Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 1, 2012

Food in Brief: 11/01/2012


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Food preservation

BENZONIA — Grow Benzie presents "Food Preservation without Refrigeration" on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Craig Schaaf of The Golden Rule Farm in Kaleva will discuss alternative means of preserving food, including storing it in a root cellar, techniques for storing in the ground and using fermentation.

Class begins at 7 p.m., with a potluck beginning at 6. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass, drink and table service.

A donation of $7, or $10 per family, is requested. Call Deb Query at 352-6157 to register. For more information, send an email to

Grow Benzie is located at 5885 M-115 in Benzonia.

Messy recipes

Petersburgh, N.Y. — Chef's Planet is launching a Messy Recipe contest to search for the gooiest, most flavorful, original recipes. Amateur and professional chefs and bakers are invited to submit favorite recipes that may leave the kitchen and oven a mess, but family and friends begging for more. Main dish, side dish, appetizer and dessert recipes can be submitted on the Chef's Planet Facebook page through Nov. 30.

Chef's Planet will select 10 finalists and 10 runner-ups to be featured in a special edition Chef's Planet 10th anniversary cookbook.

Visit to enter or learn more about the contest.

Short's beer dinner

Acme — Aerie Restaurant & Lounge at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa invites the public to a five-course dinner featuring pairings with Short's Beer.

The meal will be served at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The price is $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call 534-6000 or (800) 236-1577 for details or reservations.

New camp cookbook

TRAVERSE CITY — Tim Murphy, former morning announcer at WKLT, has written "Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook."

The book offers more than 130 recipes, some with just two ingredients. Topics include breakfast, burgers, dinner, snacks, venison, desserts, breads, appetizers and beverages.

"With all the years I've done morning radio ... and all the hunting and fishing trips I've been on, I've collected a huge recipe library," Murphy said.

In fact, he plans to produce another book in May titled, "Flannel John's Critters, Fritters, Chili & Beer Cookbook."

Parsnips & Porcupines

EAST JORDAN — The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan is offering a free Parsnips & Porcupines excursion on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Those participating will go into the farm's fields to dig wild parsnips. After, the group will explore the forest to look for evidence of resident porcupines.

Those attending should bring a shovel. Parsnip recipes will be provided.

For more information, call 536-0333 or email to