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Beyond ramen

Story and photos by Katherine Larson After the first flush of excitement of moving into the college dormitory and exploring the manifold options that the college dining service offers, there inevitably arrives a time when the sheen wears off. Enough with cafeteria food. Enough with dining services. A college student wants to cook. Why? It […]

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A taste of Finland

Story and photos by Katherine Larson Your “At the Table” correspondent recently participated in the Marquette Choral Society’s tour of Finland, honoring that country’s centennial. So this article presents At the Table in Finland. It will not be a travelogue; I won’t linger on the fascinating museums or the Tall Ships festival or the two-person […]

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Cooking by the book

By Katherine Larson Almost everyone enjoys eating, and many of us enjoy reading about eating. I don’t mean cookbooks, and I don’t mean those strange amalgams where chapters of narrative are interspersed with recipes. I mean books, real true good books, which happen to mention food along the way. The literary culinary experience starts early. […]

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Rustic Eating

Life brightens up as the weather gets warmer for lots of reasons, of course, but for one special and important reason: Now we can make pizza on the grill. The first time we tried this, years ago, we were filled with trepidation. How could we put dough right on the grill? Wouldn’t it droop through […]

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The crisp, cool, refreshing waters of Mother Superior

Story and photos by Katherine Larson May is a lovely month in the Upper Peninsula. Of course, nearly every month is a lovely month in the Upper Peninsula (I reserve comment about the greyer, muddier bits of March), but May is particularly so. It is just not lovely for the same reasons that May is […]

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Eating eggs

by Katherine Larson The image of a hard-cooked egg seems perfect, a pearly glistening ovoid encasing a spheroidal golden ball of yolk. Too often, though, the yolk is dry and chalky, with a greenish tinge. The pearly ovoid is rubbery and pockmarked with the evidence of frustrated attempts to pick off stubborn bits of shell. […]

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Zephyr makes good food a breeze

by Katherine Larson I love it. It’s my baby. It cost more than my car.” Mika Benton gestures toward the gleaming flywheel slicer enthroned at the charcuterie station of Zephyr, Marquette’s new wine bar. Ultra-sharp and designed to process the variety of cured meats known as salumi (including Prosciutto di Parma and a whole variety […]

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Teatime in the UP

by Katherine Larson When January’s bitter cold accompanies brilliant sunshine, we may be lured outdoors to frolic, but eventually we return to warm up indoors. When January’s brief warmth comes with washed-out grays, we may just huddle indoors. In either case, we seek out a fire if we can. And we welcome a nice cup […]

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A month of holidays and holy days

by Katherine Larson December can be an odd time for those Christians—Lutherans, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox and others—who follow a liturgical calendar. While December 25 itself is Christmas Day, the 24 days that precede it all fall within the season of Advent. These believers can experience whiplash as they emerge from their worship services, […]

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Decolonizing Cooking Revitalizing Culture

by Katherine Larson The family of NMU Associate Professor Martin Reinhardt does not wait for Thanksgiving for its harvest festival. “I come from a focus that says that we should be thankful daily,” Reinhardt said. “In my family, we work at that, expressing thanks every day. And we celebrate special harvests throughout the year: the […]

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A Family Farm

by Katherine Larson When you serve the Lord, God blesses you.” That’s Luke Bell’s answer to the question of how he, his wife Heather, and their eight children have come to own and run BSB Farms, one of the Marquette area’s success stories in family farming. BSB Farms focuses on chickens and eggs, with some […]

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Tomatoes

by Katherine Larson Driving through Negaunee a few summers ago, I stopped at the Jackson Mine Farmers Market to see what delicious vegetables I might find. The market wouldn’t open until 4 p.m., but that was okay; I could stroll around for half an hour, admiring the produce while I waited. But what was all […]

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Campfire cookery

by Katherine Larson  With the outdoors so enticing, who wants to go inside, even to eat? In summer, it’s hard to coax oneself indoors unless absolutely necessary. So let’s eat out—outside. Cooking outdoors is not for the obsessive-compulsive. There are too many variables. Are we using charcoal or wood? Which kind? Some charcoals burn hotter […]

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Breakfasts with my father

by Katherine Larson Throughout my childhood my father was the family cook, and most of the kitchen lore that lies at my fingertips today stretches back to his teaching and his example. This includes breakfasts—indeed, especially breakfasts. My first-grade teacher also played a small part. Miss Bitter, I will call her, though that was not […]

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The Breakfast Club

by Katherine Larson Ambitious breakfasts are all very well in their place, but their place is often not the modern American home at midweek. Too frequently, we find ourselves in a matutinal frazzle, the clock ticking inexorably while a chaos of kids and pets and last-minute urgen- cies swirls us out the door without much more […]

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