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My Little Michigan Kitchen: Recipes and Stories from a Homemade Life Lived Well

Adult; Food & Cooking; (Market)

A collection of over 100 homestyle recipes, stunning photos, and stories inspired by a life lived well in Michigan from Mandy McGovern, creator of the food blog Kitchen Joy®. In My Little Michigan Kitchen, Mandy shares tried-and-true recipes for Michigan classics including "Secret Ingredient" Tart Cherry Pie, UP North Pasties, Detroit Coney Dogs, Mackinac Island Fudge, Detroit Deep-Dish Pizza, Boston Coolers, Smoked Whitefish Chowder, Hot Fudge Cream Puffs, and MANY more. She also shares dishes that are a staple at her family’s table, including Bacon and Sweet Corn Breakfast Galette, Potato Rolls, Michigan Cherry Chicken Salad, Boeuf Bourguignon, Salted Maple Pie, and her popular Cut-Out Sugar Cookies. Mandy shares stories from her adventures in Michigan, and features full-color photography of nearly every recipe, as well as several gorgeous landscape photos capturing the beauty and joy that the Great Lakes State has to offer.
In this uneven, though enjoyable, debut, Kitchen Joy blogger McGovern celebrates the cuisine of her home state of Michigan. She delivers on her promise of regional cooking: pasties (a popular meat pie), Detroit deep-dish pizza, hot cherry mustard for pretzel-dipping, banket (a pastry of almond paste brought by Dutch settlers to the Midwest), and Mackinac Island fudge with toffee all feature. The book, however, contains a number of recipes of familiar dishes found elsewhere in the country, such as biscuits and sausage, chicken enchiladas, roasted broccoli, grilled asparagus, and breakfast burritos (which curiously calls for mayonnaise in addition to sour cream and hot sauce). There are, however, many gems throughout: pumpkin doughnuts, chicken purses (a mash-up of crab rangoon and chicken salad that is baked and topped with a cheddar cheese sauce), venison goulash, and Mom’s Meatballs (formed from ground chuck and oats in a tomato sauce with Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar), a quirky dish that gives the book its homespun feel. Though the culinary focus occasionally strays, this is nevertheless a charming celebration of the food of Michigan. (BookLife)