food http://michiganradio.org en Proposed food truck rules go back to Ohio mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-food-truck-rules-go-back-ohio-mayor <div>TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Proposed regulations for food trucks in a northwestern Ohio city have gone back to the mayor for more discussion after opposition from supporters of the mobile businesses.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/07/02/Council-avoids-vote-on-food-trucks.html#KKD8Lv869TfYQe52.99." style="line-height: 1.5;">The Blade newspaper in Toledo&nbsp;reports </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that Toledo City Council declined to vote on Mayor Michael Collins' proposals last week. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:52:31 +0000 Associated Press 18271 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed food truck rules go back to Ohio mayor What should we do about the arsenic in our food? Experts say vary your diet, research ongoing http://michiganradio.org/post/what-should-we-do-about-arsenic-our-food-experts-say-vary-your-diet-research-ongoing <p>All this week, we’ve been talking about the potential for elevated levels of arsenic in groundwater in Michigan.</p><p>The upshot of our <a href="http://michiganradio.org/topic/michigans-silent-poison">reports</a>:</p><ol><li>Arsenic levels in Michigan’s groundwater can be high.</li><li>Arsenic is bad for you.</li><li>Scientists are finding health effects at lower exposure levels.</li><li>If you’re on a well, test it for arsenic.</li><li>If the levels are high, you should consider doing something about it.</li></ol><p>This one chart published by the<a href="http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/06/28/14994/lifetime-cancer-risk"> Center for Public Integrity</a> shows you why (the blue bar is arsenic):</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mark Brush 18250 at http://michiganradio.org What should we do about the arsenic in our food? Experts say vary your diet, research ongoing New book celebrates diversity, food and culture http://michiganradio.org/post/new-book-celebrates-diversity-food-and-culture <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Most kids in the state are on summer break. And, while the year wrapped up with final tests, and end of year activities, one group of students celebrated the end of their school by becoming published authors.</p><p><a href="http://www.826michigan.org/">826 Michigan</a> is a nonprofit organization that supports students in developing their writing skills and helps teachers inspire students to write. This year the students worked with English Language Learner students and teachers at Ypsilanti Community High School.</p><p>This book is called <em>Enjoy! – Recipes for Building Community. </em>It includes essays, letters and recipes from the students and from chefs and other members of the local food community.</p><p>Joining us today were Liz Sirman, an ELL teacher at Ypsilanti Community High School, Lucy Centeno, one of the student writers from Ypsilanti Community High School, Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman’s.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:41:07 +0000 Jennifer White 18093 at http://michiganradio.org New book celebrates diversity, food and culture A morel mushroom recipe from a café in Cadillac http://michiganradio.org/post/morel-mushroom-recipe-caf-cadillac <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Listen to Chef Hermann Suhs cooking up morels in his kitchen at Hermann's European Café in Cadillac, Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">This audio postcard was produced by Tom Carr.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:52:48 +0000 Mark Brush 17660 at http://michiganradio.org A morel mushroom recipe from a café in Cadillac Health officials looking into a cluster of E. coli contamination in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/health-officials-looking-cluster-e-coli-contamination-michigan <p>State health officials say they're working with health departments in Kent, Livingston, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties to investigate a cluster of recent illnesses due to the bacteria E. coli O157.</p><p>The state Department of Community Health and the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Wednesday that the suspected source of the bacteria is ground beef.</p><p>More from the MDCH <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-63157_64754-328356--,00.html">press release</a>:</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:27:56 +0000 Mark Brush 17599 at http://michiganradio.org Health officials looking into a cluster of E. coli contamination in Michigan Frogs used to rule the menus in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/frogs-used-rule-menus-detroit <p></p><p>Treating yourself to a good restaurant meal in Detroit these days might mean biting into some great Coney Islands, or a plate of flaming souvlaki in Greektown, or barbeque, or soul food.</p><p>Now roll the clock back about 90 or 100 years.</p><p>How about frog leg salad? Frog ravioli? Frog leg pie? Pickled or poached frog leg?</p><p>It seems early 20th century foodies just loved frog legs, and Detroit was happy to provide them.</p><p>As one New York columnist gushed in 1905:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If you have never eaten frog legs in Detroit, you have something to live for, something for which to strive."</span></p><p>Food historian Bill Loomis wrote about this often-overlooked period in Detroit's culinary history for the May issue of Hour:Detroit magazine.</p><p>The piece is called <em>"<a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/May-2014/When-Frogs-Were-King/#.U2pv4fldWiE">When Frogs Were King</a>."</em></p><p>Loomis joined us today on the program.</p><p>*<em>Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:11:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 17514 at http://michiganradio.org Frogs used to rule the menus in Detroit Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food http://michiganradio.org/post/network-aims-boost-michigan-produced-food <p>LANSING –&nbsp;A new network aims to connect farmers, food processors, and food service directors as part of an effort to increase the amount of Michigan-produced food served in institutions.</p><p>The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental group&nbsp;on Thursday&nbsp;announced the launch of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network.</p><p>Organizers want schools, child care centers, hospitals, colleges and universities to get 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors by 2020. The Center for Regional Food Systems says food service directors have expressed interest in the idea.