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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

I like browned things, and I wanted to love these. I didn't think they were "yuck" but more like "is this all?" They were just OK to me.

about 6 hours ago
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

"Silver Palate" and "New Basics": Dated? or Worth Keeping?

I never warmed to mine and donated it, didn't miss it. Not my style of food either.

Jun 15, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Agreed, though for different reasons. My husband likes them but I think the "chocolate" has a horrid floral taste and aroma and won't eat them. Yuck, for what could have been a terrific product.

Jun 08, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

“Simply Good Food (shop)” in Birmingham [DTW]

Interesting. I make a left onto northbound Adams by them all the time but have never been in. Now I'll try them.

May 26, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Pandan leaves (DTW)

Kim Nhung Superfoods at 13/Dequindre? They have all kinds of SE Asian leaves, herbs, veggies, and I think I've bought pandan there before (by accident). I

May 26, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Need a vegan tea party sandwich for a crowd

Yes to Avocado. I'm not vegan but often do an open faced, or closed, sandwich of whole wheat, mashed avocado, and sliced cukes and or roasted peppers. Tasty enough to exist on its own.

May 17, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Need a vegan tea party sandwich for a crowd

Vegan Benedictine! Vegan "cream cheese," shredded drained cukes and onions, dash of Tabasco.

May 17, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

My TJ's was offering smoothie samples today of the blueberry juice, plain Greek yogurt and frozen fruit blend. It was good or good enough - your smoothie idea is probably a good one.

May 03, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

My TJ's has wine tastings on Saturdays and today, the accompanying cheese was the spotlight with rosemary. It was quite good - like Iberico with fresh rosemary. I'd buy it.

May 03, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

I also had high hopes, and my bag, defrosted, had a weird taste and aroma (maybe picked up from the plastic bag?). I have a strong stomach but could not take a single bite when that odor hit me and returned them - my TJ's cashiers didn't like them either. I'm just going to stick to fresh and dried figs.

May 03, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Enormous YAY to the Cilantro/Chive Yogurt Dip. I eat this so often that I need to find a recipe and make it myself. Fab with chips and most often eaten by me with pepper strips and cucumber slices. Terrific product (and I say that after really not liking the caramelized onion dip and pecan/blue cheese dip).

Apr 25, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

AH HA - how could I forget. Good olives (pit in, TJ's has nice refrigerated tubs of a Greek mix) are fabulous baked or pan warmed with oil, garlic, herbs. The heat softens the olive "meat" and heightens aroma and flavor and they are delicious. Had them at a winery and have successfully made them at home since - great with drinks and other apps.

Apr 25, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

HELP! In need of easy, tasty, VEGAN finger food for TONIGHT!

Hummus and veg. Edamame.

Olives and nuts - you have them. Good jarred red roasted peppers with olive oil, garlic, herbs? Serve w/olives. Trader Joe's jarred marinated garlicy mushrooms (a Chains board fave).

If Middle Eastern is nearby, veg stuffed grape leaves.

Your mere awareness of this is probably more than what your friend gets in other settings where she finds nothing but the peanut bowl next to a spread of meat and cheese.

Apr 25, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

DTW. Dead chef estate sales

Craigslist? Estate sales are worth checking. There is a free email that lists estate sales in your area (whatever that area is) and will often give some details on features at listed sales (special furniture, 4 sets of kitchen stuff, mostly clothing, etc.).

Apr 07, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Wow...Royal Oak, MI Restaurant Week sounds *horrible*!

Entirely non-food/drink related, sadly. That's just where the $$ that used to go to fun dining adventures and better wines now goes...

Apr 04, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Wow...Royal Oak, MI Restaurant Week sounds *horrible*!

At least the Cafe Muse dinner should taste good. I don't go there all that often (putting money into a business now more than eating out) but the food is generally better than most of the other establishments (and I can't believe that Woody's, Star Lanes, etc. got in on Restaurant Week - WHY?).

Apr 02, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

lidia bastianich cookbooks -- which one do you like to cook from?

