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There used to be a bagel shop in Crown Point and then they closed. They took the recipe to Winfield and opened a bagel shop there. They closed. Anybody happen to know where one can purchase a Jalapeno Cheese bagel?

Please don't tell me Great American Bagel...they don't compare. Panera used to make them but not anymore.

Any suggestions for good bagels...really good ones?


Sep 03, 2013
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

Costo membership - worth it? must-tries etc.

We are retired and love Costco. We buy all of our prescriptions there and if we have to wait we walk around and sample all the goodies they are demoing that day.

They send you coupons every month and we buy supplies of toilet paper, dishwashing soap and detergent there.

I always buy their fresh ground beef. It is packaged with about 12 round looking 1/2 pound portions. I bring them home and package each one in Press and seal and then into a zip lock bag. Perfect for two burgers or I can use two of them for cassaroles.

I bought a Roomba last year only because I wanted to try it out and be able to take it back because I was not sure I would like it. I love it. I have taken a couple of things back..pretzels out of date and a Steam cleaner and no questions asked. They are very good to their members.

We love Costco. We call it our exercise program in the cold Winter months when the snow flies.

By the way we started buying the 100 membership. I take DIL and she does her shopping on my card. Doing that I only paid $24 for my membership this year. Yipee

Dec 11, 2011
pippi1807 in Chains

Costco food finds - 4th quarter 2011 [old]

The kirkland Almond Toffee is soooo good I just can't buy it any more. It is the best toffee I have had. I like that it is not brick hard but tender and chewable. YUM.

Dec 09, 2011
pippi1807 in Chains

Applebees in Schererville, IN. The Food Has Taken A Dive

Hubby and I just returned from lunch at this Applebees restaurant in Shererville, IN. I ordered the pick two and my choice was French Onion Soup and Shrimp and Spinach Salad. Also ordered a cup of coffee.

First of all the silverware and plating looked old...very old. Silverware old too. Thin and old.

Coffee was probably the worst I have had..ever other than Bakers Square in Merrillville, IN.

Lunch came and it was the soup with a huge glob of gooey Mozarezza Cheese. So thick, unappetizing I simply pushed it to the side.

The salad consisted of some fresh Spinach with four tiny, teeny shrimp and a hot Bacon Dressing..lots of dressing. Enough that I could not finish the salad.

Called the manager and told her I wanted nothing but the food was bad. She said the General Manager is in today. He was one slick looking cookie. I am sure looking forward to a hefty Christmas Bonus. Told him my tale and he asked if I would like to try something Would I like a dinner to

Then he went right back to his telephone calls.

Why did I bother? I guess hopeing it might save you from the same poor food.

By the way the place was pretty empty at 12:15 pm and when I pointed that out to the GM he said it was a slow day. Right.....

Dec 08, 2011
pippi1807 in Chains

New Buffalo, Michigan Restaurant

Sorry to say I checked this one out on Yelp and the reviews were not good! :(

Dec 04, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

New Buffalo, Michigan Restaurant

Thank you all for the great recommendations. Next trip we have someplace to go.

"I get by with a little help from my friends"!

Dec 02, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

Indiana Folks, Need some Help

Well silly me. I wondered how you knew the Colts would be playing in the SuperBowl...the post is from 2010. Oh well you certainly got the "flavor of Indiana" should you ever visit our fair state again....

Too much Thanksgiving but I am craving some of those Fried Biscuits and Apple Butter!

Nov 28, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

Indiana Folks, Need some Help

NW Indiana is very culturally diverse. Lots of Polish folks with their Pierogi and Polish sausage. Indiana as a whole is known for corn..lots of corn, corn bread and of course pop corn.

Because of Lake Michigan being so close there is a church fundraiser fish fry most Friday nights.

Albanese Candy Factory in Merrillville, IN is known for their gummy bears which are shipped all over the world.

I do believe Southern Indiana is more Southern than some of our Southern States.

