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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!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Foodies at Home: Epic Feast Weekend!

That's right... Epic Feast (yes, that is absolutely an Office reference) weekend! For some reason, I got the cooking bug, and wanted to have some fun in the kitchen. I have been working a lot lately, and Paul has been the primary dinner preparer... so I decided it was my turn, and that is was going to be unforgettable. And, that it was. I scoured my Google Reader starred items for recipes I have tagged over the past few months and chose a few that I thought would be a little bit challenging and would blow us both out of the water. And, I think I won!

ROUND 1: Roasted Butternut and Sweet Potato Lasagna

This one grabbed my attention immediately. But, took a little convincing on Paul's end, since those are not his favorite ingredients. (And, note... I used regular lasagna noodles, not whole wheat. That was our compromise). But, boy are we BOTH glad we gave this one a try. It is rich, sinful almost, creamy, savory, there is a touch of sweetness. It is so complex, yet so comforting.

I am pretty well aware of the fact, that this is likely in no way, shape or form good for you. But, the nutrients from the squash and sweet potatoes have to be worth something. There is a lot of cheese. But, man, for a special occasion or dinner party, this dish is worth the time (which wasn't too much) and will certainly impress. I stuck to the recipe pretty closely (except for the noodles) and didn't so much measure the salt, pepper, and nutmeg, but this was perfection. The one hiccup... I didn't buy the specifically "no boil" noodles, and some of the noodles were a bit tough, but it was totally a forgivable issue.

ROUND 2: Roast Chicken and Herb Waffles

How could you go wrong with this combination? Chicken, great. Waffles, awesome. Herbs, fantastic. Put them all together, and... PERFECTION. Again, I only went slightly off recipe (I stuffed the chicken with sliced lemon and garlic cloves and put the lemon juice and spices under the skin as well as on it), but mostly, I stayed the course. Oh, and the chicken needed to roast for WAY longer (at least 30 minutes) than the recipe said. So, be prepared for that. In other words... don't start this when you are starving. It will take a while.

But, I have to say, this meal was utter success. The chicken was tender, juicy, full of flavor (the skin was a bit (OK, REALLY) salty, but we shouldn't eat that anyway, right? You could absolutely tell that the lemon and garlic from inside the chicken infused it with flavor. The waffles were the right blend of sweet (like a waffle should be) but savory as well from the herbs. I used parsley, chives, Greek oregano and some rosemary for ours. All fresh. I could probably have let them cook a little longer, but I was ready to eat by that point. We ate this with Dijon mustard. Grab a little chicken with the fork, then a piece of waffle, then dip it in the mustard... SO GOOD. And, it really wasn't that difficult to make.

And, I am not kidding, but Paul said this while we were eating it... "This is possibly one of the best meals I have ever had!" (And he is probably really excited that I actually posted this picture!)

ROUND 3: Herb Waffles with Marscapone Bacon Glaze/Spread

OK, that's right... there were waffles left. So we decided to eat them for brunch on Sunday. But, what could we do to make them more brunch-y? How about add the frosting from the Bacony Breakfast Cupcakes we love so much? It's marscapone, maple syrup, and bacon. How could those things NOT work with these herb waffles.

And, it sure did! Holy cow! Perhaps one of my favorite brunches I have ever had! We served it with sliced strawberries (so there was some redeeming quality to the meal) and chowed down. I maybe over did it a little (this girl CAN NOT put away three waffles... just so you know) but every bite was heavenly. And, we didn't have to re-make waffles. We just froze them overnight then Paul toasted them in the toaster. YAY!

Round 4: Roast Chicken WITH Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Lasagna

I know, I know. We are taking this a bit far. But, it was Epic Feast Weekend! For dinner on Sunday... the leftover chicken with the leftover lasagna. And, they worked. Well together! So, I totally recommend making all of these things in one weekend! And, I think I only gained a pound or two! :)


Tina's Pharm said...

Can't wait to try some of these yummy recipes!

Kate Y said...


I do hope you enjoy them! Come back and let us know what you thought! I don't think you will be disappointed!

Happy eating!