Tag Archives: Katherine Larson

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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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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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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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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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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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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Lettuce be lovers

by Katherine Larson “It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May!”—the month in which the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market reopens and at long last we can fill our larders with something other than the last few flabby root vegetables hoarded from last fall, or the garish exotics from thousands of miles away. It’s back […]

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Fun in a vegan kitchen

by Katherine Larson The prospect of trying to eliminate eggs and dairy products from the average American diet is daunting. What about pizza? And dessert? Are vegans doomed to avoid dessert forever? To answer questions like these, Northern Vegans member Katelynn Jensen invited me to her kitchen. On the menu: chipotle macaroni and “cheese,” and […]

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Going vegan

by Katherine Larson If an animal made it, the animal didn’t intend it for me.” Katelynn Jensen of Marquette explained why she is one of a growing number of area vegans—people who strive to avoid all animal products. Like vegetarians, vegans don’t eat meat; unlike vegetarians, vegans also don’t eat dairy products, eggs or honey. And […]

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Food and fellowship through community action

by Katherine Larson We all need to eat; most of us love to eat. But what happens when we cannot—because our families lack funds, or we are physically unable to shop, cook or feed ourselves? For the very young and those aged 60 and older, food needs are connected through an important area agency: Community […]

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An exercise in healthier eating

by Katherine Larson For years, a family favorite for wintry months was a chili recipe torn from a local newspaper. Featuring black beans and butternut squash, it has a robust flavor that defies winter’s bitter blasts. And at first, it appeared to be reasonably healthy, at least by avoiding the fatty ground beef that turns […]

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Make pasties, not War

 by Katherine Larson “It’s a fine day to be rolling pasties,” cheerful voices called out from St. Augustine’s basement one snowy morning in November. There, in the kitchen, enthusiastic pasty-makers were plying their craft. Many of them wore T-shirts emblazoned “Make Pasties, Not War,” along with caps embroidered, “St. Augustine Pasty Crew: 1000 or Bust.” […]

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