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What’s In the Tin?
Tuesday March 26th 2013, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Grocery,Meat & Seafood

If you are a lover of tinned fish, Cole’s Brand is a must try.  And if you’re not a fan of tinned fish, put your adventure pants on and try some!  The smoked rainbow trout is lightly smoky with a hint of nuttiness and packed in olive oil for a velvety smooth texture.  You will be amazed at the flavor and quality of this often-mocked pantry staple.  They are delicious served on a piece of toasted bread or cracker with avocado and lemon juice or eaten straight from the tin.  They offer varieties of wild mackerel and sardines as well, all of which are equally delicious.


Michigan Favorites
Tuesday March 26th 2013, 11:55 am
Filed under: Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits

April is Michigan Wine Month! Don’t miss the Michigan Wine Showcase; in the meantime here’s a handful of Michigan wines that are dependably excellent, vintage after vintage!  Their wineries and winemakers have set a standard that makes us proud.

L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs, Leelanau Peninsula

Sleek, dry sparkling wines from northern Michigan’s master of bubbles, Larry Mawby.  Try using it instead of a French Blanc de Blancs Champagne, and look to be happily surprised!

Bel Lago Auxerrois, Leelanau Peninsula

(Pronounced “oh-zair-rah”)  A sophisticated Chardonnay alternative, made from a lesser known European white varietal.  Complex and dry.

Left Foot Charley Pinot Blanc, Old Mission Peninsula

Left Foot Charley takes the modest Pinot Blanc grape to an artistic level!  Bryan Ulbrich is the irrepressible owner-winemaker – pick up any of of his bottlings and look to be fulfilled. And check out his whimsical website!

Chateau Fontaine Pinot Gris, Leelanau Peninsula

Silky smooth dry white wine – it’ll make you stop buying Italian Pinot Grigio!  Chateau Fontaine’s wines have gotten terrific critical acclaim within the past couple of years.  Owners Dan and Lucie Matthies are the nicest people, you can’t help but celebrate their success.

Chateau Grand Traverse Gamay Noir, Old Mission Peninsula

Softly dry, lighter-bodied and easy drinking, an excellent Pinot Noir alternative!  Gamay is the red grape in France’s Beaujolais region.

Black Star Farms “Leorie Vineyard”, Old Mission Peninsula

A Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend, one of the most impressive red wines that Michigan makes.  Rich, full-flavored and age-worthy.  From a very special vineyard site on Old Mission, an amphitheater that protects the vines from the northern elements.

-Contributed by Madeline Triffon #madpicks


St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Menu
Thursday March 14th 2013, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Plum Kitchen

Stop by our carving station on 3/17/13 in the Plum Kitchen and you’ll find the following selections to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:

All Natural Niman Ranch Flank Steak | Crusted with Herbs, Garlic, and Mustard and served with Smithwick Beer and Candied Shallot Demi Glace  $19.99/lb

Traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage | Slowly braised Sy Ginsberg Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, and Carrots  $14.99/lb

Guiness & Lamb Stew | All Natural Leg of Colorado Lamb braised in Guinness Beer, Beef Stock, fresh Rosemary and Thyme, with Carrots, Onions, Celery, Red Skin Potatoes, and finished with Sour Cream and fresh ground Black Pepper  $19.99/lb

Bangers | All Natural Pork Sausage with Caramelized Onion Gravy  $6.99/lb

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie | Garden fresh vegetables tossed in Bechamel Sauce, topped with signature Mashed Potatoes and baked till golden brown  $10.99/lb

Roasted Root Vegetables & Brussels Sprouts | Carrots, Parsnips, Potatoes, and Brussels Sprouts roasted with Herbs and Olive Oil  $9.99/lb

Chomps | Smashed New Potatoes with Garlic, White Cheddar Cheese, Scallions, and Sour Cream  $8.99/lb



Functional Chocolate
Thursday March 14th 2013, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Apothecary,Grocery,Specialty Candy,Uncategorized

Okay, so we’ve all heard of SuperFoods, things like berries, nuts, honey and green foods, but did you know you can get the same kind of health benefits from chocolate? Yes, we said it. Chocolate! The newest trend in confections is functional chocolate.  It’s about time, but it was well worth the wait. Chocolate with added health benefits is showing up all over the shelves, and we haven’t missed a beat.

Good Cacao is a prime example of how to promote overall health and satisfy your cravings for chocolate. They offer bars with coconut and Omega-3. These are all-natural, gluten free and vegan.

Good Cacao also has a Lemon Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar to support Immune health. It’s high in antioxidants and probiotics. Good Cacao is a product you can feel good about buying, with 97% certified organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging.

Xan Confections (pronounced Zan) offers a special collection of satisfying, all-natural chocolates, called CocoXan. They boast products like CocoHeart and CocoBrain, infused with CoQ10, an antioxidant that helps support healthy brain, heart and digestive functions. Xan even sells chocolate to help satisfy cravings while minimizing PMS systems! Hold your applause please, ladies.

Sacred Chocolate is slowly stone ground below 115 degrees Fahrenheit and hand poured in a small, certified organic, vegan, and carbon balanced factory in California. Why, you ask? Because unroasted cacao (raw chocolate) contains countless health benefits and traditional roasting methods can destroy these “sacred” properties.  Sacred Chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and, with flavors like Mint and Coconut & Nibbs, this is one tasty Super Food!

Raw Chocolate by Gnosis is made from ethically sourced Raw Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada and Madagascar. These bars are certified organic, vegan, kosher and are free of gluten, soy and dairy.  Because Gnosis chocolate is never headed above 118 degrees, all of its valuable nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins are protected. At Gnosis, they believe that chocolate is food, not candy, and it should be enjoyed regularly. No arguments there!

German-based Beauty Sweeties makes Pure White Chocolate Bars with Q10, Aloe Vera and Collagen. With flavors like pomegranate/raspberry, acai, and mango/peach, each bar has a purpose, providing Vitamin E, antioxidants and beta carotene. This beautiful treat is all-natural and good for you, and even claims to provide cellular energy and neutralize free radicals. Imagine eating chocolate and looking and feeling better! Guess you really can have it all…