigan.  Located in Ludington, Michigan near the shores of Lake Michigan, Bortell’s is a family owned operation that specializes in serving fried fish cooked to order. I had heard a lot of great reviews of this place which […]

06 Apr

The Great Chili Dog Taste Test

Chili Dog Taste Test

If there is one thing I love, it’s visiting small towns with great restaurants. Things get even better when those restaurants have great rivalries. In Monroe, Michigan, the childhood home of General George Custer, there is a age-old battle regarding which establishment has the best chili dog: Vince’s Drive In or Monroe’s Original Drive In. […]

20 Mar

The Best Tacos in Grand Rapids

Tacos El Cunado

One doesn’t often think of Grand Rapids as a destination for great Latin American food.  The majority of the Mexican joints around town are very “Americanized” with oversized tacos and burritos smothered with cheese and sour cream.  So if you’re ever in our great city and want something more authentic, I highly suggest making your […]

04 Jan

How to Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven

Oven Baked Bacon

I love bacon.  In fact, I love almost anything that comes from a pig!  Someday when I have room for a deep freezer, I would  love to buy half of a pig from a local farmer and have pork products at the ready!  For now though, I’ll just keep buying from Bob’s Butcher Block here […]

12 Jul

“Believe to Become” Baking Workshop

Believe to Become

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to teach a baking workshop at the “Grand Rapids Dreams: Believe to Become Summer Camp” here in Grand Rapids.  Each of the campers is preparing for an upcoming talent show to showcase what it is they are passionate about.  Some of the girls expressed an interest in baking, so I […]

06 Mar

A Middle-Eastown Luncheon @ Marie Catrib’s

Marie Catrib's

It is rare that someone can wait over an hour for lunch yet still have an incredible dining experience. Then again, that one hour wait becomes much more enjoyable when free samples of homemade granola bars and coconut brownies are included. After four years of living in Grand Rapids, this was my first visit to […]

28 Oct

My Brownie Binge Recovery


What could be better than wine tasting while gazing across acres of orange and yellow foliage to see the water in a bay sparkling in the sun? Not much! That sounds nearly perfect to me : ) My fall break from school started off with a bang.  I took that amazing trip to Traverse City […]

20 Oct

Insane Italiano!

Trattoria Stella, Insane Italiano

  What does a duck, an insane asylum, and Italy all have in common?  I know this sounds like the beginning of a terrible joke, but it was actually part of my experience in Northern Michigan wine country. Last weekend I traveled up to Traverse City to soak in the fall colors and explore the […]


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