Monday! Let's get to it! Not a lot of fanfare leading into today's workout. Just time to get yourself into motion and make the best of this short holiday week!! Let's get to week 29 of Fit and Healthy With Becky.
There are a multitude of benefits to having one of West Michigan's most famous chef's on board at your online TV station. Not only do you get her sage advise on how to masterfully handle anything in the kitchen. You also get her commanding presence, her friendly and fun personality and if that's not enough at the end of the segment, someone has to make sure the final product is of the highest quality...so you can imagine where the pie ended up.
This week, we visit Chef Char in Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers Market for a lesson on how to make the perfect apple pie! There are some tricks you know. Char has been busy helping a local restaurant get going and keeping her classes full at Kitchen 242, so it's been way too long since we've had a visit from here here. She's got classes of all kinds at Kitchen 242. Everything from kids healthy cooking classes to evenings set aside for grown up's to come out and enjoy some of the finer touches on making the most delectable dishes!
Kitchen 242 is an outstanding addition to Muskegon. It gives anyone with a desire to work in the food industry a chance to operate in an "incubator" setting while trying to establish their business. It's also a place for classes like Char offers and an outstanding back drop for segments like this! Let's get on to the workings of that perfect apple pie!
Easy as pie right? Give it a shot yourself or click on Chars picture above to visit her website to learn more about the awesome classes she hosts at Kitchen 242 Downtown Muskegon. You'll be baking pie perfection in no time thanks to Chef Char! Here's the recipe for all you just saw!
Pies at Kitchen 242 with Chef Char Morse
Flaky Pie Crust:
8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut up into Tablespoon-size chunks and frozen
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
In a mixing bowl, add frozen butter, flour, salt and sugar. Next, add the buttermilk and vanilla. Using a dough hook on an electric mixer, mix the dough ingredients until it forms a ball and butter chunks are about the size of nickels and dimes. Wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap or place in a sealable plastic bag before placing in refrigerator until ready to roll out dough. When ready to roll pie crust, split the ball of dough in half. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll half of the dough into a circle to cover a 9 inch pie pan. Place bottom crust in pan. Fill with fruit filling of choice (mixed berry filling recipe below) and roll other half of dough ball on a lightly floured surface into a circle big enough to cover a filled pie. Place crust over pie filling, pinch edges of crust, brush with egg wash, then sprinkle with granulated sugar. Slice small holes into the top crust before placing pie into a 375 degree preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove pie from oven and allow pie to cool slightly before serving.
Apple Pie Filling:
4 cups local apples, peeled, cored and sliced (Char likes honey crisp and golden delicious mix)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Mix pie filling ingredients until apples are completely coated. Scoop filling into the bottom crust in a 9 inch pie pan.
Holiday travels coming up? If you are heading out always check the Muskegon Airport for your travel plans. First off, let's just talk about the simplicity and convenience of it. It's right here. There's no long drive, there are no long lines, there are no exorbitant parking fees and the overall pressure of flying drops by about 80% with the ease and friendly approach of the staff at the Muskegon County Airport.
It's no secret that the Muskegon County Airport is a great sponsor of the Muskegon Channel and Positively Muskegon. We're proud to have them on board because flying out of Muskegon is really the way to go. When we personally travel, the thought of adding on a hotel stay in some other town or the idea of having to get up at 3 am to drive to catch an early flight is enough to ruin day one of any vacation. The added expense, the stress then, when you get back....the drive home from where ever.....we'll check Muskegon first.
The Muskegon airport is offering some expanded service over the holidays. They have also moved their early flight in the am to a much more conducive time to catch connecting flights in Chicago. They are also expanding their tour flights. We've seen the tour packages going to Laughlin Nevada for a couple years now, they are always a sell out and always a great time. Now, they have added Atlantic City flights with S&S Casino Tours. We've done the Atlantic City flights a few times and you can't beat it. You get on the plane, and in about an hour or so...you're on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, and for me personally, 10 minutes after that, I am either down on a cheese steak or sausage and peppers from one of the great Boardwalk restaurants.