</p><p>The Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center is working with Michigan hospitals on the effort. A campaign called "Cultivate Michigan" aims to help institutions reach the goal.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:34:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17093 at http://michiganradio.org Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu http://michiganradio.org/post/vote-now-get-your-favorite-food-added-fifth-third-ballpark-concession-menu <p>All right, you fans of West Michigan's Whitecaps, it's your chance to decide what treat will be added to the concession menu at Fifth Third Ballpark.</p><p>The annual <a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20120220&amp;content_id=26765802&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;sid=t582&amp;vkey=">online poll</a> lets fans choose their favorite item from ideas submitted by fans. The team has pulled a top-10 list from hundreds of ideas.</p><p>Mickey Graham is with the West Michigan Whitecaps, and he joined us today to discuss some of the top choices.&nbsp;</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:56:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 16642 at http://michiganradio.org Vote now to get your favorite food added to the Fifth Third Ballpark concession menu Where are the best places to dine in Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-are-best-places-dine-detroit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National leaders are recognizing Detroit’s food movement. Last week it was announced that the federal government is providing $150,000 to support local food cultivation in the Detroit area. The money will mostly go to farmers in the city to help fund infrastructure for growing crops.</span></p><p>Detroit has become a hub for urban farming, but the city is also home to a host of hidden and amazing restaurants. Let’s take a tour of those restaurants with writer Bill Loomis. He wrote the book, "Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Markets." He joined us today to give us some recommendations.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:37:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 16491 at http://michiganradio.org Where are the best places to dine in Detroit? Mobile and Web app helps feed hungry children in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/mobile-and-web-app-helps-feed-hungry-children-grand-rapids <p>Using the power of social media to do good – in this case, ordering a dessert or an appetizer and, in doing so, helping to feed a hungry child.</p><p>Our next guest has accomplished that with a mobile and Web app called <a href="http://www.joinfoodcircles.org/">FoodCircles</a> currently up and running in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Jonathan Kumar is the&nbsp;managing director of FoodCircles and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:09:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 16334 at http://michiganradio.org Mobile and Web app helps feed hungry children in Grand Rapids Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' http://michiganradio.org/post/food-industry-asks-label-genetically-engineered-ingredients-natural <p>The food industry wants the government to give the okay for calling&nbsp;products using genetically engineered ingredients “natural” foods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I went to my local grocery store looking for the term <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>natural<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> or</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>naturally<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> and I didn’t have to go very far.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the cereal aisle I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;found products labeled “naturally flavored,” “100% natural,” and an “all natural pancake mix.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A couple aisles over, looking at the chips there were “all natural”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pretzels, “naturally sweet” popcorn, and then there was a drink with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a label that read “naturally flavored beverage with other natural&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">flavors blended with vitamins.”</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:32:22 +0000 Lester Graham 15949 at http://michiganradio.org Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' Stateside: Historic Christmas feasts, festivities http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-historic-christmas-feasts-festivities <p><em>(Editor's note: The piece originally aired on December 20,&nbsp;2012)&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p>Holiday feasts have increased in both complexity and decadence since their 19th century beginnings.</p><p>Bill Loomis of the Detroit News spoke with Cyndy about some historic festive spreads.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:20:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10467 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Historic Christmas feasts, festivities The Jewish contribution to American cooking http://michiganradio.org/post/jewish-contribution-american-cooking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's an exhibit going on now&nbsp; through December 8 at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan. It's entitled "American </span>Foodways<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: The Jewish Contribution."</span></p><p>Janice Bluestein Longone is the co-curator of the university's new exhibit.</p><p>She has spent more than four decades creating a 25,000-item library of American culinary literature -- one of the largest, most acclaimed private collections in the world.</p><p>But, Jan says she was surprised by the outpouring of support she received from the Jewish community.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:31:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 15449 at http://michiganradio.org The Jewish contribution to American cooking Is eating local good for the environment? http://michiganradio.org/post/eating-local-good-environment <p>There's much talk in Michigan---and across American---about the local food movement.</p><p>For many food activists, eating locally sourced foods isn't just a pleasure, it is a moral obligation. They maintain locally sourced food is better for the entire planet than shipping food thousands of miles across oceans, across continents.</p><p>Is eating local always worth it? What works and what doesn't?