Another week has gone by. We have a big beef carcass hanging in our pole barn needing to be cut up and packaged for our freezer. We raised it, so it was a project we knew we would need to get done during these cold months.
My friend Lynne delivered a holiday card last month. It contained her advice for surviving the winter by practicing “friluftsliv” (free-loofts-liv,) a Norwegian word meaning “open- air living.”
TRAVERSE CITY — Timothy Bergstrom worked as a private chef, bartender and restaurant employee for many years before he opened his own eatery in northern Michigan.
Some foods seem to survive and thrive throughout time. Who can say why? Probably because they fulfill a human need, are flexible and easily riffed on and may be simply prepared with few ingredients.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m a little cookied out. This holiday season was one of baking cookies, taking walks with the dog on the beach, and watching Christmas movies. Did I mention cookies?
Some competent homecooks, though lauded and applauded by family and friends, have niggling doubts about their culinary skills. They practice madly, stuffing loved ones with one exotic dish after another. But their doubts remain.
TRAVERSE CITY — Amical is one of the many restaurants currently following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services restrictions to dining indoors.
I have been a part of many New Year’s Eve celebrations. The longest lasting tradition was a potluck and costume dance party at a friend’s house in Suttons Bay that we attended at least ten years in a row; the wackiest was probably the night of “danger food.” I am not one to shy away from giv…
Lovina Eicher’s son-in-law Mose was injured in a car accident on Wednesday, Dec. 9. His injuries were severe, and he passed away the morning of Dec. 14.
Thanksgiving Day was not too eventful for us this year. My husband Joe put a turkey on the grill, and we relaxed and took the day off. Let us pray next year will be different. I decided to ask each of my children to write what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving. I am thankful to be the…
The winter holiday season is a time to get together with family, reconnect with old friends, share stories, eat delicious food, and generally celebrate life.
It is a Friday night and we had a nice, sunny day in the 60s. I spent the day with our children who have muscular dystrophy at their annual appointments in Ann Arbor. It was a long day, leaving home at 5:30 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. It’s also a stressful, tiresome day for them to do all t…
If you need a break in between the sugary excesses of Thanksgiving and Christmas you might try baking a savory cake. The French (of course) first introduced savory cakes to the vast pantheon of cake-baking. In France they are called “gateaux salé,” which literally means “salty cakes.”
Thanksgiving Day is coming upon us. A great day to spend with family! My sister Emma and I take turns hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our families and sisters Verena and Susan. This year sister Liz and Levi and daughter Suzanne have plans to join us since they will be in the area that day.
This was a year like no other. In anticipation of a Thanksgiving that would be far from the usual, I tried not to let disappointment rule. I found myself remembering other times when Thanksgiving traditions had to be adjusted, although the circumstances then did not include a pandemic. These…
Crash test dummy commercials used to be fairly common. Over and over would some hapless robot slam into an airbag while a confident voice-over told us how many thousand hits it took to destroy it.
Sons Benjamin, 21, and Joseph, 18, both have left for work. It is 5 a.m. and I decided I’ll write this column while all is still quiet. The weather has taken a big change overnight. Yesterday, and for over a week,we have had nice, sunny, warm weather. Now this morning the temperature is in t…
Thanksgiving is prime pie time. Some cooks might argue that summer pies, overflowing with glowing fresh fruit, are the true beauty pageant winners. But who takes the time to make pie when the weather is sultry and the beach beckons?
We are having nice, sunny autumn weather with temperature in the 60s by the end of the day. It’s a good time to get the leaves raked and the yard cleaned up before the snow flies. We did have a coating of snow on Sunday, but it didn’t accumulate much.
Supper is over, evening devotions have been said, and everyone has either gone to bed or is showering, reading, or just relaxing as I write this column.
Chocolate soothes, celebrates and comforts us. Whenever I was upset or due for a congratulatory indulgence, my mother made hot cocoa. She reserved it as a special pleasure and remedy. Right now some of us are happy, some distraught and others are undecided. One thing we can agree on — chocol…
TRAVERSE CITY — It may not look or feel like Christmastime yet, but bakers can start planning for this year’s holiday season through an upcoming sweet program.
Over the years I have written about my daughter Verena’s brain concussion and the almost seven years that she had post-concussion syndrome. I also wrote about our children who have limb girdle type 2 muscular dystrophy. Readers have asked why my daughters use mobility scooters. Here is Veren…
I attended a graveside memorial service recently. The afternoon was windy and cold, with rain that spit from the sky every now and then. Yet the colors of the autumn leaves seemed more vibrant than on a sunny day; I wondered if I was seeking something joyful in contrast to the somber scene a…
Supper is over with, and I need to start writing this column. We had potato soup, side pork (from our pork we butchered last winter), cheese, and crackers.
This Week's Circulars
- County commissioner flaunts rifle during livestreamed meeting
- Calls for resignation swell after gun incident during public meeting
- Live updates: Football state final — Cadillac vs. Detroit Country Day
- Cook: Not knowing why is the worst part
- Grand Traverse County Board passes pandemic resolution
- Bergstrom's Burgers opens restaurant specializing in homemade burgers, sliders and wings
- Pandemic resolution on county agenda
- State judge orders continuation of Iron Pig's food license suspension
- Residents frustrated at COVID-19 vaccine scheduling free-for-all
- Atnip: Northern Michigan football running out of style