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Birthday Butchery

All I can say is WHO CARES!? Cut it or don't cut it. I have never met anyone who would judge a person either way. In our family and circle of friends the cutting of the cake is such a non-issue that I do not EVER remember being expected by anyone to cut the cake on my birthday. Whomever happens to be standing nearest grabs a knife and starts cutting. Really, are people this pompous?

Mar 27, 2008
thatgirl153 in Features

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

LOL! I clicked on the picture because of how awful it was! Got a good laugh from the comments. (esp Big O )

Mar 18, 2008
thatgirl153 in Recipes

Need recipe for "Birds Nests"

Fayehess, thank you so much for working this out for me. Luckily I do make my own pasta and I have some in the freezer right now. I will try this and report back.

Mar 17, 2008
thatgirl153 in Home Cooking

Need recipe for "Birds Nests"

Many years ago I went to Italy with my family, mainly the San Marino area. I still recall a dish we had and I would like to recreate it. I will describe it: Long narrow lasagna noodles rolled and filled with white sauce, ham, peas, red sauce. The "rolls" were served on the side so it resembled a spiraled birds nest. I do not recall if there was any cheese involved. Has anyone ever had or made anything similar? My Nonna always called them Birds Nests but I have had no luck researching them under that title. Thanks

Mar 17, 2008
thatgirl153 in Home Cooking

Stop Broadcasting Your Social Life

I honestly do not see the appeal of Twittering. Are people so self involved that now they feel that their every thought is worthy of broadcasting to the world? Who thinks they are that "deep" or interesting? And if you truely have something profound to say, why not say it to the people you are with? People have become robots, just buying into whatever stupid "technology" that comes along.

Feb 11, 2008
thatgirl153 in Features

Outing Ecoslackers

If it is really important to you and you are sure they can be recycled, ask her to leave the containers in the sink and you will take of them. If she sees you are willing to do that, she might just do it herself.

Sep 13, 2007
thatgirl153 in Features

Leftovers: The Career Killer

I am a late poster here.....but jeez this article is ridiculous! Take away the monetary "statement" made by eating out every day and think of health issues alone. Who can eat out every single day and not gain gobs of weight? I find when I watching my calories that it is nearly impossilbe to find quick lunch eats that are under 600-700 calories. I can easily pack a delicious lunch and snack for half that. The one thing that makes me happy is how many people violently disagree with the premise of this article. And Craig......why should people sugar coat it? Sometimes the truth hurts.

Aug 30, 2007
thatgirl153 in Features

Tupperware That'll Get You Noticed

If you care about the environment at all, you will not buy disposable plastic containers! It's true that real tupperware is a little expensive..but you only have to buy it once! And I am pretty sure real tupperware has a lifetime guarantee anyway. Please, these disposable containers are such a waste and the epitome of laziness!

Aug 30, 2007
thatgirl153 in Features

Casual Dinner in Philly Friday night

First time in Philly...looking for good casual dining without the need for reservations. Brew pubs, burgers, crab cakes, fish and chips with a Philly flair. We will be staying at Loews Hotel which I think is near the Reading Terminal. We will probably be out and about looking at the historical sites and such. Any recs?

Aug 15, 2007
thatgirl153 in Pennsylvania

Philly must-haves

how do the BYO restaurants work? Can you bring beer, wine, liquor?

Jul 30, 2007
thatgirl153 in Pennsylvania

Philly must-haves

This is exactly the kind of info I was hoping for! I doubt we would be up for a high-end meal since we tend to be very on the go, walking, shopping, exploring etc. So the markets etc are perfect for us. What about seafood? Is there an abundance of seafood since Philly is fairly close to the ocean? Also, if we wanted to drive to the coast, is there a place that would embody nature and beach in that area? thanks!

Jul 27, 2007
thatgirl153 in Pennsylvania

Philly must-haves

Looks like we will be there on a friday and saturday. That reading terminal market....is that just what it sounds like?....an open market with various vendors and such? Which is better....the RTM or the italian market that someone else mentioned?

Jul 27, 2007
thatgirl153 in Pennsylvania

Philly must-haves

We are going to Philly for 2 days in August. We want to stay in the City Center(?) area...We have never been before. What are the must-have foods to enjoy while we are there? Any suggestion on where to stay? This is a road trip type vacation as opposed to a high-end one.

Jul 26, 2007
thatgirl153 in Pennsylvania

If It Ain't Dark, It Ain't Chocolate

Geez......since when do we judge people on the color of their chocolate? I hope it's all said in a playful fun manor. Just because someone prefers milk chocolate doesn't mean they never tried dark. I used to be a dark chocolate person and I do still like it in on ocassion....but I think I burned out on it and now I like the creaminess of good quality milk chocolate. So sue me!

Jul 03, 2007
thatgirl153 in Features

Money to spend in Detroit for my Birthday.

The menu at Rattlesnake looks excellent! Unfortunately they are closed on Mondays. Right now we are leaning toward Seldom Blues. We are also planning on going to the Science center for that body exhibit afterward. It has been extended until September I think.

Jun 28, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Money to spend in Detroit for my Birthday.

Seldom Blues is on my list. Do you have any favorite menu items?

Jun 27, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Money to spend in Detroit for my Birthday.

Seldom Blues is one of the places I had on my list of possibles. What were your favorite menu items?

Jun 27, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Money to spend in Detroit for my Birthday.

