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Kent County Families Need Your Help to Have Food for the Holidays

It's difficult to think about, but while many may have a happy holiday season with parties, presents and delicious food on our tables, there are thousands of Kent County families that are struggling, and a good holiday meal is but a dream. That's where you can help.

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At Home for the Holidays: Pumpkin Spiced Oat Bread

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

I know I’m not the only one that becomes absolutely pumpkin obsessed around the holidays.

Am I right?

There is just something about the season that makes me want to consume pumpkin in every single form.

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Grand Rapids Named One of Livability’s 10 Best Beer Cities

In recent decades, breweries have sprung up all over America – in towns big and small – evolving the art and science of brewing while enhancing the city’s livability. With this in mind, Livability.com has named Grand Rapids a Best Beer City, 2014.

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The Homeless Get a Meal From the Ninja Feeder [Video]

Thanksgiving was last week, I know, but I just found this video and had to share it with you.

This is what this world of ours should be about, helping others in need. This guy, or should I say, Ninja, is doing it right.  It's very sweet. Watch!

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Food is Used to Make a Big Difference in Someones Life

Here is an exciting, heart-warming story of people making a difference, and using food to do it.

The owners of a food truck in New York City are giving new meaning to the term "soul food" – by taking in troubled souls from a juvenile prison to staff the place and master valuable job skills.

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5 Leftover Thanksgiving Recipes

While everyone else is gearing up for Thanksgiving dinner, make sure to remain a step ahead by gearing up for all the leftovers you're going to have.

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What’s Most Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish?

Thanksgiving is creeping up on us quicker than the time it takes to finish your first helping and delve into seconds.

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What to do With Thanksgiving Leftovers? Make a Cake

Don't worry about having too many leftovers this year. Just turn them into a Thankscaking.  Huffington Post Taste Editor Julie Thomson, came up with the idea, and I think it's brilliant!

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Don’t Trust Your Thanksgiving Turkey Pop-Up Timer

It's Thanksgiving, the turkey is in the oven and you're waiting for the pop-up timer to pop so you can enjoy dinner.

Bad news. Your turkey is going to be overcooked.

Don't trust your Thanksgiving turkey pop-up timer.

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Thanksgiving Turkey By The Numbers – What You Need To Know

Thanksgiving and the holidays can be stressful enough without having to stress over cooking a turkey.

Check out a few Thanksgiving numbers and take the stress out of Thanksgiving dinner.

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It’s All About The Side Dishes At Thanksgiving And Here Are Some Delicious Ones

I can't wait for Thanksgiving. The dinner for our family is always a bit hectic, but lots of fun. I just bought a turkey oilless-fryer, and I can't wait to use it, so the main course is taken care of, however, the rest of our menu always does seem to be the same each year. Not that it's not good, but I really wanted to look for some new ideas this year, and I got some help.

Kathy Landin of our TownSquare Media staff found some deliciously different recipe's that we may just try. At any rate, I wanted to share them with you.

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Excellent Service in Grand Rapids to be Honored This Thursday

It's not often excellence in service is recognized, is it. If we get bad service at a restaurant, or hotel for example, then we certainly talk about it. We complain, leave a bad tip, whatever, but when a server goes over and above board, maybe we thank them, but that's it.

Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association are doing something about that, and will celebrate the sixth annual Impacting Hospitality Celebration recognizing outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids/Kent County hospitality industry through WAVE Awards and Grand Rapids Hometown Champions.

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