Strawberry Pina Colada

The work girls and I decided to go out to Mexican Village Restaurant to celebrate all our hard work these past couple weeks. It’s something that we named “Margarita Monday,” but I decided to get something a little different: A Strawberry Pina Colada. It sounded good and I was feeling fruity.

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Although Mexican Village has good food, I wanted to keep it real and focus on the drinks! The Strawberry Pina Colada was delicious and really hit the spot. Turns out the Margarita’s were on sale on Mondays. Score!

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Polish Soup Festival

Sunday, Jay and I went to the Polish Soup Festival @ St. Florian Church in Hamtramck, MI. Being the Polack’s that we are, we try to stay true to our culture whenever possible. When Jason told me about the festival that he heard about from a co-worker, Victoria, I knew we had to check it out.

The festival was held in the basement of the church and was filled with Polish dancers, traditional dishes, and Polka music!

The food ranged from $3 for a bowl of soup to $10 for a combo plate. We tried samples of the soup for $1:

Polish Military Soup: This is like a Polish play on Bean & Ham Soup, only made with Kielbasa. It was OK. I’m not a huge fan because of the saltiness, but it was something I’ve never heard of and had to try it.

Czarnina (Duck blood soup): My brother’s favorite. I’m not too fond of it because this Polish classic includes fruit (usually raisins and/or prunes) and I don’t think sweet should be in soup. It’s not that it tastes bad, it’s just weird and throws me off.

Dill Soup: My favorite! Includes dill weed, thinly sliced pickles, carrots, celery, and cream based broth. I love this soup because it’s a little sour, but pairs surprisingly well with the cream based broth.

White Borscht Soup: Includes Kielbasa, hard boiled egg, parsley, and potatoes in a cream based broth. The hard boiled egg is my favorite! This borscht was pretty good, but was missing something. I grew up with my Busia (Polish grandmother) making this soup during the holidays. Still, to this day, I have not come across anything that is close to hers which breaks my heart! I attempted to make a soup that was similar and it reminded me of my Busia’s recipe, but still not the same. I’ll have to try it again.

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(Pictured: Czarnina, Dill Soup, & White Borscht)

Sauerkraut Pierogies

Potato Pierogies: I prefer my pierogies browned in butter, but boiled and topped with butter and onions is good too. The dumpling was tender, but not mushy and paired well with the dill, sour cream, and horseradish.

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Combo Plate: Included stuffed cabbage (Golumpki), sauerkraut, kielbasa, and pierogies. The meat filling for the stuffed cabbage was a little dry, but had good seasoning and flavor. I will always prefer my mom’s recipe: Her filling for the cabbage rolls is moist and doesn’t form into a “meat log” underneath the cabbage leaves. The sauerkraut was really good, with a slight sweetness to it, and I liked that there were pieces of kielbasa in it. The guys at the festival were grilling up the kielbasa links in a garage behind the church which gave it that juicy BBQ flavor. Awesome!

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The combo plate came with your choice of a dessert. I picked an Apricot drop cookie which was soft, moist, and light. Perfect compliment to all the Polish food we just feasted on.

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We couldn’t leave without picking up some Angel Wings (chrusciki): sweet pastry dough that is twisted into “ribbons” and lightly fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. This traditional dessert is light, airy, and melts in your mouth.

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If you haven’t tried Polish food you really should because it’s delicious. I frequent Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck who I believe is the best around here. They have a great menu including some ridiculous dishes that I can’t get enough of. They are located a few blocks from the church and have always been packed (especially on Sunday’s after mass).  This local restaurant still does a great job of turning over tables in their small dining room because I’ve never had to wait more than 10 minutes.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

I wanted to share with everyone my easy chicken noodle soup recipe. It’s great comfort food if you’re sick, cold, or just want a quick serving of vegetables. I made a pot today for Ma since she was feeling under the weather.

Ingredients

1 small white onion

5-10 green onions (I like a lot)

1-2 chicken leg quarters

1 large carrot

1 stalk of celery (with leafy tops)

3 tablespoons of fresh (or dry) parsley

2-3 cans of chicken broth

1 chicken bouillon cube (if desired)

8-16 ounces of water

Salt & pepper to taste

2-3 handfuls of noodles of choice (egg noodles are my favorite)

Steps

In a large pot add broth and water and turn on medium heat. While waiting for liquid to boil, dice ingredients and add to pot.  Add chicken (chicken with a bone in adds more flavor), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Keep on a low boil until chicken is fork tender and cooked through (at least 20 min if chicken is thawed). If you boil too hard, it will boil out some of the liquid. Once chicken is cooked, remove from pot and let cool. Remove chicken from bone and add back to pot. I shred with a fork and dice up large pieces. Add noodles and cook for another 5 min or until noodles are tender. Keep in mind the noodles will absorb a lot of the liquid, so if you like more broth, add less noodles or a little more water/broth. For every two cans of broth I add, I will match a can of water. You should fill up a pot 3/4 way with all the ingredients in. Taste and add salt/pepper if needed.

