Mackinac Island, Michigan, Location Of "Somewhere In Time"

On Mackinac Island, the setting of the film "Somewhere In Time" with Crhistopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.
On Mackinac Island, the setting of the film "Somewhere In Time" with Crhistopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. | Source

HubNuggets: The Final Delicacy

These are the voyages of the HubPages Galley; its continuing mission, to seek out new writers and new Hubs, to serve up the Tastiest Nuggets, and to boldly read what creative writers prepare!

READERS!

Your mission is to read the 6 HubNugget Wannabe-nominated Hubs in each of the 3 popular HubPages Topics we showcase this week. Then, please vote for your favorite Hub among each set of 6. At the end of a week, your votes will select a Top 9 Official HubNuggets that will be announced in the Forum and in the HubPages Weekly Newsletter that reaches some 80,000 people. Anyone can vote; you don't need to be a member of HubPages to vote for your favorites.

HubNuggets Wannabes!

Your mission is to ask all your friends, associates, and family members to vote for your nominated Hub on this site (but please don't spam by placing your Hub link in a Comments box or a Forum post. Thanks!) Anyone can vote and no voter is required to be a HubPages member.

Best Wishes, and congratulations to you all!

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A Banquet of Writing Talent

This week, our trio of HN Team members that graduated from French Cooking Academy with Chef Jacques a fortnight ago [see HubNuggets Trio in France] present special banquet. We hope you enjoy it.

The HubNuggets Team operates under the direction of our leaders and guides Jason Menayan, Maddie Ruud, Simone Smith, and Fawntia Fowler. Our Special Correspondent that sometimes reports HN Weekly Missions and greets all of our Wannabes every week is ripplemaker. Various sidekicks also pop in occasionally.

One of our hobbies is Time Travel, so we honor the current HubPages Marks the Spot contest as we Chefs travel back in time to Michigan's picturesque Mackinac Island. There, we serve up our HubNuggets Wannabes during a convention of film fans annually at the Grand Hotel: the Somewhere In Time (S.I.T.) Weekend.

A clip from a recent S.I.T. weekend to the right and a romantic 5-minute tribute video at the end of this page explain it all.

Here's what occurred in preparation before you arrived:

Somewhere in Time Weekend

Welcome to The Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island's landmark Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island's landmark Grand Hotel | Source

Receiving the Message

Chef Pi, Pi-Cat, and Pi-Fish-Dinner.
Chef Pi, Pi-Cat, and Pi-Fish-Dinner.

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The Grand Hotel

The culinary graduates, their entourage, and their equipment arrived by high-speed ferry at Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel. It was marvelous to see the greenspace and historic buildings and to take in the astonishing scents of fresh lake air and water as we listened to the clip clop of horse drawn carriages.

We set up HQ in the main hotel kitchen and took stock of the inventories. There was no food. The cupboards were bare. We new this mission would not be a breeze.

Suddenly, a disposable cell phone in the center of the main prep table rang. I answered it and received this recorded message:

Recorded Message: Chef P.I., your culinary mission, if you choose to accept it, is to prepare a banquet for HubPages Readers at the Grand Hotel for the Somewhere in Time weekend. You are charged with serving up 18 deluxe HubNugget Wannabes during the event.

You will have the camaraderie of your fellow Stainless Steel Chefs, Zsuzsy Bee and RedElf, with the assistance of Chef de Partie P8Bleu, who was eavesdropping on the Team's French Cooking Certifications and Pastry Chef Ringo Starr, whose specialty is the Admiral Halsey butter pie - or butter tarts (this is unclear).

Chef Ringo: Wait a mo' - I'm a Doctor, not a Chef!

Recorded Message: We thought you were a retired drummer...The Team will begin with no food, no menu, and no microwave ovens. You must serve 80,000+ Readers. Fortes fortuna adiuvat.* ...This message will self destruct in 3,2,1...Shoom!

[Microwave incinerates and phone disintegrates.]

Chef P8Bleu: Snicker snack!

Chef Pi as a child, testing secret recipes for the shadow government.
Chef Pi as a child, testing secret recipes for the shadow government.

The Banquet Setup

Chef Zsuzsy Bee had already compiled a vivid menu of banquet courses during our studies in France - but so many people to serve! Chef RedElf and I would provide some additional wonders (My childhood cooking experiments came in useful.)

