Manistee County native shares Midwestern recipes with food blog

MANISTEE — Sherry Ronning entered the world of cooking at an early age.

“I grew up with my parents’ catering business. I had family that I actually worked for from the time I was 14,” she said. “They owned a restaurant, which was Lenz’s Country Side Kitchen in Kaleva. I grew up there doing everything: busing, dishes, prep work, cooking, waitressing.”

After accumulating decades of experience in the kitchen, Ronning decided to acquire an associate degree from Northwestern Michigan College.

“My mother passed away about five years ago and right after she passed away I decided I wanted to go back to school. I went to culinary school up in Traverse City at NMC at the age of 46,” she said. “I wasn’t actually the oldest person to go through the school — there were a lot of older individuals like myself going through that program, which was nice to see. I would have never thought I would have been going and getting my associate degree in culinary arts at the age of 46.”

Upon graduating, Ronning wanted an outlet for all the delicious knowledge she had accumulated over the years. Eventually, From Michigan to the Table, Ronning’s food blog, was born.

“It has Midwestern cuisine recipes — a lot of recipes that are known in our area. I do pierogis, cabbage rolls and different stuff in our area,” she said. “The venison dishes I have are popular, and I’ve just recently started Blackstone griddle cooking recipes, which is very popular on my website.”