By Allrecipes Magazine
May 28, 2019
midwest feature map

Great Lakes & Superior Cheese

By Karyn Spencer

Whether you view it from sandy beaches or wooded overlooks, a breathtaking expanse of blue water is the centerpiece of this loop around Lake Michigan, the only Great Lake completely inside America's borders. Head east from Chicago and spend a week or more exploring the region's peaceful shores, serene woods, and quaint towns. Lodging options range from cozy cabins to upscale resorts. Want a shorter trip? Cut across the lake in a car-carrying ferry, such as the S.S. Badger, the last of America's coal-fired passenger steamships.

To learn more about all the highlights on the map, please pick up the June-July 2019 issue of Allrecipes magazine.

Best of Midwest Top Summer Recipes

We adapted this so the tasty rub won't burn before the chicken is done. Mixing it with olive oil did the trick.

beer can chicken
Photo by: Kim Cornelison

Salting the veggies and draining them well pulls out excess water, softens them a smidge, and lets them absorb the flavors of the creamy dressing.

Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad
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VIDEO: Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

"I am continuously asked to bring this dip for parties and family get-togethers. People gather around the platter until it's gone." — SUE CASE

Seven Layer Taco Dip
Photo by Laura Danks

"A quick and easy recipe for real homemade tomato soup like no other you've had before." — Charlotte

garden fresh tomato soup
Photo by LazyFoodieGirl

"An old-fashioned, tender shortcake with two layers of strawberries topped with whipped cream." — Denyse

strawberry shortcake
Photo by: Kim Cornelison

"Blueberries and zucchini baked up into delicious little summertime bread loaves!" — Laura Moody

blueberry zucchini bread
Photo by RB46
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"My Mexican friend gave me this recipe for corn on the cob. Street vendors there sell their corn made this way. Cotija cheese can be found in most grocery stores." — blakleyl

mexican corn on the cob
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"This recipe is from my Grandmother's cookbook she made to pass to all her grandchildren. They come out very, very crisp with a wonderful dill flavor. The red pepper flakes give them a nice punch. They are much better than the recipes that call for cooking the beans first." —Jani Whitsett

crisp pickled green beans
Photo by Jenna Strang

"A tasty and fairly simple way for people on a gluten-free or wheat-free diet to enjoy a noodle dish. I usually use 4 zucchini and 2 summer squash for a colorful mix." —Becka

VIDEO: Zucchini 'Noodles'

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