Might be fun to do a "Map of Indiana eating". Something from each region.

Popcorn, Gummy Bears and Pieorgi from NW and Persimmon Pudding from Southern Indiana.

You can google "Indiana Region Favorite Foods" and get quite a list.

Sounds like a fun time. Good luck with your "foodies".

Nov 27, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

Need Carrot Cake [DTW]

OMG this is my very favorite recipe for Carrot Cake. I make it every chance I get. Sometimes muffins and I make lots of substitutions as I go along..such as.. Pecans for Macadamia nuts.and ground ginger for crystalized and honey for maple syrup. It is....da bomb and easy, easy.


Nov 21, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes


If you ever travel down toward Hammond, Indiana, perhaps on your way to or from Chicago, turn off on Indianapolis Boulevard and enjoy lunch at The Bread Basket.

They bake Stone Ground Wheat Bread every day. Salads and homemade dressings and the best sandwiches ever.

I think it is one of those "diamonds in the rough".

Nov 21, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

NW Indiana Lobster Dinner???

Anybody happen to know of a great place in NW Indiana that serves wonderful Lobster?

Thank you.

Nov 19, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

Oxford, Ohio Farmers Market and Help with Restaurants

Our granddaughters attend Miami of Ohio University and we travel down to Oxford, Ohio quite often. We would like some recommendations of things to do, places to see and where to eat when we are in that area. Thank you very much.

By the way anytime we are in Oxford, Ohio on a Saturday morning we head over to the Farmers Market..right downtown.

It is one of the best ones we have ever gone to. They have an Artisian Bread...the Red Pepper and Kalamarta Olive bread is wonderful. Another booth I dream about is the homemade cupcakes. You dream it they have it!

We have wandered over to Jungle Jims and what a place. Don't miss it.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Jungle Jim's Cafe
1923 N Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL 62702

Red Pepper
204 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Nov 19, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

Cleveland: Recommendation needed off I-271

Joes Deli in Rocky River is our all time favorite place for a Corned Beef Sandwich stacked up to the ceiling. Homemade soups. Homemade deli items. It's the bomb.

GPS it and see how far it would be. Worth the trip and be prepared to stand outside waiting for a table during lunch and dinner hours.


Nov 19, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

New Buffalo, Michigan Restaurant

Thank you that sounds lovely. We will consider Tabor Hill Winery Restaurant on our next visit to Michigan.

Nov 19, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes

Irish Soda Bread (split from Ontario board)

If you look at the bottom of the recipe there is a formula for making your own buttermilk. It is not as good but it is the way a lot of people make Buttermilk when it is not available.

Nov 19, 2011
pippi1807 in Home Cooking

New Buffalo, Michigan Restaurant

We love going to Four Winds. Any suggestions for someplace great to eat in New Buffalo?


Nov 18, 2011
pippi1807 in Great Lakes


I am looking for a great place to enjoy some Lobster in NW Indiana.
I asked at Marti's and they told me $50.00 bucks. I don't think so.

Any suggestions?

Nov 18, 2011
pippi1807 in Chicago Area

Irish Soda Bread (split from Ontario board)

This is my favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe from Land O Lakes. Enjoy.

Irish Soda BreadA traditional Irish-inspired round quick bread made with buttermilk and currants or raisins.
15 min.prep time 45 time
12 servings (1 loaf )
5 Stars 4 Ratings
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour3 tablespoons sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/3 cup cold Land O Lakes® Butter1 1/4 cups buttermilk*1/2 cup currants or raisinsDirectionsHeat oven to 375°F. Combine all ingredients except buttermilk and currants in large bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and currants just until moistened.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Shape into ball. Place onto greased baking sheet. Pat into 6-inch circle. Cut 1/2-inch deep “X” in top of dough with sharp knife.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

*Substitute 4 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 1/4 cups. Let stand 10 minutes.

Nov 18, 2011
pippi1807 in Home Cooking