I stopped out to the Muskegon County Airport to talk with Marketing Director Dianne Hoffman and Jeff Tripp who is the General Manager of the airport to talk about the newer schedule, the fun flights and the over all ease and simplicity of flying Muskegon. Take a listen.
Make your travel as simple as you can. Cut out the long drive, the added expenses and the stress of the big cities when it comes to heading out. The Muskegon County Airport offers lower fares, easier access and an environment that's much friendlier. If you are heading out, click on the Muskegon County Airport logo below to see flights, times and fares! Thanks to Dianne and Jeff for taking a few minutes to join me!
Wallflowers! This work out is for you! Find yourself a spot on the wall and get ready for Becky's wall work out!
Becky Biesiada is a Personal Trainer at The Gym in North Muskegon and brings you a weekly work out here on the Muskegon Channel. You can do this work out at your own pace, on your own time and as often as you like. That's the beauty of it! Of course, she asks that you check with your doctor to make sure you are ok to begin this or any other work out. Warm up and stretch out too before you get going!
There you go...have at it all week!! If you'd like to know more, or maybe get more out of a work out with a group or one on one training with Becky, click on the photo below to visit her site.
Time for a little history lesson as well as some holiday fun! The Greater Muskegon Women's Club has been operating continuously since 1890! Over 100 years of work toward a better community, empowerment for women, education, philanthropy, and social functions right in the heart of Muskegon. Like any club, there have been high points and some where there has been a bit of a struggle, but it's stayed alive and intact all these years and preserved a piece of history in Muskegon that all should be proud of.
Today, they still thrive at the corner of 2nd and Webster. They still work on the social pleasantries like tea parties, luncheons, book discussions, dances and other special events. The still host special events like artisan markets, a fine arts scholarship, honor women of accomplishment and host fun community based events like a gingerbread house building weekend which is coming up November 17th-19th.
It's open to the public and you're encouraged to bring the kids out on Saturday and Sunday for the Fun. The Friday evening event is set aside for a grown up's only night out. Hey, if people are willing to go out for a night of painting as a group, why not make it a date night and build a gingerbread house? It's said that a certain special visitor who's famous for his sleigh and red attire will be in attendance and the cost which is minimal will help fund the work done by the Greater Women's Club of Muskegon.
Nancy Bierenga invited me down to the "inner sanctum". :) I took the chance to pay a visit, not only to see the historic and beautiful insides of the building, but in all honesty, to learn a little more about the club, the history and what they do today. Take a listen to our chat below.
Some social fun, some community activisim, some empowerment and some deep history in Muskegon. As Nancy said, the Greater Muskegon Women's Club may be the oldest in existance in the state. That's much to be proud of. If nothing else, take a look at their website. Click on the picture below to visit.
Did you know that there is only six weeks which is forty-seven days and only seven Fridays until Christmas. If your anything like my husband you like to wait the day before but if you're like me you like to have it all done weeks if not at least a month before hand. Today I am here to tell you how you can get a little more of that holiday shopping done while helping out a very deserving family.
While trolling Facebook looking for fun events around town like many of us do, I seen an event that immediately touched my heart. Ricco Adoption Fundraiser Open House is being held on Sunday November 12 at 11AM-1:30PM. (Please click on the event page link to get the address.) This Adoption fundraiser is going to be like an open house so you can come and check it out when it fits into what you have going on. A portion of all the sales the day of the Adoption Fundraiser will go to Erin and her husband Michael and be put into a fund to help with the costs that occurred from their loss in their most recent adoption attempts and for a future attempt to add to their loving family.
