Dave & Mary

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Sandwiches at Doud’s Market, Michigan’s Oldest Grocer, Est. 1884

Something happened yesterday morning that seriously endeared me to the people of Michigan’s upper peninsula. We’d spent most of this week at an old hotel which had been converted into a lovely bed & breakfast in St. Ignace, just north of the Mackinac Bridge. The Boardwalk Inn is currently owned by a wonderful family […]

Kern’s Sausages, Frankenmuth, Michigan

One of the great things, probably the great thing, about a visit to Frankenmuth, Michigan, is the absolute glut of traditional, artisnal crafters with their individual shops lining the streets on each side. A lot of these aren’t simple tourist shops. Many have a long tradition of family values which began decades or even […]

Muskrat Dinner January 29th at Erie VFW Post 3295

A meal of muskrat at Erie VFW in 2008, topped with banana peppers and served with mashed potatoes, creamed corn and turtle soup.

Our friends at Erie VFW Post 3295 in Erie, Michigan, will host their annual Muskrat Dinner tomorrow evening beginning at 6 p.m. Click here for details from the 2008 dinner along […]

A Flint Coney Matchup: Chef Marty Embry vs. Angelo’s Original

On the left is a coney made with Marty Embry’s Flint Coney sauce. On the right is a similar coney, but topped with Angelo’s original sauce.

I gotta say this at the beginning: I really don’t like basketball. I’m a computer geek, have been since 1976, a hardware geek since 1983, a food […]

Pure Michigan on Draft at French Laundry, Fenton, Michigan

The French Laundry Café & Market in Fenton, Michigan, has made a major commitment to the Great Lakes State, with the recent announcement that it will be pouring exclusively Michigan draft beer from here on out.

“The Laundry is proud to feature fresh craft beer from local Michigan micro-breweries,” says bartender Jon Foley. “We’ll […]

Meijer To Add 250k Sq. Ft. On to Newport Distribution Center

Please pardon my lack of posts at the moment. The sprain I described at the beginning of the Lenten Fish Dinner post is much worse than I’d thought. As of late this afternoon I have a walking cast to just below the right knee, I’m on steroids to help the muscles heal, and will be […]

For Fat Tuesday: Paczki Day in Hamtramck, Michigan

Last year CBS Sunday Morning ran the above piece on paczki in Hamtramck, Michigan, home of Paczki Day. Take a look at the dedication and pride of this Polish community. And have a Happy Fat Tuesday!

MLive.com: Tony’s, Birch Run, to be on Diners Drive-Ins & Dives

From supersizedmeals.com, three photographers each try the 1 lb BLT at Tony’s in Birch Run, Michigan.

Via the folks at MLIve.com, the Saginaw News is reporting that Tony’s of Birch Run, Michigan, will be featured on an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners Drive-Ins & Dives.

You have to understand that Tony’s is one […]

2009 Michigan Food Fairs & Festivals Listing

A couple years ago as part of their traveling Key Ingredients: Michigan Foodways exhibit, the Michigan Humanities Council in association with the Smithsonian referenced my own list of Michigan Food Fairs & Festivals. Their site still points to my 2007 version of that list, which is as complete as I could have possibly gotten […]

Dad’s Eggs In A Frame: A Memorial Recipe Tribute for Downloading

A batch of dad’s Eggs In A Frame, made specifically for this memorial by my 14-year-old daughter Briahna.

As I’d written previously, my father Erwin F. Liske passed away on December 29th. Mom’s been in the hospital herself, so the funeral has been on hold. Visitation will finally be tomorrow with his funeral being […]