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Top 10 best things to eat in Metro Detroit

Love this idea.. I'm gonna have to go exploring...

Here's some of my favorites in no particular order...

Grilled Chicken Gyro w/ Yogurt dressing (the yogurt dressing is key, this stuff is delicious, the owner sells it for like $4 a container)- Key West Restaurant - Taylor

Salsa - (Made in store) - Honey Bee Supermarket - SW Detroit

Chilaquiles (Truly delicious, service is great and chips are fresh)- El Rancho Restaurant - SW Detroit

Catfish (In party store, yes I know this is strange but it is pretty good catfish!) - Mitch's Party Store - Southgate

Chunky Beef Burrito - El Rancho Restaurant - SW Detroit

Pork Tamales - La Gloria Bakery - SW Detroit

Barbacoa - La Gloria Bakery - SW Detroit

Poppy Seed Dessert Roll - Bartz Bakery - Dearborn

Jan 01, 2012
KathleenT in Great Lakes

What is your GO TO dish for major snow storms? [moved from Northern New England]

Soup always sounds like a good idea to me on those cold snowy days. I made a ham and potato soup that I found on allrecipes.com today. I was pretty happy with the recipe, simple, delicious and warming.

Feb 02, 2011
KathleenT in Home Cooking

Mario Batali Cookbook "Molto Italiano"

Thank you Joan. Guess I should have searched that. Sorry. :)

Feb 02, 2011
KathleenT in Home Cooking

Mario Batali Cookbook "Molto Italiano"

I recently purchased Molto Italiano box set from Barnes and Noble for a great price. I was excited to try my first Mario Batali recipe and I decided to start with Spaghetti con Salsa or Spaghetti with carmelized onions, anchovies and toasted bread crumbs.

I followed the directions exactly (could be wrong?) and the dish came out look somewhat appetizing but the whole dish ended up getting thrown out. My boyfriend and I took a couple bites and it was just well not good in our opinion. Has anyone else tried this recipe and if so did you enjoy it? How about any other recipes from this book? I am hesitant to waste my time and money making other recipes from this book. :(

Thanks everyone!
Kathleen

Feb 02, 2011
KathleenT in Home Cooking

The recipe file project: reports

I recently made a recipe from Mario Batali's cookbook called Spaghetti con Salsa or Spaghetti with caramelized onions with anchovies and toasted bread crumbs. This was my first Mario Batali recipe and I had high expectations but this recipe was not good! I do not know if maybe I made a mistake along the way with cooking but this was pretty much inedible in my opinion. Has anyone else tried making this recipe?

Feb 02, 2011
KathleenT in Home Cooking

New Cooking Channel Reactions??

I have liked it so far, I could watch a cooking show while food network aired one of their many competitions. I have a question though, I really like this David Rocco's Dolce Vita show, but what are the peppers called that he keeps adding to his sauces?? Anyone know? Thank you !!

Jun 05, 2010
KathleenT in Food Media & News

Where can I buy Passion Fruit or maybe just the juice in Metro Detroit?

Thank you both for the feedback will check Meijer again for somewhere local. I did email E&L in SW Detroit and they do carry the nectar, juice and pulp it turns out so thank you all again! Now to get some good margarita's going. yum.

Jun 05, 2010
KathleenT in Great Lakes

Where can I buy Passion Fruit or maybe just the juice in Metro Detroit?

I live downriver.

Jun 04, 2010
KathleenT in Great Lakes

Where can I buy Passion Fruit or maybe just the juice in Metro Detroit?

So I had a partylite party a couple weeks back and one of their drinks was from a margarita mix that was made from passion fruit. Their mix is ridiculously expensive so I was hoping to experiment and come up with a good drink on my own. Unfortunately I have not been able to find passion fruit itself or in juice form at all. Anyone have any tips? I thought about heading to E&L supermercado in Detroit to see if they have it. Any advice?

Thanks a bunch in advance!

Kathleen

Jun 04, 2010
KathleenT in Great Lakes

How to Rehydrate Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Oil?

Hi there,
Yesterday we made a recipe from Bon Appetit's cookbook, it was chicken in a sun dried tomato cream sauce. OMG was it delicious!!

The recipe called for sun dried tomatoes in oil, a small jar cost around $5 and the oil is almost gone, so I have a couple questions I was hoping someone could me with..

First..
Can I just add olive oil to the jar that I purchased (still has tomatoes, oil is just running low) and will it have a similar flavor, I am guessing yes since they are just basting or what have you together?

But most importantly prior to this recipe I had bought a container from the fruit market of sun dried tomatoes without oil. I was wondering if it were possible and how long a process it is to turn these little rubbery dry tomatoes in with an oil mixture. I assume you could just put them in a jar with olive oil and some herbs and put it in the refridgerater? Is this possible? Do they need to sit for a month or so for really good flavor? Are there any bacteria problems with this? Would I need to do some kind of canning process?

lol I am so sorry for all the questions but I would love to cook with just the oil in the future and $5 a jar is kind of pricey for me at least. Any suggestions or help I would greatly appreciate! Thanks a bunch!

Feb 10, 2010
KathleenT in Home Cooking

Where to buy good chocolate for recipes in Metro Detroit?

So I have all these recipes that call for good chocolate to bake with and I seem to be having a difficult time finding this, I know I can probably find it at Whole Foods or other similar markets but they are all at least 30 min north of me. I am located downriver, so as you can imagine not much of a gourmet selection anywhere as far as I know. Are there any shops that anyone knows of where I can find good chocolate that may be closer to me? Also what types do you recommend, mostly milk chocolate varieties. Thank you!!

Jan 24, 2010
KathleenT in Great Lakes

Detroit - Unusual meats

I went to Whole Foods about a month ago and they had bison but I am not sure if it is what you are looking for but may be worth a try.

Jan 24, 2010
KathleenT in Great Lakes

Good Tex Mex or Mexican in Metro Detroit area

I suggest El Rancho's it is in Mexican town, Southwest Detroit on Vernor. It is very good, the service there is excellent. I have never tried their tamales since none will ever be as good as my grandma's in my eyes. But they have good enchilada's, fresh chips and salsa!

Next door to El Rancho is E&L Supermercado where you can buy some good ole ingredients for cooking. Further down Vernor towards the train station, (I think it's bagley) you can go to La Gloria Bakery, they have fresh bolillos daily (rolls), cookies and pastries all for good prices and on the weekends they have Barbacoa, if you haven't had it, it's beef I believe and is pulled apart and cooked, it is delicious!!! However it is like $8-12 for a container but really the best I've had so far. Have fun exploring!

Jan 24, 2010
KathleenT in Great Lakes