Tip: Throwing in a bouillon cube adds more flavor. The longer you let the ingredients come together, the better it will taste.

Substitution: Add any other vegetables you like or rice.

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I really love soups because all you have to do is toss all the ingredients in and let it whirl! The hardest part is chopping and in this case, removing the chicken from the bone.

Enjoy!

Please share your favorite homemade recipe.

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Treat Dreams

Located on Woodward Ave in Downtown Ferndale, Treat Dreams is a local favorite scooping out some wild and crazy flavors. Mac and Cheese, Chocolate Covered Potato Chip, & Brown Sugar Ham are just a few of the homemade flavors this ice cream shop is whipping up. The flavors change so stop in to see what’s on the menu.

Raspberry Jalapeno: I tried a sample and it was sweet and spicy, but the jalapeno just wasn’t doing it for me. I think sweet goes better with Habanero Pepper, rather than Jalapeno.

Sunday Breakfast: Maple ice cream with pieces of bacon and waffle. Josh got it in a milkshake which was a good move, but after a while it wasn’t cold anymore. The maple ice cream was delicious, but the bacon tasted more like bacon bits then the real thing and became soggy about halfway through. Props to the idea!

Salted Carmel & Butterbeer Sundae: The Butterbeer was a combo of butterscotch ice cream and Vernors flavored ice cream. The Butterbeer was sweet and delicious. I’m not huge on butterscotch, but the Vernor’s seemed to balance it out making it not super sweet.

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The Salted Carmel was terrible! I’ve had Salted Carmel flavored frozen yogurt @ Yogurtopia & a Salted Carmel Mocha Frapp @ Starbucks and both were tasty, This ice cream was so bitter it tasted as though I took a swig of OJ after brushing my teeth. I get the whole sweet compliments salty deal, but this was just straight up bitterness. I ate about half of it trying trick myself into liking it, and it still didn’t work.

I was disappointed that I couldn’t try the Chocolate Covered Potato Chip ice cream, but there’s always next time. With all the weird and wacky flavors there are bound to be a couple I wasn’t a fan of, but I will definitely be back.  I’m just dying to know what the heck Mac & Cheese ice cream tastes like! If you are sick of the same old boring ice cream, check out Treat Dreams for some different, interesting flavors.

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Roman Village Cafe

Antonio’s Cusina Italiana has a sister restaurant located on Dix Rd. in Dearborn, Roman Village Cafe.  If you love Antonio’s, Roman Village is serving all your Italian favorites. I decided to take Josh there for Sweetest Day.

We started off with the garlicy, buttery fresh bread with Alfredo dipping sauce: The bread is amazing and the Alfredo was not salty like Olive Garden’s  is.

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Tortellini Alla Panna: Cheese filled tortellini prepared with peas and ham in a rich cream sauce. The tortellini was tender and the sauce was a little bland. The ham was good, but it seemed as though it was ripped up pieces of deli ham.

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I went with the famous Chicken Antonio (previously featured). Lightly battered chicken breast topped with melted Provolone cheese and white sauce. Delicious! I highly recommend this dish.

The food was good, but Antonio’s seems to be my favorite. I did like that we only waited about 20 min @ 7:30 pm on Saturday and the service was great. We also didn’t really like was that Roman Village Cafe was a little bright. Normally, when we go out to an Italian restaurant, we expect it to be dimly lit, creating a romantic ambiance.

Josh surprised me with some sweets (what a Sweetie)! He just wouldn’t tell me where he got them.

Chocolate Covered Bacon: Sweet meets salty. I thought the bacon would have that bacon-bit fake flavor, but it tasted like the bacon I made for breakfast this past weekend. Very interesting!

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(The pieces broke during transportation).

Butterfinger Dipped Pretzel & Chocolate with Cashews: Who doesn’t love a pretzel wrapped candy bar? The salt from the pretzel balances out the sweetness from the chocolate and peanut buttery Butterfinger! The chocolate with cashews was creamy and fresh. It didn’t taste like your average Hershey Bar. You could really taste the quality.

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The night was awesome and we have a lot of fun. Thanks Baby for the best Sweetest Day! ❤

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Happy Birthday Monica!

