The Michigan Sustainable Stoup Competition!

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Michigan Sustainable Stoup Competition

The Michigan Sustainable Stoup Competition!

Come join us for a taste of Michigan and support locally raised foods and Michigan wine, cider and beers.

Sunday, October 25, 2009
1 pm to 5 pm
Red Salamander
902 E Saginaw Hwy
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Are you ready to come and sample?

Your ticket includes as many stews and soups as you would like to taste, a souvenir tasting glass and 4 beverage tasting tickets. Additional beverage tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets may be purchased online here:

Tickets are $25 online and will be $30 at the door. For more information about the event visit us online

This is the latest opportunity in Michigan to highlight locally grown and sustainably raised food! Michigan Envirothon will be hosting the Inaugural Michigan Sustainable Stoup Competition on Sunday, October 25th, 2009 in Grand Ledge Michigan.

This is a statewide cooking contest open to individuals and restaurants in Michigan with a focus on local, sustainably raised foods and it’s for a good cause: a fundraiser for the Michigan Envirothon Program.

Envirothon is a non profit statewide environmental competition that gives high school students outdoor, hands on experience with nature, agriculture and the ecology that surrounds it. These are the young adults who will be the next scientists, foresters, wildlife biologists and farmers. For more information on Envirothon and to learn how you can get involved locally visit:

Stoup can be a soup or a stew, or even chili, as long as it is cooked in a pot with locally raised food, it can be entered!

What could be better than Sustainable Stoup? A Sustainable Stoup Competition along with a Michigan wine, hard cider and beer tasting! We will have samples from Michigan wineries and breweries and even a few hard cider makers along for the event to give everyone attending the full circle Michigan experience. The goal of this event is to promote sustainable agriculture, farmers markets, backyard or community gardening and Michigan beverages. It will be a tantalizing, tasty competition for the best stoup in Michigan.

Winners will be selected by a panel of guest judges. Attendees will vote for the People’s Choice award. Winners will be featured on the Select Michigan and the Michigan Envirothon website and be announced via a press release.
A $500 cash prize will go to the Best Stoup in Michigan winner and we have prizes for each category, including the People’s Choice Award.
Artwork from Michigan artist Linda Sprout Broughton will be available for purchase at the event. Her pieces are featured in the picture above.

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Menu of the Week Feb 22: Umami

We have a yummy menu planned this week.  I guess my cooking mojo is back, I didn’t realize it left, but it was sort of half hearted for a while.  Manda of Asparagus Thin is hosting this week and has picked umami as the secret ingredient.  The menu of the week ingredient has definitly morphed into a concept vs an ingredient and I love the challenge.  I think most of our dishes this week have an umami component to them, perhaps that is why I am so excited about this week’s menu.

steak with bordelaise sauce and pomme frites

Sunday:  Grilled steak with bordelaise sauce, homemade pomme frites, grilled asparagus (grass fed burger for Eby as he doesn’t like steak).  I used my gluten free demi glace (in the bordelaise) that I made a while bake and it was tasty!  We have the pomme frites technique down and they were perfect!

Monday: Pozole with a chile de arbol sauce and  sliced radishes, shredded cabbage, chopped onion and cilantro for garnishes.  Some locally made fresh salsa and chips on the side.  Pozole is the epitamy of umami for Mexican dishes with it’s savory full of flavor broth.

Tuesday: Thai fried rice and Tofu Lard Nah served over the rice instead of noodles as I have a big batch of leftover rice.  Plenty of umami in this dish.

Wednesday: Crispy sticky roast 1/2 chicken with smashed new potatoes (purple ones) and tomatoes.  Using one of Jamie Oliver’s tempting recipes for this dish.  Will roast some broccoli too.

Thursday: Beef Bourguignon and braised collard greens.  I will base my recipe off of Ina’s and Karen’s.  Must get this dish in before it warms up and it looks to be a cold week.

Friday: Mahi mahi with hazelnut romesco,  potatoes and winter slaw.  I finally found some piquillo peppers to use.  We have mahi mahi in the freezer, but if halibut goes on sale, I will use that.


Happy eating!

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Menu of the Week Dec 1

Ok, fast and easy this week.   I am a day late again posting this. This week’s host is Heart of Cooking and the ingredient is persimmons.  Apparently they are in season somewhere, but since we are covered in snow and more snow already, it is definitely not in season here.

Monday: Indian:  Dosas with coconut chutney, saag aloo and ground lamb korma

Tuesday:  Green Chile Cheese fries – testing the Trader Joes green chiles vs the Whole Foods green chiles, both from a can.  Quick and easy and then we are out to see a friend of ours play in a local bar of ours.

Wednesday: French:  Scallops Gratin, using large scallops and GF bread crumbs and skipping the prosciutto as my pescatarian friend will be joining us for dinner.  Veg to be determined Do stuffed twice baked potatoes count as a veg?  They have lots of green onion and parsley in them!

Thursday:  Italian American:  Stuffed shells.  I don’t know what I am going to stuff them with yet, but I know that I am craving a tomato based sauce.

Friday:  Out on the town.  First we are going to San Chez, a Spanish Tapas restaurant in Grand Rapids.  They have a full allergen menu for each main allergen!  Then we are heading to see one of my favorite folksy rocksy bands, Donna the Buffalo and then to the Hideout, a small brewery that has cider and mead too.

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Blog roll update? Where are you?

I am horrible at updating my blog roll, or anything else on my blog.  If you see that your blog is not listed to the right anywhere, in any catagory, send me an email and I will add you to the list.  I subscribe to about 200 blogs (with Google Reader) and I try to add all the GF blogs to the blog roll, but sometime I forget, so don’t be offended if yours is not listed.  Just let me know and I will add your blog link!

Happy blogging!

24 days until the Farmer’s Market opens….

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