Tag Archives: Katherine Larson

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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POLL PEOPLE

Story and photos by Katherine Larson. November 6 is Election Day! This is the day for each of us to claim the full power given to us by the Constitution: to cast our votes, to express our opinions, to exercise our sovereignty as “we the people.” It’s a great opportunity; take advantage of it and […]

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SILENCE IS NOT CONSENT!

  By Katherine Larson and Megan Emily Most people remember nightmares where they feel frozen. Some horror approaches, and they can’t run, can’t flee, can’t even scream. Waking up is a huge relief. For those who are victims of a crime, those nightmares can come to life—but there’s no waking up. The human brain is […]

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GREEN BURIAL

  Story and photos by Katherine Larson Those who have attended a North American burial funeral recently know how bodies are commonly entombed: placed inside a large casket made of slow-decaying hardwood, metal or both; embalmed with a toxic chemical containing the carcinogen formaldehyde; and sealed in an concrete or metal outer layer called a […]

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RAISING THE BATON

  By Katherine Larson This September, a new conductor will take the helm of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra: Octavio Más-Arocas. Originally from Spain, Maestro Más-Arocas has extensive conducting experience throughout Europe and the Americas. His work with the MSO will be added to his current engagements as music director and conductor of the Mansfield Symphony […]

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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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Bear: It’s what’s for dinner

Story and photos by Katherine Larson Your At the Table correspondent recently attended a wedding in Michigamme. From my perspective, the highlight of the wedding reception was a spectacularly delicious treat: bear meat. Bear has its aficionados and its doubters, but I myself had never tasted it before. With one bite, I became a convert. […]

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100 years of Finnish history

by Katherine Larson December 6, 1917, found much of the world in turmoil. World War I raged, and one of its major combatants, Russia, had spent the year in the throes of revolution. While these conflagrations burned, a spark of hope was lit: Finland unilaterally declared its independence. For over seven centuries, Finland had been […]

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Bûche de Noël

Story and photos by Katherine Larson Looking for a spectacular Christmas dessert, one that is both decorative and delicious? Consider a Bûche de Noël. Literally, the words mean “Christmas Log.” It is the culinary version of a yule log, the tradition that early European Christians adopted from pagan Celts and Gaels who burned a large […]

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RETHINKING FRUITCAKE

    Story and photo by Katherine Larson The world is divided into two categories: Fruitcake Lovers, and Fruitcake Haters. There are more of the latter than of the former. I used to be one myself. Then I tasted the fruitcake that is the subject of this article and became a convert. I tested it […]

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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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Pickling: it’s a big dill

  By Katherine Larson I come to the topic of pickles as a relative neophyte, but like many converts am extra-enthusiastic. For years, pickles were to me the flavorful objects that miraculously appeared, fully formed, in glass jars in grocery stores or on plates in restaurants. The idea of having anything to do with their […]

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