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Good vegetable korma recipe?

Bumping this thread. Anyone? Going to make this at home to use up some yogurt hopefully.

about 2 hours ago
charlesbois in Home Cooking

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Lentil soup is great. Saffron rice is good. Turkish coffee is good. Falafel is great. Babaganouj is sublime. I like their chicken schwarma. But for me the beef kebab is INSANELY good. I really like their fattoush with fried pita, it's heavy on parsley but not overly so and has good balance with the other veggies and dressing.

I wish they had their old meat pies, but they've changed those and I'm not a fan.

Apr 11, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

IMO Haifa has gone way downhill. I love all the veggies and Haifa sauce on their falafel sandwiches, but they changed their pita to something very inferior. Their falafel patties are subpar, always mushy and heavy as if not fried in hot enough oil. Their cinnamon scented rice is good but usually a little too dried out.

Apr 11, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

I totally agree with your husband. No one in Ann Arbor or ypsi comes close to the quality of their falafel patties.

Apr 10, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Although a2 is technically SE Michigan, I'm not driving to Dearborn for a falafel. JG is consistently good if not excellent. They've been open since 1987. I've been going there since 1989. At some points in the 90s I was eating there multiple times a week. And not once did I ever have a bad or even mediocre meal.

When I worked in the kitchen at Seva, we often traded food with their kitchen crew. We felt we got the better deal of the trade.

Apr 10, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Jerusalem Garden in A2 moving, I don't know how to feel

Big announcement on their FB page (and Mlive articles). They're moving to Seva's old location around the corner. My god will I miss that counter. You will no longer be able to see falafel balls being made, or your Turkish coffee bubbling away on the grill. No random conversations with total strangers. This ranks right next to losing Drake's for me.

On the plus side, the front deck will be nice.

Apr 09, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

5 reasons your partner doesn't go to the farmers market with you..

Didn't the writers of thekitchn have kind of an acrimonious, sudden breakup? Maybe that is where this article is coming from. That said, I agree with a lot of it and go to early and less popular markets. (I'm lucky to live in an area wher there are different markets every day of the week all within 10 or so miles of each other.)

Mar 23, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

My Seoncd Delcious Craft Beer

Very true. I think I conflated your response with the previous one.

Mar 20, 2014
charlesbois in Beer

My Seoncd Delcious Craft Beer

I've never heard of it, gluten free beer doesn't interest me --but if you like it, then you like it. I have no idea what constitutes a craft beer anymore, it's gotten so ridiculous. (I mean, nano breweries, bitch please.). In Bev owns a lot of stuff. My fav "local" brewery is now in 20 states. Doesn't mean it's shit beer.

Mar 20, 2014
charlesbois in Beer

Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

Wow check out her full name:
She was christened Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright.

Also she was only 1 of 2 women to be a guild butcher. Extraordinary!

Mar 18, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

Rotterdam query

I like this question, and your dad's dream, so I googled it and saw your TA query too. Good info there. I think I'd go to the wereldmuseum for lunch, as it's not too expensive. Hope you post a follow up to where you do go, and pics of erasmusbrug too!

Mar 18, 2014
charlesbois in Europe

Catering to relatives who don't want "exotic" food

I really disagree with this. When you're a kid, you realize the day is not all about you, but you also realize when you aren't getting what would be your choice because others object, with no real reason except an exception to the exotic. It's ONE meal a year. I think the grandparents should respect the birthday boy's wish.

Mar 01, 2014
charlesbois in Not About Food
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Is a hot dog a sandwich?

I agree with that ruling. Now a torta, that's a sandwich.

And I side with the folks that say sandwiches can be on a split roll, whether long or round.

Mar 01, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

$1 Oysters in Ann Arbor?

Only place in town to buy seafood as far as I'm concerned is Monahan's.

Mar 01, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes
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The ridiculous price of raw chicken wings!

At Meijer (regional chain with usually low prices) saw them for $1.74 per pound. They were the 12% broth injected kind though.

Mar 01, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Callebaut Cocoa Powder, expired. How to tell if it's good to use??

A word of caution here, I think,would be useful, as I have had a 10 lb bar of callebaut molder. It was under very unique circumstances though, where it was stored on the top shelf of a walk-in near the compressor. Water dripped pretty steadily onto the wrapper and caused the whole thing to mold. Special circumstances and all, but it can happen.

Feb 24, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Research and surveys

Any specific guidelines about posting surveys? I looked through the guidelines briefly but didn't see anything.

