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Westlund’s Apple Market celebrates 100th anniversary with rib cook-off

Calling Westlund’s Apple Market a Lansing mainstay is quite an understatement. On April 11, the market reached its 100th anniversary — a remarkable milestone no matter what industry you’re in.

Peas in earth

Gardening is a conversation with the earth. The gardener does something, and the earth responds via the outcome. If you plant a tomato seedling upside down, for example, the earth will happily swallow it, thereby ending the discussion.
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It won’t be visible from outer space, but the latest attraction on Lansing’s resurgent riverfront promises to make a big splash of color and laughter and draw kids and parents from many miles around.
Lansing City Councilwoman Patricia Spitzley formally announced her mayoral campaign this afternoon.
Motown Records will always be associated with its string of brilliant pop-infused R&B hits by The SupremåTemptations, The Miracles and a long roster of others. The sound founder Berry Gordy masterminded alongside Smokey Robinson defined a generation of ’60s youth and continues to inspire the hitmakers to this day.
Two former Lansing area women have accused Virg Bernero of sexual harassment and unwanted touching.
“The dead cannot cry out for justice, it’s up to the living to do so for them.” — Lois McMaster Bujold 

New Lansing restaurants open or coming soon

With vaccines available to every Michigander over 16, restaurants in the Lansing area are hoping to prepare for a return to business as usual. The warmer weather won’t hurt, either. If you’re looking to venture out into the world again after a year of isolation, consider trying one of these restaurants that have recently cropped up.

New Lansing eateries to try this spring

As spring comes to Lansing, its residents have much to look forward to. Vaccines are rolling out. That big boat is finally unstuck. And last but not least, there are new restaurants opening up around …

Flash in the Pan: Maple pecan pie

A maple tree in April is a force to be reckoned with. The sap flows with a vengeance, squeezed by specialized cells that expand during the heat of day to create more pressure in a maple tree than in the inside of a car tire.

Tea-dyed eggs

The egg came first. Let’s just get that out of the way. For millions of years before humans domesticated the feathered lizards known today as “chickens,” countless generations of amphibia and reptiles, including dinosaurs, were laying eggs. The egg is an amazing system for nurturing young beings that’s just plain awe-inspiring when you think about it. It’s also a delicious and beautiful form of animal protein that no animal had to die for.

Alcohol-free bar opens in Lansing

Lansing has new digs for those looking to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a bar without the social pressures of drinking.

Flash in the pan: Avocado toast

Avocado toast is a provocative dish. That piece of warm bread loaded with a smooth green paste is also loaded with so much meaning and angst, and has become a battleground for many of today’s culture wars.

Lansing restaurants warm up to 50% indoor dining capacity

Staunch protective measures first kept restaurants closed altogether, later prohibiting customers from dining indoors for several stretches in 2020 — some lasting months at a time. And many restaurants, even ones that had been in service for decades, have closed for good.

Flash in the Pan: Celeriac vichyssoise

It’s a farmers market cliche that celeriac is good in soup. I hear it when folks inquire as to how to use this fragrant root. But I’ve never quite known what to do with that guidance. Add …

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