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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 grew up in Michigan and moved to KC after graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in 98. I planned on being here 5 years, then moving on. At 6 years i met my now husband and will probably be here forever. I'm getting better at cooking every day trying to take care of and please my man. I love to cook and am looking into training and have even dreamed of a future business.

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Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

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I have made this for the last 2 Thanksgivings. Everyone loved it and asked me for directions...

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This wasn't my favorite but it turned out okay. It had mostly a butter taste to it. It's a...

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These were yummy! I didn't have enough salt to add to the mix so I didn't add any at all and I...

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