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Ann Arbor's lost eateries

Ann Arbor's lost eateries | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

If you havent been to Ann Arbor in while, your favorite shop might not still exist, or more likely it changed names and/or ownership.  This wiki is guide to the lost eateries in the Ann Arbor area and even has some old reviews from yesteryear.  So if you're planning on opening a new shopr or you can't find your favorite spot, check out this directory!

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Persimmon and Arugula Salad

Persimmon and Arugula Salad | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

The goal of the dish is to be able to "taste it with your eyes and knot its going to work."  Based out of Italy, this dish brings out the best of the country's culinary tradtion, simplicity.  This dish takes the fruit's sweet, honey flabor and combines it with peppery baby arugula.  You need to make sure to get Fuyu persimmon is similar to a mango in consistancy and less acidic.  Keep the skin on if your prefer, but make sure that the persimmon is ripe.  Itll need to be a deep orange but not too soft.

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Carpigiani Gelato University

Not exactly in Ann Arbor, but Michigan offers students an opportunity to make ice cream in Italy this summer.  Each course on gelato lasts only a couple of days and focuses on more than just ice cream.  This is also information about small businesses in italy and Italian culture in general.  As part of a cultural immersion program, gelato is staple in the desert industry for Italian food.  Restaurants and food offer students a a great way to experience life as a regular person in the country, and a way to converse with Italians

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Mild winter, early heatwave devastates Michigan fruit industry

Mild winter, early heatwave devastates Michigan fruit industry | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Hopefully, Michigan’s fruit growers will never again have to experience a devastating heat wave as they have this year.  This past winter was too mild, now most of Ann Arbor is loving this warmer weather, but even last year this time there was snow on the ground.  We need a cold winter so that the growing season doesn't start too early.  If there is late frost then the harvest later in the summer is going to be hurt.  This trend also leads to more evaporation and faster snow melt which leads to a dryer summer.

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Spaghetti in Parchment With Clams

Spaghetti in Parchment With Clams | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Marc Vetri's Spaghetti in Parchment With Clams/Satisfying and seasonal food in about 30 minutes from chef Marc Vetri...  This spaghetti doesn't have any tomatoes now that they are long out of season.  This dish focuses on the clams and their accompanying juice of the sea.  When opening clams, make sure to save the juice because that will be added to the spaghetti to make a great sauce.  The dish is quickly brought together by steaming in parachement paper making this an easy to cook and clean up meal

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Boeuf de Detroit Recipe

Boeuf de Detroit Recipe | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Looking for a great way to blend Native American traidtion and the roots of the French settlers in the area?  This stew is just the combination.  It uses traditional spices such as thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves to season the meat.  Make sure to keep the pan juices in the classic French style of nice and watery (au jus) this is no time to try to thicken it with corn starch.  Also by keeping the juices watery, the meat will soak up more of the broth making it even better.

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A delicious chili recipe

A delicious chili recipe | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

As we get to the more sedidentary months (or just finals season) we need to cut down on some of the carbs.  This is a low carb, and comparably low fat chili recipe to help you warm up during the freezing months to come in Ann Arbor.  The chicken is substituted in for meat because chicken is still high in protein, but is leaner.  Chili is a pretty heathly meal especially because the fat is from beans and that fat is more likely to be the healthy unsaturated version.  Don't add bacon though if you're trying to keep the calories down.

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Roast Broccolini with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

Roast Broccolini with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Well, it's that time of year again. Take a deep breath. Everybody hold hands. We can do this.  It's almost to the peak of the fal/winter dinner party season.  As December comes into its full, we try out the best that winter has to offer, along with the classics of eggnog and peppermint.  To have some flavors, not originating in a candy shop, try out the broccolini which is the more tender, baby version of brocolli.  It will be a great vegatable to go with any meat and guests will be impressed by this fine side dish.

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Midwest Food Connection

Midwest Food Connection | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

An important part about continuing locally sourced food is teaching the next generation about the possibilty of growning food in urban and suburban areas.  The Midwest Food Connection teaches local schools how to start small gardens.  The organization leads field trips to organic and diversified farms.  There is also a strong tradition for teaching green farming and sustainable farming.