At the sight of no food in the pantry, we took a few minutes to think and came together:

Chef Zsuzsy Bee - We have at least one menu composed, we have a High Speed Ferry, and we have the island's Fort Mackinac Tea Room pantry at our disposal. I've just got off the phone -- One of the soldiers at the fort is a friend of mine from way back. He and his troop of historical actors will march the food down to us for the French Menu.

Chef RedElf - That's fast work and good connections. May we see your menu again?

Chef Zsuzsy Bee - Mai Oui! It is in the newspaper.

Chef P8Bleu: Speedy!


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Stainless Steel Chef Zsuzsy Bee smiling about her wonderful menu. She encourages everyone to visit the Somewhere in Time Weekend and enjoy the HubNugget Wannabe banquet, particularly the French Menu.
Stainless Steel Chef Zsuzsy Bee smiling about her wonderful menu. She encourages everyone to visit the Somewhere in Time Weekend and enjoy the HubNugget Wannabe banquet, particularly the French Menu.
Stainless Steel Chef Zsuzsy Bee smiling about her wonderful menu. She encourages everyone to visit the Somewhere in Time Weekend and enjoy the HubNugget Wannabe banquet, particularly the French Menu. | Source
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Come to the Banquet!

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Friday September 24, 2010

A total of 18 HubNuggets Wannabes will be presented for your consideration, along with three menus of international favorites.

For your delight, The French Menu

  • Calamari Frits - Crisped calamari with basil tomato sauce.
  • Crepe Enchanté - Crepes with sautéed garlic chicken, onions, Parmesan, béchamel sauce; with wilted mixed greens.
  • Red Snapper - Served whole with sautéed vegetables and sauces.
  • Green Soup - A blend of potatoes, collard greens, and sausage.
  • Rum Cake - A raisin cake in caramel sauce, with whipped cream.

Please enjoy our first 6 HubNuggets Wannabes Hubs this week. Two additional menus and sets of HubNuggets Wannabes will follow.

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Famous Mackinack BridgeNew HubNuggets Team graphics designed and produced by RefElf, 2010.
Famous Mackinack Bridge
Famous Mackinack Bridge | Source
New HubNuggets Team graphics designed and produced by RefElf, 2010.
New HubNuggets Team graphics designed and produced by RefElf, 2010.

Which one of this week's Sports and Recreation nominees is your favorite?

  • 21% Camping Checklist - A Beginner's Guide
  • 4% Bowling "How To": Throwing Strikes
  • 3% The World's Best Spots for Heliskiing
  • 2% 2010 University of Michigan Football Predictions
  • 65% Reasons to Start Running Today
  • 4% How to Choose a Pocket Knife - The Five Best Folding Knife Companies
115 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

  • 2010 University of Michigan Football Predictions

We know every game of the 2010 season will start this way for the wolverines the question is how will the games end. QB: There has been much hype during this off season about the emergence of Denard Robinson

  • Bowling "How To": Throwing Strikes

All bowlers have one thing in common: they all want to bowl strikes. A strike is knocking down all the pins with the first ball in a frame (turn), and a score sheet full of “X's” is the most desired...

Chef Red Elf and Sous Chef P8Bleu design a number of elegant dishes to compliment our HubNugget Wannabes.
Chef Red Elf and Sous Chef P8Bleu design a number of elegant dishes to compliment our HubNugget Wannabes.

The Canadian Menu

Chef RedElf was eager to prepare the Canadian Fusion dishes she'd developed. She was aided by Ringo and P8Bleu as well as Ringo's old mate Paul, who was temporarily a concessionaire at the weekend event (Capt. Shirley Anderson, retired, changed the time line, so the Beatles were out of work). It was quite a prep line, as you can see in the photo.

The Canadian Fusion Menu

  • Foie Gras Poutine: Russet fries with foie gras gravy and smoked Gouda.
  • Grass-fed Beef Dumplings with sweet sesame noodles.
  • Duck Sausage Perogies in walnut cream sauce.
  • Champagne Glazed Cauliflower.
  • Goat Cheese and Sage Mashed Potatoes.
  • Lemon Marmalade Cranberry Sauce.

A Need for Fun and Games

Paul looks like he could use some fun and games like those our Wannabes present below. Vote for the one you like best - and Thanks!
Paul looks like he could use some fun and games like those our Wannabes present below. Vote for the one you like best - and Thanks!

