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An ice cold beer is just as much a part of Muskegon as the snow. Turns out, brewing reflects a pivotal part of this city’s past, as evident by Lakeshore Museum Center’s (LMC’s) latest exhibit: Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon, running now through May 18.

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The 14th annual Spring Lake Heritage Festival Bloody Mary Mixoff will stir things up from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 940 W. Savidge St.

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GRAND RAPIDS — In Act II of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” the Prince whisks the slumbering Clara away to the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy holds court in a magical land of make believe.

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Local restaurants pulled out all the stops in their salmon creations for this past weekend's Salmon Festival cookoff. 

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School is back in session and it’s time to turn our tips to fall.

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People of all ages enjoyed ice cream for a cause Friday afternoon at a local senior citizen complex.

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The rainy beginning of the summer was a downer for most people, but those gloomy days made for a bigger, better blueberry crop today, according to Chad Reenders.

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SPRING LAKE — High water levels across West Michigan have created significant problems for local farmers, preventing some crops from being planted and ruining produce already in the ground.

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Salmon are beginning to arrive in the waters off Grand Haven. 

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Here’s a quick and easy salad supper for Memorial Day weekend or for anytime. It’s a vegetarian meal that can be made ahead and is easy to take on picnics or serve on your patio. The juicy watermelon, crunchy spiced pecans and manchego cheese lend a contrast of flavor and texture to the salad.

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Whether you enjoy eating tortilla chips plain or use them as a vehicle for dips and spreads, the crunchy snacks are a staple at every gathering. It’s so easy to run to the store, pick up a bag and have something to bring to a party. Some brands have even inspired deep, somewhat aggressive lo…

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On a trip to Mexico City, I tasted these melt-in-your-mouth sopes. They’re little corn tortillas filled with a spicy black bean spread, roasted chicken, lettuce and cheese. It’s a perfect dish for Cinco de Mayo. The holiday on May 5 celebrates the victory of Mexican forces over the French oc…

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Cauliflower’s moment in the sun as a food fad came to an abrupt halt a few years ago when someone sliced it crosswise and called it a cauliflower steak.

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If you think about Thai food — which is something I do with alarming regularity — the Thai food you think about first is probably Pad Thai. — That is as it should be. — Pad Thai is probably most Americans’ introduction to Thai cuisine, an authentic street food that is easily accessible to th…

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Although it helps, you needn’t be an utter crackpot to believe that the prehistoric artworks adorning the caves of Western Europe are actually primitive menus. Sadly, though, those chef’s degustations at Thakk’s of Grobnork left much to be desired, as the peeps of the Pleistocene knew little…

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You can get just about any fresh vegetable any time of the year, but quality can be an issue. During the winter months, fresh produce sometimes doesn’t look too inviting.

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Sunday is the Super Bowl, and while some people come for the football game and others crave the commercials, one thing is a constant — we’re all here for the snacks.

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(1) Super Bowl Sunday — Enjoy the game, food, halftime show and TV commercials at home, at a friend’s party or at a local establishment. Kickoff is at around 6 p.m.

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SEATTLE — Does Edouardo Jordan need any introduction at this point? Now is the Seattle chef’s time: He’s got a pair of fresh James Beard Awards to top the pile of accolades accumulating around him of late, including a rare three-star review in The New York Times.

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Our current food production and consumption habits are doomed to “exacerbate risks to people and planet,” according to a landmark study published in The Lancet this week. But if we make a radical change — as in, cut our sugar and red meat by half and double our vegetable, fruit and nut consu…

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You can never have enough sparkling wine — in any month, let alone December. Besides New Year’s Eve, you also have Christmas, Christmas Eve, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Bette Midler’s birthday, the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood, and probably a bunch of other impo…

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Last Thanksgiving, we got a heritage-breed turkey raised by Rathbun & Moore in Outlook, Washington, east of the Cascade Mountains from Seattle.

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Add some vegetables and a bought pie crust to your leftover turkey for this quick and easy Turkey Pot Pie. I find pot pies on the menus of many restaurants. They’re warm and inviting and a great way to use leftover turkey. This pie can also be made with rotisserie chicken or other cooked pou…

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In a time when we know that we’re supposed to start with whole ingredients as a matter of culinary correctness, Thanksgiving presents challenges. Turkeys come pre-brined with pop-up thermometers; cranberry sauce is sometimes just disgorged from the can and sliced; the desiccated stuff in the…

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LOS ANGELES — Growing up, I celebrated birthdays with Power Rangers-themed slumber parties or outings to Chuck E. Cheese’s. In my early 20s, I often spent them at a slightly too-expensive restaurant and then went and drank slightly too much at a bar or club I probably wouldn’t darken the doo…

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This Caribbean dinner calls for the popular island ingredients of rum, black beans, rice and pork. Rum mixed with brown sugar and mustard makes a perfect glaze for pork. Pork tenderloin is low in fat and cooks quickly, but you could use spare ribs if you prefer. Flatten the pork tenderloin t…

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Soup, breakfast cereal, chili, or the occasional risotto have always been eaten out of a bowl. And yes, ice cream is best in a big bowl. But today, bowls have suddenly become fashionable for all sorts of foods — smoothie bowls, Buddha or “wellness” bowls, raw fish poke bowls, or artfully lay…