Local Ingredients

Cold Cocktails for a Hot Summer

During a summer like the one we’re experiencing right now, it seems like the temperatures go from hot to hotter. Combat the 90-degree weather with these cold, colder or coldest cocktails using local spirits and Northwoods Sodas!  Cold: Garden Mojito This drink is incredibly beautiful, with a bright pink ombre in the glass, and garnished […]

A Michigan Hot Sauce Tour

Things are heating up, both outside and on the shelves of local food purveyors! You’ve got to love a summer meal with a little bit of kick. Keep it local with these Michigan-made sauces to spice up your day!  The sauces:  Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce is a classic Michigan go-to when […]

Asparagus Frico

Asparagus season is here! And here is a simple asparagus season recipe to create elevation to any soup, salad or pasta dish with a delicious garnish: an asparagus lattice frico.  A frico is essentially a cheese crisp, and the addition of asparagus feels natural. To keep your garnish from becoming soggy, make sure to draw […]

in Eat Local, Local Ingredients, Recipes, Spring, Uncategorized

Strawberry Gazpacho

This week, I was given the gift of a field-fresh strawberry. It was sitting in the sun, a pop of red amidst a miniature jungle of large green leaves, and (with permission, of course), I grabbed my treasure and headed back. I announced to the world that I had found the perfect strawberry and I […]

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NoMi Snack Board: Upgrade Your Grazing Game

Want to upgrade your summer snacking? You can’t do much better than local food, and it’s easy to bring a Northern Michigan grazing board together using Taste the Local Difference’s resources.  Taste the Local Difference (TLD) not only publishes a yearly Local Food Guide, but we also have an online directory that can help you […]

DIY Herb Salt

With most of us being homebound and paying closer attention to how we spend our dollars, this might be the perfect time to share some DIY recipes amongst our fellow cooking friends. It’s also the perfect time to explore some fun, creative ways to make the most out of the foods in our cupboards and […]

How to Plan a Virtual Dinner Party

It’s critical that we all take COVID-19 seriously and stay at home. As humans, the lack of social interaction involved in a quarantine however, can be both unfamiliar and emotionally exhausting. But, don’t forget! We live in a time when technology makes it easy for happy hours, coffee dates and dinner parties, to happen online. […]

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Shared Kitchen Space Fosters Business Growth

Proud Mitten Shared Kitchen, located in the heart of downtown Plymouth, is a culinary gem nestled within the recently preserved Plymouth Arts and Recreation (PARC) Complex. Owner Marlo Bendon firmly believes in the shared kitchen model as a means to support the success of new food business entrepreneurs. “Many small businesses have had the opportunity to […]