Monday, August 30, 2010

Eating Local in Ann Arbor

Let's continue on our culinary journey through Ann Arbor...The first night back home, Kyle and I had dinner with Susan and Alan, who are the parents of one of my best friends from childhood, Alissa. Alissa and I went to elementary and middle school together and met on the first day of 1st grade, when both of our very attentive and loving mother's approached our teacher asking to bring in goodies for our birthday, which happened to be the same day. Hard to believe that was 20 years ago, come September 6, 2010!

Susan is a huge fan of the famous Ann Arbor Farmer's Market. Kyle, Anna and I went to the market the next day, which you will see on the next post. Below are photos from the fabulous feast Susan prepared that highlighted some of Michigan's finest locally grown produce.

These crostinis were wonderful--crisp arugula, sauteed mushrooms, and cheese...delicious! I am always looking for new appetizer ideas, and this was a wonderful new item to add to my bruschetta/crostini armamentarium.

Susan grilled up flavorful steaks and Michigan vegetables. Look at those bright colors!

This salad was amazing! Fresh corn, avocado, red onion and basil. Under all of this were super sweet tomatoes. Washington has had a bad tomato season because of our cold spring and not-so-hot summer. Michigan on the other hand has had a great tomato season, and we tried to enjoy as much as possible!

A delicious beet salad with goat cheese, arugula and balsamic vinaigrette. Another great highlight of the wonderful produce of Michigan!

Thank you Alan and Susan for a wonderful evening and beautiful meal!

Happy Eating,


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