Which one of this week's Games, Toys, and Hobbies nominees is your favorite?

  • 6% FFXIV Newbie Botanist Guide
  • 0% Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition
  • 35% The Wisdom We Had As Children
  • 13% Top 10 Toys List
  • 6% Greatest PC Games You Never Heard Of
  • 39% My Old Yacht
31 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

HubNuggets Classifieds

Please do us the honor of voting for your favorite!

  • Greatest PC Games You Never Heard Of -- With today's big budget mainstream PC gaming industry, advertisements are everywhere for games. Mr T for WOW, Fallout 3 posting in subways, its popping up all over. With so much advertising we can't miss a...

  • Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition

    If you are not familiar with this game and have not bought the game yet, than I highly encourage you to take a look at the Dragon Age: Origins Collector's Edition, which is one of the best and richest content...


Mirror Mirror, fresh and new. We need to serve many - help Pi and P8Bleu.
Mirror Mirror, fresh and new. We need to serve many - help Pi and P8Bleu.

HubNugget Classifieds

Happily, we completed our HubNugget: Impossible mission with more fun and good reading than Food Network's Dinner:Impossible. Thanks for attending the Somewhere In Time Weekend and we hope you enjoy your last batch of HubNuggets Wannabes for dessert, below. We'll do the dishes.

The Colonial Menu

Mackinac Island and surrounding territories have been home to First Nations and American Bison. However, many more members of both synods lived back in the 1770s, where our friend HubNugget Hank was suspended in time.This gave me an idea.

I'd had a mirror resurfaced recently. He was an old HubNugget friend with Alice Through the Looking Glass powers. I charged him with contacting Hank. He agreed. Mirror dialed him up and Hank sent through the following dishes from Great Lakes history, circa 1771.

The Great Lakes American Menu

  • Bison Steaks with Caper Sauce.
  • Lake Trout Almandine.
  • Wilted Kale and Red Onion Salad.
  • Pumpkin Walnut Pudding.
  • Egg Pie with Apples and Currants.
  • Michigan Cranberry Tarts.

Kitchen cleanup...

Sci-Fi Engineers that become Chefs take too long to do the dishes. Read our HubNuggets Wannabes for good Home Tips. Thanks for voting!
Sci-Fi Engineers that become Chefs take too long to do the dishes. Read our HubNuggets Wannabes for good Home Tips. Thanks for voting!

Which one of this week's Home nominees is your favorite?

  • 21% Armless Furniture Living Room Chairs
  • 31% Rental Housing Guide
  • 21% Rock Garden Ideas - Creating a Rockery Garden
  • 0% Lined Curtains as Decorative Window Treatments
  • 7% DIY Compost bin
  • 21% Decorating Tricks to Make a Small Space Look Larger
29 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

  • Lined Curtains as Decorative Window Treatments

    Are you looking for new window treatments, but don't know where to start? Lined window curtains can add a unique, decorative touch to any room. Also, they have a number of advantages compared to traditional...

More Cooks in the Soup

After some exhausting adventures, we have gathered three additional volunteer HubNugget Team Members to add their variety and energies to our weekly HubNuggetry. I introduce to you:

KoffeeKlatch Gals
KoffeeKlatch Gals
De Greek
De Greek
Enelle Lamb
Enelle Lamb

HubNuggets Classifieds

Welcome New Team Members!


New Hubber Volunteers

> KoffeeKlatch Gals - Behind a good cup of coffee in Florida, we find a hero. Not only filling the roles of wife, mom, and grandma (all treasures), KoffeeKlatch Gals works with intellectually challenged youth in middle school. I sense that her presence, personality, and patience encourage small miracles every day and perhaps some larger joys. We're glad that Gal writes for HubPages and joins our HubNuggets Team.

> De Greek - A well liked personality from the UK that recalls to us all things Greek, this writer adds an international flair to our group. He has many fans on HubPages already and has accumulated accolades and tributes. To Whit:

> Enelle Lamb - Here we have a published author and another splendid Canadian Kitty to frolic with RedElf and solve mysteries, discover new planets, whip up new gourmet meals, appear upon the stage, create her own HubNuggets world, and help us round up Wannabes. Along with RedElf, Enelle can be seen at MyOuterSpace.Com on the Planet Creatia, ruled by the redoubtable Alan Dean Foster.

So now we are 6: Two Dames and a Gal, two Kitties, and De Greek. Be prepared for good reading in the future.

