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La Bonne Vie’s Rachel Shenk has been an artisan baker for 30 years. Born and raised in Belgium, she has lived in Goshen since 1973. She has been writing about food, traveling and the good life for about 10 years. You can connect with her on her Facebook page, La Bonne Vie, or at her cheese shop in Goshen, The Wedge.

We departed Mackinaw City across the great Mackinac Bridge and stopped in St. Ignace for breakfast. We discovered Bentley’s, a shack across from a ferry dock that looks more like a brothel. It was once a hotel/restaurant for bridge workers and retains its throwback ‘50s diner image. The short bar stools line a bar area that angles through the room. Then, there’s also the authentic juke box that’s loaded with your favorite oldies — all vinyl records. It’s a Yooper’s (the name affectionately attached to Upper Peninsula residents) paradise, and many were there for pasties and other favorites.

My columns are about food, nutrition and all that happens in the kitchen. Over the years I have written about personal experiences and ideas readers have shared with me. I know about safety, as I teach home safety as part of my family resource management curriculum with Purdue Extension. This week’s column is quite humbling to write because I know a disaster can really happen to anyone.

In my columns I often write about seasonal foods or foods that go with the holidays. This week is different, as I have been receiving many calls about confusion over food package labeling, especially “sell-by,” “use-by” and “best-by” dates. The confusion over date labeling leads to billions of pounds of food waste every year. Most of food dating has to do with quality, not safety. More times than not, you are throwing away food that is still of good quality and safe.

Because of the infrequency in time and location of total solar eclipses, scientists historically have had difficulty studying broad, controlled data collections on eclipse-related animal behavior. But with the advent of smartphone technology, researchers are looping in citizen scientists to help record the effects of solar eclipses. 

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