</p><p>Dr. Margot Finn is a lecturer at the University of Michigan. She specializes in food, popular culture, and class, and she joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:54:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 14967 at http://michiganradio.org Is eating local good for the environment? The Upper Peninsula offers a lot of 'culinary glory' http://michiganradio.org/post/upper-peninsula-offers-lot-culinary-glory <p>It&rsquo;s time to talk food, and who better to turn to than Michael Stern of <a href="http://roadfood.com/">Roadfood.com</a>?</p><p>He and his wife Jane drive around the country searching for good food and exploring popular culture, and sharing the news with the rest of us through their writing and conversations on public radio&#39;s The Splendid Table.</p><p>Michael Stern joined us today to tell us what is cooking in the Upper Peninsula along U.S. Highway 41, starting in Marquette and working up to Copper Harbor.</p><p>Michael&#39;s piece in&nbsp; Saveur Magazine is called &quot;Upper Crust: The Culinary Glovry of Michigan&#39;s Route 41.&quot;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:17:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14833 at http://michiganradio.org The Upper Peninsula offers a lot of 'culinary glory' Stateside for Monday, October 14th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-14th-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Canada is dumping its garbage in Michigan. We took a look at why it&#39;s so cheap to haul trash over the border and the political reasons making it hard to stop.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">And, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater. Did you know Michigan once had more than 100 drive-ins? Today just a hand full are still in operation.</span></p><p>Also, Amtrak is making some improvements. We spoke with Tim Hoeffner of the Michigan Department of Transportation about what Michigan train passengers can expect.</p><p>And, Michael Stern from Roadfood.com, and frequent guest on The Splendid Table, stopped by to tell us about his recent trip to the Upper Peninsula and the culinary marvels he found up there.</p><p>But, first on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are still at odds over federal spending on this, the 14th day of the partial government shutdown.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> In weekend discussions, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell could not reach a deal to raise the nation&#39;s borrowing authority. Stocks are lower as the nation moves to a potentially disastrous default on its debt.</span> Democratic Congressman Sander Levin joined us today to talk about the impasse.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:09:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 14836 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 14th, 2013 Michigan food assistance programs hearing from worried clients http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-food-assistance-programs-hearing-worried-clients <p>The federal shutdown is hitting struggling Michigan families where they live.</p><p>At first, panicked calls flooded into Washtenaw County health services, says Karen Lewis.</p><p>She helps run the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), which help low-income moms get milk, bread, vegetables and fruit for their kids.</p><p>Every month, the county serves some 5,000 families who look to WIC, says Lewis.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:32:26 +0000 Kate Wells 14818 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan food assistance programs hearing from worried clients Michigan holds the nation's fudge capital - Mackinac Island http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-holds-nations-fudge-capital-mackinac-island <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This coming Sunday isn’t just Father's Day -- it is also National Fudge Day.</span></p><p>By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880s. By the turn of the century, fudge-making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan, which today has a legitimate claim as the modern day fudge capital.</p><p>Tourists pile off ferries and onto Mackinac Island by the thousands every day during the summer. For many, one of the first stops when they arrive or the last stop before they board a ferry back home, is one of the island’s 15 or so fudge shops.&nbsp;</p><p>Island-wide, the favorite is plain, unadulterated chocolate fudge.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:02:07 +0000 Rick Pluta 13035 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan holds the nation's fudge capital - Mackinac Island A rebound for Michigan's maple syrup producers http://michiganradio.org/post/rebound-michigans-maple-syrup-producers <p>It has been a good year for maple syrup in Michigan. Farms produced twice the amount of syrup as they did last year, thanks to prime weather conditions that extended the tree-tapping season into April.</p><p>Syrup production ended in the Lower Peninsula in early April, and the Upper Peninsula continued production until the end of April. The official numbers of gallons produced will be released in early June.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:24:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12807 at http://michiganradio.org A rebound for Michigan's maple syrup producers The Jemima Code uncovers real life of African-American cooks http://michiganradio.org/post/jemima-code-uncovers-real-life-african-american-cooks <p></p><p>For many people, the name Aunt Jemima immediately brings a certain image to mind - pancakes anyone? The image -- with the broad smile, round face, and hair wrapped in a bandana -- is powerful, and often controversial.</p><p>Author Toni Tipton-Martin examines the image of Aunt Jemima through the recipes and histories of real-life African-American cooks. The Jemima Code is a blog, book project, and traveling art exhibition that looks beyond the bandana.</p><p>Tipton-Martin will be a special guest at Zingerman’s 8<sup>th</sup> Annual African-American dinner <a href="http://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/2012/12/18/8th-annual-african-american-dinner/">tonight</a>. She will also present a special talk on food and diversity on Wednesday January 23rd at 7:00pm. You can visit <a href="http://www.zingermanscommunity.com/2013/01/award-winning-author-toni-tipton-martin-speaks-at-zingtrain-benefit/">this link</a> for more information.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:16:10 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 10892 at http://michiganradio.org The Jemima Code uncovers real life of African-American cooks