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GRATE EXPECTATIONS

From cheddar to ‘moldy brain,’ it’s all good cheese Story and photos by Katherine Larson October means Halloween, and Halloween means … moldy brain cheese? Becky Patterson’s laugh fills the room. Patterson is a passionate amateur cheese-maker, which means that she approaches the task of creating cheeses with the intensity of a scientist. She is […]

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CARE MAIL

The art of sending food to loved ones By Katherine Larson Many decades after I last attended school, Septem-ber still feels to me like quintessential back-to-school time. There’s something about the freshness of the air and the hint of autumn’s approach that speaks irresistibly of new beginnings. If you yourself are experiencing new beginnings in […]

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GOOD EARTH

Young farmers rely on rich soil, natural techniques for great crops Story and photos by Katherine Larson Kate Debs and Joe Newman chose the name of their Chatham farm the way they do everything: thoughtfully, practically and with passion. So “Mighty Soil Farm” it became. “The name encapsulates our ethic and our philosophy,” Newman said. […]

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EASTERN DELIGHTS

Authentic Japanese cuisine focuses on quality over quantity AT THE TABLE • Story and photos by Katherine Larson A happy concatenation of circumstances brought me to Japan recently, and two factors—the joyful awakening of tastes I didn’t even know I possessed, and the urging of my editor—prompt me to set aside the planned article on […]

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HAIL, CAESAR!

Origin of popular salad linked to Tijuana Story and photo by Katherine Larson At last it’s June, and glorious lettuces are leaping out of our formerly ice-bound earth. Hasten out to your garden patch or to your local farmer’s market to get them at their freshest. And then…? Well, to my way of thinking, a […]

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ROAST CHICKEN

Four Ingredients for the perfect bird Story and photos by Katherine Larson Four ingredients. That’s all you need to make a perfect roast chicken. Just four ingredients, and two of them are salt and pepper. Plus a cast-iron skillet. Why roast a chicken at all? It’s delicious, sure, but why not just buy a rotisserie […]

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AT THE TABLE

Columnist served as guest chef for special dinner at the Zephyr   By Katherine Larson It started one night at Zephyr Wine Bar. As we happily finished the fifth course of one of Zephyr’s signature guest chef dinners, owner Daniel Rutz asked for suggestions for future guest chefs. Flown with good food and good wine, […]

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PANCAKE DAY

The U.K. alternative to the Mardi Gras celebration     At The Table by Katherine Larson Mardi Gras gets all the publicity. There are the parades and the beads, the floats and the bands, the general jollification that in many places marks the Tuesday before the Christian liturgical calendar sends believers on to a 40-day […]

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POLENTA

A historically delicious, nutritious dish   Story and photos by Katherine Larson Ah, winter! Snow! Skiing and snowshoeing and ice-fishing! And then, for supper, something hot and nourishing and delicious to help us thaw out. Polenta is this month’s candidate for that hot, nourishing, delicious dish. Tasty on its own, it becomes even better with […]

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COZY COOKIN’

An Aga saga in Negaunee   Story and photos by Katherine Larson The Aga is right there on page one of Margaret Drabble’s The Witch of Exmoor, and in books by Rosamund Pilcher and Joanna Trollope and Elizabeth Goudge. Stage directions for John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger specify it. Most readers of 20th-century British […]

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CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST

The oft-neglected holiday meal can be done well — and well ahead of time Story and photo by Katherine Larson It is with considerable trepidation that I launch into the topic of this month’s excursion into culinary delights, the Christmas breakfast. Think of all the toes I risk trampling. People’s religious sensibilities. Their family heritage. […]

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GRAND GRAVY

Story and Photos by Katherine Larson I was barely 20, shy and inept. I was spending my first Thanksgiving far from home and had been invited by a young man I’d been dating to come to his family’s meal. What I did not expect was for him to disappear into the living room to join […]

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BLUEBERRY BLISS

A couple recipes for a simply delicious and nutritious ball of wonderfulness Story and photos by Katherine Larson I approach the topic of blueberries with considerable diffidence. This is, after all, the U.P., and many readers of Marquette Monthly are Yoopers, born and bred in a blueberry patch. Blueberry pancakes? I bet you have your […]

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CAKE ARTISTS

Designing memorable cakes for wedding day celebrations is their passion Cutlines Bee_cake: A beehive with two “love bees” atop are part of this wedding cake from Midtown Bakery in Negaunee. Berry_cake: Four gorgeous tiers of deliciousness are loaded with fresh berries, and the entire cake is doused with a caramel drizzle. Beth’s Creations, LLC, created […]

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WEDDING WONDERS

Deeply symbolic or simply delicious, a history of the wedding cake Story and photos by Katherine Larson Cutline White or chocolate, pillared tiers or something completely different, wedding cakes can be as varied as the couples who make them a part of their celebrations. This multi-tiered wedding-day wonder, covered in chocolate icing and fresh raspberries, […]

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