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Aloha Cookin’: Hawaiian cuisine that leaves you wanting more

A close friend of mine is an officer in the Navy stationed in Honolulu. While visiting over the holidays, I asked him if they’ve been trying much traditional Hawaiian cuisine. He gave me some side-eye and told me that a lot of Hawaiian food is very heavy, includes a lot of Spam, and wasn’t something that they were enjoying very much. 

Quality Dairy: No. Our chip dip hasn’t changed.

Lansing takes its chip dip pretty damn seriously.

Flash in the Pan: Spud bisque

Congee is a pan-Asian dish beloved wherever rice is grown. It goes by other names, and it comes in many different flavors, but the core principle never changes. Cook the rice into a starchy cloud, flavored with the likes of ginger, chives and hoisin sauce. Eat it when comfort food is called for.

Flash in the Pan: The real moqueca

The smell of fried garlic hit me as soon I opened the door. It is quite possibly the most intoxicating aroma on Earth. Alas, I feared it meant Edna had not waited, and that made me sad. I was there to learn how she makes moqueca, a tomato-based seafood stew that’s ubiquitous along the Brazilian coast. The dish varies by region, and Edna’s hometown of Vitoria is widely considered the birthplace of moqueca. That version of the dish, called moqueca Capixaba, is why I was there. At my mom’s house in Boston, that is. I already missed my golden opportunity to go to Vitoria in real life.

Strange Matter announces major renovations, new location

If you love Strange Matter Coffee, you’re going to be overjoyed about two major recent announcements: its downtown Lansing coffee shop is getting much bigger and a whole new location is coming to Old Town.

Looking back at a year jampacked with new restaurants

After the quagmire of 2020 and the suffocating shutdowns that were undeniably tough on the restaurant industry, 2021 offered some levity and normalcy. A swathe of new restaurants, cafes and other …

Flash in the Pan: The thickest cocoa for New Year’s Eve

The hot cocoa in my life had never been acceptable. It was always too thin and runny. Too much like liquid, and I didn’t want liquid. I wanted a dense chocolate cloud in which to lose my sense of direction. To my great joy and greater girth, I finally solved the mystery of how to manifest this vision into reality. My thick hot chocolate is everything I yearned for.
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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.

A Fresh Twist on Fajitas to Support Family Nutrition

Gather fresh onions and bell peppers to mix with earthy, wholesome mushrooms as the heart of this plant-forward dish.

The Busy Family’s Holiday Hacks: Stress-Busting Tips to Help You Get Through the Season

(BPT) - The holidays are right around the corner which means more to-do’s and less time to do them in. With all the planning and stressing, don't let mealtime inspiration suffer and cooking fatigue set in! This holiday season, whether you have a houseful or a handful, Lauren Barth shares tips to make meal-planning less stressful, more joyous and downright hassle-free.

A Protein Twist for Tasty Family Meals

Add excitement to the weekly menu with a recipe like these Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches, which offers the classic combination of Buffalo sauce and blue cheese in a dish that requires less than an hour in the kitchen.

Why eggs are an important first food for children

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