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Farmstead Inn barn

Farm-to-Fork in Indiana

We braved the unfriendly skies to visit my family in Indiana over the holidays, and while we were there we had the opportunity to visit part of the Joseph Decuis empire of farm-to-table enterprises.  Situated in the tiny and picturesque town of Roanoke, Indiana, the “Joseph Decuis Experience” includes a fine dining restaurant, a casual […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Wild Turkeys and Camel’s Milk

I have a great soup recipe coming up soon, but my schedule of late has meant very little time in the kitchen.  We took a mini-break last week to enjoy the last of the fall colors up in Rocky Mountain National Park, where we did some easy hikes and saw a good amount of wildlife. […]

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Seared Duck Breast with Port and Plums

Duck, Demystified

A couple of weeks ago I boarded an insanely early flight and headed to Indiana for a few days, courtesy of Maple Leaf Farms.  Many of you know that I was born and raised in Indiana and I still have a lot of family in the area, so while Maple Leaf Farms is really a […]

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Little Traverse Bay

Highlights from the End of the Earth

I’ve been away.  For the last week I have been hanging out with dear friends at the End of the Earth, a.k.a. the Keweenaw Peninsula. I attended graduate school at Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, MI, and it remains one of my favorite places.  It is filled with water, wildlife, forests, and people I love.  […]

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Puerto Rico, Part Two: Rum, plus a little more food…

When I was booking the components of our trip I decided on the Hotel Milano as our lodging–it is right in the heart of the restaurant district in Old San Juan, plus an easy walk to the piers and to many of the museums.  The location was ideal, the hotel was quirky but charming, and […]

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Puerto Rico, Part One: Street Food and El Yunque

Twelve years ago we went on a pre-wedding “honeymoon” to Isle Royale National Park.  The island is accessible only by boat or plane, so we ventured out on the first Ranger III of the season (so it was the two of us and some fish and wildlife guys, wandering around on a huge boat). We spent […]

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