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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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I am a busy mom and also a professional piano tuner. I love to entertain, and have an annual Christmas party that is popular with both adults and teenagers. I am told everybody looks forward to it and loves the food! I would like some day to take cooking classes in various locations....like Italy!

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About me: I started cooking as a teenager in Boy Scouts after too many eggs with sand in them. I found I really enjoy cooking for a crowd. I love cooking any kind of breakfast and chili.

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Avocado Sauce Eggs Benedict

Reviewed on Apr. 24, 2014 by Elizabeth   view full review
I thought this was a nice change from regular eggs benedict. A couple of pointers though,...

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Reviewed on Apr. 24, 2014 by homiejess   view full review
Absolutely loved! Can't wait to make again

6 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed on Apr. 24, 2014 by Blender Woman   view full review
This was fine and quick for a lunch type soup. I. Didnt have the canned chicken and dislike...

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