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Chicken curry, island-style

The original Granny’s chicken curry.
About 60 years ago, on Little Corn Island, a tiny dot in the Caribbean Sea approximately 50 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, a cook named Maritza was born to a Colombian mother and Cuban father.

The go-to spot for Mediterranean in Meridian

Bread Bites Mediterranean 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos 11:30-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday noon-7 p.m. Sunday (517) 708-7112

Climb a mountain of nachos at the Tipsy Nickel

In late 2022, Miya Warvel, co-owner of the Wooden Nickel II in Dansville, purchased the former Darb’s Tavern & Eatery in Mason and rechristened it the Tipsy Nickel Bar & Grille,

The secret to good tofu — or as I call it, restaurant tofu

My son’s first taste of tofu was at a restaurant. He didn’t know what tofu was, or that it was coming. Having never caught wind of tofu’s bad reputation among non-Asians,
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The Comfort Zone provides an all-around upscale experience

The Comfort Zone’s hand-cut New York strip steak is perfectly cooked to the orderer’s preference and topped with a generous amount of herby compound butter, which complements every bite, according to Gabrielle Lawrence.
600 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday Noon-8 p.m. Sunday (517) 882-7500 theczlounge.com

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

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.
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Stateside’s breakfast menu boasts a bangin’ Benny

Stateside Deli’s eggs Benedict comprises two halves of an English muffin topped with perfectly poached eggs and creamy, rich hollandaise sauce, but Lizy Ferguson suggests swapping the Canadian bacon for lox.

It’s strange to discover that, in the area you’ve lived all your life, the breakfast you’ve been searching for has been waiting for you just across town.

I’m just here for the palak paneer

Palak paneer, an Indian dish of spinach and homemade cheese, is so flavorful that it requires neither condiments nor garnishes.

I’ve been celebrating the arrival of spring with ample helpings of palak paneer, an Indian dish of spinach and homemade cheese.

Pizza perfection in Old Town

The myriad textures and flavors of The Cosmos’ Sweet BBQ Pork pizza will lift you up into the atmosphere.

There is an abundance of pizza options in the Lansing area, but there are just a handful of restaurants making wood-fired pizza, which is one of the best styles, in my opinion.

An egg in a nest for any time of day

Photo by Rosmarie Voegtli 
When making an egg in a nest, as long as there’s an egg, the nature of the nest is negotiable. A nest made of ramen noodles not only does the job but looks the part.

Most of us have had the standard breakfast version of egg in a nest, where a piece of bread represents the nest.

The ultimate protein drink

If we needed more evidence that American society is in decline, consider how little respect we give lentils.

Pad Thai, mangoes, sticky rice and everything nice

Eato Chef’s pad Thai primes the palate for a dessert of mangoes and sticky rice.

When my uncle traveled abroad to serve in the Peace Corps during the ‘90s, he met a Thai woman who generously taught her language to the Americans.

It’s a potato. It’s a thing. It’s Potato Thing!

Potato Thing only improves with the addition of cheese, an egg or other proteins.

This potato thing sizzled into my life when my 6-year-old decided to cook a potato.

El Azteco’s topopo salad still reigns supreme

El Azteco East’s massive topopo salad, served on a bed of what is essentially nachos, is a must-try for those who are unfamiliar.

If you’re a longtime resident of the area, especially if you grew up here like me, you probably already know all about topopo salad and are tired of hearing about it. However, for those of you who are new to the area or for whom those words ring nary a bell, hear me out.

Don’t Wait for Migas

Leftover tortilla chips need not go to waste.

Migas are a delicacy as old as tortillas. The word is Spanish for “crumbs” — specifically the crumbs of tortillas of a certain age.  North of the border, the tortilla fragments are usually served with salsa, beans and sour cream.

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,

The trials and tribulations of chicken husbandry

Scrambled eggs and baguette a la Secondo in “Big Night.”

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.

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Sweeten Your Springtime Salads With Healthy Chilean Grapes

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