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5 Fresh Seder Dishes You’ll Want to Make All the Time

Another trip around the sun during Covid means another year of Zoom Seders. Whether virtual or in-person, a good Seder service can take a few hours with only ceremonial nibbles like matzo, haroseth, parsley and — get excited — a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water. Hunger builds, but at least there’s wine.

The Seder meal that follows is culinarily a bit like Thanksgiving in that there are certain dishes, like matzo ball soup and gefilte fish, that are nonnegotiable. But there are other parts of the menu that can be tweaked, and what a good year to try something new and perhaps a bit more exciting than the usual.

Ground sumac, which is more widely available than ever, lends its pinkish tone and lemony tang to this roasted chicken. Citrus juices amplify the acidity in the assertive marinade, with dried apricots and green olives contributing their sweet

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The Royale Fish Tacos

The chefs at The Royale bread fat catfish filets with seasoned crushed tortilla chips, pan fry, then bake them to a crispy finish. Wrapped in a tortilla with a dollop of chipotle mayonnaise, shredded green cabbage, and pico de gallo, the tacos are served with black bean and corn salad. 




2 (8-ounce) catfish fillets

5 cups round restaurant-style tortilla chips, loosely packed

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

8 (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas

8 to 12 tablespoons chipotle aioli, store bought or homemade

1 cup shredded green cabbage

1 ½ cups pico de gallo, store bought or homemade

Notes: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, place 1 tablespoon plus 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice or white vinegar in a 2-cup measuring cup. Fill with milk to the 1 ½ cup line and let stand

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Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining: You still have time to vote, plus Poll Leaders

How is your favorite Michigan restaurant doing in our search for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining? Time is running out to vote!

On Wednesday morning we posted the leaders in our 11 regional polls all across the state. Throughout the day, not much changed.

RELATED: See our Poll Leaders for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining

The biggest development happened in the Flint area where Barley & Vine overtook Frankenmuth’s Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie in the top spot. And Lake Inn in Lapeer jumped to No. 2 in the same poll. The rest of the regional poll leaders remained the same.

Poll Leaders as of 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28:

Northern Lower Peninsula

The Swamp II Bar & Restaurant, Frederic – VOTE

Upper Peninsula

UP North Lodge, Gwinn – VOTE

Bay City, Saginaw, Midland

O’s Pub & Grill, Auburn – VOTE

Detroit Metro

Benstein Grille, Commerce Twp. – VOTE

Ann Arbor area

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Time to vote for Kalamazoo and Southwestern Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining

Time to bundle up!



a chair in front of a building: Bell's Brewery Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been nominated for Michigan's Best Outdoor Dining.


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Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been nominated for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining.

We’re trying to determine who has the best outdoor dining in the Kalamazoo and Southwestern Michigan area. It’s time to make your vote count as part of our search for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining.

We took your local nominations over the last several days and compiled this 10 entries. Thank you so much.

Starting now you can vote once per email address, every three hours. (Poll below.) You can also write in your votes if we missed your favorite spot.

The deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

You can vote in all of our regional polls. Those links are below, too.

After the polls close we will be visiting several of our finalists to give a first-hand account of the outdoor dining experience.

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