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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Foodies at home: Guilt Free Blueberry Cake

1/2 cup Splenda
3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup blueberries

How to prepare:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Mix Splenda, applesauce, vanilla, and baking powder.
3) Gradually add in egg whites.
4) Fold flour into mixture. Mix well, until there are no more clumps.
5) Carefully fold in blueberries.
6) Pour mixture into 9x9 inch pan, lightly coated in non-stick spray.
7) Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Wow, were we ever surprised by this recipe. I was looking for a low calorie cake recipe to make for Kristin's birthday. I scouted around the internet, and thought I would give this one a try. I am glad I did. The texture is almost a cross between a cake and a muffin. Not heavy, but hearty. The blueberries really compliment the flavors in the cake. There are about 75 calories in 1/12 of this cake, which is a decent sized portion. I frosted it with Betty Crocker's whipped buttercream frosting which has 100 calories per serving. The servings are really big for that frosting, though, so my guess is that one piece frosted with the buttercream frosting has about 100 calories. And, I tell you what, this is a heck of a lot more satisfying than a 100-calorie pack!

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