Northern Michigan Food & Wine: You know when you’re watching Food Network and Ina Garten just casually turns to her window-side garden, picks a few herbs, and continues like “Oh, no big, here’s my convenient backyard produce station”? Meanwhile you’re sitting there, simultaneously impressed and depressed because, welp, you just don’t live on a dang farm. You’ve got to haul your goods from the grocery store back to your home, losing an hour of freshness just in transportation. Daily, fresh-picked herbs? Meh, more like weekly herbs, fresh-picked from aisle 9…. Or pulverized in a little shaky container. Am I right?


If you’re a foodie follower on, you’re most likely familiar with our friend and local food blogger Kristin Celeste.

She’s the self-trained creator of the farm-to-table cooking blog The Intentional Minimalist, wherein every week she features simple seasonal recipes  for her readers to follow at home. But don’t let the simple fool ya. While her ingredients are typically few in number, they’re exploding in flavor. Like, party-in-your-mouth kind of flavor.

But the point we’re making today is that Kristin does not live on a farm. She’s in a minimalist, microwave-less house and just knows a lot about produce storage and preparation. She buys locally, stores smart, and creates sustainable meals all year-round. How the heck does she do it? Get a few words of encouragement from the talented mastermind here.

Find recipes from Kristin Celeste and other Northern Michigan foodies in our Recipe Guide.