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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.  

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.  
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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Beerfest at the Ballpark returns for seventh year
Don’t strike out on your chance to try some of Michigan’s best brews.
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The Madtown grilled cheese from HopCat, which is made with dill havarti, smoked gouda and muenster, goes great with Cosmik fries.
Mad for the Madtown grilled cheese

Unique HopCat sandwich includes apples and honey

Before City Pulse, I worked as a server at HopCat in East Lansing for over three years. Like any good server, I studied the menu to make suggestions for our guests. What better way to study than to try the foods myself? My go-to employee meal was the Madtown grilled cheese. I ordered it so much, my manager once told me I wasn’t allowed to order it anymore — he was joking, but I thought he was serious at first. It’s been my favorite meal since I first tried it back in 2018. 
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Better call mom Ukrainian crepes make for a savory, or sweet, Mother’s Day
Our story ends in front of a pile of Ukrainian crepes. Some are flavored with savory herbs and cottage cheese, and others are filled with strawberries, vanilla and sweet cheese. These crepes, called nalysnyky (gnaw-lees-nike), make the perfect Mother’s Day meal.  
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Make the Most of Your Money with Family-Friendly Meals
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Celebrate Spring Moments with a Taco Feast for the Senses
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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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