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cooking for toddler / fussy one year old - cookbook recommendations?

Unfortunately no. He's not unto really mushy food anymore. He likes to feed himself (using his hands--not quite up to a spoon yet)--but he's just not so excited about many of the things I've tried to feed him, and I'm hoping to get him beyond a diet of chicken nuggets and grilled cheese. :(

May 07, 2012
jskang47 in Home Cooking

cooking for toddler / fussy one year old - cookbook recommendations?

I saw some posts for cooking for babies, but my son is past the baby-food stage. I'm finding it challenging to think of what to feed him (and he seems to hate green veggies, so it's even harder to work those in).
Does anyone have any good cookbook recommendatinos that are specifically geared towards toddlers?

May 06, 2012
jskang47 in Home Cooking

Help! restaurants? - last minute 40th anniversary dinner for 15 [Detroit]

Thanks all! Wound up going to opus one--not my favorite--but was still decent food and great service for a group that size.

May 06, 2012
jskang47 in Great Lakes

Help! restaurants? - last minute 40th anniversary dinner for 15 [Detroit]

POssibly downtown (but with restaurant week, I'm not sure that will be possible). Birmingham, Royal Oak-ish area would work, too. I think the group is fairly mainstream (not huge lovers of ethnic food) :P

Apr 13, 2012
jskang47 in Great Lakes

Help! restaurants? - last minute 40th anniversary dinner for 15 [Detroit]

My in-laws are celebrating their 40th anniversary next weekend, and my husband dropped the ball on planning. We're looking for something nice/middle or the road-ish in terms of price (perhaps a little nicer than an Andiamo). Any suggestions are appreciated!

Apr 13, 2012
jskang47 in Great Lakes

Forest Grill, Birmingham, MI

The second visit was much better. The charcuterie was excellent; the duck was cooked between medium rare and medium and the five-spice parsnip puree was velvety and rich. Only let downs were the french onion soup (sweet and thick like a sauce) and the donuts (heavy and still had a floury taste). Also could have done without the waiter explaining (at length) what a "seasonal menu" is. :p

May 14, 2010
jskang47 in Great Lakes

Phat Sammich, Birmingham, MI

This has become one of my easy, go-to take out places. The shaved prime rib sandwich (I get it on a hoagie, rather than the italian bread) is excellent! Not the kind of food you can eat all the time (pretty heavy), but tasty, reasonably priced, with good service to boot.

May 12, 2010
jskang47 in Great Lakes

Forest Grill, Birmingham, MI

Went there about a year and a half ago and was unimpressed (my serving of braised lamb was mostly fat, and mostly salty). Given the great reviews, will be trying it again tonight (thinking perhaps I ordered wrong? Caught them on an off night?). Hoping it will be better than a C. :p

May 12, 2010
jskang47 in Great Lakes

A weekend's worth of eats in Cincinnati?

Awesome. Thanks, all, for the helpful suggestions!

Apr 18, 2010
jskang47 in Great Lakes

A weekend's worth of eats in Cincinnati?

My husband, his parents, and I will be taking a trip to Cincinnati (I think we'll be staying downtown). None of us has ever been. Any restaurant recommendations (both upscale and casual)? Any great breakfast spots?
Also, if you can think of any other "must do's/things to see," please feel free to mention them.

Apr 04, 2010
jskang47 in Great Lakes

suggestions: leftover beef tenderloin (well done)?

Thanks for the suggestions! Since it's a snow day, I appreciate that a lot of these can be put together with pantry staples!

Feb 22, 2010
jskang47 in Home Cooking

suggestions: leftover beef tenderloin (well done)?

I have about a pound of leftover tenderloin from a roast. Unfortunately, since it's the ends, the meat is well done. Does anyone have any creative suggestions for what to do with the leftovers (hopefully ones that stretch it out to feed two people).

Feb 22, 2010
jskang47 in Home Cooking

Cafe Via in Birmingham, MI?

Good point. Still getting used to the seasonal produce in this area.

Pho Que Hu'o'ng Restaurant - A good bowl of Pho, Oak Park, MI

Awesome. Thanks for the tip!

Da Nang in Clawson, MI (viet food)

Amen. P.S. - Please post if you find Vietnamese food in Detroit that does fit the bill.

? Ramps & Fiddleheads in SE MI Markets

Yep--saw them there a couple of weeks ago. $19/pound, from Washington State.

Cafe Via in Birmingham, MI?

UPDATE: Went to Cafe Via (Maple and Woodward) for a birthday dinner. Overall impressions:

Caprese: Mah. The tomatoes had been refrigerated, so the flavor was lost and they had gone a bit mushy. Not a great deal for the $10, and I'm not sure where the "grilling" part came in.

