Kenwood backpacker writes cookbook for those who love good food in the great outdoors

“We have started an all-women’s trip,” she added. “We all help each other out and figure it out together.”

Aksamit’s cookbooks are available in print and ebook at or

“This meal tastes good by itself or wrapped in a tortilla for lunch. It’s the kind of recipe that lends itself to many variations,” Aksamit said. “I developed the Marrakech Spice Blend, which is milder and more suited for a salad than the Moroccan Spice Blend.”

Moroccan Chickpea and Quinoa Salad

Makes 1 serving

½ cup quinoa, cooked and dehydrated

¼ cup dried chickpeas, cooked or canned and dehydrated

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These 2 Great Restaurant Stocks Should Be on Every Investors’ Radar

Despite giving investors plenty to cheer about, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) both saw a 2% dip immediately after their respective quarterly earnings were announced over the past week and a half. While the market may have had its own reasons, these events stress the importance of zooming out and focusing on the long term when analyzing such fantastic businesses. 

Let see why these two companies are among the best in the restaurant industry, and why they should be on your radar.

Image source: Chipotle.

Focus on the consumer 

Both Chipotle and Starbucks are recognized for providing a

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Great Commoner cafe readies to open in Dearborn

Like the name implies, the Great Commoner restaurant and cafe is hoping to offer something for everyone. 

Preparing to open this month in Dearborn, the 6,200-square-foot restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in the historic 125-year-old Wager Hotel building, part of the Wagner Place development. The menu is a collaboration between chef Matt Knio of popular Cannelle Patisserie, which has French-inspired cafes in Birmingham and downtown Detroit, and Brome Modern Eatery’s executive chef Zane Makky.

A second location of the Great Commoner is coming to Ann Arbor at Main and Washington later this summer. 

Sam Abbas, present of restaurant

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Great books, stats and more helpful news for homeowners


The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, and with good reason: It’s the place where days get started, celebrations happen and late-night soul searching takes place over a glass of wine (or perhaps a dish of ice cream).

It’s also right up there with the bathroom as a renovation project, especially since folks have spent considerably more time there over the last year. Plus, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, even minor kitchen remodels bring a better return on investment than major projects.

So where to go for

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12 great restaurants for Mother’s Day

From fine dining to fun places on the water, here’s our annual list of great local restaurants to visit on Mother’s Day, which, if you need a friendly reminder, is May 9. We have options across Sarasota and Manatee counties for brunch, lunch and dinner. Call ahead and please keep in mind that reservations, made as soon as possible, are strongly encouraged. Presented in alphabetical order, here are a dozen restaurants we recommend for Mother’s Day.

In case you missed it:

Laszlo Bevardi of Bevardi’s Salute! and Lido Island Grill.

Bevardi’s Salute!

23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota; 941-365-1020;

The downtown Sarasota artisan Italian restaurant owned and operated by

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Start from scratch for great lemon cake | Taste

If you are a regular reader of “Life is Sweet,” you will know I love all things lemon.

Previous articles included lemon chiffon cake, lemon meringue pie and lemon blueberry muffins. For our Easter meal, I decided to make a cake that seemed to say spring has arrived and, for me, that meant something lemon. I chose to make the “Best Lemon Cake from Scratch” that I found at

Making a cake from scratch really isn’t harder than using a box mix. When you make this cake, you know you are getting true lemon flavor and nothing artificial.

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