While you wait for her books to arrive, I've made this bone-in pork shoulder roast from her website three times this winter - the pan sauce is AMAZING. As are the crispy bits on top. Fabulous. BTW, I never have porcini and this recipe is fantastic without them. http://www.lidiasitaly.com/recipes/de...

Mar 30, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

I heard on WWJ that it did - ONLY noticed and listened to the story because this CH board had me curious too.

Mar 19, 2014
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DTW: least sucky restaurant in RO

I've had bad luck with Lily's, good luck with Muse. Don't know Ronin.

Mar 07, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

$1 Oysters in Ann Arbor?

Freshest, certainly.

Mar 01, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Julia Child Corned Beef - great spices, too salty (help!)

Hello,

About two years ago I bought a plain, raw brisket and did the Julia Child corned beef recipe (salt, spices, cure in fridge). It was delicious but too salty so I didn't make it last year.

I fear making it again and soaking it pre-cooking to remove salt, only to remove flavor too. Has anyone found a solution to corning that is spicy and flavorful and not lethally salty?

Thanks!

Feb 24, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Extra Peanut Butter

Funny, I've never had extra peanut butter (for long, that is). Eat from jar, spread on toasted wholegrain bread, put into satay sauces, eat w/an apple or banana. If you really hate it and no one in the household will eat it, birds and squirrels love it (especially in cold climates for energy).

Feb 10, 2014
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Stella Trattoria Traverse City MI

I've had similar thoughts. If any place is haunted, that one would be a contender. I had a wild boar pasta there about 6 years ago. Very tasty, very expensive, where the beautiful people of TC go.

Feb 08, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Happy Hour @ Townhouse/Birmingham - DTW

Thank you! A lot of my business contacts are around Birmingham but I have my own biz going and a lower budget than the big banks and law firms. $20 for a drink or two and something I love (like crispy Brussels sprouts) is very appealing! I know where to meet my M&A buddy next time. I would have passed this over as a "Trust Fund Baby" joint otherwise.

Jan 26, 2014
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Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

So much to say about this..."investors" and "donors" are different things, I used a loan and my own savings to start my own business (but if you all want to send me $19,000 in exchange for some tees and stickers I'm game), is there no other collateral to get a loan? Whatever, not my thing. I've given to friends' campaigns for their art project or movie but won't to this.

Jan 25, 2014
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Seasoned nuts problem

+1

This recipe really does work - the spice/sugar mixture sticks nicely (and the heated sugar/butter/vanilla/rum prior to tossing with nuts smells divine!).

Jan 14, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

I didn't rinse the brine. Mistake?

I've wondered about this too - if you brine, how much salt does brief, pre-cooking rinsing really remove? Some on the surface, sure, but not anything absorbed in a meaningful way. I've done Cooks Illustrated's home corned beef twice - first time didn't rinse and it was too salty for me. Second time did rinse and it was still pretty dang salty.

Jan 01, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Restaurants open Christmas Eve in Southeast Michigan

Too late, but maybe this will be useful in 2014 - I drove by Eddie Merlot's on Woodward after 8 pm Xmas Eve services last night and they looked open, with cars at the door picking up diners. Check them out in 2014 if you wish (so far my 2 experiences with them have been better apps and drinks than dinners, but a few quite good apps).

Dec 25, 2013
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Why is Trader Joe's Sushi so off-putting?

It's like Starbucks baked goods, also trucked in from another state. "Someone" is buying the stale scones and banana bread slices too.

Dec 17, 2013
HillsofBeverly in Chains

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

Maybe this is a regional thing? I'm in Michigan, a cross between the talkative East/Chicago and introverted Midwest, so my TJ's cashiers are all just "normal." Some are pleasant but have nothing to say - which is fine - others will say "these are new and people love them, let us know what you think" but none of the crazy nosiness. Now we DO have crazy nosy people working in other stores ("may I help you?" in face, for 10th time - "NO, THANK YOU, I'M STILL LOOKING")...

Dec 17, 2013
HillsofBeverly in Chains