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Peppermint Icicles

Peppermint Icicles | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

This recipe is a new twist on the classic candy cane.  Made at home with basic ingredients (you dont need blue peppermint extract), peppermint candy sticks are twisted into frosty blue and white sticks.  The goal is to make them tapper towards the bottom, like a real icicle.  You'll need to make sure that you are wearing rubber gloves for this task because the candy needs to be shaped while hot and liquid sugar burns quickly.  The color twist is created by making a hot candy rope of white candy and a thinner rope of blue candy and simply twisting it together.  It takes over an hour so you'll need to devote some time, but they'll be a surprise for those expecting the classic red and white

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Michigan Turkey Producers

Even though the article is from Whole Foods, the company, Michigan Turkey is local turkey processing company. Every turkey is raised within 25 miles of the plant and the finished turkeys can be found at the Southeast Michigan Whole Foods. The turkeys are fresh and of superior quality because there is only a 3 day delay from slaughter to sale. If you want a fresh turkey (don’t have to worry about thawing) and a local turkey, check out Whole Foods.

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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Everyone knows the world is better with bacon. And we wouldn’t be American if we didn’t try to add bacon to the Thanksgiving turkey. This is a traditional cooking for the turkey, except that 45 minutes before the turkey is finished you add bacon to the outside. The rest of the time, the turkey is roasted with vegetables and pears. The bacon is placed on top of the turkey with toothpicks. This will impart the flavor to the bird and the drippings (which will be used for gravy).

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This happens when you're not prepared for Thanksgiving.

This happens when you're not prepared for Thanksgiving. | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Thanksgiving is a great time for food exploration. This is a great example of what happens when you’re not prepared and panicking at the last minute. The look on the guy’s face next to her is priceless. Don’t be that person who is freaking out and cutting onions on the train. Please prepare ahead of time.

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apple cider caramels

apple cider caramels | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Looking for a great post Thanksgiving snack that your relatives can chew after dinner or eat in the car on the long drive home? Apple cider caramels sound like they’ll do great! The recipe is simple and all the ingredients can be found in your kitchen at home already, except Apple cider. This you’ll need to buy. Try to make sure you get some local cider without many preservatives. This is easy to prepare stove top, especially if you have a double boiler (so it doesn’t burn as easily). Most importantly, it should be done a day in advance to let them set, so try it out tomorrow night!

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Ann Arbor's lost eateries

Ann Arbor's lost eateries | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

If you havent been to Ann Arbor in while, your favorite shop might not still exist, or more likely it changed names and/or ownership.  This wiki is guide to the lost eateries in the Ann Arbor area and even has some old reviews from yesteryear.  So if you're planning on opening a new shopr or you can't find your favorite spot, check out this directory!

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Living Naturally Ann Arbor Fruit Baskets

An important part of the Holiday season is the gift giving.  Few traditional gifts taste better than a great fruit basket.  The company Living Naturally is located in Ann Arbor and offers reasonably priced gift baskets for 20 or 30 dollars.  They also have the option for making sure that everything in the basket is certified organic.  Fruit baskets taste great especially up in Michigan where it can be hard (read expensive) to get fruit for Christmas morning.

 

Head to Arbor Farms to buy the baskets.  They are located on Stadium Blvd

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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Get Ready for great food, great prices, and horrible lines!  From January 20-25 Ann Arbor will be provding greatly discounted meals so that everyone, including the local college kids can try out the flavors of the many restaurants in the area.  All Lunches are $15 will some places offering two for one pricing, dinners are $28 for three courses will some places offering two for one.

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Caramelized Delicata Squash

Caramelized Delicata Squash | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Satisfying and seasonal food in about 30 minutes.  This is a great dish that cooks itself. Winter squash is showcased here (instead of being smoothered by cheese and cream)  The slow cooking in a sugar butter mixture turns them into semi hard on the outside while still soft in the middle.  The caramel turns towards the bitter side at the end, but the squash becomes much sweeter making this a unique dish.

