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DoughChicks’ Summer Update

Hello Foodies and Friends!

We are nearing the end of August already!  Kara and I have squeezed as many summer activities in as possible.  We participated in the 10K Miracle Run in Holland on July 6.  The course included running along the beautiful beach (the water was a relief on such a hot day), and then doubling back through steep sand dunes. It was a new, intense challenge full of extreme fun!

Kara and I took a class in food safety later in July.   We are excited to announce that we passed!  We each now have our Food Safety Manager’s Licenses. This is not a required license for either of us; however, it has enriched the preparation of our products for all of you!

Since we started making our Vanilla Cane Crystal Cookies, Orange Cranberry Biscotti and MatchaTea Cookies we have added another “chick” to our team.  We are proud to introduce Eden Corstange (DC4)!  She has been a fun, hard-working addition.  As you know, fun IS what we do. We will be posting some new pictures on our website ( soon!

Bailey (DC3—the youngest “chick” and Kara’s sister) just finished her degree in Biomedical Sciences (with a built-in Chemistry minor) from Western Michigan University!  She will be helping us with Karabread in between pursuing a job or internship and applying for medical schools for next fall.  If anyone knows of job or internship opportunities for Bailey, please let us know! (Her email is

We decided to celebrate Bailey’s graduation by traveling and site-seeing in northern Minnesota and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Currently, the DoughChicks are busy bicycling, running, and swimming at family cabins in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness. We have taught both of our dogs (Clyde and Helen) how to swim—and they love it!  We have even squeezed in a little baking time at the cabin.  When we travel, we take along Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking mix to make waffles, muffins and biscuits. YUM!

Since most of us do not eat gluten-free, I was able to give my father-in law some tips with his oatmeal bread.  We made two large loaves and they turned out fabulous! It doesn’t get better than smelling freshly baked bread in the woods as you look out on Lake Ojibway.

My mother-in law, down at the other end of the lake, also had some work in the kitchen for us. She had some fresh currants to use in a barbeque sauce to serve over grilled chicken.  Since we had never worked with fresh currents before, I (Denise) was thrilled to be assigned to sauce duty. Though a complete experiment made from scratch, it actually tasted amazing.  Needless to say, I will be looking for fresh currants when I get back home!

We have joined forces with Halena Forrest of The Michigan Small Food Producers Cooperative. She is selling our products at local markets including 100 Mile Market, Kalamazoo (Bank St), and Lunch Time Live in the Bronson Park on Fridays.  We may be joining other markets as the year progresses!

Harvest Fest is coming up on Sunday, September 15, and the DoughChicks have a booth! Please come out to see Kara and Bailey, and enjoy this festive event that helps out Fair Food Matters.

Another event that we love to support is the Doggie Dash, which raises funds for the local SPCA.  This event is perfect for you if you love dogs and running or walking with them. The 5k run takes place on Saturday, September 21. Runners get a T-shirt, and pets get a bandana.  Come have some fun at Spring Valley Park!

We will soon have pictures of our cookies and biscotti on our website.  Remember we do have an online store!  Thank you to those of you who purchase our KaraComets, RawKet Bites, Chia Crunch and gluten-free cookies and biscotti locally!  Have you tried the MatchaTea Cookies?  They are green (Denise’s favorite color)!  If you like tea, you’ll love these.  Plus they are FUN to eat with a full glass of iced tea!

We hope all you have had a great summer!

Happy and Healthy Eating!


Denise, Kara, Bailey and Eden