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A few nights ago my husband and I were treated to an unexpected surprise. We were invited to dinner at some of our favorite friends’ new home (being a chef seems to limit one’s in-home dining invitations!). They live in Detroit, in a beautiful, sprawling Tudor built in the 1920’s. They don’t have kids, and I was immediately struck by the sense of everything being in its place, with no Legos to step on and no Hogwarts robes strewn across the dining room table. We were served champagne on the first floor, then given a tour of the lovely place,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
This week’s blog is a bit of a teaser. At Taste-full Tours we are always on the lookout for great food businesses, high quality products, and local people making an effort to bring culinary education to others. I met just such a person this weekend, and although his product won’t be available again locally for a few months, I want you to be on the lookout for him. His name is Dan Decker, “Montana Dan” is his professional name, and he is a real live fisherman! Originally from Bad Axe Michigan, he started fishing in Alaska several years ago, and... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
I went to culinary school fourteen years ago. That seems impossible now, as there is no way that much time can have passed, and I am certainly not that old. But alas, it is true. When I first visited the Schoolcraft College campus and met with the head of the program, he was bemused by the idea that I would want to leave any job that did not involve weekends and holidays, and he himself had not worked in a restaurant for years (this should have been a clue). In that brief meeting I should have learned a lot about... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Wow, the south has had a rough time lately. From flooding to tornadoes, Mother Nature has not been kind. While I was trying to decide what to write about this week, it occurred to me that maybe the reason our southern states are known for their “comfort foods” is because the folks there are so often besieged with nasty weather that leads to tragedy. Food truly can be a source of comfort when all else fails. Now, I know it is not advisable to eat for emotional reasons. Doctors will tell us that we should only eat when hungry, never... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Sign up at today! Greetings, Taste-full Tourists! Summer is fast approaching and Laura and I have been busy planning our exciting new tour schedule. We’ve created three brand new tours for your culinary-adventure enjoyment! First up: a tour way outside our usual box! On Saturday, June 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. we will host our first ever “Adventures in Shopping” Tour! We purposely named our business Taste-full Tours so that we could branch out in many areas of good taste. J In keeping with our “buy local” concept (which we are so pleased to see many others... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Happy Tuesday Taste-full Tourists! I hope you were able to enjoy the glimpse of sun we had this weekend. Seems it will be gone for the foreseeable future, so this week’s recipes are still leaning toward comfort food, with a foreshadowing of vegetables to come! I was at the dentist this week having a filling repaired and we were discussing our upcoming Easter meal plans. I explained that I would be hosting my family this year, and luckily he let me talk about it before my face was numb and he was drilling my tooth. Thanks for that Dr. Ramos!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Greetings, Taste-full Tourists! I feel pretty silly writing about seasonal spring cooking when there is snow on the ground. I knew I never should have packed my kids’ boots up last week. So spring foods, recipes, and outdoor eating venue discussion will have to wait. I will use this snowy opportunity for one more comfort-food blog! My husband and I are on the tail end of our Lenten “no sweets” policy. This is the second year we’ve done this, and each time I have been amazed at the challenge. Now, I do this more as an exercise in awareness than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Greetings Taste-full Tourist! First, a big thanks to my business partner, also Laura, for taking on the blog writing for the past month and for heading up the past two Taste-full Tours all on her own. I am grateful to have such a supportive co-CEO! My family and I are recovering from a really busy eight weeks, culminating in a trip south that I would love to write about. Unfortunately, the only interesting food we came across was served at The Three Broomsticks in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! And even that was not spectacular. Of course, when you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
This past weekend I went to a wedding shower for my niece Julie that was planned and hosted by my other two nieces, Elizabeth and Emily. The day before the shower I went over to help. Basically, I ate popovers (someone had to test them) and chopped things for a Maurice Salad – lots and lots of things! Never heard of a popover??? You are missing something truly wonderful. Originally, popovers were a variation of Yorkshire pudding. But don’t let the name fool you. Popovers are light, hollow rolls make with an egg batter. They are so wonderful when made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Have I got a restaurant for you! Thursday night a friend and I had a most delightful dining experience in of all places a Russian Orthodox monastery. No, I wasn’t off on one of my trips to some far away destination, I was right here in the good old U S of A, in Michigan, Harper Woods to be exact. Believe it or not, in a quiet little neighborhood, on a residential street is an enchanting monastery and restaurant. You must flock there – sorry for the pun, I couldn’t resist! Just look for the buildings with the blue onion... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
I have to make a dessert for an upcoming event. To make matters more complicated my dessert needs to be French and easily portable. My normal French “go to” desserts of crème brûlée or tarte tatin don’t fit the bill. I have decided on cookies – no standard chocolate chip, oatmeal or peanut butter will do – I need to make French cookies. So I do what I always do when faced with a culinary dilemma, I call Laura Romito. But since she is a bit under the weather, I do the next best thing – especially in matters French... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
BEWARE the Ides of March! So in honor of Julius Caesar here is a classic recipe for Caesar salad – although it has nothing to do with Julius, it was either that or a Little Caesar’s Pizza. Actually Caesar Salad was first made by Caesar Cardini in San Diego. The original recipe did not employ crushed anchovies, but add them if you like. Beware the Ides of March Caesar Salad (couldn’t resist George Clooney with the “Caesar” haircut!!) 24 leaves of romaine lettuce 2 Tbs regular olive oil (you will heat this) 4 Tbs great olive oil (this is for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Full disclosure – I have a terrible cold. For the past week or so I have been eating chicken soup in various manifestations and drinking tea with honey, lemon and a dash of cognac (at night). For some reason when I am sick I like 7-UP. I don’t keep it in my house, but when I get that funny feeling that I am getting a cold, I run out and get a six-pack. I think my grandmother gave me 7-UP when I was sick as a kid, so I feel that it is some kind of miracle drug. I think... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
