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Appalachian recipes ideas?

Pittsburgh as the Paris of Appalachia - this explains so much about my mother's family. Thank you, now a lot falls into place...

Coming back to Detroit from Grand Rapids...

I've done that drive for work about 100 times. There really isn't that much that isn't a chain between GR and Novi. Plenty of Wendy's and at least two Culvers off of 96, but no "must-trys" that I've found, in my opinion. Truck stop in Ionia in case you need a shower. I used to (1) eat in GR or (2) stop at One World Market for sushi in Novi before getting all the way home. For overnight, East Lansing has the Kellogg Center (MSU hotel) and some food and beer but must-have is arguable.

Oct 19, 2014
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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Thank you for the reminder to look in my local store for the almond - I'd much rather have an almond kringle than pumpkin caramel. I love pumpkin but the caramel makes it too sweet for me.

Oct 16, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

Dinner at El Asador, drinks at Sugar House (SW Detroit)

Yes, I'm going back for more beef and the salmon wrapped in banana leaves. Also wanted to try the calamari (which I cannot make at home (no skill, no desire to learn) and enjoy out).

It is a sketchy neighborhood but VERY close to the highway - it's not like the out-of-element suburbanites are driving in unknown territory long.

Oct 15, 2014
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Dinner at El Asador, drinks at Sugar House (SW Detroit)

I Googled for cream of pobalo soups and found a bunch of recipes, FYI. None too hard - mostly onions, roasted and peeled poblanos, chicken broth and some dairy. We can do this!

Oct 12, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

It's good - bought two jars today in Michigan. I could use more Hatch chilis and less tomatillos, but I guarantee that I'll consume both jars.

Oct 11, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

Dinner at El Asador, drinks at Sugar House (SW Detroit)

Spouse and I were on the Lodge last night, heading somewhere (to Green Dot and then to DIA, or "something") after a weird work and family week, and I remembered El Asador. We both liked the idea of a dinner with entrees better than sliders etc. and used Google Maps beta version "automated lady order-giver" to go to El Asador. Still haven't gotten to Green Dot.

Not the best neighborhood ever, but they have their own parking lot and we were just fine. Easy to find from 75 southbound. Every other patron, and car, were from suburbia when we were there.

No liquor license - had we thought this out I would have brought in a bottle of red wine for our entrees. We will next time though the food was not diminished and water is healthy.

Had friendly, knowledgeable service. Ordered the basalt mortar and pestle guacamole made at table - very tasty and done with an attractive, careful presentation and garnish flair by our young female server (very weird week for me, I don't remember her name, sorry, but she was sweet and attentive and did a great job). Hubs got the ribeye with poblano creme sauce, I got the Tacos de Cayos - swiss chard, caramelized onions and scallops. We both appreciated the side option of sauteed veggies (low carb, diabetic prevention etc.). As Hubs noticed, the veg side was intended as a veg side, it wasn't "odds and ends" - we received nicely trimmed and cut zucchini and carrots, well cooked and tasty.

He had the house salad with roasted garlic vinaigrette - very good dressing packed with pureed roasted garlic. I finished off the last few bites. I had a wonderful cream of poblano soup with a corn and cheese garnish - delicious pepper flavor.

Ribeye with poblano creme sauce was very good. Sauce was tasty and not too hot (since poblanos can be anything from mild to hottish). Hubs thought the cut and quality of steak were surprisingly good for the price, and better than what he's gotten in bigger name restaurants recently. Tacos de Cayos were great - the scallops were silky and smooth as they should be, and as a green leafy veg freak I appreciated the chard base. The beans were not great, kind of a mashed refried bean thing, perhaps from a can or mix (?) but everything else was wonderful and fairly priced.

We'll go back with wine next time. The table next to ours was set for champagne glasses, wine glasses, had some beers, and they brought their own floral centerpiece and were having a lovely time (a birthday or anniversary?). When we left close to 7 the place was packed (with suburbanites). We're not doing dessert right now so I don't know if it is offered for those interested.

Needing a cocktail after the week we (middle aged not very cool people though we know where the cool kids go) swung by the Sugar House in Corktown and got the last 2 person table. The joint was PACKED and swinging. We were sandwiched between young beautiful people with big hair and makeup, designer accessories and furs and two gentlemen who, to my best observation, appeared to be off duty cops getting a good drink before going home to the wives they discussed. All friendly and having a great time.