Yesterday I went over to Amanda’s to celebrate her sister, Monica’s Birthday. It was a pizza and cupcake party and I felt like a kid again. The pizza was courtesy of Little Caesars and the cupcakes were homemade and decorated by the girls!

Happy Birthday Monica, my sister from another mister. I love you!

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Parmesan Crusted Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Chef Judy style!

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Spicy, cheesy, and comforting!

Sometimes it’s refreshing to know that you’re not the only one who makes a mean Cajun Chicken Alfredo dish. 😉

For my recipe, visit http://detroit-food.tumblr.com/post/27789669478/cajun-chicken-alfredo

Tip: For Parmesan crusted chicken: coat chicken breast with Parmesan bread crumbs.

Add your favorite cheese (pictured above with Cheddar).

Slows Bar BQ

Located on Michigan Ave. in Detroit’s Cork town, Slows Bar BQ has  been a local (and non local) favorite for years. I’ve been there many times, but I decided to feature my absolute favorites off the menu. It was hard to choose, but I managed. See for yourself!

Brisket Enchilada: Chopped brisket and smoky gouda in corn tortillas topped with cheddar and Spicy Sauce. Cheesy, spicy, crunchy, and smoky.

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The Reason: Pork butt, smoked slow and pulled, bathed in sauce and topped with our signature coleslaw and dill pickle strips. This sandwich was too huge to bite into, so after taking half of the pork butt off to save for later, I still had left a mouth watering BBQ sandwich. My favorite signature sauce is the Apple BBQ (sweet and tangy) so I added a dollop to each bite. The pork was moist, and the coleslaw and pickles added creaminess and crunch to the rich pig. The only thing I didn’t like was that the bottom bun was so soggy that juice seeped out with every bite. It was like I was ringing out a sponge with my teeth.

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Triple Threat Pork: Featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive In’s, and Dive’s. Apple wood bacon, pulled pork and ham stacked high and mighty. If you’re looking for a salty tower of meat, this sandwich is for you! Huge, delicious and perfect for any carnivore.

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Mac and Cheese: Melty, crispy top layer of cheese blankets rich creamy, shells of delicious  goodness. One of the best Mac and Cheese sides I’ve ever had!

Sweet Potato Mash: Slightly sweet smashed potato. I love how this side isn’t whipped to death, leaving it with some texture.

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If you haven’t been to Slow’s, go there now! If you have, go back! They recently expanded and opened a second dining room. Check out the full bar with a huge list of locally brewed beers.  They also have a vegan friendly menu, which is normally unheard of in a BBQ place. There’s always events going on and they will cater your next event. Visit Slows To Go with three new locations inside Ford Field and a food truck located @ Campus Martius for lunch.

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Homemade Applesauce

One of the reasons I love September is because Ma makes some pretty amazing applesauce. She normally gathers apples from Blocks Stand and Greenhouse in Romulus, but if she can get good deals @ Meijer or Kroger she will take advantage. We still like to support local when we can, though.

Applesauce with love, pear, and raisins:

-Peel and core one bag of apples (8-10 makes about 4 servings).

-Let the apples hang out in cold water while you peel the rest  to prevent browning.

-Simmer in a pot until soft and tender and applesauce starts to form (takes about a half hour).

-Add a couple tablespoons of granulated sugar (brown sugar is sweeter, so use less if you prefer brown).

Tip: Adding 1-2 pears and a handful of raisins add sweetness.

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My mom likes it a little tart, but I like to add a little more sugar. You could add nuts if you like as well or get creative and make this as a filling to a pie or empanada (Idea, Janet)!

Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza

If you frequent my blog, you will know that I first heard about Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza during lunchtime in Campus Martius. The pie was so tasty that they get their own write up. Started in 2007, this food truck hails from Howell, MI and is family operated, cranking out delicious wood fired pizza in less than 5 min.

BBQ Chicken: Chicken breast, bacon, cheese, red onions, BBQ and pizza sauce. My favorite thing about this pizza was that they used their amazing pizza sauce along with the BBQ sauce. I like Jet’s BBQ Chicken pizza, but with all the BBQ sauce they slather on its heavy and rich. Rollin Stone’s pizza was sweet, but didn’t punch you in the face with BBQ sauce, making it the best I’ve ever had. The ingredients were so fresh (they shop local) and the crust was light, airy, and chewy.

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Check out the facebook page for location updates. I’m not engaged, but I’m already seriously considering these guys to cater my wedding. Pizza is great and good for any of your upcoming events! If you’re looking for awesome Artisan pizza done right try Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza. They can’t go wrong.