FOOD THE LOCAL SCENE
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Flash in the Pan: Fun with squeezed spinach

I love buying spinach at the farmers market in spring. There is great variety to be found, from dainty babies to long-stemmed beefsteaks.

Everything is Cheesecake upsizes to Jolly Cedar Plaza

When Deanna Brown was working her customer sales job at a Fortune 500 company, she felt burnt out. Needing an outlet to de-stress, she found out that baking cookies and cakes in the kitchen was her happy place. A specific favorite to serve up was the ever-rich cheesecake.  
The Shredder sandwich from Looking Glass Brewing Co. in DeWitt.
Holy smoke! The Shredder is a meat lover’s dream
Looking Glass Brewing Co., at 115 N. Bridge St. in downtown DeWitt, opened in 2018 inside the former Mount Hope Church. The microbrewery — which still has stained glass windows and pew benches — has anywhere from 10 to 16 beers on tap at a time, which are brewed in the basement of the former church. Even though I worked in a craft beer restaurant for years, beer isn’t really my thing. I usually go with a hard cider or sour. They taste less beer-y to me. This was my first time at Looking Glass, so I played it safe with the cherry hard cider. It was refreshingly sweet, with a slightly tart aftertaste. I had two.  
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Flash in the Pan: Savory salad with rhubarb hummus
If you know any rhubarb recipes that call for less than a cup of sugar, you are a statistical anomaly. It’s understandable, given the culinary perfection made possible by the combination of rhubarb and strawberries — with or without pie crust.  
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The Cookie Monster ice cream from the Michigan State University Dairy Store.
Inside scoop: Michigan State’s Dairy Store ice cream
As a Michigan State University alum, I’m very familiar with the Dairy Store. Some of my happiest Spartan memories revolve around its delicious, locally owned ice cream. If you’re not familiar, the MSU Dairy Foods Complex Team makes a variety of ice cream and cheeses — and they’re available at on campus at Anthony Hall (474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing). Once you arrive, the sweet, sugary aroma of ice cream will hit you almost immediately.  
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Flash in the pan: The lovage is real: Celery on steroids
I first felt the power of lovage in a box of Rapunzel brand vegetable bouillon with herbs. After my first taste, I had to double check the label to make sure that it was, indeed, meatless. Then, I read the fine print to figure out why. 
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Make the Most of Your Money with Family-Friendly Meals
(Family Features) It can be hard to ignore the rising costs of food, gas and other basic household items. Many families are …
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Shake Up Summer Snacks
(Family Features) Power up for summer adventures by shaking up your snacking routine with homemade recipes inspired by childhood …
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Pack a Perfect Al Fresco Pairing
(Family Features) Heading outdoors for a fresh, homemade meal is an alluring activity when warm weather and sunshine provide a perfect …
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Celebrate Spring Moments with a Taco Feast for the Senses
(Family Features) Busy calendars loaded with holidays, celebrations, parties and reunions make spring a perfect time for gathering …
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A Fiesta Fusion of Worldwide Flavors
Family Features) If you’re seeking inspiration to take mealtime from bland and boring to new and vibrant, look no further than …
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This Heart Month, Pledge to Help Your Heart with These 3 Fitness Tips

(NewsUSA) - It's Heart Month and a good time to have a little heart-to-heart with yourself about the health of your ticker. Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases in the nation, but the good …

A Surprising Assistant

(NAPSI)—Here’s a hot tip: Most baking enthusiasts may not realize it, but turning out great baked goods can be easier with a quality kitchen appliance that’s NOT the stove. It’s the sink. …

Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults

(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you’re probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you’re probably not …

Better-for-You Family Breakfasts

Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites.

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