Featured Cookbook:  The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook by Michelle Wojtowicz, Philip Wojtowicz, and Michael Gilson

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When: Tuesday, October 13th from 5:30pm (or as soon as you’re able to arrive) to 9:00pm (or as long as the wine holds out).

Where: Miriam Schulingkamp’s kitchen on Walloon Lake in Boyne City (directions available upon registration).

Cost & Registration: $20 per person — this cost covers the entire meal, dessert and libations. Space is limited, so please contact us today to reserve a spot. The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook is available for purchase for $40 at McLean & Eakin, or by clicking here. We would love for as many individuals as possible to spend some time becoming familiar with the cookbook in advance so that we are able to have lively discussion as we cook together from the book! To that end, we’re offering this special savings:  purchase your cookbook at the time of registration and receive $5 off the list price.

How to Register: As of August 28th, registration for this event is full.  However, you may add your name to our waiting list by stopping into the store or by calling us at 231-347-1180.

farmer john menu

As you’ve browsed through Farmer John’s Cookbook, you’ve probably read at least a bit about Community Supported Agriculture, a mutually beneficial partnership between farmer and consumer in which the consumer provides financial support to the farm in exchange for a share of what the farm produces.  It’s a pretty simple arrangement:  the consumer gives the farmer money, and the farmer gives the consumer food.  But, at the heart of it, CSA programs are about much more than fresh produce — they educate the public, build relationships, and help reconnect people to their food.  

We have a few CSA farms right here in Northern Michigan —  Blackbird Gardens in Petoskey, Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs, and Providence Farm in Central Lake.  I’m a shareholder with Blackbird Gardens, and if there’s one thing we have in abundance at the farm right now, it’s kale — my fridge has been practically overflowing with kale for the past few weeks. After several consecutive nights of kale, kale, and more kale, one really starts to ponder creative and imaginative uses for the stuff, and one of the reasons I’m so very fond of Farmer John’s Cookbook is that it contains a delicious recipe for kale and walnut pesto (page 86).

In less than half an hour, I went from this:

to this:

And it was fantastic!  We tossed it with warm pasta and a little of the pasta cooking water for a very tasty (and very easy) dinner, and it’s also a great spread for slices of baguette.  Next I’m going to try it tossed with roasted potatoes.  Yum!

What recipes have you tried?

Wow! Number three already? We are so established.  And we’re very excited about the delicious fruits and vegetables appearing at our farmers markets each week — just this morning I spotted both snap peas and strawberries.  Hooray!  With the abundance of summer produce in mind, we’ve chosen a quirky and contemplative guide to cooking fresh vegetables.  We hope you’ll enjoy Farmer John as much as we do.

Feature Cookbook: Farmer John’s Cookbook:  The Real Dirt on Vegetables

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Farmers Market Field Trip:  Wednesday, August 19th from 8:30am to 10:00 am. Attendance is optional, and each tour will run for about 30 minutes, so come anytime during this hour and a half.

Where: Boyne City Farmers Market, at the end of Water Street next to Sunset Park and the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce.  Click here for directions.

Dinner and Discussion:  Thursday, August 20th from 5:30pm (or as soon as you’re able to arrive) to 9:00pm (or as long as the wine holds out).

Where: Miriam Schulingkamp’s kitchen on Walloon Lake in Boyne City (directions available upon registration).

Cost & Registration: $20 per person — this cost covers the entire meal, dessert and libations. Space is limited, so please contact us today to reserve a spot. Farmer John’s Cookbook is available for purchase for $30 at McLean & Eakin, or by clicking hereWe would love for as many individuals as possible to spend some time becoming familiar with the cookbook in advance so that we are able to have lively discussion as we cook together from the book! To that end, we’re offering this special savings:  purchase your cookbook at the time of registrationfor only $45.

How to Register: As of June 20th, registration for this event is full.  However, you may add your name to our waiting list by stopping into the store or by calling us at 231-347-1180.

To all of you who made it out for our dinner and discussion of Fish Without a Doubt, thank you for keeping the rain away and for lending your culinary skills to bring together a really wonderful meal!

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We’re in the final stages of planning for Wednesday night’s get-together — we’re busy rounding up bowls and knives and measuring cups and acquiring last minute ingredients. In the meantime, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at the menu.

Fish menu

We look forward to seeing everyone!