Chinese Restaurants Come 
and Go But Peach Garden Goes On and On

BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY To the casual observer, Peach Garden has all the hallmarks of any Chinese restaurant, like ornate red decorations and a Golden Buddha statuette on the counter. But Peach Garden has something extra — serious longevity. Tucked in the side of the Seminary Square Park Kroger building at 536 S. College, the restaurant has been serving up Chinese specialties to Bloomington diners for more than 40 years. What’s the secret? “We don’t know — really!” laughs Ming Dai. The 29-year-old mother of two has helped her husband, Ronnie Yang, also 29, run the eatery for nine years. His parents purchased Peach Garden 10 years ago, and the restaurant changed hands a few times before that. Dai pieced […]

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Recipe of the Month: Gluten-free chicken cutlets

Gluten-Free Chicken Cutlets David Davenport, Ph.D. Bloomington Cooking School Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 cup almond flour 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1 cup gluten-free plain bread crumbs Betty Crocker gluten-free flour blend Canned coconut milk Garlic Powder Salt Pepper Frying oil NOTE: It is gluten that makes the mess in your frying oil Instructions: 1.  Unfold thighs—as arranged by the butcher—and flatten into uniform thickness.   2.  Prepare three bowls: 1st bowl:  Flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste 2nd bowl:  Coconut milk, thoroughly whisked 3rd bowl:  Almond flour, coconut, and bread crumbs   3.  Set a cookie rack over a jelly roll pan 4.  Dredge the chicken in bowl 1, then bowl 2, then bowl 3, and set […]

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The Fresh Fork: For the Weary And the Hate-to-Cook Crowd

BY SARA SHEIKH With made-to-order meals prepared just before pickup or delivery, The Fresh Fork offers hungry Bloomingtonians a locally owned meal planning service. The inspiration for founder Stacy Thompson’s vision was hearing people, over and over, say how difficult it is to prepare healthful meals. Thompson, 39, a local attorney, appreciated the business model of national companies like Blue Apron or Plated, but there was one aspect of that model she didn’t like: Those companies drop boxes of prepackaged ingredients and recipes at the door, leaving the burden of preparing the meals on the customer. The Fresh Fork caters to people who lack the time or inclination to prepare meals themselves, says Thompson. Her company cooks made-to-order meals, which […]

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Cookbook by Army Wife Brings People Together

BY JANET MANDELSTAM Lynn Wilson knows firsthand the stresses that military families face — transfers every three years, no friends at the new post, deployments, separations. So in her 38 years as an Army wife, the Bloomington native made it her mission, “to get the families in my husband, Bob’s, unit together, to build a bond among them.” She did it by hosting theme parties tied to the seasons. “Nothing brings people together better than a good party,” Lynn says. Now that the Wilsons have retired — Bob as a lieutenant general — Lynn’s collected plans and recipes for 24 of those parties have been published in a book titled At Ease: A Salute to Creative Entertaining (Favorite Recipes Press). […]

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New Competition for Sandwich Chains: Bloomingfoods Now Delivers!

BY CARMEN SIERING Customers walking into any one of the three Bloomingfoods locations at midday frequently encounter a bustling lunch crowd, and among the most popular menu items, says Operations Manager Paul Read, are the deli sandwiches. Now, thanks to a new delivery agreement with BtownMenus, fans of Bloomingfoods sandwiches don’t have to leave the house or office to get them. “Just last spring we were discussing how to reach a broader audience, and delivery is the way groceries are going in general,” Read says. “No sooner did we start talking about it but BtownMenus let us know that a lot of people were interested in getting Bloomingfoods delivered. After that, it was a pretty straightforward process.” It’s a pretty […]

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