Italian Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Crescent Rolls with Pesto Penne

Judy is at it again. She made another delicious, creative pasta dish this time incorporating crescent rolls.

Crescent Rolls: Stuffed with chicken, Italian cheeses, sauteed peppers, onions, and love! The flaky roll is the perfect home for the slightly spicy filling. 

Pesto Penne: Alfredo sauce, pesto, red pepper, onion, and chicken. The pasta was creamy and tender. The chicken was moist and juicy. Judy baked her pasta so it’s more like a casserole and it turned out delicious!

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If you’re bored with dinner ideas and don’t know what to make. Just grab a tube of crescent rolls and wrap them around your favorite dish!

Tip: Crescent rolls go great with roast beef!

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Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company

Located on Woodward Ave, this Midtown coffee bar is brewing not only some great tasting coffee, but they also have a bar serving bottle and draft beers. They are featuring baked goods for local businesses, small plate options, and a weekly happy hour as well. On this trip, we stuck to coffee.

Atmosphere: 4 out 5 sips

Price: 3.5 out of 5 sips

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 sips

Service: 4 out of 5 sips

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 sips

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Sexy Mexican: Tiffany recommended this spicy specialty espresso: An interesting combination of coffee, chocolate & cayenne. Hot Jambalaya, this is good! Perfect balance of sweet & spicy caffeine.

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Your order is served with creative designs

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They even put your name on your cup! (I will give them a break on the incorrect spelling. Hey, at least they were close). 

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Great Lakes Coffee has that perfect hipster coffee house atmosphere. It was packed during our visit, which means that they are doing something right. According to GLC Roasting Company, they approach coffee from a “purist” perspective. They take time at roasting and each cup is prepared to order so that each consumer gets the very best experience. Whether you are stopping in on your morning commute or dining in and hanging out, Great Lakes Coffee is definitely where to go when you need your next fix.

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Shangri-La

Wednesday, I met Nastassia @ Shangri-La, located on Cass in Midtown. Moderately priced with a trendy, hip feel, this restaurant is not your typical red-carpeted, dragon decorated Chinese place. Known for the best dim sum in Detroit, we decided to see what all the hype was about.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of bites bites (unique and extensive menu)

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We started with Spicy Softshell Crab appetizer with a recommendation for our server: Lightly battered and fried softshell crab served with a mix of onions and peppers. The batter was airy and delicious. I got more heat from the onion than I did the peppers, but the fresh veggie salad paired well with the rich crab.

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Dim Sum: noun. a Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savory dumplings containing various fillings, served as a snack or main course.

Shark Fin: Tender steamed dumpling filled with shark fin. The shark had a subtle seafood flavor, with a little chew.

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Eggplant: Shrimp stuffed eggplant. The eggplant was tender and the fried shrimp was huge!

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Garlic & Chive Pan Cake: With ginger. As soon as you took a bite, you tasted the ginger and garlic. The dumpling was the perfect combination of crispy and tender.

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Pan Fried Corn Cake with Shrimp Paste: Delicious! This didn’t taste like authentic Asian at all, but I’m not complaining. It was the perfect fried corn fritter. The outside of the corn cake was crispy and filled with tender shrimp and fresh corn.

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Sushi

Incredible Hulk (on left): Cucumber, asparagus, and avocado topped with seaweed salad. Tempura roll. This roll was huge and pretty good for a veggie roll. The crunchy veggies and creamy avocado balanced out the fried tempura.

Tony Montana (on right): Inside: White tuna and cucumber. Outside: White tuna, bonito flakes, scallions, and ponzu sauce. The bonito flakes sparked our curiosity, but curiosity killed the cat. I wasn’t a fan of this roll. The bonito flakes were smokey, fishy, airy flakes which I didn’t care for. The whole roll didn’t really have much flavor and the scallions and ponzu sauce were non existent. It would’ve been nice to have something to balance out the white tuna and bonito flakes.

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Overall, our experience was a success; I got to try dim sum for the first time. Although I wasn’t fond of everything we ordered, Shangri-La definitely gets points for making some of the most unique and different dim sum in the area. Service was good, but our server forgot to put in one of our orders of dim sum which was removed from our check. If you’re looking for a popular place to try dim sum or even just to enjoy Chinese favorites, try Shangri-La next time you’re out.

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Motor City Brewing Works

Located on Canfield in Midtown, Motor City Brewing Works features locally brewed beers and unique brick oven pizzas. What I liked best about this brewery is the circular bar right when you first walk in. Read on to see how my recent visit went.

Atmosphere: 4

Price: 4

Service: 4

Quality/Taste: 3

Wow Factor: 3

Hard Cider: Lightly fruity with a kick. A refreshing change from beer. Sometimes, you just want hard cider.

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Roasted Pear & Fig PizzaOlive oil, gorgonzola, oven roasted pears and figs, red onions, topped with spices. Surprisingly, this pizza was slightly sweet with a bite of gorgonzola. The crust was soft, chewy and made this pizza even more like a dessert. Very different.

