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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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Postcard from Mackinac Island

Labor Day marks the end of tourist season on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Most of the summer dwellers and day-trippers have departed by ferry back to Mackinaw City. The more intrepid ones have ferried over to St. Ignace, in the Upper Peninsula, in order to cross the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge—the world’s fifth-largest suspension bridge—back to the …

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The ABCs of Michigan almond boneless chicken

The acronym ABC usually stands for “American-born Chinese.” But if it’s shorthand for your favorite Chinese dish, chances are you’re from Michigan. “It’s a Michigan thing,” restaurant owner Margaret Yee says about almond boneless chicken, #7 on her menu at Kim’s in Troy, and the restaurant’s best-selling item. Far from one of the symbolic dishes …

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Cops & Doughnuts an arresting success

Police officers are charged with protecting a community’s citizens. The cops in Clare, Mich., population 3,128, went one step further: they saved the town bakery. In May 2009, Clare City Bakery, a fixture on McEwan Street for more than a century, was days away from closing its doors for good—one more small-town victim of Michigan’s …

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Slide Show: What I ate on my summer vacation

We take our work seriously. So, wherever we were this summer, we ate. A lot.  Bonny Wolf was in Maine. Carol Guensburg was all over the place — in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky and Texas. Michele Kayal went to Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire, and Domenica Marchetti did her eating in Michigan and Connecticut. …

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Dinnertime in America: Michigan blueberries and pasties

Eight-month-old Cruze Corwin weighs just over 20 pounds, but boy can he pack away the zucchini. “That’s his favorite thing,” says the baby’s mom, 30-year-old Jessica Corwin. “It’s ridiculous how heavenly he finds zucchini. The dietician in me loves it.”

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State pie project: Michigan’s tart cherries

It’s getting to be that gloriously overwhelming time of year when just about everything is ripe. So much fruit, so much pie-making potential. Going back and forth among the blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and stone fruits, I remembered that I had some Michigan friends coming to my house in a few days. Of course. Cherries. I …

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