*Fortune favors the brave (or bold)

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The Rising Stars (formerly the HubNuggets) project was a Special Program of HubPages and is explained in full at the HubPages Learning Center. Rising Stars Program has been replaced by Editor's Choice and Hub Of The Day.

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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Great hub, great fun, and a great introduction to our new team-mates! ...along with some very tasty menus! I am also a big fan of "Somewhere In Time" ;) Some very nice story-weaving here, Miss PI. Now I have to go feed my clamoring taste-buds!

Congratulations to all the nominees!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

This is so good, when my turn comes, I'll let you do mine as well. No, don't thank me, We all know that pride is one of the deadly sins and I am not proud. :-)


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you for a very interesting hub on the HubNuggets. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

RedElf - I had no idea, so am doubly glad you had a good time with it.

De Greek - So humble - You're making me laugh. We can't wait to see your first HN Hub in print on-screen!

crativeone59 - Thanks so much for reading. Hope you have a chance to vote!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Ah Chef Pi you definitely cooked up a tasty treat for us to enjoy! My compliments to the chef :D

Read and voted and waiting for seconds...


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Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

Mmmmm, Canadian cooking. Since I'm only half Canadian, I can only chew it on one side of my mouth, though. The American tastebuds aren't so fond of poutine.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Patty, after a sumptuous meal, I'd be willing to help you with the dishes :) I had a wonderful banquet-- reading all the Hubnuggets. I also pointed them to the forum post so they could read more of the details you posted there. :)

A big welcome to KoffeKlatch, De Greek and Enelle Lamb! Yay!


BenjaminB 6 years ago

Patty this is another great Hub Nuggets Hub.Between you and RedElf these past two weeks you have kept me entertained to the hilt. You all have such adventures it's a wonder you have time to write!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A very amusing hub and I am glad you had a slimmer diet. Throoughly enjoyed reading it, thank you


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

The Canadian Fusion meal for me please... Champagne glazed Cauliflower??? Goat Cheese and Sage Mashed Potatoes... I'm drooling here, yum...

Once again my dear SciPi or by your preferred name

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what a fantastic hub.

Welcome on board what I lovingly call 'nugget- pickers' it great to have you all on our team.

Congrats hubnuggeteers on the nominations and good luck.

regards Zsuzsy


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LSKing 6 years ago from East Coast United States

Thank you for including my " Top 10 Toys " List to the bunch. Hubnugget nominations ROCK!


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL

thanks so much for including me!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a great hub, what fun. You're a hard act to follow. lol


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Congratulations LSKing and evvy_09 and all the Wannabes this week. Best wishesinthe voting spree to follow!

Gal - I await yours with much anticipation and am smiling already!

Chef Bee - Delicious dishes, are they not? Enjoy, enjoy. Do you think I can have my preferred name monogrammed on a pillow case?

BenjaminB - These are quite a lot of fun to write and sometimes take on a lufe of their own :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hello, hello - I think just the salads might be slimmer :) Glad you came by to read and post!

Maddie - If you ever were to write a HN Hub, I would be hospitalized from laughter! Half a mouth chewing...omg

ripplemaker - That enginner bug of mine certainly needs the help with dishes. Hope you are well and happy in your joy spreading to day. Good to see you.

Enelle - It's very good to have you aboard! I'm glad you enjoyed this one and will look around for that other dessert cart; it may have been purloined by a jackalope...


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oogabooga 6 years ago from El Paso, TX

Wow, never figured that my writing would get me in this competition. Thank you.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

'...Do you think I can have my preferred name monogrammed on a pillow case?...'

sure thing SciPi... to the hundred's decimal point okay? Or should I go a little further???


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Congratulations, oogabooga!

Chef Bee - Oh, hundred thouthsandths might do it. Come to think of it, such a novelty pillow case might make a good gift item on college campuses amd among math enthusiasts. lol


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gjcody 6 years ago

Patty ...thank you ...I just love this movie and one of my plans is to visit this island. Good hub!


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GamerAinion 6 years ago from Miami, FL

May the best hub win! :) The article as a whole made me chuckle, well done. aaaaaaaaaand. Pi.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Voted and voted. Good luck to the nominees!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Thanks very much for all the reading and voting!


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xixi12 5 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

voted up. Thanks for an interesting hub


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for taking the time to vote, xixi12.

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