That would be total for 2 people. We would adjust our drinking to meet our budget. (no expensive bottles of wine)

Jun 26, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Money to spend in Detroit for my Birthday.

For my birthday next monday, my hubby suggested we go out for a nice dinner or lunch of my choosing. Since we don't eat upscale very often, I want something really fabulous. It can be in downtown Detroit or in the burbs. Though I have heard great things about Tribute, I don't think we want to spend quite that much. Maybe something in the $100 to $150 range for lunch or dinner. What will knock our socks off?

Jun 26, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Wow, You Eat a Lot

"Diane Harriford, director of women’s studies at Vassar College, has one explanation: “Voraciousness is seen as troublesome in women; we’re not supposed to take up too much space, have too many desires.”

Give me a break! This is the most ridiculous comment I have ever heard? Who says we aren't supposed to take up space or have desires? Maybe weak women who want to be victims their whole lives and act like the whole world is out to get them.

I eat what I want. If someone cares to comment, I will give them a truthfull response, such as "mind your own business" or "please don't comment on my food, I hate that" End of story!

Jun 07, 2007
thatgirl153 in Features

Eastern Market Detroit Michigan

What's the policy for bringing fresh veggies and/or meat across the border?

May 25, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Detroit Area CSAs?

Gary, If you had split your share with someone...would it have been worth it? What were some of the better items you received weekly? I have never heard of this concept and am very curious. thanks!

May 24, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Eastern Market Detroit Michigan

Butchers Inn was on Winder street. Just a few steps off the beaten path. The other restaurants were crazy busy, but this was hidden enough to only be about a 15 minute wait. I had the Butcher’s Favorite: French Toast in Grand Marnier Batter and Michigan Maple Syrup, bacon or sausage and breakfast potatoes. Delicious!

May 21, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Eastern Market Detroit Michigan

Well, we went to the Eastern Market on Sunday. As planned we got there at 7:00 am. No problems navagating through traffic, though we were surprised that there were already a good number of people there. We parked in the parking structure and got a good spot on the lower level near the door, perfect for making drop-offs of our purchases. We got some good deals on flowers and produce. We walked across I-75 to a meat place...can't think of the name of it....but it had many vendors in the building. I bought a t-bone steak and some country ribs to make for dinner. We ate an excellent breakfast at the Butchers Inn. All and all it was a good day. I now feel comfortable with the area and plan on making many more trips. thanks for the info!

May 21, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Tiny delights of food

I love how relaxed and in the zone I feel when I am cooking. I don't feel like talking I just want to create.

May 16, 2007
thatgirl153 in Not About Food

Eastern Market Detroit Michigan

Jeff, we are planning on getting there very eary 6:30 or 7:00am....will this help with the parking..or does everyone have that same idea?

May 16, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

Eastern Market Detroit Michigan

I will be going down to Eastern Market for the first time Sunday for the Flower day. Any tips on restaurants, special buys, parking, unique shops?

May 15, 2007
thatgirl153 in General Midwest Archive

None of Your Business

Perhaps, like me, the friend had previously given out a prized recipe only to have a horrid version of it served back to her at a future gathering. I gave out my favorite squash recipe ( I only serve it once a year) and my MIL made it twice within a couple of weeks. Both times it was a dry pasty mess and ended up turning me off to it all together.

May 13, 2007
thatgirl153 in Features

Suggestions for roasted pork shoulder.

Here is the recipe:
Recipe: Slow-roasted shoulder of pork with salsa verde
We developed the recipe for this succulent roast in 2005 and we still dream about it.
Times Staff Writers

Total time: 20 minutes plus 8 1/2 to 10 1/2 hours roasting time

Servings: 8 to 10

10 garlic cloves, peeled

1/2 cup fennel seeds

2 tablespoons coarse sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

5 to 6 small dried red chiles, crumbled, with seeds

1 boneless pork shoulder butt (about 6 to 7 pounds)

1/2 cup hot water

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup chicken broth

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Salsa verde (recipe follows)

1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic and fennel seeds and mix them together. Add the salt, pepper and chiles and combine.

2. Cut 1-inch wide slits all over the surface including top and bottom of meat. Rub the garlic-seed mixture into the slits.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, heavy Dutch oven. Sear the meat on all sides over medium-low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes. Do not allow the garlic to burn.

4. Remove the roast from the pot, add the hot water, stirring and scraping the bottom to deglaze the pan. Place a rack in the bottom of the pan, add the meat, fatty side up, and roast in the oven uncovered for 30 minutes.

5. Pour the lemon juice and the chicken broth over the meat. Brush with the remaining olive oil.

6. Reduce the heat to 250 degrees, cover the pan and roast the meat 8 to 10 hours, occasionally basting with pan juices. The roast will be done when the meat is falls apart when barely touched with a fork.

7. Remove the roast from the pot and place it on a serving platter. Skim the fat from the pan drippings. Serve pan drippings on the side or drizzled over the meat.

Apr 30, 2007
thatgirl153 in Home Cooking

Suggestions for roasted pork shoulder.

Over the weekend, I made the roasted pork shoulder recipe that was in the LA times recently. The recipe called for a 1/2 cup of fennel seeds, garlic and dried red peppers. The finished product was EXCELLENT. I followed the recipe exactly and roasted it for nearly 10 hours. Though I liked the fennel flavor, it was a very strong and prominent flavor. Does anyone have any suggestion for different flavors using the same technique?

Apr 30, 2007
thatgirl153 in Home Cooking