Biblio Bistro (BB) is a fun, quick, and dynamic cooking series featuring local, nutritious, and seasonal produce. Biblio Bistro is led by Chef Michael and Dietitian Meghan and will include basic cooking instructions and nutrition information about the ingredients used. This series aims to be accessible to all cooking comfort levels, ranging from the beginner’s cook to a well-tuned chef. Shopping lists and recipes will be provided 1 week before the videos are available and participants are encouraged to cook along with Michael and Meghan. Feel free to share photos of your culinary creations using #BiblioBistro on Facebook or Instagram. We promise your taste buds won’t be disappointed!
The Biblio Bistro series strives to show that healthy cooking doesn’t have to be boring or laborious. Our goal is that by watching this series, participants can feel more confident and curious in the kitchen, all the while increasing fruit and veggie intake and supporting the local food system!
Michael currently resides in Redridge with his husband, dogs, and chickens and enjoys living the good life on the big lake. He joined the PLDL family as the Program Coordinator in Feb 2019. Prior to this he was a goat herder, cheesemaker, and chef on the Bayfield, WI peninsula. Creating great tasting and nutritious food has always been his passion, from cooking professionally to back yard gardening and he is very excited to be on the BB team.
Favorite Food(s): Dark chocolate, aged cheese, and olives. He also loves Japanese food!
Favorite Color: Rainbow
Fun Fact: Michael can milk a goat in under 3 minutes!
Meghan is a registered dietitian and started working as a Community Health Educator with the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) in May 2020. Prior to her new role at PHF, she spent the last 4 years as a clinical dietitian in the Keweenaw area, where she provided nutrition education in a variety of settings. She was raised in Houghton and loves the beautiful outdoors of the Upper Peninsula. In her free time, she likes to run, cook, and spend time with her husband and puppy (Fig). She couldn’t be more excited to be part of the BB program!
Favorite Food(s): Peanut Butter and raspberries. She also loves Ethiopian food!
Favorite Color: Eggshell Yellow
Fun Fact: While Meghan has lived in Houghton since she was 3 months old, she was born in Wisconsin. She is also lactose intolerant, which makes her a lactose intolerant cheesehead!!
This Red Flannel Hash recipe is the perfect way to get in the fall cooking mood! Chef Michael and Dietitian Meghan show how easy, fun and healthful cooking can be with his recipe after an epic visit to the Calumet Farmers Market! Cost – $2.19/serving, $6.88 for the entire recipe Healthy Eating Tips from Dietitian Meghan Balanced Meal– The recipe featured is … read more Red Flannel Hash
Welcome back to Biblio Bistro! We’re proud to kick off season three with an episode featuring one of the Keweenaw’s most sought after fruits – wild blueberries! These are available in random spots throughout the area for those who like to forage, but also at a couple area farms allowing folks to stop by and pick them. Below are show notes! Healthy … read more Wild Blueberries, Wild People
This episode of Biblio Bistro features Keweenaw Berry Jam which highlights fresh local berries that have been frozen. Depending which berries you use, they are seasonally available either at U-Picks or the Farmers Market beginning in July – early September. Margaret Hanson with TeachtoTaste is our featured guest and this episode is jam-packed with great information on how to make and can … read more Keweenaw Berry Jam
This twist on traditional mashed potatoes lightens the carbohydrate content,but sacrifices none of the flavor! This recipe would be great to try at Thanksgiving or with a traditional pot roast supper. In total, this recipe was only $9.86 to prepare, or $1.24 per serving! Download a printable recipe card Healthy Eating Tips from Dietitian Meghan Lighter Carb Content– By using a blend … read more Rosemary and Cauliflower Potato Mash
This Mediterranean-inspired dish is a creative way to try eggplant and is completely vegetarian! The lemon juice lightens this meal, while the feta adds some creaminess. Protein and fiber are plentiful with this dish, between the chickpeas, eggplant, and whole-grain pita (if using). In total, this recipe was only $11.40 to prepare, or $1.90 per serving! Download a printable recipe card Healthy … read more Feta, Garbanzo, and Eggplant Pita Sandwiches
This episode of Biblio Bistro features Salmon with Citrus Salsa which highlights fresh plum tomatoes and basil. Tomatoes are usually available at Farmers Markets in late-summer through early fall. Basil is usually available at Farmers Markets in mid-summer. Fresh fish can also be found at our local farmers markets or you can search here. Download a Printable Recipe Card Healthy Eating Tips from … read more Salmon with Citrus Salsa
This episode of Biblio Bistro features Slow-Cooked Summer Squash which highlights fresh summer squash and thyme. Summer squash is usually available at Farmers Markets in mid-to-late summer. In total, this recipe was only $9.07 to prepare, or $1.52 per serving! Download a Printable Recipe Card Healthy Eating Tips from Dietitian Meghan Zucchini/Summer Squash – Zucchini has higher water content than most vegetables. This … read more Slow-Cooked Summer Squash
This recipe is a great way to use all parts of the carrot and reduce food waste in the kitchen! Roasting the carrots brings out its natural sweetness and pesto dressing adds a fresh, but also rich addition. In total, this recipe was only $13.13 to prepare, or $1.64 per serving! Download a Printable Recipe Card Healthy Eating Tips from Dietician Meghan … read more Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto
Kohlrabi is often seen as an intimidating vegetable, but hopefully this recipe will show you it doesn’t need to be! Kohlrabi tastes like a cross between broccoli and an apple and has a crisp and crunchy texture. The bright and tangy dressing compliments the mild and slightly sweet taste of the kohlrabi. In total, this recipe was $16.28 to prepare, or $2.71 … read more Make Yummy Kohlrabi Slaw!