Claire Butler

Crop Spot: Pumpkins

Each year, I look for the Great Pumpkin at every farm stand, at every grocery store, and in every field. I love to collect different varieties of these joyful gourds. They find their way into recipes and onto my doorstep, and spark so much joy. So what should we know about the Cucurbitaceae family of […]

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Welcome to our Cookbook Club!

Welcome to the inaugural meeting of the official Taste the Local Difference Cookbook Club! Each season, we will introduce a great cookbook we’re reading that highlights essential ways to use local ingredients. Join in on the fun, learn a new recipe, and take advantage of Michigan’s seasons with us!  Cookbook Club, Fall 2020: TASTES by Taste […]

Compound Butter for All Occasions

There’s a reason French food is famed: locality, seasonality, and of course, butter. My favorite form of fat, butter, is a fabulous way to bring beautiful flavor to so many proteins, vegetables, and baked goods. To quote Julia Child, “with enough butter, anything is good.” 

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Pantry Superheroes

As anyone who has tapped in to their local food sources knows, sometimes you end up with a fridge full of fantastic produce, ready to spoil if you don’t get a move on. Or you have one vegetable that looked so right at the farmers market, but now is left in that place in the […]

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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 […]

Campfire Kohlrabi

Michigan is all about the seasons, and two of my favorite happening right now are 1) kohlrabi season and 2) camping (and campfire!) season. You too? Grab your grilling tongs and use this simple recipe for an easy campfire meal to take in both fresh air and fresh produce.  Ingredients:  Kohlrabi:  4-5 small-to-medium kohlrabi bulbs […]

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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 […]