Petie the Dog (PTD) Productions’ presentation of the play “Jigsaw” is lively and lighthearted. The play was written by Dawn Powell in 1934, but has not enjoyed much popularity over the years. The Midwest premier run took place at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St., on Dec. 5 and is running through Dec. 14.
When I was a kid, pancakes were magical things, even when my mother managed to burn about half the batch. In college, they are still magical things and now I can make them myself.
It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish a book, but Rainbow Rowell’s latest release, “Fangirl,” kept me up past my bedtime. “Fangirl” is unexpectedly complex. It examines the aches and joys of life in a situation many college students can identify with.
Because it’s getting wet, gray and cold, I am craving food that is both spicy and comforting. Stuffed peppers can be both of those things. it’s a combination of rice, vegetables, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. I love stuffed peppers because that is almost a list of my favorite things to include in a meal.
Whether they are being passed out as gifts, set out for Santa on Christmas Eve or offered up at the holiday party, cookies are trademarks of the holiday season.
The Ark in Ann Arbor has a long-standing tradition of hosting excellent acoustic music shows, and the Birds of Chicago on Thursday night was no exception.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and unlike Christmas, I don’t have to worry about finding the perfect present for anyone. Without the pressure of romance, or the lack thereof, it’s much less stressful than Valentine’s Day. For Thanksgiving, all I have to do is bake a lot of desserts: apple pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake and my favorite, gingersnaps.
When gray autumn skies and wet leaves have me shivering as I step outside, and the weeks hurry on towards Thanksgiving, I crave the thick, heavy warmth of hot chocolate.
There’s something about the lowly carrot. The combination of juicy sweetness and crunchy spiciness in a raw carrot made it a perfect snack when I was a kid. I was in college before I discovered a version of cooked carrots that I liked: caramelized carrots.
Some weekend mornings when I’m still up earlier than anyone else in the house, I like to make muffins. They’re simple, delicious and perfect for an easy weekend morning.
Spoilers are impossible to avoid in “The House of Hades,” Rick Riordan’s fourth book of “The Heroes of Olympus” series.
Snickers fudge is a dessert meant for those of us with a sweet tooth. It’s a dessert that delights the Snickers eaters of the world. And while it’s not scary – there’s no fake blood or gooey textures – it is certainly the dessert that I would choose for this Halloween, the perfect holiday to celebrate our favorite candy bars.
Just a 15-minute walk from Eastern Michigan University’s campus on Michigan Avenue is B-24’s Espresso Bar. If it’s too cold to spend 15 minutes walking, hop on the bus to the College of Business. B-24’s is across the street, and a quick stop to pick up a hot coffee or a sandwich.
I’m a sucker for home-cooked meals, especially ones that are made by someone other than me. Home-cooked pizza is an especially delightful surprise, one sprung on me recently while visiting my friend Adam.
The summer before starting college, I became obsessed with homemade ice cream. I bought an ice cream maker and half gallons of heavy cream. and I made all kinds of flavors from strawberry-orange and coffee to raspberry swirl.
I have been largely vegetarian for over a decade, and sometimes it’s easy. My parents have always been fans of serving up fresh fruits and vegetables, so they sometimes voluntarily make vegetarian meals. My dad’s specialty is zucchini-mozzarella pie, and my mother is partial to minestrone soup. I’m lacto-ovo vegetarian, which means I eat milk products and eggs as well as plant-derived foods.
Vienna Teng’s recording career has been on hiatus for four long years. Her new album, “Aims,” is her first studio album since Inland Territory, released in 2009. Less piano-focused than past albums, it is effervescent in its execution, drawing from an incredible array of inspirations.
Certain traditions throughout my life have made autumn feel like the crisp, color-changing season that it is. Walking in parks where the leaves are blazing like someone had set fire to them, adjusting to the first weeks of school, and donuts and apple cider. They all give fall its own satisfactory flavor.
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