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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Cara’s Cravings: Iced coffee at home | Local News

For most of the year, I identify very strongly as a hot tea drinker.

I usually start my day with a cup of breakfast tea, then follow up later in the day with either an afternoon (caffeinated) tea, or an herbal tea with flavors like ginger, echinacea, turmeric, et cetera. My electric kettle is my favorite kitchen appliance.

But North Country summers can get pretty hot and muggy so, unfortunately, drinking hot tea makes me feel hot and muggy.

I’ll freely admit to being too lazy most of the time to brew iced tea. Plus, that has always felt like

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Capito, Manchin Announce $704k to Support Local Farmers, Encourage Healthy Food Purchases among Snap Participants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition for the West Virginia Lettuce Support SNAP Stretch project. This funding is allocated through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and will work to incentivize and increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The project also supports both local West Virginia farmers and families by allowing their SNAP dollars to

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GROW San Mateo and Samaritan House Food Pharmacy provide healthy food | Local News

GROW San Mateo formed as a collective project to provide free healthy food to promote a healthier lifestyle and educate people on the importance of fresh produce.

Bill Schildknecht started the GROW San Mateo project in March of 2019 for a collection of local gardeners grow and donate fresh produce. He learned about the Samaritan House Food Pharmacy that summer, which is a part of the organization’s free medical clinic, and began a partnership. In the spring of this year, it started to host a table at the two food pharmacy clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City.

“I think

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Local coffee company Farley’s loses its SBA grant

Local coffee company Farley’s loses its SBA grant

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Farley’s co-owner Chris Hillyard at Farley’s East in Uptown Oakland. Credit: courtesy Chris Hillyard



  • Bay Area coffee company Farley’s, the employee-profit-sharing business with a popular shop in Uptown Oakland, was told in May that it had been awarded a $381,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to Reuters, a successful lawsuit by former Trump staffers against prioritizing businesses owned by historically marginalized people means that the grant has been canceled, and Farley’s is unlikely to ever see those funds.
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New Connecticut food delivery service offers healthy meals from local chefs

Keto cheesecake from Manchester. Cold-pressed juices from Mystic. Vegan pasta from New Haven. Kombucha from Danbury. All delivered to your home in one order. 

That’s the concept behind My Local Chefs, a new culinary startup by Vanessa Sena, which launched July 5. Sena’s platform brings together Connecticut chefs, bakers and producers who create fresh and healthy foods, and delivers products to customers around the state on a twice-weekly basis.

“I wanted to do something that was an Amazon-type feel, but for people who wanted healthy food,” she said. “I started inviting myself to all these Facebook groups, and I was

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