At this event you will find some wonderful vendors who have offered to their services to assist in the Ricco's journey. Kate the owner of Word for being Free will be here with her beautiful headbands. You will also find jewelry, bags, tops, and accessories brought to you by Stella and Dot. Wines for Humanity are choosing the wines today that they will be bringing and lastly for all you foodie lovers out there Tastefully Simple will be joining them with some delicious food products.
I met up with Erin today at the Shoreline Inn to chat with her about the journey her and her family have been on as well as their upcoming Adoption Fundraiser. Please click on the link and listen in on our conversation.
If you'd like to know more, please click on the image below. It's a great time and a great cause. Thanks to Erin for taking a few minutes to chat.
Things are starting to cool off, and people are starting to move the work out's indoors! This week Becky Biesiada takes the workout inside and to the treadmill. You've seen how people use them to walk and run, but Becky takes it to a new level with some new ways to make the most of that implement.
Step it up, and then step off the treadmill.... here comes week 27!
There you have it! Not only is Becky a personal trainer, she's also a dance instructor and guess what???? Dancing doubles as a work out! If you are interested in some motion and fun, take a look at the video below!! You can learn to dance and have a nice night out while staying in shape!
Hopefully, you've been chugging along with Fit and Healthy with Becky Biesiada here on the Muskegon Channel with her show "Fit and Healthy with Becky" from The Gym in North Muskegon. She's a personal trainer here in town and her mission is to help Muskegon stay in better shape, and feel better through custom workouts or group workouts that are custom fit to just about any level of experience or level. She's dedicated to her clients, she's great when it comes to helping with planned diets and her personality is one of true caring and concern for those she works with.
But, all of that doesn't mean there isn't a fun side too! Not every "work out" needs to be sweat and toil. You can stay in shape and learn some fun things along the way. Take for instance, dancing! Yes, dancing will keep you moving and if properly instructed you'll be able to enjoy yourself a little more at special occasions while being able to show off some skills.
Becky is currently hosting a swing dance class at the Muskegon Country Club. It's held on Thursday nights and we were there to kick off the first evening and learn a little more about the dancing lessons and, yes, even a little more about Becky herself. Take a listen to our chat just before class got started.
Becky has been awesome on the Muskegon Channel and we love to support our contributors and their endeavors! If you'd like to know more about the dance lessons, some personal training or maybe some of the group things she does at The Gym or The Muskegon Country Club, click on the photo below to visit her site. Don't let the Fall and Winter stop you from staying in shape, and make sure to take advantage of the ability to have some fun doing it!
It's a sincere problem and the reality is, not many people even come close to understanding how deep it goes.
On Monday October 30th, a panel of experts joined forces at Muskegon Community College to discuss human trafficking in the sports industry and the lengths that people go to protect the rings that operate this modern day slave trade. The Muskegon Channel carried the discussion live as it happened on Facebook live, but the topic is vital and one in need of much more discussion, so we've saved the video and are putting it in a feature story so if there are those who missed it, or...as time goes by, the Facebook post kind of slips off the radar, you can always come back to hear the message again or, you are welcome to share this story with anyone you think would benefit from the discussion.
The panel included Anny Donewald who escaped the trafficking industry and wrote a book called "Dancing for the Devil" and also founded Eve's Angels who rescue other women from trafficking. Connie Nesbary who is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Michigan Senator Judy Emmons who's been a leader in the fight against human trafficking and Professor David Manville who teaches at EMU and might have the only class on trafficking in the State of Michigan.
It's a lengthy discussion, but so vital. Take a listen.
Our thanks to the panelists and guests of the discussion. Thanks too to Muskegon Community College for hosting this event and helping shine a light on such an awful subject. As discussed repeatedly, the only way this is going to stop is when it's confronted...we need to stand together and say no more. Anny is a pioneer in the fight, and we're honored to partner with her in spreading her message.
If you're not familiar with the topic, let me tell you this....if we forget history, we're doomed to repeat it.
