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Cedar Springs Brewing Company preserves Oktoberfest tradition

As we trudge through the morass of Covid life, it feels like a lost memory recalling scenes where folks packed under tents to clank steins, glug Märzen and shovel sausages down their gullets. With revelry postponed, we can still find joy in these traditional German styles that celebrate community and good times, and while there’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Meating” The Demand

From farmers to distributors to processing plants to grocery workers, the coronavirus continues to blindly take a large toll on essential workers across the food system. On day 63 of quarantine in Michigan, it’s becoming all too familiar to find grocery store shelves with fewer and fewer meat options, while some are completely bare depending […]