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    • LIFESTYLE
    • 11:47 PM, Jul. 9, 2014

    Cartoonist and author Jim Benton of Bloomfield Township is never stuck for ideas

    He's had New York Times bestsellers, shelves of awards, a Fox Kids animated series and a Hallmark movie, but he remains self-deprecating and eminently likeable.

  1. 10 tasty spots around town to find frozen custard

    Ice cream's smoother cousin isn't as well known, but there are plenty of places to find it in Metro Detroit. Want something more traditional, we have a guide to ice cream and other frozen treats, too.

    • 6:33 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • FOOD + DRINK

    Bastone Complex's executive chef shares his delicious turkey meal

    Chef Robert Young decided to share his turkey recipe because 'it's really simple to make' and is the result of 'attending lots of family reunions that had really bad potato salad ...'

  2. Apricots taste just peachy in a cherry compote

    Everyone has a favorite fruit and mine is the apricot (next is the peach). Apricots are so wonderful in a pork dish, rice dish and with couscous, but as I have an incurable sweet tooth, I always think first about using them in desserts.

    • 6:41 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • FOOD + DRINK

    Good stuff: Mint julep, dinner series, vacation tip

    Make a Moscato Mint Julep with Woodbridge's inexpensive wine, try the Culinary Guild of Detroit's dinner series at Iridescence, and take some spices with you to that vacation rental.

    • 6:44 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • FOOD + DRINK

    Beet Tonarelli mixes Calabrian Chilies, mint, cheeses well

    Largely agricultural, the Calabria region of southern Italy is known for its olives, vineyards and citrus fruit. One of its best specialties, though, is the Calabrian chili.

    • 6:53 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • ADVICE

    Woman should rethink friendship

    Dear Abby: My best friend is getting married and asked me to be her maid of honor. She has also asked me to buy an expensive dress, host a lavish shower I'm afraid I can't afford and plan a destination bachelorette party. The cost will be exorbitant.

    • 6:47 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • FOOD + DRINK

    Flexible spicy Middle Eastern koftas have Hungarian influences

    The flavors and spices of Middle Eastern foods, especially the grilled kebabs and koftas, are some of the most interesting and unique, with influence stretching from the Himalayas to the Mediterranean.

  3. Metro Detroit food calendar

    Check out the food trucks at Campus Martius on Thursday or in Novi on Friday, try some summer sparklers at the Rattlesnake Club and more.

    • 7:26 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • FOOD + DRINK

    Falafel makes for great vegan fare

    Falafel, the prized Middle Eastern street fare, has gained international recognition for its wholesome, vegan ingredients. This baked version with spiced red lentils and fresh herbs served on a simple, crisp salad of earthy kale, sweet carrot ribbons and thinly sliced onion topped with a tangy tahini dressing makes a fantastic weeknight meal.

    • 6:54 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • ADVICE

    Surgery while on an anticoagulant is risky

    Dear Dr. Roach: About five years ago, I developed atrial fib≠rillation and received a pacemaker. I also was put on blood thinners ó first warfarin, and now Pradaxa. Last year, I developed a hernia in my left groin area. I believe it has grown wo≠rse. Neither my heart specialist nor my general practitioner says much about it. I assume they would not recommend an operation because I am on the blood thinner. Is there anything that can be done? I am almost 82.

  4. Stuffed peppers are versatile, a bit retro

    Turkey sausage and smoked cheese give a flavorful boost to this versatile, somewhat retro dinner. We've speeded it up by microwave-blanching the peppers and using instant brown rice.

    • 6:52 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • FOOD + DRINK

    Pita works equally well sweet or savory

    This simple flatbread is a lifesaver for anyone who needs to get wholesome food on the table fast. It's good for so much more than just wraps, and can easily go in a sweet or savory direction. Read on for quick ideas for pitas, recipes for Breakfast Sandwich Frittata, Sweet Pita Wedges and Cinnamon-Almond Pita Streusel.

    • 6:46 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • FOOD + DRINK

    Limit your exposure to pesticides in foods

    The support for choosing 'clean' foods, free of such chemicals as contained in pesticides, is broadening. Read on for a look at what pesticides are, how safe they are, tips for reducing exposure, the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables, and the 15 fruits and veggies with the reportedly lowest levels of pesticides.

    • 1:25 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Tyler Perry will headline women's expo

    Tyler Perry will be keynote speaker for Detroit Women's Empowerment Expo 2014 on Saturday at Cobo Center. Other celebrities attending include R&B singer KEM ...

  5. Celebrate Michigan, win a prize

    Backyard animals are a recurring theme in this year's entries to The Detroit News' eighth annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest.

    • 1:27 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Annual kids fishing day set in Southfield

    The Farmington/Farmington Hills and Southfield Optimist Clubs will sponsor the sixth annual Kids Fishing Day on July 26 at the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve.

    • 6:21 PM, Jul. 8, 2014
    • ADVICE

    Couple's use of birth control is long overdue

    Dear Abby: My 19-year-old son has been dating the daughter of one of my friends I'll call 'Mona.' We didn't set them up; they met at some parties. Last summer ...

    • 6:24 PM, Jul. 8, 2014
    • ADVICE

    One very common shaving myth debunked

    Dear Dr. Roach: Iím a 48-year-old, athletically fit man with excessive body hair on my back, chest and arms. I see that the younger generation of men at the ...

    • 7:07 PM, Jul. 7, 2014
    • TECHNOLOGY

    App of the Week: Watch the Road

    Resist the temptation to email, text or fiddle with your phone while driving with the Watch the Road app.

  6. Michigan Lottery numbers for Wednesday, July 9

    These Michigan lottery numbers were drawn Wednesday:

    • 11:33 PM, Jul. 7, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    The lady and the tigers

    Karie Ross has been, among other things, one of the pioneering female anchors on ESPN. Now she's married to Detroit Tigers president and CEO Dave Dombrowski, ...

    • 1:31 PM, Jul. 9, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    R3 Kids literacy program to start this week

    Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront, a summer literacy program for children ages 3-10, will begin with two sessions Thursday and Friday at Rivard Plaza.

    • 11:28 PM, Jul. 7, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Book teaches how to foster love of reading in children

    New York Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as an editor. When he became a dad, he was curious how best to foster a love of books in his newborn ...

    • 7:08 PM, Jul. 7, 2014
    • ADVICE

    Scrapbooks full of memories will be cherished

    Dear Abby: May I comment about the question from 'Unsure in the West,' who wanted to create scrapbooks out of all the cards and letters she received over the ...

    • 7:09 PM, Jul. 7, 2014
    • ADVICE

    BMI is not a total picture of one's health

    Dear Dr. Roach: About seven years ago, my blood pressure was high, and I was overweight and in a stressful job.

  7. Michigan Lottery numbers for Tuesday, July 8

    These Michigan lottery numbers were drawn Tuesday:

    • 9:33 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Survey: 'Dream women' and beer drinking don't mix

    All booze being equal (12 ounces regular beer equals 1 ounce spirits equals 5 ounces wine), some booze is more equal than others when you're out on the town ...

  8. Michigan Lottery numbers for Monday, July 7

    These Michigan lottery numbers were drawn Monday:

    • 2:58 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
    • LIFESTYLE

    Summer brain drain? Not with these toys

    Now that summer's here and the kids are home, parents are looking for ways to keep their little ones' minds sharp over break. There are a lot of fun toys you ...

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