Hubs had a Rittenhouse Manhattan, I had a Negroni. Both drinks were good - but we can make quite good at home for less too, and had a more "artistic" or innovative cocktail experience at The Oakland in Ferndale the prior week (those drinks were artistry that I cannot replicate at home). Good drinks, fun setting, but I don't work near Corktown and probably won't be there often due to the distance and lack of life-changingness. We may be at The Oakland periodically because they are pulling off things we cannot (yet).

Still have to try Green Dot some day...

Oct 11, 2014
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boston butt roast--how to cook?

Probably late, but FYI for anyone - Lidia Bastianich has a recipe on her website for a bone in pork shoulder recipe that is fantastic. It's low and slow, and the fantastic part is the meat roasting in a pan of lots and lots of onions, celery, carrots garlic and herbs (and chicken stock and white wine). Recipe calls for porcinis, I never have them so never use them. The long cooked liquid/sauce and meaty soft onions make a phenomenal sauce for the tender roasted meat - I think that 95% of the magic is the onions, and while the meat is delicious (with a crispy fat cap) the meaty oniony spice and herby sauce really caps it off. Probably the tastiest (in my opinion) sauce I've ever made at home and totally easy (just chop, cook for a long time, and then run through a strainer or food mill and reduce a bit).

Oct 05, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

What should I make with savoy cabbage?

I enjoy Savoy shredded, made into sauerkraut (delicate) and also braised. I only considered braising cabbage when we were in a CSA and got a ton of savoy one year, but it's flavor and texture were truly enjoyable in long cooked dishes (with meat, or with stock and/or cream and herbs).

Oct 05, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

My local TJ's made and had for tasting one day the cooked, shrink wrapped carnitas shredded and heated with a jar of Salsa Verde. That's now a staple for us too - very easy and tasty when we don't have time to cook from scratch. Probably excellent with shredded chicken as well.

Oct 03, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

The Serious Eats recipe for slow roasted lamb shoulder and broccoli romanesco.

I bought a quince, wanted to make Tunisian quince and lamb stew. Farmer's market and city central meat market had no stew lamb. Bought 2 shanks and 1 shoulder.

Quince and lamb stew was good, spouse didn't like the quince.

Roasting shoulder today - looks and smells great. Broccoli romanesco was at the market because two growers like it. All kind of random but working out to be a good meal!

Last night, cheese and crackers and 1/2 apple (it was one of those days).

Canning questions (am I going to give my friends a jar of botulism)

Yes to this - I am a very new canner. Most of my cans sealed and popped immediately, but I've had them all out of the water bath, cooling on a few layers of towel, and been cleaning up the kitchen later when I heard the "ping." Patience.

Sep 27, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

red vs. white miso

Red is saltier and stronger in flavor than white. I use either/or in my miso soup and sauces, depending on mood and what is available. I'd sub but maybe use a little less - is this a recipe you can taste and test in process?

Sep 21, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking

Where to buy duck meat in Metro-Detroit

I've bought fresh duck (whole or just legs) at the chicken place at Gratiot Central before (Cheech's Chicken?). It was good and fairly priced.

Sep 20, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Trip Report - Traverse City, Kalkaska, Leland, Fenton, Ann Arbor, Port Clinton

TC's Bayside Market is a gem. We were in town last year when my husband was on a very strict low carb diet (for blood sugar reasons) and Bayside provided us with several wonderful in-hotel-room meals of meats, fishes and a good red wine.

Sep 15, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Low-Carb in Detroit

My husband is doing this for blood sugar reasons. He'll do Middle Eastern (soups, salads topped with grilled chicken, labneh with raw veggies, tomato and feta, etc.) but it is a challenge. Good fish and steaks aren't cheap (for routinely eating out). We eat at home much more now. Sushi with its sweetened and salted white rice is out for good (I lost my taste for it as well, to the joy of my bank account since I'd been a regular consumer before). Omelets are very handy for breakfast or at the coney-type places that will do an omelet for lunch too.

Once he did add a few more carbs in (like half of a bun for a weekly burger) we found the places that will do a side of veggies in place of fries, etc. (the Emory in Ferndale has great burgers and will do a side of grilled veggies instead of fries or onion rings).

