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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?

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
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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
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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

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
HillsofBeverly in Chains
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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
HillsofBeverly in Great Lakes