So you’ve invited everyone over for brunch on Sunday. What the heck are you going to make?
Did you know that parsnip is derived from the Latin word “pastus” which means food? Today, the poor parsnips are often overlooked as they literally pale in comparison to their (often) orange cousins, carrots. These unsung heroes are great roasted, mashed, or used to flavor stocks.Traditionally, parsnips had several common uses, from sweetening baked goods before sugar was readily available to being a toothache remedy.
We’re more than a month into 2017, and even though temperatures are icy, the warmth of community collaboration keeps Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artisans & Farmers Market a toasty place.
The idea for Tongue Huggers grew from a passion to create, learn, and develop in order to further others’ love for sustainable agriculture and value in local food. Through our handcrafted hot sauce we’re able to create a flavor profile around the heat level and, as we like to say around here, Flavor the Fire. We love knowing where our food comes from and using seasonal ingredients to enhance the culinary experience. We use as many organic and naturally-grown ingredients as possible, while sourcing them from an increasing number of local Michigan farms.
On Tuesdays at La Becasse we celebrate the heart-warming wintry meal that is cassoulet. Cassoulet is a white bean and tomato casserole studded with duck confit, Toulouse sausage, pork shoulder and pork belly. The whole thing is topped with breadcrumbs and baked to a happy crisp before being served. At La Becasse, the cassoulet is served in a Le Crueset enamel pot (in one of the French flag’s bleu-blanc-rouge colors). Be warned, this is no small pot!
During the week, no one has time to spend hours cooking dinner. This recipe is so quick, that you should be able to prepare everything in the time it takes for the water to boil and the pasta to cook. This recipe below can easily feed a family of four that is full of vitamins from the kale, and protein from the goat cheese and almonds. Plus, it’s likely that you will have almost everything already in your fridge.
Living in Northern Michigan is a luxury and something I took for granted when I moved to Florida and then to Grand Rapids. I missed the peace and quiet, being treated as “Sarah” and not a $ sign, and the community feeling. Mostly, I missed the fresh produce, especially in the summer.
At Cafe Santé, we pride ourselves in using fresh produce, and if we can get it local, we do! The hustle and bustle of farmers going in and out the back door during the summer is crazy! On Saturdays, Chef is usually swinging by the farmers market to see what local foods else he can get.
From start to finish, it took me almost 24 hours to make all the fixings for a homemade pizza party. Sounds crazy, right? I promise most of the time was hands off and it was worth it.
There are plenty of local products to incorporate into your Thanksgiving meal like brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, homemade pies and more! Don’t forget, you can use the TLD Find Food & Farms page to get more information on the local sources for these ingredients. To save you some time, we’ve already made a list of the places we know you can find the perfect local main course.