It’s quite something that it takes several mass shootings in a row in order for us to have a conversation about mental health. 

I was sitting on a couch in the Ludington High School library next to one of the windows on a particularly sunny mid-morning. The thing about the position of these windows is that the sun hits them perfectly around 11 a.m., causing the couch to be completely enveloped in sunlight. Now, if yo…

I know I might seem like the type of person whose only hobby is sitting on my bedroom floor and writing fictional tales, but I swear I’ve had some interesting experiences. One of my more expensive hobbies that I’m much less vocal about is traveling. As for experiences, I wish I could say I h…

I thought that once November started, all my stress and anxiety about college would be gone. I was wrong. Instead of stressing about writing essays and adding extracurricular activities, I now have to wait up to three months for the decisions to come. I’ve decided I will not look at my appli…

My last column discussed National Novel Writing Month, my plans, and my excitement. I had a plan: I was that going to top my word count from last year, I was going to create a bigger and better story. I had goals, I was dedicated. And then, around a week in, it all fell apart. 

November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is simple: write an original novel (50,000 words or more) in the month of November. Sounds easy enough, right? 

Meat, potatoes, vegetables ... and eggs? Why not? Who says you can’t have breakfast for dinner, especially if it has all the food groups?

The leaves are turning, rain is falling, and I can wear long sleeves and boots without looking crazy; autumn is officially here. During the strange heat wave that overtook this part of the Mitten a few weeks ago, I could be heard complaining through the entirety of it. I was very distraught …

I have been searching for a cookbook I saw several years ago, which was entirely of recipes using ramen noodles. Besides the obvious, using it for soup, the only other way I know to use one of those packets is salad. Well, I couldn’t find the cookbook, so I made up a recipe, and it’s so easy…

This week’s menu couldn’t be simpler —Meat and potatoes. Who doesn’t love that? And your side dish can be whatever fresh, local vegetable you like. Maybe more than one. A visit to Orchard Market showed lots of green beans, corn on the cob, peppers and cucumbers. In fact, at this time of year…

Too hot to cook indoors? How about a barbecue? Ribs, check. Potato salad, check. What? How can you do potato salad on the grill? Keep reading and find out.

I thought the price of eggs couldn’t get any lower, and then it did. A dozen eggs are 49 cens at Save-a-Lot, but you’ll have to wait until Thursday to buy them. The same with some of the other ingredients at Meijer, as both stores are having three-day sales this weekend.

My Mom was an expert at cooking poultry. It always came out juicy and delicious. Her secret was butter, and lots of it. From chicken to turkey to squab, she always used a lot of butter. Long and slow cooking also works to keep the chicken flavorful. What is squab you ask? Well, Dad raised pi…

So maybe this week’s recipes aren’t authentic Japanese. Instead, they are my Americanized version of Japanese tastes. Just a little more adventurous than the usual. Teriyaki meatballs with an Asian-inspired green bean side dish are on the menu.

My oven gave out a few weeks ago, and until the new one was delivered, I had to figure out how to cook without it. I got out the crockpot and began experimenting.

Have you noticed that the past few weeks my recipes have been geared toward meatless Fridays? This week is no exception.

It’s common to log onto social media platforms and see the trope, “I’m so depressed” or “I want to kill myself,” posted by my peers. It acquires likes and some people write these posts off as fitting into a sort of social culture that glorifies mental illness. Other people will deem it a cal…

With the coming and going of my 18th birthday, it felt underwhelming. Growing up, I’d always imagined the big 1-8 to be some momentous occasion where suddenly everything was clear and I was an adult — simple as that. It’s actually quite the opposite. At 18, one is only seeing the first glimp…

I love turkey and I think any time of year is turkey time. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy this bird. Turkey breast is on sale this week at Shop-N-Save and my recipe is a whole meal in a slow cooker. The turkey is $1.29 a pound and one should weigh about six and a half pounds. Idaho p…

Don’t be put off by the unusual flavor combinations in this week’s recipe. Mediterranean cooks often use spices we might think of as sweet, not savory, but the addition of a little cinnamon or allspice results in an intriguing taste that will leave your friends and family wondering what was …

In December 2016, Lt. Governor Brian Calley launched a campaign on fundraising website GoFundMe to benefit Arc of Michigan for the purpose of promoting the value and worth of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

I served risotto at a dinner gathering recently and one of the guests said she had heard it was hard to make and required standing over a hot stove for a long time with constant stirring. Well, that’s just not so. I think restaurants started that food legend so customers wouldn’t find out ho…

Did you buy a ham or roast beef for Christmas dinner? Both are good choices, and guess what? I’m not going to give you directions for cooking your Christmas dinner. Instead, I’m going to offer a few easy and delicious recipes for breakfast. When the kids were young, we opened our presents ea…

I like to watch Guy Fieri explore restaurants across the country and sometimes I get ideas for recipes from the show. A lot of the restaurants he likes feature pulled pork and I wanted to come up with a recipe to make at home that duplicated what I saw on the show.

Salisbury steak sounds fancy, but in reality it’s pretty much glorified hamburger. But, it does start off life as a steak, then it gets ground up, ingredients added and voila! Salisbury steak. With ground round at $3.99 a pound this week at Shop-NSave, you can serve your family steak, accomp…

I grew up in a baseball family. My Dad played sandlot baseball. My parents met at a baseball game. I attended a lot of Cleveland Indians games with my Dad, and his greatest regret was that he had two daughters who were utter failures at the game. He tossed a lot of balls in the back yard and…

When I was a kid my Mom bought a lot of Vernor’s ginger ale. I never liked it because the bubbles got up your nose and made you sneeze. Maybe that’s why Mom bought it. She knew my sister and I would never drink it the way we did other pop and she’d always have a cold bottle left in the refri…

I eat a lot of chicken, so I was happy to find boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.49 a pound at Save-a-Lot. I’m buying a couple of the family size packages and freezing one or two breasts at a time in freezer bags for future meals.

No, this isn’t a fashion statement, it’s a recipe for Orange Chicken, just like you’d get in a Chinese restaurant. You can make it at home in the slow cooker and enjoy it for dinner tonight.

I love shopping at our local markets this time of year. The abundance of fresh, local produce inspires me to create vegetarian and almost vegetarian meals. I like to serve at least one meal a week that is nothing but fresh veggies. Corn, beans, new potatoes and sliced vine ripened tomatoes a…

My Mom’s tuna salad was so good my girlfriends asked me to bring it to our “bring-a-snack” sleepovers. Imagine teenage girls requesting tuna salad. Yes, it was that good. I think her secret ingredient was Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise. She always put sliced hard cooked eggs on top and s…

A friend told me recently she cooks almost everything in the slow cooker. She was actually looking for some tips on cooking in the oven or stove top, but it got me thinking, and what I thought was that it’s time I wrote up a recipe for the slow cooker.