Feb 23, 2014
charlesbois in Site Talk

Food from childhood you cannot eat

La Choy. You know, that nasty chop suey in a can? Even though we had some lovely and authentic Chinese food on the regular as a kid, I still loved La Choy and begged for it on trips to the grocery store. Now I know why my mom only rarely indulged me. It is so bad! I bought some for laughs a few years ago and just could not stomach it after a few bites.

Feb 21, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Storage of Enameled Cast Iron (Staub)

I got something like these as a gift along with my staub stuff. (mine are a little more industrial looking.). They're nice.
http://solutions.blair.com/p/pan-prot...

Feb 20, 2014
charlesbois in Cookware

Do you pack a lunch for work?? Took wrong container??

I got the black+Blum lunch pot for a present one year. It is so excellent. A little bit of a pain to clean, but portable and easily identifiable. And people constantly admire it.

http://www.black-blum.com/products/lu...

Feb 20, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Mario Batali opening restaurant in Ann Arbor?

Well it's definitely on its way to that. Ruth's Criss is going in on 4th in the old Maude's location. Knights is opening in the old borders bldg (along with a noodle shop run by the old Tribute chef). That's all A2 seems to be able to support now because no one will reel in the landlords jacking up the rent. I will really miss selo/shevel :(

Feb 20, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

Oh I know, I remember. And the husband even sent me links documenting how long it lasts. Still, we don't go through it very fast, and with me having gestational diabetes last year and being warned to cut back on "white" foods, the 20 lb bag had me shaking my head.

Feb 17, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

I have a couple of those, they're great. I espied a few more on sale at Marshall's I may have to snatch up.

Feb 17, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

Is Anyone else on Pinterest? Let's follow each other!

Hooray! Love this idea. Here's mine.
http://www.pinterest.com/charlesbois/

Feb 17, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

Yes, my main concern is pests more so than the rice going bad. I wouldn't mind investing in some large mason jars. Thanks for the tip!

Feb 17, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

I have 20 lbs of basmati rice to use up, that the significant other just had to buy at Costco. I told him to get ready for a whole lot of Indian food. His request was for country captain chicken (not Indian but oh well). The inspiration for this was an MRE he had eaten a few years ago when we were winter camping! It was astoundingly good, the MRE that is.

The one I made last night was decent. I cobbled a few internet recipes together. It just needed way more depth of flavor. I'll have the leftovers today and see how much the flavor deepened after sitting in the fridge. I had to use BLSL breasts, as they were seriously cheap. I think next time I'll use a cut up chicken. Had an $8 bottle of Chardonnay with it, which was nice, serviceable.

Next up, chicken johl, vegetable biryani, and maybe butter chicken.

Feb 17, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking
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Your house dressing

I think 9 times out of 10 I just splash balsamic and olive oil on a standard salad. I don't even bother mixing it. But if I go to the trouble of making an actual dressing, it's usually a Dijon-red wine-garlic vinaigrette or sometimes a blood orange vinaigrette.

Feb 16, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

Allegro - Tonite - Anyone? W. Bloomfield

Ditto. If there's ever a place around ypsi or Ann Arbor anyone wants to try...

And that sturgeon sounds excellent.

Feb 16, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Tried Sidetrack Bar & Grill in Ypsilanti, MI...

I have and it's...so weird. I would say the food is almost identical to the one on Michigan. The ambiance is much, much different. It's a huge ugly room with a lot of tacky mismatched knickknacks and furniture. There are a bunch of tvs and I think a small stage/dance floor area for karaoke or a small band. We went at 6 pm on a Friday and we were the only ones there. I'm sure they get a later bar crowd. I was pregnant at the time, so I didn't try anything from the bar, but it looked like their drink specials were insanely cheap. Like $2 well drinks, and $1.50 long necks, something like that. Basically prices I was paying in the 90s at the 8ball in A2. I'm guessing the clientele is basically a representation of the general populace of a Ypsi, mostly working class folks looking for some cheap drinks.

Edit to add I just looked at the menu and the bar & grill Roy's on Ellsworth has steak hoagies, whereas the one on Michigan does not. I did have the steak hoagie and it was ok, nothing special but not terrible. If I wanted a cheesesteak though, I'd just go down to Gabriel's.

Feb 16, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Pet Peeve: Line Cooks on Cellphones

I swear to all the gods if a cook on my line got out his cellphone while cooking that thing would go into the deep fryer.

Feb 16, 2014
charlesbois in Features