Michigan Gears Up for Oktoberfest

Grand Rapids, Mich., Gears Up for Oktoberfest Say "Oktoberfest" and what comes to mind? In Grand Rapids, Mich., it's about German beer, food and fun. No one parties quite like the Germans. As in Texas, everything is bigger, louder and more fun in Deutschland. Oktoberfest polkas into West Michigan in September. It's sponsored by the Edelweiss Club and features Alpine and Althorn music, dancing, food, children's events and of course, beer. Germans take brewing very seriously. I ought to know; I married a German. He's been making his own beer since 1982. That's what Oktoberfest is all about, German beer with good food to wash it down. Enjoy Schweine braten, Wiener Schnitzel, bratwurst and kraut, apfel strudel and other favorites. Read more...

Homecookin' Recipes: Michigan Apple Harvest: Healthy Goodness

Michigan Apple Harvest: Healthy Goodness Michigan's apples are some of the best in the world. Loaded with vitamins, great in many recipes, delicious and versatile, it's no wonder that the apple was the serpent's weapon of choice for Adam and Eve. My native state of Michigan is home to hundreds of apple orchards, cider mills and farm markets. In September and October road side stand, farm markets, produce stands and grocery stores are lined with baskets of sweet, spicy, tangy red-cheeked apples. Read more delicious recipes!

Patriotic Labor Day Cocktails and Fun Alcoholic Beverage Recipes

Patriotic Labor Day Cocktails and Fun Alcoholic Beverage Recipes Labor Day is the national holiday set aside to recognize workers and thank them for their labor. As the last holiday before school starts, Labor Day sometimes signals that last official picnic holiday of summer, also. If you'll be celebrating Labor Day with a picnic, party, bonfire or celebration of some sort, here are some festive patriotic drink recipes to grace your table. Read more...


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