Crab cakes: Pretty good. Crisp exterior, nicely fried, soft & crabby inside, with a tasty remoulade and corn salsa that had a slight kick, amid the creaminess.

Meat: They mean it when they say "medium rare" in a way that most establishments don't. Our (hubby's and mine) meat entrees (beef tenderloin au poivre and lamb chops) were almost purple, but with a great sear that made up for any slight hesitations about the color of the meat. These people aren't afraid to deliver a juicy, well-cooked (read: RARE) piece of meat that retains its texture and clear flavor.

Dessert: The strawberry shortcake with poprocks was about 3 steps removed from a poptart. . . .Now that I'm past the wine-haze, the rectangular shortbread they used--covered in whipped cream, and sprinkled with poprocks--makes me think they were going for "poptart." I'm not anti-poptart (overly processed bundles of jammy pastry goodness!), but this seemed like a gimmick for gimmick's sake. If you want to do a poptart, commit! (Bake the damn thing! Don't cheat me out of icing!) Messing with a shortcake, though, with overly-macerated berries and soggy pastry... just not cool.

Ambiance: Birmingham "fabulous"with a nice patio.

Overall: Worth a trip, but not a long wait (6:30 on a Tuesday 45 minute wait for an inside table, and they don't take reservations. Grrr. Argh.).

Cafe Via in Birmingham, MI?

Has anyone tried Cafe Via in Birmingham? I'm looking for a place in the Birmingham/Royal Oak/ Ferndale area for a birthday dinner. I'm a little hesitant to go there (even on a weeknight) because there's a no reservations policy.

Info on Cook & Ladder?

When I was in LA a few years ago, I bought some Cook & Ladder products at the Santa Monica farmer's market (blood orange marmalade, blueberry pinot noir jam). Does anyone know if this company still exists? They used to be located in the Santa Ynez area, I think. Internet searches turned up information on them from a few years ago, but their website doesn't work and I can't find anything current.

Jul 28, 2008
jskang47 in California

Anyone Tried Recipes from 660 Curries?

I haven't tried any of them, but the writer of this food blog (raspberry eggplant) seems to working her way through some of them:
http://raspberryeggplant.blogspot.com...

Hope it's useful!

May 28, 2008
jskang47 in Home Cooking

Boba Tea in Detroit??

Probably closer to Troy or Royal Oak. By the way--how's the food at Rexy's?

Boba Tea in Detroit??

Moving to the Detroit area in May and am hoping to find a place to get my boba tea fix. Any suggestions?

no cook appetizer needed

thanks for all the good ideas--esp. the nytimes article. it looks like an awesome resource to have on file.

Mar 20, 2008
jskang47 in Home Cooking

no cook appetizer needed

Having people over for Easter dinner and i have only 1 oven (that will be occupied by a large piece of meat). Any ideas on easy no cook appetizers to serve? One of my guests is allergic to seafood and the other to dairy. :(

Mar 20, 2008
jskang47 in Home Cooking

Brunch ideas needed

I'm arranging food for a baby shower (about 15-20 people attending). I have the more traditional breakfast foods down (coffee cake, frittata, etc) but am having trouble figuring out the more "transitional" lunch timey foods. Limitations: the attendees aren't very adventurous eaters and the budget is small. Any ideas are appreciated!

Nov 08, 2007
jskang47 in Home Cooking

Gilroy, California, Garlic Bread

Hmmm... can anyone tell me about how long it takes for the dough to double in volume? I'd like to make this for dinner sometime this week but I want to make sure I've got enough time.

Oct 22, 2007
jskang47 in Recipes

Where should I take my best friend????????

hmmm... money no object, I'd say Sona, tasting menu (chef's carte blanche). unforgettable--esp. for those who are adventurous about their food. Although the tasting menu at melisse is pretty incredible too (with a great cheese course/cart!!!).

I was a fan of the food at spago, but not the atmosphere. it was so cramped and hectic, it felt like being at denny's for sunday breakfast; the staff was pretty humorless and busy. Perhaps the experience is better in the outside dining area?

Sep 20, 2007
jskang47 in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sum in Madison? Detroit?

I'm in Madison right now, where the pickins are even slimmer! :) so, it sounds like there are a handful of good places to try when I get to Detroit! Thanks for the Windsor tip, too!

Dim Sum in Madison? Detroit?

Thanks, Boagman! Someone else mentioned Shangrila on another post, I think. :) I'll have to check it out. Also--if you have thai restaurant recommendations, I'd be happy to have those too! I don't know much at all about the Detroit area.

Dim Sum in Madison? Detroit?

Cool--thanks for the tips!