Northern Michigan Foodie: Karen Williams, chef extraordinaire at Galley Gourmet, Bay Harbor’s sanctum of spice, flavor, eat-in, carryout and catering, turned us on to this excuse to indulge in creamy spoonfuls of Michigan-made, organic Grassfields Lamont Cheddar Cheese. True to her Northern Michigan locavore spirit, Williams asked me if Coopersville, Michigan, where Grassfields is located, is too far away from our readership to qualify as the local ingredient I asked her to build the recipe around. I told her not to worry: Grassfields cheese beats Kraft by many miles. By taste and quality, a universe. Purchase the Northern Michigan cheese at the Galley Gourmet in Bay Harbor near Petoskey—or call ahead and Bay Harbor’s Galley Gourmet will make the soup for you.;—E.E.

Click to find the recipe for Galley Gourmet Cheese Soup featuring Grassfields Lamont Cheddar.

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