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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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With midwestern farm wives for grandmothers and a southern boy for a husband it's a good thing I have loved to cook as long as I can remember. I swing many directions in food, from the down home, simple comfort foods, to quick, easy shortcut recipes, to fanciful, exotic showstopper dishes.

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Home Town: Adrian, Michigan, USA
Living In: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Home Town: Muskegon, Michigan, USA
About me: I've been cooking for a large family for years and am now down to one! I want to minimize my recipes, and get new ones for one or two. (leftovers are great!)

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Mushroom Pork Chops

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2014 by Frankie   view full review
Made these for dinner tonight. Overall we liked them. I would have liked for a bit more...

Healthy "Italian Mac and Cheese" with Carrot Puree

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2014 by Elizabeth   view full review
My 2 year old ate this up. I thought it was ok. I used rotini pasta since it's easier for him...

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2014 by Joy Kimberly   view full review
Absolutely delicious! I made it gluten free too! (It's not a fad for me, I actually cannot...

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