Labor Day BBQ Fest: Smoked Pork Shoulder

Labor Day BBQ Fest: Smoked Pork Shoulder

This past Labor Day Weekend, we finally got around to doing something we’ve been talking about doing all summer – making some BBQ in the smoker. You might remember reading about RibFest 2013 a few months ago. Yes, 2013. It’s been a while. Too long. This time around, we decided to smoke a 4.5 pound … Continue reading

VinBar–Ann Arbor’s Newest Wine Bar

VinBar–Ann Arbor’s Newest Wine Bar

This summer, the huz and I visited paid a visit to Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula in the northern lower peninsula, which included a stay at the Inn at Black Star Farms over the Fourth of July weekend. During our stay, we heard from multiple folks in the area that a few of the local wineries were … Continue reading

Smoky Pork Stir-Fry

Smoky Pork Stir-Fry

Continuing my new-found love of cooking with pork tenderloin, I recently tried out another recipe from the September 2014 issue of Cooking Light, for Smoky Pork Stir Fry. This recipe has a fairly short ingredient list filled with many pantry staples that pack a flavor punch, like garlic, ginger, dark sesame oil, soy sauce, and … Continue reading

Zingerman’s Roadhouse: Brunch & Dinner Reviews

Zingerman’s Roadhouse: Brunch & Dinner Reviews

Within the past month, I’ve dined at Zingerman’s Roadhouse not once, but twice. In fact, these were my very first two visits to the establishment. I have, of course, visited several of Zingerman’s other local endeavors, including: Zingerman’s Deli Zingerman’s Coffee Company Zingerman’s Creamery (here and here) (I say "of course," because Zingerman’s is to … Continue reading

Caprese Mac and Cheese

Caprese Mac and Cheese

I have four words for you: Caprese. Mac. And. Cheese. Caprese Mac and Cheese. Yes. It’s the best of both worlds here. Arguably the culinary world’s most perfect combination of flavors – tomato, basil, and mozzarella – transformed into a creamy, indulgent bowl of comforting mac and cheese. If you love caprese salad and mac … Continue reading

BBQ at Saline Downtown Diner

BBQ at Saline Downtown Diner

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I ventured out of (my beloved) Ann Arbor and reviewed a restaurant in Saline. My most recent was my review of Detroit Dog Co. earlier this year (which reminds me… I need to make another trip there soon! Mmm, hot dogs.) Well, here is another review from Ann … Continue reading

Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco

Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco

What is the best way to use up a block of Queso Fresco? This was a question I recently had after I made Grilled Portobello Mushroom Tacos with Queso Fresco [shown below], and found myself with half of a block of the stuff. Queso Fresco is a mild and crumby Mexican cheese, somewhat similar to … Continue reading