In Michigan – traditional home of hotdish, casserole, steak, potatoes, gravy, right? – you’ll find Mama Bear’s, where you can get a sandwich featuring turkey bacon (one item, not two), arugula, ultra-fresh tomato, sprouted bread. Plus a chai latte. Extraordinary and affordable. One day’s lunch at our hosts’ home was a plate of veggies and pita chips with garlic-and-lemon hummus. Amazing (and I’m not particularly into raw veggies or hummus). Midwest meets Middle East.
This wintery morning in New England I sauteed carrot, celery, onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, and cardamom; now that’s in the crockpot with potatoes, chickpeas and vegetable broth. Spinach goes in at the end, six hours from now. When all those spices hit the pan, the aroma makes you wonder why you ever cook anything else. Northeast meets Far East.