Carry low fat cheese sticks and nuts with you for when you get hungry...

Edited to add - for what it is worth, after 1 year on the super low carb diet (OK, I cheat a lot, but hubs lost over 30 lbs) I don't miss potatoes, pasta or sushi rice at all. I just got out of the habit of eating it (along with good bread) and truly don't miss it.

Sep 12, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Northern Lakes & Seafood; Relocated to Troy, MI

Visited for happy hour with some business friends last week. Excellent service at a large booth in the bar (I don't recall our server's name, but she's a young woman relocated from the thumb and was terrific). Calimari was the best shared app, followed by flat bread with smoked salmon, sour cream/cheese, capers, red onions. The smoked salmon was fresh and of very good quality. Other apps were less exciting - the smoked whitefish dip is more dip than fish, etc.

When I arrived to meet my friends around 5:50 I think that there were 4 other cars in the parking lot. More customers arrived between 6 and 8:30, but mostly at the bar. The large space felt large and a bit desolate.

Sep 01, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

Based on this thread, I made the chicken last night (have a ton of miso at any time, always looking for new ways to use it). I feared that the marinade would be too salty but it was not. Delicious flavor (I could taste the miso) and I'll make it again, though I'd still love to knock down the salt level even further.

Aug 30, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Home Cooking
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: A Change of Appetite

Based on this thread, I made the beans last night with crushed almonds in place of bread crumbs (no crumbs on hand plus spouse is eating low carb until his blood sugar drops further). Outstanding. BTW, if you are out of bread crumbs, crushed almonds with the garlic and anchovy is delicious as well.

Aug 30, 2014
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Michigan was out of them but I saw them back in the freezer section on Saturday (2 days ago).

Aug 25, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

Holiday Market's The Smoke House: Just Say "No." [Detroit area]

Thank you for getting this out there - around the time that HO's BBQ counter opened I took a smoked chicken home. I hate to limit my food vocabulary to that of a 14 year old girl, but "gross" is the best word for this occasion. The bird was undercooked, had that bloody joints/bones thing going on that young fowl who have been pushed too hard to grow too fast can have, was sort of tasteless, it was just "gross." I did return it for a full refund but have not had it in me to try more (when I do want BBQ, sometimes but not all that often, I get Lazybones takeout). I do like HO for a lot of things - Zingerman's pimento cheese, decent meat and fish counters, some of the prepared foods, great breads from Zingermans and Avalon but not the BBQ...

Aug 20, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Dragonmeade + Lazybones Menu (Dragonbones) - Detroit Suburbs

I am going to - I can't be the only one who has noticed that the combo isn't great.

Jul 26, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

Dragonmeade + Lazybones Menu (Dragonbones) - Detroit Suburbs

Guys, I hate to post or ask this but would rather say something than see a business I really enjoy take a bigger hit.

We enjoy (about 2-3x a month) Dragonmeade beer. We really esteem Lazybones food (pulled pork, brisket, the wonderful smoked chicken, the amazing pit beans...). When we used to head to the east side we'd pick up Lazybones and take it to Dragonmeade for a great dinner with great IPAs and friendly service.

D'meade now (i) is no longer BYO food and (ii) has a permanent Lazybones-inspired or supplied menu. We (singly and jointly) are not loving the perm. menu (meat plate is OK, cheese plate is OK, chili is not great, none of the things we loved before are available) and therefore partaking much less - it's not that much fun to drive to Lazybones for carryout and then back to the Hills of Beverly to eat it.

I feel like this combo is not helping either business involved - has anyone else had this experience? I'd love to constructively mention it to D'meade - they have great drinks and Lazybones has great food, and this combo is not showing off the pairing to their best advantages. I'd love to go back and have a Broken Rudder IPA and really good food there again...

Jul 25, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes

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

NAY to the gross chicken pot pie. At least in the Great Lakes, TJ's frozen chicken pot pie used to be a much better product. This one (new supplier?) had a bitterish sauce, few bits of mangled chicken, and bitter carrots and peas. I'm asking for a refund, darn it!

YAY to the wonderful 6 flavors of frozen macarons. Most are quite good and you can't beat the price versus fresh gourmet bakery ones. Even the less great flavors I'm happy to have with a cup of coffee.

Jul 23, 2014
HillsofBeverly in Chains

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.

Jul 22, 2014
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"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