Archive for the ‘Recipes & Suggestions’ Category

28 January 2015 by megan@spoon

Football Fiesta

What makes a good Super Bowl Sunday? For those without their team represented in the game, they put stock in clever advertisements and a smorgasbord of food. In honor of the event taking up temporary residence in Arizona, we’ve compiled a selection of southwest-inspired dishes that will spice up your party.

No Super Bowl get-together is complete without a cheese dip, more specifically, our Spicy Pimento Cheese. Decadently creamy with a little kick that keeps you honest, this spread will be gobbled up before the field clears for the halftime show.


Finger food is a staple among game day platters, and our Black Bean Nachos with Three Salsas fill that spot with gusto. The trio of salsas dance together for the perfect combination of sweet and spicy topping. A major advantage of this recipe is the leftover salsas- they can be incorporated to another dish, like our tacos, or served in a bowl alongside chips for easy snacking.

2014 SPring catalog

It’s the host’s choice for what tacos of ours you’d like to serve, but we recommend the Steak Tacos with Dried Chile Salsa (bottom) or the Chicken Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (top). These tacos are like two sides of the same coin, savory and comforting- the steak tacos offer a nice smoky and hearty flavor, while the chicken tacos are tangy and light.

Whether you’ve fired up the grill at your tailgate in Glendale, or are braving the winter elements in your northern back yard, these Chili Jam Chicken Skewers are worth every minute you watch them sizzle. Our Chili Jam is used as a marinade in this recipe, and does it ever fill the kabobs with flavor, leaving each bite of chicken extra juicy.

summer winter shoot

With a protein heavy lineup, it’s nice to include some veggies for the herbivores in the crowd. Our Sautéed Vegetables with Chili Jam are bold in color and taste; with a tinge of spice and a whole lot of green this dish is totally guilt free!

2014 SPring catalog

While it’s not quintessential Southwest cuisine, something just doesn’t feel right about having a football viewing party without wings; wings are the yin to game day’s yang. Our Apricot Hot Wings are sweet, savory, finger-licking good and definitely in the lineup for Sunday. Wash these puppies down with a cold beer and you’ll be in hog heaven.


25 November 2014 by megan@spoon

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

In a few short days, family and friends will gather together to share hugs, love, and loads of comfort food. Whether you spend the day with friends, a cocktail hour with the in-laws or an intimate dinner with your immediate family, American Spoon has a way to indulge those Turkey Day cravings.

A quintessential fall fruit gets dressed up with a bold cheese in our Honeycrisp Apple Conserve with Blue Cheese pairing. We have more where that came from, so if you want an alternative appetizer, browse our assortment of recipes here.



We think our Pumpkin Chipotle Roasted Vegetables can complement any main course, showcasing seasonal flavors and vine veggies. This recipe is simple and quick, leaving you plenty of time to baste the turkey, relax with guests, or to watch some football (Go Lions!).


For the main course, our Michigan cranberries are accented with warm spices, giving the tangy fruit a robust flavor that pairs perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey. Enjoy the convenience of a side dish prepared for you with our Spiced Cranberry Chutney.


Our silky Milk Caramel is perfect drizzled atop ice cream or pecan pie for an easy and delectable dessert. Or, spoon this onto sliced apples for a guilt free late-night snack when the day’s festivities are winding down.

American Spoon holiday catalog 2014 gift boxes and peaches

24 September 2014 by megan@spoon

A Simple Evening to Celebrate Summer

a simple evening

A few weeks ago, after the crowds had gone and the pace of life had slowed down a bit, we gathered with friends at a gorgeous home along the Lake Michigan shore for a simple celebration of summer. We’ve long been fans of Megan & Mike Gilger’s blog The Fresh Exchange, so when they invited us to be a part of one of their Simple Evenings, along with our friends at Huzza, we got our notebooks out and started planning a simple menu centered around the agricultural abundance of September in Northern Michigan.

little red truck

chris dettmer nicholas roznowski a simple evening

We filled the back of our little red pickup truck with peaches and tomatoes and corn, eggplant and herbs and pickled chanterelles, and some of our favorite jars, and then Chris and Nicholas got to work in the kitchen. So serious, those two!

