Foraging for the past

The recent foraging trend is nothing new to Kara Flynn. She spent her childhood reluctantly foraging for blackberries, dandelion greens and cardoons with her mother Mary Louise Gerlach. Similarly, Gerlach recalls her own father foraging for a variety of plants. Flynn attributes her family’s love of foraging to their Sicilian roots. Foraging still plays a …

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American Food Roots wins 2 food journalism awards

American Food Roots has won two awards from the Association of Food Journalists. AFR took second place in the Association’s 2014 “Best Food Blog” category. The competition was stiff. First place went to Mother Jones. The Charleston Post and Courier was awarded third. AFR also took second place for “Best non-newspaper food feature” with our …

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Confessions of a clam killer

    “No, don’t die!” I found myself yelling at the bowl in my sink. I had just covered about 3 dozen steamer clams with water, and when I added a small bit of salt and cornmeal, which I’d been told would help them spit their grit, a sort of gurgle came from the water. …

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Bell’s Amber Ale and pasties offer taste of Michigan

“I wish, I wish, I wish again that I was back in Michigan.” Though I’ve spent a limited amount of time traversing this Great Lakes state, the old saying appeals to me as a longtime craft beer devotee. With more than 130 breweries and brewpubs throughout its broad Upper Peninsula and lower mitten-shaped terrain, Michigan …

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