With that being said, I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a collection of poetry and are of young Jewish children who were held at the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in World War 2. The title comes from a poem by a boy named Pavel Friedman who was incarcerated there and later, killed at Auschwitz. Most of the contributors of the book were killed before the camp was liberated.
A quote from Wikipedia - "During World War II the Gestapo used Terezin, better known by the German name Theresienstadt, as a ghetto. The majority of the Jews sent were scholars, professionals, artists and musicians. Inmates were encouraged to lead creative lives, and concerts were even held. Within the camp, parks, grassy areas and flower beds, concert venues and statues were installed to hide the truth; that most of the inmates were going to be killed. This was all part of a Nazi plot to deceive International Red Cross inspectors into believing that Jews were being treated humanely."
The play centers around "Raja" who is a survivor of the concentration camp, her family and four classmates and centers around life in the camp while retaining a world filled with flowers and butterflies with other children in the camp.
The play is being performed twice on Saturday November 4th at The Overbrook Theater at Muskegon Community College and the proceeds benefit Gilana's Fund. It's a local non profit that celebrates and encourages educational programming promoting acceptance and understanding of our communities, each other and ourselves. Tickets are only $10 bucks, and you can get them at the door. I was able to catch up with Lynn Frisinger and Anna Alpert who are directing the performance in memory of Anna's daughter Gilana and want you to know a little more about the play, their cause and why they are working so hard to keep Gilana's name and work alive. Take a listen.
If you're in it for a history lesson or maybe you'd just like the inspiration of being part of this remarkable cause that's turned the tragedy of the loss of Gilana into a lasting way to remember someone who shared a valuable lesson with all of us in her time here, head on out to see the play this weekend. I can't thank Lynn and Anna enough for taking a few minutes to talk about this today, and if you'd like to know more about Gilana's Fund, click on the logo below.
It's a special edition of Fit and Healthy with Becky! What's so special about it? Click on the video and see!
Dog N Suds is a classic, iconic brand of Americana. At one point, every small town near and far it seemed had a Dog N Suds in it where families could enjoy a nice night out with car hop service, one of the world famous window hanger trays with the food and the delicious root beer served up after you pulled up in the car and pushed the button on the back lit menu under the awning with the glow of the neon close by and the sound of music filling the air from the overhead speakers! It's a memory that believe it or not, still manages to survive in Muskegon and Montague much to the thanks of a guy who grew up in drive in life, David Hosticka.
I have known Dave for a while and helped him on a few projects here and there and when he told me about an upcoming event he was heading to Miami for, well, I figured it was time to stop in for a visit and find out a little more about this event and why he's heading down to sunny South Florida.
The event is "Burger Beast's Wiener Bash" with Burger Beast being Sef Gonzales and his undying love of all things burger and sausages. The event is November 4th and will be headlined by rockers Vince Neil and Great White and the competitors include - Arbetter's Hot Dogs, Babe Froman Sausages, Da Burger Shack, Doce Provisions, Dog 'n Suds, Doggi's Arepa Bar, El Rey de las Fritas, Gilbert's 17th Street Grill, Killer Melts, King of Racks BBQ, Mac & Chess, Meat Eatery & Taproom, Monster Burgers, Orange Bear Grill, Pincho Factory, Proper Sausages, Sweet Dogs, and Twisted Fork Kitchen. Stiff competition for sure, but the hopes are that the classic taste and nostalgic brand are a home run with those at the festival. One thing is for sure, South Florida foodies will not be let down!
As Dave get's ready to roll, let's catch up with him on the event and the business, and see what's in store for the Dog N Suds right here in Muskegon over the next couple months.
It's a step back in time preserved right here in Muskegon. It's exciting too that our little "best kept secret" is on the way to Florida to compete in such a gastronomic delight! Best wishes to Dave and his staff and make sure you whip in to Dog N Suds before January hits and the much deserved Winter break comes along! We'll keep you posted on how Dog N Suds does in the competition!