This sauce is fall in liquid form. A brilliant balance of sweet, tart and savory comfort, worthy of diverting cider from your cup. Use the best quality apple cider you can find and your efforts will be rewarded with a lick-your-plate clean experience. It shines when served with a grilled pork tenderloin (though it would be equally at home on the same plate with with a turkey or chicken breast) and an earthy root vegetable mash of potatoes, parsnips and rutabagas. A good local hard cider wouldn’t go amiss with this meal either.
Ripe peaches on the grill simply scream summer. The natural sugars in a peach are taken to an entirely new level when placed over the flame. Homemade salsas are a quick and easy way to bring together the best local produce the season has to offer. With gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, flavorful cucumbers and sweet juicy peaches we have the base of a delicious summer fruit salsa. Toss in some homegrown cilantro and a bit of locally produced Cilantro Jalapeño Sunflower Oil and you’ve got yourself a naturally refreshing sweetness paired with the perfect kick.
This recipe features local produce from VerSnyder’s Fruit, Providence Organic Farm & Shiloh’s Garden as well as locally produced oils from Grand Traverse Culinary Oils.
The only exact things about this recipe are the measurements for the brine. Everything else is up for grabs – the amount of garlic or dill, the amount of heat you want, the vegetable or vegetables you use in your pickle, and even the amount of pickle you want to make. Unused brine can be poured into a glass container and refrigerated for future use*. Simply bring back to the boil before using for your next batch.
Rhubarb grows in many farms and backyards throughout Michigan. It’s often used in pies as a tart component to an overall sweet dish, but we find that people often struggle with other ways to use it. Michelle Rodriguez shares a delicious recipe for a Rhubarb Ginger Puree to pair with grilled pork or chicken.
Blueberry Muffins with fresh blueberries from Buchan’s Blueberry Hill and a touch of lemon.
This simple grilled flatbread will become a staple this summer. Toppings can vary by season, but the simple five-minute naan is even tasty enough to eat by itself.
By Bill Palladino
Last month you heard me bemoaning the lack of local proteins available for purchase in northwest Michigan. I neglected to say that one easy protein source is dairy, and we happen to have a few great producers around here. Yogurt is a daily part of my diet, so I thought I’d toss this your way.