It’s still amazing to me that men make up the larger percentage of professional cooks in the world. Women have been preparing nourishment for their families and friends since the beginning of time. Even if we gals haven’t always had to hunt the food ourselves, we know what to do with it when we get it! I spent this past weekend with a group of my favorite women at a cottage on Sweezey Lake near Chelsea, MI. When we visit this tranquil spot in the winter, we spend much of our time inside, reading, watching classic movies, playing games, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
On Tuesday afternoons I have the honor of teaching a very special cooking class. At the Maccomb-Oakland Regional Center, folks of all ages gather to participate in art classes, photography lessons, and other social events. I’ve been the cooking instructor there for the last four years, and of all my many “jobs”, this has been one of the most rewarding. You see, this isn’t your typical cooking class. The students here are not drinking wine and having a girls’ night out, or working on team building for their high-powered jobs (these types of groups have made up the majority of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Greetings, Taste-full Tourists! Hopefully today will find you recovering from a sugar coma/chocolate high that happened after your sweetheart treated you to the perfect Valentine’s Day! Or perhaps you are an anti-Hallmark Holiday kind of person and preferred to ignore the whole thing all together. In either case, we all need to eat more fish. (how’s that for a smooth segue! Pretty bad, I know) Today’s recipe, Halibut Braised with Tomatoes and Capers, is simple and delicious, full of warm flavors to help you fight the winter blahs. It also has no cream and very little fat to speak of,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
With the Superbowl behind us it’s time to start planning for Valentine’s Day! This week’s recipes are all desserts that are perfect for surprising your sweetheart. Two of them are a bit more challenging than my usual offerings, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet so you have time to practice! First, I’ve included a classic Chocolate Souffle recipe. It’s delicious and rich, and also a bit challenging, so it may be one to practice in advance. Be sure to use really good quality chocolate, like Santander or Ghiradelli, one that has a very high cocoa butter content.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Greetings, Taste-full Tourists. I decided to use the blog this week for shameless promotion and to let you know about our upcoming tour schedule. Laura and I just put the list up on the website, but I wanted to give you a more detailed account of what our fabulous trips entail, hopefully enticing you to join us! Back by popular demand, we have scheduled another of our world-famous “Beer and BBQ” tours for Saturday, Feb. 26th. The tour runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and involves stops at 3 great local BBQ spots and 2 local beer venues. We’ll eat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Greetings, Taste-full Tourists! Apparently there is a big football game coming up soon that lots of folks are excited about. Quite honestly, I don’t even know when it is. But while I am not a football fan, I do know that important games generally lead to large gatherings of hungry people, and I am a fan of that! So I thought this week I would share a couple suggestions to make your game day gathering more culinarily satisfying! First, I have to mention a new creation Laura and I enjoyed with our great tour group this past Saturday at Lazybones... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
(but am thrilled I now have!) I love to cook, but I always have leftovers. I like to make big batches of stew, chili, soup etc. I end up freezing stuff all the time and often it gets freezer burn. This Christmas I requested and received the FoodSaver! I was mocked for requesting it, but my family came through and got me one! I am so happy. I can now make big batches of stuff and freeze the leftovers in vacuum sealed bags. It’s such fun and really easy to do. You simply put your stew, chili, chicken whatever in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Wow, it snowed a lot this week. It is white and fluffy outside, and extremely cold. Perfect bread pudding weather! Most bread pudding is fairly wet and mushy – due to long slow baking times in water baths with completely submerged bread and raisins. Not at all my cup of tea! So for this week’s recipe I decided to share my bread pudding recipe, which is really a knock-off from local Certified Master Chef Jeff Gabriel’s Farmhouse Bread and Butter Pudding. This is/was a staple at The Farm Restaurant in Port Austin, Chef Gabriel’s amazing little eatery set in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Now that the holiday celebrations are behind us, it is likely many of you have returned to work and your regular routines. It is easy to get stuck in ruts, both in our regular daily activities and in the kitchen. We make the same recipes over and over, employ the same methods we are confident about using, and refuse to explore any flavors or foods outside of our comfort zones. This isn’t such a bad thing. In some ways these “ruts” help to create traditions and favorites, foods that our friends and family will request for special times and memorable... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Taste-Full Blog
Despite the fact that I am old (well, old-ish) and not very cool… this evening I hung out with really cool people at really cool places . My family is fun and adventurous, and will go anywhere when people they love are involved, so when my husband and I suggested we spend the evening at a small music club in Ferndale, they jumped right on board. My husband’s cousin’s boyfriend was playing at Club Bart, a tiny little club on Woodward just south of 9 Mile, and I would go back there in a heartbeat. I have no idea whether... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at Taste-Full Blog
Greetings festive readers I hope this week’s blog finds you well (actually, I hope it finds youat all, since many of you will be “out of the office” this week!). I am writing this as I drivehome with my family from a 24 hour celebratory jaunt to see family in Cincinnati. It was alovely visit, and I realized as I reflected upon our brief stay that the lovely-ness of it was duein part to the really relaxed feel of the food. Since people were arriving throughout the day, all on different time and feeding schedules,lunch was served buffet style. There... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Taste-Full Blog
Greetings The onslaught of holiday gatherings is upon us, as is the pressure to “bring a dish to share”! The pressure can be rough to take – of course we want to impress and please our friends, but we don’t have the time or the energy to make sixteen trips to the grocery store and spend hours in the kitchen. My solution: DIPS! Everyone loves to dip little crunchy foods into creamy, flavorful other foods. Dips give us the benefit of multiple textures, as well as the ability to control our own edible destiny! You can dip as much or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Taste-Full Blog