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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, January 16, 2012

Foodies at Home: BAT Sandwich

Holy one month, Batman! Where did the time go? I apologize, Foodie fans, for being so absent from the blog scene for a whole month! In addition to the holidays, and the start of a new quarter at school, there have been some other things keeping me from my usual Foodie self that I will talk about at a later date.

Anyway, in the sake of getting SOMETHING out there, I decided that I would blog about my new favorite, at-home sandwich. It is so simple, but so amazing. If you haven't tried this yet, you really need to.

So, without further ado.... The BAT (Bacon, Arugula, Tomato) Sandwich.

Yes, that's right, bacon, ARUGULA, and tomato. It's a lot like your standard BLT but SO MUCH BETTER. So, I thought I would share some tips to make an epically amazing BAT sandwich.

The bread

This is no place to skimp on bread. As with most things, the quality of the ingredients will effect the quality of the whole dish. I recommend you head to the bakery section of your grocery store, or, heck, head to your local bakery for some fresh bread. My favorites so far are sourdough and multigrain varieties. And, you want to go thick with the break. It is a bit of a hearty sandwich. You need to hold it together. I highly recommend toasting it, just lightly, as well.

The bacon

This is also not a place to skimp. I am not saying you need to buy top notch bacon, I mean, come on, its bacon, BUT, you do want something with a thicker cut. We like making ours with peppered bacon. It adds a layer of complexity to the sandwich that takes it over the top.

The arugula

Really, there is not much you could do to go off course here. Arugula is available in both the organic section and the pre-packaged lettuce/salad section of my grocery store. I prefer the organic stuff, of course, but haven't noticed a big difference in flavor.

The tomato

Though we are typically roma/plum tomato buyers, I prefer something a little bigger and meatier for our BATs. Something that you can get a good sized slice out of. But, that's just me.

The extras

Because the ingredients of this sandwich work together so well, there is very little extra that needs to be added. BUT, we add some herbed mayo that Paul mixes up. He takes light mayonnaise and mixes in considerable amounts of fresh ground black pepper, oregano, basil, and dill. We have found that we much prefer it to have herbed mayo on both sides of the sandwich. It adds a little creaminess and just a touch more flavor that compliments the other stuff.

You have probably already tried this. And, hopefully, agree with me on its amazingness. If you haven't, I highly recommend it. It makes for a really easy and tasty dinner on a night when you need to throw something together quickly. And, you might have a bunch of these ingredients already in your fridge.


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