Tag Archives: Katherine Larson

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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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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DIGGING DOWN

Amateur archaeologist’s discoveries put Paleo-Indians in U.P. during Ice Age By Katherine Larson The word “amateur” has its root in the Latin word “amare,” meaning to love. It is particularly appropriate to describe Jim Paquette of Negaunee as an amateur archaeologist, for he is steeped in profound love for the subject. But the word is […]

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MUSIC MAN

Marquette native’s compositions are being performed around the globe   By Katherine Larson How do you get to Carnegie Hall? If you’re Marquette composer Thomas LaVoy, you start writing music at the age of six. You are nourished by a solid public high school music program, encouraged by a music-loving family, and end up earning […]

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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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EMPTY BOWLS

Fundraiser will help feed those in need     By Katherine Larson Food insecurity—the lack of reliable access to food—plagues nearly one out of seven people in Marquette County, according to 2016 data from Feeding America. For Marquette County children, the rate is even higher: nearly one in six. That’s nearly 9,000 people, almost 2,000 […]

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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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WILDERNESS GUARDIANS

Organization acquiring property, partnering with landowners to preserve the U.P.   Story and photo by Katherine Larson “It was 1999. A group of friends from Marquette went on a hike in the woods that ended with them sitting around a campfire, passing around a bottle, and solving the problems of the world.” Andrea Denham, executive […]

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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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