Crop Spot: Garlic

Find Local Food, Health, Kelly Wilson, Learn More, Uncategorized

What is related to onions, leeks and lilies, keeps mythical creatures at bay, enhances the flavor of many dishes, and has antimicrobial properties? If you guessed Allium sativum (aka garlic), then you are correct!

Hailing from Central Asia and Northern Iran, records show garlic has been cultivated and used for culinary and medicinal purposes for nearly 5,000 years. There are two subspecies of garlic which all varieties can be categorized into: hardneck or softneck. Hardneck garlic produces a hard central stalk and scape (which can be harvested for a delicious vegetable side dish or pesto). Hardneck garlic tends to be a bit more flavorful and have larger, easier to peel cloves than softneck varieties. Softneck garlic has no hard central stalk, smaller cloves, and is the type we typically see in the grocery store (Note: nearly all garlic in US grocery stores is imported from China).

Gourmet Glamping: One Pan Steak Dinner

Dairy, Emma Beauchamp, Find Local Food, Recipes

What food do you bring with you while camping? Hot dogs and a s’mores kit? Dehydrated meals? With the ease of car camping at any of Michigan’s State parks, meals don’t have to be completely utilitarian. Using an ice-filled cooler, a two-burner propane stove, and some planning ahead, I was able to make a delicious steak dinner while glamping (or glamourous camping, if you will) this spring. 

Austin Brother’s Beer Company Harvest Pizza

Ben Darga, Find Local Food, Recipes, The Local Dish

Courtesy of Ben Darga at Austin Brothers Beer Company

INGREDIENTS (makes 1 pizza)
-(1) 10 oz pizza dough
-6 oz sweet onion/garlic sauce (3 oz caramelized onions & 3 oz roasted garlic cloves, pureed till smooth)
-1 C. shredded mozzarella
-2 C. starchy potatoes, sliced very thinly (we recommend Presque Isle Farm’s Huckleberry Golds)
-2 T. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
-2 T. extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 C. shredded parmesan
-1 tsp. garlic salt

Bake at 525 degrees for 9-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the potatoes and crust are starting to get crispy.

Austin Brother’s Beer Company, 821 W. Miller St., Alpena, MI 49707

Fermentation Station: Adventures in Kimchi

Emma Beauchamp, Recipes, The Local Dish

Kimchi is traditionally a salted, fermented cabbage used as a condiment in many Korean dishes. What occurs in kimchi is known as lactofermentation. Through an anaerobic process (meaning without oxygen), our friendly neighborhood bacteria, lactobacillus, (named such because it was originally found in milk cultures), flourishes.

Heartwarming Winter Root Soup

Emma Beauchamp, Recipes, The Local Dish

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.

Garlic Lovers Unite!: 3rd Annual Crosshatch Garlic Auction

Benefit, Event, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Guest Post, Mollie Thomas, Stories

The Third Annual Crosshatch Garlic Auction is just around the corner. This annual event serves two very important purposes: to fundraise for Crosshatch’s sustainable food & farming programming and to celebrate the farmers, food producers, and eaters that make NW Lower Michigan what it is.