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Don’t Be Intimidated by the French

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of French wine — Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace…what does it all mean? Perhaps surprisingly, you may know more than you think. What makes the labels of French wines tricky – and this goes for most Old World (European) countries – is that they name their wines […]

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How We Choose Our Wine

One of the questions I am asked most often is how I choose the wines we sell. It’s a good question, as my buying guidelines are a little looser than the rest of the store.

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Choosing a Sunscreen

Choosing a sunscreen can be confusing. Many drug store brands contain ingredients that are best avoided. Check our guide to choosing the best one…

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Strawberries are Here!

It’s time to celebrate! The strawberries are here, courtesy of Ware Farm in Bear Lake! Strawberries are such a colorful, vibrant, juicy arrival in the store and it’s hard not to gorge on them. Strawberries with shortcake is a traditional way to enjoy the red beauties but I am partial to moist, flavorful pound cake. And, of course, real, lightly-sweetened whipped cream! Joy of joys!

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Seasonal Allergy Relief

Sneezing, watery/itchy eyes, congestion, runny nose…could be a bad cold except at this time of year, it’s probably seasonal allergies. After a long, cold winter we finally get to enjoy balmy weather and sunshine, but then have to endure the accompanying hay fever symptoms. It’s not fair. Sigh. But here a few suggestions for ways to naturally alleviate the discomfort:

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Save The Bees

Do you like cherries? How about apples? These iconic northern Michigan fruits may soon be in jeopardy due to an alarming, worldwide bee crisis. Bees, the insects that are responsile for pollinating apples and cherries and many other foods, are dying at an unprecendented rate all across the globe. It’s tough to imagine not being […]

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Brownies Galore

Brownies are one of our favorite desserts around here and we love to experiment with different flavorings, flours, fats, etc. Give one of these great brownie recipes a try!

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Summer Soups

Cold soups are perfect for steamy summer days when you don’t feel like overheating the kitchen. They are refreshing and rehydrating too, a good thing since we sweat more in the summer. Try a chilled soup with crusty bread or rolls or a sandwich made with filling ingredients for dinner this week. Chilled Beet Soup […]

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Be a Wise Seafood Consumer

Food and Water Watch has a Smart Seafood Guide for consumers. Do you know where your fish comes from? Do you know if it's been sustainably harvested or if it contains high levels of merucury? This guide helps answer these questions.

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