cocktail mixing at the wet bar

jam jar cocktail with blueberry-lime preserves

simple evening american spoon huzza


The evening began with our signature Jam Jar cocktails, a favorite at our Café and the perfect companion to the trio of simple bites Chris and Nicholas put together. While Chili Jam-marinated chicken skewers sizzled on the grill, we noshed on fresh ricotta with cherry tomatoes, deviled eggs with our Cucumber Pickle Relish, and smoked whitefish with our Whole Seed Mustard.

simple evening dinner huzza american spoon

huzza table

All of this gorgeous food was made even more gorgeous by the gorgeous serving pieces our friends at Huzza carefully selected for the evening. Kate and Rad MacCready have impeccable taste and a knack for discovering beautiful, unique things wherever they go. Since they opened in 1978, their store has been filled with some of the most lovely pieces in Northern Michigan, gathered from antique markets and craftspeople all over the world. The second generation staff at Huzza is especially talented at mixing high and low, old and new–an aesthetic perfectly matched to the elegant simplicity of the food we prepared. The table they made themselves, to accommodate twenty people and a trough full of beer and wine.

 a simple evening in harbor springs

chris dettmer serves chili jam chicken skewers

 rusti corn salad

eggplant, grilled and pickled

a simple evening summer dinner

chili jam chicken skewers

chili jam

over the top peach pavlova

For dinner, we passed dishes around the table, family style. We started with simple grilled chicken skewers marinated in our Chili Jam, and piled rustic seasonal vegetables on our plates beside the spicy chicken. For dessert we took things a little over the top, piling fresh peaches, Red Haven Peach Preserves, and whipped cream on top of layer after layer of meringue for a wild, drunken pavlova that everyone guiltily devoured.

a simple evening american spoon huzza

so long, summer!

Our simple evening was the perfect way to celebrate a gorgeous summer and ease into the sweetness of September. Thanks to Kate and Rad MacCready for welcoming us all into their beautiful lakeside home, to Megan and Mike Gilger for inviting us to join them, and to the Huzza crew for gathering such a lovely collection of serving pieces to showcase the food we prepared.

And since we couldn’t invite everyone to the actual dinner, we’d thought we’d take you there vicariously through this video Mike put together, and through the simple recipes you’ll find after the video for easy duplication at home. Enjoy!

jam jar cocktail with blueberry

Our signature cocktail, the Jam Jar, made with Tito’s vodka and our Blueberry-Lime Preserves. Print the recipe here.

deviled eggs with pickle relish

Deviled eggs with crispy bacon and our Cucumber Pickle Relish. Print the recipe here, and simply substitute Cucumber Pickle Relish for Whole Seed Mustard (or make some of each!).

ricotta with tomato

We paired fresh, homemade ricotta with a cherry tomato chutney we’ve been playing around with in the R&D kitchen. We hope to have that available soon, but in the meantime, our Heirloom Tomato Preserves pair beautifully with ricotta.

whitefish with mustard

Simple whitefish bites: pile chunks of smoked whitefish on crackers and dollop spoonfuls of our Whole Seed Mustard on top. Garnish with fresh dill and shaved baby beets.

chicken skewers with chili jam

Chicken Skewers with Chili Jam are one of our favorite simple summer meals. Print the recipe here.

pavlova with peach

Our late-night, over-the-top Peach Pavlova. Print the recipe here, and make it with fresh peaches and our Red Haven Peach Preserves.

Of note:
Food: Chris Dettmer and Nicholas Roznowski of American Spoon
Styling: Rad MacCready, Tobin MacCready, Kate Bonsted of Huzza
Floral: Kate MacCready of Huzza
Photography: Cody MacCready of Huzza and Mike Gilger of The Fresh Exchange
Videography: Mike Gilger of the Fresh Exchange
Table Design: Andrew Schorfhaar and Rad MacCready of Huzza

29 June 2013 by megan@spoon

It’s a pulled pork pig out!

It's a pulled pork pig out! We're sampling our new Cherry BBQ Pulled Pork recipe at our Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Traverse City stores this afternoon. Recipe at #recipe #tcmi #downtownpetoskey #summerinmuchigan #cookout #picnic

Recipe here.

15 June 2013 by megan@spoon

Chili Jam chicken skewers. Bet Dad would love them!

Chili Jam chicken skewers. Bet Dad would love them! recipe at #cookout #summergrilling #fathersday #makeit

recipe here

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