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The Wolverine State is touched on by four of the five Great Lakes. (Lake Ontario is the odd lake out.) Not surprisingly then, Michigan is also called the Great Lakes State. Michigan is made up of two separate peninsulas, with the larger (and much more populous) lower portion being shaped somewhat like a mitten, and the Upper Peninsula horning its way out from the top of Wisconsin into Lakes Michigan and Superior. Two industries are practically synonymous with Michigan: the automobile (centered around Detroit) and breakfast cereal (centered around Battle Creek). Michigan is also a major cherry-producing state, producing about 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States. These are the sour cherries that are best suited for pies, jellies, jams, and juices. Early French explorers from Normandy (still a center of cherry production in its own right) planted the first cherry trees in the Midwest on their way to founding cities like Detroit. The trees thrived along Lake Michigan, setting the stage for a serious industry to blossom. Michigan is also morel country. Meaty morels grow wild in the Michigan woods, clinging to the roots of elm and oak trees.

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Home Town: Troy, Michigan, USA
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As the youngest of 3 daughters growing up in a very traditional Italian/Irish household, I grew accustom with lavish meals. Unfortunately I have never been a good cook. So bad, in fact, that the only duty my mother would trust me with was browning the meat. I am proud to report that I have made a complete 180 since my upbringing. My passion for cooking (and buying kitchen necessities) started when I got married. All of a sudden mac and cheese and ramen noodles for 1 didn't really cut it anymore. Thank goodness I found this website! Despite my husband's picky yet simple taste of food, I continue to venture out my comfort zone with new found recipes. I am so very determined to be a good cook and impress the socks off of my family and friends.

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Bow Ties with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

Reviewed on Jul. 6, 2015 by riverrose05   view full review
Very good and very easy. No leftovers, everyone loved it. I only had some caramelized onions,...

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I used my bar hands to smush the cream cheese together with all the other ingredients in a...

Sweet and Tangy Thai Cucumber Salad

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I thought this was pretty good, but I used 3 medium sized cukes to 1 medium sized red onion...

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