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Dine like a townie at Corey’s Lounge

Corey’s Lounge 1511 S. Cedar St., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday (517) 482-3132 coreyslounge.com

The trials and tribulations of chicken husbandry

Scrambled eggs and baguette a la Secondo in “Big Night.”
I’ve raised a lot of chickens. Probably hundreds. For eggs, not meat. I give them the best lives I can, including a generous retirement plan when they reach a certain age, with free room and board, yet they rarely arrive at those emerald pastures. Precious few have lived long enough to die in their sleep. I blame myself.
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Much more than beer and pizza — but those are really good, too

Your brewery has a mug club, but how about a crochet club? Sure, you’ve got the game on, but before kickoff, when is the local artist’s reception? How about a Thursday night bingo game that’s so crowded it’s standing room only?

The Armando’s eggplant experience

In the neighborhood where I grew up, my go-to spot for culinary excellence was Armando’s Pizza. If I was in a hurry, I’d buy a slice and be on my way. But if I had the time, I’d have an eggplant sub.

Turn to seafood during the Lenten season

Skipping meat on Fridays is a common sacrifice Christians make during Lent. But meals can still be flavorful when chicken, beef and pork are off the table. Lent makes for an ideal time to embrace delicious vegetarian meals, as well as those that feature seafood.

Chinese food you’ll want to eat every day of the week

After my first visit to East Lansing’s Everyday Authentic Chinese Cuisine for an epic feast with friends on a Saturday, I had to go back for more when tasked with bringing takeout to my dad’s house for dinner the following Wednesday.

A very vanilla Valentine’s

Chocolate steals the show on Valentine’s Day, while vanilla plays the Cinderella. The rest of the year isn’t much different. But there’s an easy solution to this imbalance: double the vanilla. In your Valentine’s Day chocolate, in your morning Cream of Wheat and any other dish where sweetness — or the flavor of sweetness — is dominant.

Smoke N’ Pig keeps the party going

This month, I’ve been celebrating a milestone birthday, which has meant dining at many great Lansing restaurants and forgetting to buy groceries.

Midwinter meat meditations

In early January, I heard elk on the mountain behind my house. The crisp air carried not only the cow calls, which sounded like trees bending in the wind, but also the otherworldly bugles of the bull elk, which sounded like a soundtrack to the northern lights.

Dave’s Hot Chicken brings mouthwatering munchies to East Lansing

While driving to Crunchy’s in East Lansing to meet up with my family for a holiday gift exchange that was postponed by a COVID outbreak, I noticed that Dave’s Hot Chicken had opened its doors on Albert Avenue. Though I was already on my way to chow down on a bacon cheeseburger, I made a mental note to return the next time I was feeling too lazy to cook.

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