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Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO

Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

This is a huge show in early Decemeber in Grand Rapids Michigan, while you may think this is too far to travel, the show pulls booths from 42 states!  There are over 71 sessionsn and workshops during this 3 day expo and over 380 exhibitors show different growing techniques and talk about their food. There are famer market sessions and organic food information sessions.  This expo is for regular food conscious consumers as well as small farmers.  The show will even take a look at Greenhouse productiona and fruit and vegetable commodities.

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Root vegetable and feta salad from Michael Symon's Roast

Root vegetable and feta salad from Michael Symon's Roast | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Keeping it local with an article out of Downtown Detroit, this recipe is for the winter months, combining the great flavors of cremy feta with the sweetness of root vegatables.  After sitting in the ground, the regetables convert larger carbohydrate molecules to fructose and therefore get tastier really fast (so make sure to keep them in the ground long enough to start breaking down the starches, but not too long that the ground freezes.)  Coming from a Restaurant of the Year, this is an easy to create salad with some classic root vegetables (as many varieties as possible) to create a pleasant medly

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Simply Scratch » Dark Chocolate Dunked Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Simply Scratch » Dark Chocolate Dunked Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

What's the best thing about the Holidays? Not having to worry about the fact that the food you eat is absolutly horriable for your health because you're going to stick to the best New Year's resoultion ever!  Classic blend of Sweet and Salty characterizes this snack.  Almost like a s'moore cookie, this treat has a dough made out of butter, sugar, and peanut butter with chocolate on top.  Baking the snack brings it all together.  Try this out as an after dinner bowl of munchies.  They're small enough to eat and carry on a conversation

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Eat Beet Box

Eat Beet Box | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Maybe you don't want to cook your own food, but live in Ann Abor and still want to eat locally sourced Ann Arbor food.  The Beet Box was started by U of M students in the previous spring and functions as a food cart that prepares food to go on Washington St.  The food is healhy, one of the staples lately has been kale chips instead of potato chips.

 

Choices are a little limited because it's a small operation, there's one entre and two sides.  The prices are rather high, about $10 for lunch which could be limiting to college students

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The Food Timeline--Christmas food history

This is a history of all the foods realated to the Christmas season.  It has everything including the Yule Log or Buche de Noel and the more modern Candy Canes.  Did you know that the sugar use to be so expensive that Candy Canes were considered a delicacy? This page has great resources for cookies for dessert and cookies for dinner, I'd check it out

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Last-minute Thanksgiving recipe ideas

Last-minute Thanksgiving recipe ideas | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

For those you in the Ann Arbor area who haven’t already gotten your meals planed out and recipes ready to go, there is still hope. This page is a list of recipes that can be made last second, all with ingredients found in Ann Arbor, at stores open late. The page is divided into 4 main Thanksgiving food groups, hearty appetizers, turkey, side dishes, and desserts. These recipes might not give the gourmet results that some of the earlier scoops.

 

Some of the best looking ones are the “sweet potatoes that are sweet, minus the marshmallows” and “lemon-sage wild rice.” Both of these recipes are classics with an easy twist. For sweet potatoes, the marshmallows are replaced with citrus and honey flavors. The wild rice is much heartier than white rice and hopefully you can find wild rice that is truly handpicked and wild.

 

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Can We Skip the Broccoli Now? Pepsi Debuts High-Fiber ‘Fat-Blocking’ Soda

Can We Skip the Broccoli Now? Pepsi Debuts High-Fiber ‘Fat-Blocking’ Soda | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Not exactly seasonal food, but is touted to block the fat from your upcoming feasting. After the holidays start the new diet regiments. Pepsi is trying to combine drink and diet. They have a new product, recently debuted in Japan, that makes interesting claims. It claims to be “fat blocking” due to the addition of dextrin. The product was cleared for this advertising by the Japanese version of the FDA, but the question remains if it will be able to come to the US and if it really works.

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Sparking Cranberries

Sparking Cranberries | Seasonal Foods | Scoop.it

Once again cranberries are in the spot light for food recipes this holiday season. They really seem to be the trendy fruit for food bloggers these days. This is a simple recipe for a cocktail snack. It takes the cranberries and combines them with homemade simple syrup with cardamom. The recipe is simple and delicate. The biter and sweet flavors will play off each other perfectly, but it takes a day to let everything set. You don’t want the cranberries to be too sticky.

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