Saturday: Weekend

His honeymoon destination?

By MATT KEMP Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Honeymoons: a chance to relax after the stress of a wedding by sitting on a beach with a cocktail and contemplating the start of a happy, married life. Or, in my case, a chance to travel to America and meet a baker. I am addicted to bread. ...

Old-world charm in Europe?

By ALBERT STUMM Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain — Travelers wandering the streets of European capitals in search of old-world charm might just as likely stumble upon a bowl of Lucky Charms. Cafes serving American breakfast cereal have exploded in popularity in Europe as young ...

Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles

By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve a trifecta in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods: world records for heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, heaviest squash. After previously breaking two records, ...

SPICE it UP

By The Culinary Institute of America The Day of the Dead is a holiday observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries that celebrates and honors the memory of deceased loved ones. Falling on Nov. 1, just a day after Halloween celebrations, the holiday shares some of the sentiment of ...

Chez Nous hosts student-prepared fall dinners

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University hospitality and tourism management program will host a series of five-course themed dinners during the month of November. Seating times for each dinner are at 4:30, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. in Chez Nous at the NMU Jacobetti Complex. Chez Nous is a ...

Don’t toss that old beer!

By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press When I first moved to Chicago from North Carolina, I was amazed at the variety of sausages. There were polish sausages, bratwurst, bockwurst, Italian; sweet and hot, among others. At that time, the sausage that I knew best was knackwurst which is ...

NMU Hoop House produce in demand

MARQUETTE — Herbs, greens and other vegetables cultivated at the Northern Michigan University Hoop House near the Jacobetti Complex are now being sold to NMU Dining Services, an area restaurant and community members. The new venture follows requests from chefs interested in using fresh, ...

Cooking on deadline

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Humble, bumpy, rough carrots. We peel and slice them into sticks and stuff them in lunchboxes, or put them out with a dip when company comes. We chop them and use them in soups and stews, but rarely do we let them star on their own. This bisque-like soup ...

Sweet potato, mushroom soup offers autumn ‘hug’

What's for dinner? It is the eternal question and, nationwide, the "I'm out of ideas" face can be spotted on folks wandering the grocery store in search of inspiration. While even chefs sometimes get "dinner block," there is an advantage to having a library of tricks and techniques at your ...

Pimento cheese is more than the sum of its parts

By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press I almost always have pimento cheese in my refrigerator. It is one of my comfort foods and I never get tired of it. Like most Southerners, I grew up with it and there are as many variations as there are Southerners. The version that I make most is super ...

I’m tweaking your spaghetti and meatballs

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN Associated Press Spaghetti and meatballs was the classic dish I ate at Grandma's house growing up: She had her all-day recipe that filled her creaky house with heady aromas that built anticipation as meatballs simmered in sauce on the stove. The fact that she was 100 ...

Serve egg rolls from the restaurant at home

By SARA MOULTON Associated Press Who doesn't love an egg roll? For generations it's been Chinese cuisine's No. 1 hit in America. And why not? They're ubiquitous, they're fried, they're delicious, and you can eat them with your hands. Unfortunately, egg rolls are restaurant food. Making them ...

Homegrown harvest

ISHPEMING — You wouldn’t have found french fries or pork rinds at the first-ever Harvest Festival, unless someone smuggled them in. However, you would have found fresh tomatoes and seasoned local meat dishes. The event, which was sponsored by Partridge Creek Farm Sunday at the Ishpeming ...

Blanching beans

GWINN — What good is fresh produce from your garden if much of it spoils? Beth Waitrovich, a Michigan State University Extension educator based in Norway, presented an Aug. 17 workshop at the Forsyth Senior Center in Gwinn to teach participants how to safely preserve harvest from their ...

Ore Dock anniversary

MARQUETTE — The Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette will celebrate its five year anniversary today with some special release beer, live music, beer and cheese pairings and a “dunk the brewer” event. “We are so humbled and proud to be celebrating five rotations around that big ...

Church continues tradition of food stands at Iowa State Fair

By COURTNEY CROWDER Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — There's a sign-up sheet in the basement of the West Des Moines Methodist Church that looks like the Container Store let loose on a poster board. It's the king of sign-up sheets, and one glance at its methodically charted grids, ...

Food pantries benefit from Detroit Metro Airport donations

By SHAWN D. LEWIS Associated Press TAYLOR — A chicken Caesar salad from Papa Joe's Gourmet Market and a Starbucks blueberry Greek yogurt parfait are treats travelers can select at concession areas inside Detroit Metropolitan Airport. But those are extremely rare delicacies for Krystle ...

RadTour Marquette combines biking, local cuisine

MARQUETTE — What better way to burn off all the calories one consumes when dining and drinking at local establishments than by taking a 35-mile bicycle ride? That’s what a group of bicyclists will do Aug. 27 during the third RadTour Marquette, described by organizers as a “culinary ...

Food is free for the taking at floating ‘forest’ in NYC

By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press NEW YORK — An old construction barge planted with vegetables, apple trees and fragrant herbs is giving apartment-dwelling New Yorkers a chance to pick something and eat it. Part floating garden, part artwork and part community organizing project, the ...

Culinary compatriots

MARQUETTE — Whole hog tacos — ‘nuff said. That’s what will be on tap next weekend at Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette, courtesy of the cross-state culinary compatriots Dia de los Tacos and Slows Bar-B-Q, out of Detroit. Mike Walker, owner of the Marquette-based food truck Dia de ...