Northern Michigan Food & Wine: While it's true we love our northern winters, this year, it's over-stayed its welcome. That's right. I said it. UGGs and parkas are wonderful creations, but one can only don their down-comforter for so long. Let's hear it for sandals. Let's hear it for breezes in the window and sand tracks down the hall way. It's the time of year when the sun hulk-stomps into town and proves that summer isn't just a state of mind, it actually exists.

So now that the warmth is pseudo-regular, we're not waiting another minute to bring on the tastes of summer. Fresh greens, grilled chops and sweet berries—Our local food blogger Kristin Celeste is bringing it all. Here's her Fantastic Four raspberry recipes to kick off your springtime dining.

Raspberry and Quinoa Arugula Salad with Raspberry Reduction

Raspberry Reduction Ingredients

  • Homemade vanilla balsamic vinegar
  • Local verjus
  • Local raspberry preserves

Salad Ingredients

  • Lime
  • Mint
  • Quinoa
  • Local olive oil
  • Farm fresh local arugula
  • Farm fresh local shallots
  • Farm fresh local raspberries, frozen
  • Farm fresh local blackberries, frozen
  • Raspberry Reduction

Um, yum. Now tell me what to do with these tantalizing tidbits!

Raspberry Raclette Grilled Pork Chop with Raspberry Slaw

Raspberry Slaw Ingredients

  • Farm fresh local green cabbage
  • Farm fresh local chinese cabbage
  • Farm fresh local shallot
  • Farm fresh local raspberries, frozen
  • Local verjus
  • Local olive oil

Pork Chop Ingredients

  • Local thick cut center pork chops
  • Homemade vanilla balsamic vinegar
  • Local olive oil
  • Local raclette cheese
  • Raspberry Slaw (recipe above)
  • Raspberry Reduction (recipe here)

Okay I'm sold. Let's get cookin'.

Find more Northern Michigan recipes in the MyNorth Recipe Guide!

Photo(s) by Kristin Celeste Shroeger