Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Family recipe guides Nick’s Original House of Pancakes’ from-scratch meals

ANN ARBOR, MI — Nick Panos takes pride in his “from-scratch kitchen.”

“We crack our own eggs,” said Panos, owner of Nick’s Original House of Pancakes in Ann Arbor. “We make our own batter.”

The batter recipe, a close-kept secret, was created by his aunt, also a local restaurant owner.

Nick’s Original House of Pancakes, 3030 Lohr Circle, celebrates its 13th anniversary in December, Panos said. The restaurant focuses on breakfast food, serving up omelets, biscuits and gravy and, of course, pancakes.

“Obviously, pancakes are the highlight,” Panos said.

Panos serves the classics — including chocolate chip, banana and strawberry

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‘A leap of faith:’ Apopka coffee shop opens during pandemic serving up family recipes

APOPKA, Fla. – Danielle Bjork is pouring love and family history into her Apopka coffee shop.

She said she took a leap of faith after opening her business during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brewing a dream

Bjork said she has always had a strong connection to coffee after her grandmother introduced her to the caffeinated beverage when she was six years old.

“She’s drank coffee my whole life. I’ve never not seen her with a cup of coffee,” Bjork said.

Bjork said coffee and desserts were two staples at any family event. She recalls everyone racing to get

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Avoiding recipe regret: how to record and revive your family recipes | Food

Lisa Goldberg still experiences regret when she thinks about recipes from her aunt she wasn’t able to record. “My aunt was the best cook … [but] I only got a handful of recipes from her,” she says.

Lisa Goldberg (far left) is a founding member of Monday Morning Cooking Club, which collates and preserves Jewish recipes.
Lisa Goldberg, far left, is a founding member of Monday Morning Cooking Club, which collates and preserves Jewish recipes. Photograph: Alan Benson

Goldberg, the Sydney-based founding member of the Monday Morning Cooking Club, a not-for-profit dedicated to curating and documenting recipes from Jewish kitchens across Australia and the world, doesn’t want her children to have the same “recipe regret”: the particular kind

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Ferdinand ‘Budgie’ Montoya’s Filipino family recipes | Food

I was born in Mindanao, in the south of the Philippines, but I grew up in Sydney. We used to return quite often when I was younger, but there was a lot of instability during the late 1990s and early 00s, so we stopped and I never really went back. I tried to be as Aussie as possible, assimilate as much as I could. “Budgie” is an old nickname I’ve had since high school when I fell off a balcony trying to catch a friend’s pet budgie I’d let out of its cage.

Ferdinand Montoya, photographed at his restaurant, Sarap Baon, in Brixton.
Ferdinand Montoya, photographed at his restaurant, Sarap
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Akron woman to feature family Ethiopian dishes at NoHi Pop-up

Nardos Street knows her coffee.

Her Akron-based business Bereka Coffee has been around since 2016.

She’s been roasting and selling coffee and keeping the tradition of the Coffee Ceremony alive that she learned as a young girl while being raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Aside from honing her coffee skills and growing a business, Street also has been exploring and reconnecting with Ethiopian dishes.

She’s been entertaining friends and family for years by serving coffee (of course) and working to perfect these traditional recipes from her childhood.

The Doro Wot Atikilt Chicken Vegetable menu item to be offered by Bereka Kitchen by guest chef Nardos Street this weekend at Akron's NoHi Pop-up.

“I grew up helping my mom preparing meals for our family,” she said.

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The Family That Brews Together: Local family brings craft coffee to Berkeley County | Journal-news

MARTINSBURG — Perched along Ropp Drive, a cute farmhouse-style trailer sits with the welcoming smell of freshly brewed coffee and the warm smiles of the Kimbrell family, the warm day and bright sun making for a view reminiscent of a postcard.

That trailer, A.M. Brews, ties together the family’s passion for craft coffee and brewing in one of Berkeley County’s newest businesses, the family-owned operation about to hit the two-month mark.

“We all like coffee, and we thought, ‘We think our community needs some more craft coffee in the area. Let’s do it,’” Paris Kimbrell said. “We all like to

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