The Lesson

This post was originally published in 2019/2020 Winter Issue of The Boardman Review. You’ll find an excerpt below, with a great winter cocktail recipe and link to find the full story! “I’m a seer of things and feelings and people, I consider how it’s going to make someone feel, what connections they’ll experience, each distinct flavor they’ll taste — I don’t take that lightly.” says Barbara Saxton, […]

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7 Easy Ways to Safely Support Local Food Businesses this Winter

Winter is coming and, with it, local food businesses are bracing for impact. As we cozy up and stay safe at home, our beloved restaurants and shops are navigating the need to pivot, yet again. “There’s an upcoming season of hustling hard, reinventing, celebrating small joys, and unfortunately, suffering some substantial losses,” says Lauren Bloom […]

Fermentation as Preservation

This year, everyone is concerned with staying healthy — and staying occupied. One way people are experimenting in the kitchen is through food preservation. Fermentation is an age-old practice of keeping food edible for longer which brings additional health benefits from bacteria, fungi and yeasts. These microbes are good for our gut microbiome (which controls […]

in CoVID-19, Drinks, Learn More, Recipes

Shop Local Online : Michigan Local Gift Guide

We are proud to release our annual holiday gift guide. This year, you can find delicious, useful, and of course, LOCAL, items that make for great gifts at michiganlocalgiftguide.com. Organized by categories, it’s easy to find the perfect present for anyone on your list, whether they have a sweet tooth or enjoy relaxing with a glass of Michigan […]

Indigenous Chopped Challenge : Pinto Pumpkin Cake

This year, I decided to try using traditional ingredients in new ways. I created this Pumpkin Pinto Cake recipe for the bean category in the Indigenous Chopped Challenge. As an aspiring Indigenous Chef and founder of my catering business; Makwa Niwiisin, the purpose of what I do is to bring our traditional ingredients to an all […]

in Find Local Food, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – Indigenous Style

The Thanksgiving holiday has morphed with time into a great American legend that purports the coming together of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians after the tribe helped the Pilgrims harvest a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables. The story is really a fabricated history that became more popular through Norman Rockwell’s paintbrush strokes. Even though the […]

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Finding Strength in Seeds

I’d like to preface this article with a land acknowledgment.  We stand here on the stolen land of the Anishanaabe people, the original and current stewards of Waawiyaataanong (the Detroit area).  In November of 2015, I landed in Detroit with nothing more than a piece of carry-on luggage and a few loose seeds. At the […]

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