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This tap room is smaller than most, but that’s what makes it so cozy and welcoming. The only thing that sucks is the parking. The staff does a great job at communicating this and there are signs all over that the parking lot belongs to Traffic Jam & Snug and you run the risk of getting towed. So find a spot in the few designated spots or in the street and grab a cold one.

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Hot Chocolate

I had a bad case of the Monday’s today and wanted to wind down with a nice cup of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate. Good thing my awesome significant other got me a lovely hot chocolate set for the holidays. 

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All the flavors are delicious, but my favorite is the Caramel Cream. The Dark Chocolate comes up in 2nd place. There’s something about hot chocolate that just takes me back to my childhood. It’s the best. 

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Green Lantern Pizzeria & Lounge

It was date night this past Saturday and Josh and I were on our way to Vinsetta Garage. We we’re disappointed with a long wait time and decided to go to Green Lantern instead. Green Lantern Pizzeria, located in Madison Heights on John R & 12 Mile, is making some delicious pies.

Service: 3.5 out of 5 stars (the place was packed)

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 stars (due to greasy pizza)

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars

Price: 4 out of 5 stars

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 stars

Candy Coated Bacon: Strips of bacon brushed with a concoction of BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. When I saw this on the menu I had to order it. Caramelized sweet and spicy bacon. Uh-maze-ing!

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Pepperoni & Ham Pizza: The toppings were generous and the dough was that perfect balance of crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. It really hit the spot. The only thing that we didn’t like was the amount of grease on the bottom of each slice. Of course, we still ate most of the pizza because it was still delicious, but there needed to be something between the pizza and the pan to absorb the grease.

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Green Lantern is the perfect spot if you are craving pizza and a beer while enjoying your favorite sports game. They have flat screen TVs throughout the bar so you’ll never miss a play. Sign up for the email list for a chance at winning pizza for a year.

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Homemade Chili

This is Ma’s recipe that I have made my own by adding my own special touches. It’s really easy and perfect on a cold day, on hot dogs, or as a dip for game day.

What you’ll need:

16 oz water

1 can chili beans

1 packet of chili seasoning

1 large diced white onion

3 green onions

12 oz diced tomatoes (use 1 can if you don’t have fresh)

1 lb ground turkey or beef (I used organic ground beef)

1-2 cans tomato sauce

1 diced green pepper

1 diced red pepper

1 celery rib

Cumin, garlic, salt & pepper

Prep:

1. Start by “layering” your ingredients and flavors. Start browning the meat. Since I used organic, it was very lean and I didn’t need to drain off any unwanted grease.

2. When the beef is 3/4 of the way cooked, add onion and cook until meat is browned.

3. Add the rest of the diced veggies, water, beans, and seasoning.

4. Add the water and tomato sauce in phases. I add half of what the recipe calls for to start, then taste. Then I add the rest of whatever it needs.

Tip: If you don’t like your chili chunky like I do, take a potato masher and work the chili until desired consistency is met.

Adding more water helps thin it out also.

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Cook:

Let the flavors get to know each other for a half hour. I normally will let them cook for an hour or so, depending on how much laundry I have to do. When it comes to making chili, cumin is your friend! Add as much as you like. If you ask me, there’s no such thing as too much cumin so don’t be shy! Add, taste, repeat.

Eat: 

Add cheese for a delicious dip.

Top with shredded cheese and green onions for a hearty meal.

Dress up hotdogs or hamburgers.

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This is seriously my favorite chili. It has a little spice, but perfectly balanced chili flavor. I know what you’re thinking, “Of course I’m going to say that, I made it.” Try this recipe and see for yourself. Any questions, just ask!

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Bill’s Ham Place

My brother was in town for a couple days so we decided to get breakfast. We wanted something quick so we stopped in to this local dive breakfast/coney place in Lincoln Park. I remember stopping in to Bill’s Ham Place located on Southfield Rd, growing up and always liked it. Check out how this trip turned out.

Service: 4 out of 5 stars

Quality/Taste: 2 stars

Atmosphere: 4 stars (Friendly & authentic coney feel)

Price: 3 stars

Wow factor: 2

Western Omelette: Huge helping of eggs, ham, green pepper, onion, and cheese. This was enough for two and everything you would expect from a coney breakfast. Pretty spot on.

Tip: Order the hash browns well done.

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I went with the Corned Beef Sandwich: Thinly sliced corned beef on an onion roll. I added a slice of Swiss cheese. It was good, but unlike the omelette, the portion was lousy. I decided to order it because it was marked “Famous” on the menu. More like disappointing. It still tasted good, but I scarfed it in seconds. For around $7, it was not worth it (the cheese was an extra 80 cents).

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Check out what Ma made for breakfast a couple days later. Best of both worlds:

Corned Beef Hash with a fried egg: A great idea for leftover corned beef and it’s way better than the stuff out of the can. Brown potatoes and saute with onions and corned beef and top with a fried egg. When you break the yolk it creates a delicious, rich sauce that melts all over the potatoes.

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OK, back to Bill’s. The waitress was friendly and made conversation the whole time in between greeting and waiting on her other tables. Bill’s Ham Place is a great breakfast and coney spot, but if you’re looking for a huge, stacked deli sandwich that they are “famous” for, try Hops & Barley or Wheat & Rye.

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