On Saturday our family assisted daughter Elizabeth and Tim with their work. Church services will be held at their house next so lots of cleaning is getting done. A big tent will be set up for the services to be held under that day.

There is a wonderful Edward Lear poem, "The Table and the Chair," describing how a table convinces a chair to take a walk about town: “… I’ve as many legs as you, Why can’t we walk on two?”

TRAVERSE CITY — A once bare corner at Division and Randolph streets touts a summer array of color — trucks in red, yellow, blue and pink pepper lots on both sides of the street.

Spring, summer and early fall, for the past decade, I have been happiest on Fridays. I work all day on my feet, without high-tech tools, don’t get paid (in cash) and come home spent and exhausted.

This week Lovina is busy with preparations for niece Elizabeth and Manuel’s Friday wedding, so she has asked me to share about the work being done in the days before the wedding. The wedding wagons arrived last week, so Saturday the tables were all set up in the barn and the china, silverwar…

The spring produce season has arrived and, by all accounts, this year's crop is fantastic. The morels are plump and plentiful, the asparagus is sweet and tender, and the ramps have been showing their pointy leaves everywhere. All you need to do is look at your foodie friend's Instagram feed …

We had a nice, sunny day in the 70s. That was a welcome change after some cool. rainy weather the past week. Yesterday was also nice and sunny, making laundry dry fast. It was rainy on Monday so I spent my day sewing and we postponed washing laundry until Tuesday.

In these parts, asparagus is synonymous with spring. Like its relative the lily, when the sun warms the ground and spring is a sure thing, it peeks brave, skinny heads up through winter-brown dirt and leaves. If you’re clever, you might find wild asparagus hiding from foraging deer in grassy…

TRAVERSE CITY — Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula aims to turn the peninsula pink — and not with cherry blossoms — during its inaugural Rosé Between the Bays event.

Daughters Verena, Loretta and I have plans to go help sister Emma today. The wedding for her daughter Elizabeth and Manuel is fast approaching — 15 days to be exact. Plans are to make noodles for the wedding. Some cleaning will be done as well. Sisters Verena and Susan and my daughters Eliza…

It is cold and rainy today. The view outside my window is a template of browns and grays: the weathered cedar of the pergola that frames the outdoor dining space; the long, dark wood table; the iron candelabra swinging in the breeze; the burnished branches of the dogwood on the far side. I c…

When Ruth Gilmer moved to northern Michigan in 1989 with husband Ted she didn’t find it difficult to adjust to the climate, the people or the lack of family, but she deeply missed the food. The Empire resident came to Michigan as a young bride from Sahuayo de Morelos or Sahuayo. It is one of…

Thursday morning and it’s almost 5 a.m. This column needs to be written, although my eyes still want to close for some more sleep. At least it’s not 3 a.m. That is the one thing I don’t miss about my husband not working at the RV factory. Son Joseph, 16, is waiting on his ride to go to work.…

Apparently, you can go home again. I was feeling all kinds of emotions as my wife and I drove the “home stretch” of highway between Ashland, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota. There were exhilaration and joy to be returning to a place I had loved and called home for 15 years, and an apprehensi…

For decades we savvy cooks have dutifully stocked our shelves with sea salt, shunning iodized table salt with artificial additives. Sea salt naturally contains the minerals sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, iodine and zinc, among other beneficial trace e…

It is 5:30 a.m. on a Thursday here in Michigan. It sounds windy outside. The thermometer shows 38 degrees. It feels good to have heat coming up through the vent from our coal stove in the basement. After having 70-degree weather the house was too warm, so we let the fire in the stove go out.…

Ten years ago this month, Jess Piskor and I started Bare Knuckle Farm. In those first years of farming, I learned so much about plants and produce. Those years changed the way that I cook by changing the way that I saw plants. Like learning the signs of lettuce just about to bolt and why it …

LELAND — Blistered cucumbers, shaved raw summer squash and beets with smoked whitefish — Abra Berens never runs out of unique ways to treat an ingredient.

On my first trip to Tokyo the much feted cherry blossoms bloomed. (The trees produce fragrant blossoms, no fruit.) Suddenly everywhere I looked the trees had burst into frilly, feminine clouds of pinks that softened even the most hard-boiled businessmen.

Yesterday daughters Elizabeth and Susan and their children came for the day. We cleaned Loretta and Lovina’s bedroom upstairs. We washed off the walls and ceiling, cleaned the furniture, washed the curtains and bedding, cleaned out the closet, and so on.

I admit, I was a little late getting on the toast bandwagon. I’m not talking about the kind of toast you get after popping a slice of bread in the toaster, waiting a minute and a half, and spreading it with butter or jam or peanut butter. Or, if you’re like me, scooping on generous helpings …

Like wild creatures in a trap, northern Michiganders are caught with no easy way out. Rounding the corner of winter into spring, we’re tripped up with chills and flu, cabin fever and a variety of discomforts. Spring teases us unmercifully with bouts of clear, sweet weather. Just when we thin…

There’s maybe no more recipe-not-a-recipe than simply boiled potatoes. Scrub some potatoes (ideally of similar size and as many as fit in your pot), chuck them in said pot, skins and all, fill with heavily salted water (salty like the sea or just a touch less), bring to a boil, cook until th…

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