I’m Susan, Lovina’s second-oldest daughter. I decided to write the column for Mom since I haven’t been doing too much since baby Ryan joined our family. He’s doing a good job with breast feeding which I’m thankful for. Today I’m spending the day at my parents’ house.

Summer seems to compress time. In the heat of a hot day appetites dwindle. The outdoor grill sees more of us than the indoor stove. Because of these summer influences, flavor matters more than ever.

My first husband, Stuart, loved to make Caesar salad. He grew up with older parents, the generation that got fully dressed even for the breakfast table and went to the same steak house once a week. The restaurant served Caesar salad tableside; the waiter would roll up with the cart and drama…

NORTHPORT — Boiled redskins, corn on the cob, rolls, coleslaw, cherry pie, lemonade, beer, wine and freshly caught Maine lobster — or chicken, if lobster isn’t your thing. But mainly lobster.

We are having great weather this week. It cools down at night, making for comfortable sleeping. Very pleasant days so far. Mornings are actually chilly, with temperatures in the upper 50 degrees. It sure beats the heat from last week.

Asian cultures, for reasons of fuel economy, have had long experience turning out quick, but deeply satisfying meals. Pad Thai, Thailand’s revered stir-fried rice noodle dish, is a classic example: it employs short-cooking methods and big flavor components. Quick and tasty, the stir-fry meth…

Sometimes you need a little help to make it through a heat wave. We all know the rules: stay hydrated, stay out of the sun, wear light clothing, stay out of closed cars, and don’t fire up your oven, four burners, and that old Fry-Daddy all at the same time.

This is the season of fresh fruit, and northern Michigan is the place to get the best. When you and yours tire of fresh, unadorned raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, apples and plums you’ll want to offer them in more enticing ways. Although summer fruit pies, cakes, crisps, crumbles, cob…

Summer is festival time in northern Michigan and one of my favorites is the Traverse City Film Festival. The event invites many filmmakers and actors to Traverse City. These guests are each assigned to a driver who helps them get to their screenings and events. The drivers become ambassadors…

It’s a beautiful Tuesday morning with a lot of sunshine. How we treasure mornings and days like this. We didn’t wash laundry yesterday due to the dreary, rainy weather. Now today we were blessed with a nice day to dry the laundry. This afternoon I will take son Kevin for his therapy appointm…

Although the Fourth of July is a full-stop American holiday, America is made of a wondrous melting pot filled with inhabitants of every country and culture. That makes our food customs vastly more interesting than those of, say Italy or France, where up until a few years ago you could mostly…

On a recent visit to my hometown, I spent a lot of time talking to family and old friends. The conversations always started with current events, catching up on all the things that are important right now. Who just had surgery and which grandkids are in college and how did that new puppy get …

Every month brings a slew of national and world food celebrations. June alone recognizes more than 50, including National Veggie Burger Day (June 5), National Falafel Day (June 12), National Eat All Your Veggies Day (June 17), National Sushi Day (June 18) and National Onion Rings Day (June 22).

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…

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