Farm-to-Table Cooking

The Kosch family's produce-packed, home-cooked meals — straight from their own backyard — inspire these farm-to-table seasonal recipes.


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Family Dinners

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For the Kosch family, home is a bucolic, apple tree–studded acreage in Traverse City, Michigan, where they tend pigs and chickens and all manner of vegetables ripe for the picking. Doug, 46, owns and runs Boathouse, a contemporary French restaurant on the shore of West Bay. Erin, 42, a high school history and geography teacher, happily pitches in at the restaurant as needed. Daughters Emma, 14, and Mallory, 12, "are great with the animals," says Doug. The family's produce-packed, home-cooked meals inspire these simple, flavorful recipes.


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Farm to Table

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The Kosches grow a number of tomato varieties, including heirlooms, in their family garden. One of Erin's go-to dishes is tomato pie (next page) — it's the perfect way to showcase the brightly colored produce.


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Heirloom Tomato Pie

Heirloom Tomato Pie
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Stand 10 m
Bake 45 m
Cool 15 m

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A Trend Worth Following

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"There's a huge movement nationwide for farm to table, and it's taken to heart here."


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BBQ Turkey Burgers

BBQ Turkey Burgers
Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Cook 10 m
Grill 11 m

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Simple, Seasonal Ingredients

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"We cook very simple and we use great ingredients. We try to do as much as we can in season."


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Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters
Makes 12
Prep 15 m
Cook 18 m

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Sole, Strawberries And Almonds

Sole with Strawberries and Almonds
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 16 m

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Blackberry-Rhubarb Cobbler

Blackberry-Rhubarb Cobbler
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Bake 60 m
Stand 10 m

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Cucumber, Snow Pea and Onion Slaw

Cucumber, Snow Pea and Onion Salad
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Chill 60 m