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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, July 9, 2012

Summer picnic recipe ideas

We celebrated the 4th of July with some friends, potluck style. Everyone brought a dish, and we chowed down. I love summer potlucks because there are so many great fresh ingredients and so many fun things you can make. Here is what I took to the get together:

Avocado Feta Salsa
This is ALWAYS a hit. And has two of my favorite things... avocado and feta. It is easy to make, mostly healthy, and it looks pretty too (so many great colors in the bowl!). There is never a question in my mind, especially during the summer, if I need something quick and easy to make this is my go-to.

Triple Chocolate S'more Pie
Alright... I took a gamble on this one. I had never made it before. But, I knew it was a friendly crowd. I had first seen a s'more pie recipe on one of my blogs, but it called for tofu, which I thought was weird. So I looked around for another one and found this.

First note: This is pretty easy to make. I was unsure about how it was going to turn out, as I was tasting the chocolate before I poured it into the pie crust, but I shouldn't have been. It is rich, don't get me wrong. You don't need a lot of this dessert. In fact, too much and you might end up in a sugar coma. But, it is really good. And, a perfect summer treat. I mean, come on, summer and s'mores go hand-in-hand!

Second note: Because the chocolate filling becomes so hard when this pie sets up, you can't really eat it with a fork. You just have to pick it up and chomp down. So, I think the next time I make it, I will make it in an 8'x8' pan rather than a pie pan and turn it into bars instead of pie. This will also allow for smaller pieces, which might help with the above note on sugar comas.

And, finally, there is some "wow factor" with this one. It looks great. And, even though you and I know it is pretty simple by looking at the recipe, the finished product looks much more complex than it really is!

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