THE LOCAL FOOD SCENE
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Binging on beef at Bobcat Bonnie’s

My boyfriend and I frequently travel around the state for concerts, and every time I tell my mom we’re going to Ferndale, Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo, she excitedly suggests we should stop at Bobcat Bonnie’s for its array of options that suit both of our diets.

Whole lemon cookery

Ari LeVaux says his blended-lemon chicken will “inspire expletives of joy as the glorious cubes of chicken explode nonviolently in your mouth.”
Using a lemon only for its juice is a big waste. The whole fruit is edible, including the nutritious pith and the pulp, rich in fiber. Lemon zest is worth its weight in gold, and when I think about how much zest gets tossed,

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

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.
SHE ATE / HE ATE

Eating healthy is quick and easy at Fuel’d

Fuel’d 1500 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily 517-220-4983 fueldfoods.com

At Veg Head, nutritious doesn’t mean flavorless

Last week, I read a bizarrely mean-spirited and pointless editorial in the Detroit Free Press, bemoaning the fact that Lansing is the capital of Michigan and generally expressing how terrible our city is. Obviously, I disagree vehemently.

Jolly Pumpkin elevates traditional dishes to new heights

With seven locations throughout the state, Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery has come to be celebrated for its artisanal, granite-baked pizzas, but it also offers equally enticing appetizers, salads, bowls, sandwiches and desserts.
With seven locations throughout the state, Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery has come to be celebrated for its artisanal, granite-baked pizzas, but it also offers equally enticing appetizers, salads, bowls, sandwiches and desserts.
More food

Much more than beer and pizza — but those are really good, too

EagleMonk Pub and Brewery’s kitchen staff knows how to cook a gluten-free pizza, with a crisp and sturdy crust, a delicious house-made sauce, a liberal application of pepperoni and just enough cheese to hold it all together.

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

Making an eggplant Parmesan sub requires more preparation than you’d think, but the delicious end result makes it all worth it.

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

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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

East Lansing’s Everyday Authentic Chinese Cuisine offers an expansive menu, packed with traditional dishes like beef-brisket casserole, Chinese broccoli and rice-noodle rolls.

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

To add some extra flavor to your Valentine’s Day treats, try extracting your own vanilla sugar from vanilla pods.

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

Loaded fries from the Smoke N’ Pig BBQ, brimming with cheesy and meaty goodness.

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

Dave’s Hot Chicken’s sliders-and-fries combo features two perfectly cooked 
fried chicken sandwiches and a side of savory, crispy crinkle-cut fries.

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.

Grapefruit is a great fruit

In this Thai shrimp-and-citrus salad, the assertive and complex flavor of the grapefruit is countered by garlic, cilantro, fish sauce and hot pepper flakes.

Texas grapefruit is in season and on sale at my local bodega. The bittersweet, ruby-fleshed orbs look shrunken and beat up, which is not necessarily a bad thing. On the contrary, it may mean they’re ripe.

Staples of the farm table

The farm-to-table movement has pushed chefs to find creative ways to showcase the local harvest. Menus are loaded with information about where the ingredients came from and how they were treated, but the recipes themselves often struggle to keep the story going.

Build your own salad at Bell’s

Bell’s Greek Pizza has been an East Lansing mainstay for what feels like forever. From getting Wednesday night $1 slices with my dad to devouring Saturday night $1 slices with my teenage friends — and to taking a little 1 a.m. disco nap in the now-closed M.A.C. Avenue store on the night of my 21st birthday — Bell’s has seen me at my worst and truly deserves me at my best. That’s why when I’m on my lunch break from being a responsible adult, I’m now proud to patronize this wonderful establishment in broad daylight.

Caprese frittata a la Cafe Lena

Take your breakfast game to new heights by making a caprese-inspired frittata, complete with potatoes, onions and any other seasonal produce you may have.

When I lived in Portland, Oregon, in the late 1990s, there was a breakfast spot on Hawthorne Boulevard called Cafe Lena that I used to go to for a dish called BBG Scrambled Eggs.

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Easy, delicious seafood options for Lent — and every day
(BPT) - Whether you're looking to expand your protein options during Lent or want to try new twists on your seafood favorites, Morey's Fine Fish & Seafood offers plenty of easy-to-prepare, …
Pastrami-spiced veal burgers can be a great way to greet friends and family on a cold day.
Warm and Wonderful Pastrami-Spiced Veal Burgers
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Tasty and healthy: Lean beef's secret to a happy heart
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8 Lucky Ways to Unleash Prosperity, Success and Positive Energy in the Year of the Dragon

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Win Game Day with Easy Hosting Hacks: 5 victory-worthy tips for even the most reluctant hosts

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Guilt-Free, Superfruit Snacking: Sweet treats made to permissibly indulge

For many, enjoying a small indulgence can serve as a reward for a job well done or a mood-boosting pick-me-up.

3 new ways to dress up your Valentine's Day brunch or dinner at home
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4 tips to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle
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Delectable dark chocolate to satisfy cravings without the guilt in the new year
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Easy Painted Sugar Cookies

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Protein to Fuel Everyday Adventures in the Kitchen and Beyond

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Bite of Bliss: Must-Have Big Game Watch Party Dessert

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California Walnuts: Your perfect partner for American Heart Month

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