"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one."
Ever since we lived in Brooklyn, I've posted recipes and restaurants I've tried by season, but I skipped the past 3 seasons in Michigan ("Summer 2014 Michigan Eats" was the last such post) because I was on an unintentional blogging hiatus after I became a mom in November. Although I'm back, I'm still catching up -- now, not just on updates, but on life, since we moved! We left Michigan last Wednesday, stopped for the night in Youngstown, OH, and arrived at our new apartment in North Brunswick, NJ 1 week ago. More on that to come.
We were truly blessed to live with my mother-in-law, who prepared almost all of our dinners -- especially after Ava was born -- so that I could focus on breastfeeding and taking care of our new handful of a baby. The handful of recipes below were mostly from the end of my pregnancy, with the exception of the lactation cookies, which I baked a couple of months ago. Many of the places listed below were also visited towards the end of my pregnancy.
Just a Few Recipes
In early fall, new neighbors moved into the house on the left of us. They came from Germany -- father, mother, and 3 kids -- and with the dad taking a job with Daimler, naturally they had 3 different white Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs. I baked banana bread and Sam and I went over to their house to welcome them to the neighborhood. In the summer, I had baked zucchini bread for our other next-door neighbors on the right, who have been there forever.
|Swirly cinnamon banana bread prep|
|Swirly cinnamon banana bread|
Being a Trader Joe's fan, I discovered a website called Cooking with Trader Joe's, which posts recipes using items sold at the store. I've tried a couple, including the soup below, as well as a veggie lasagna with grilled vegetables, artichoke hearts, and spinach that I posted from last summer. Another Trader Joe's blog I read is called What's Good at Trader Joe's, which posts detailed product reviews.
|Shrimp and black bean chimichurri soup prep|
|Shrimp and black bean chimichurri soup|
For another easy recipe, I used rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for pulled chicken tacos, along with a very simple tomato-bean salsa. We normally go for soft tortillas, but I was in the mood for crunchy taco shells.
|Pulled chicken tacos with chili salsa prep|
|Pulled chicken tacos with chili salsa|
Last but not least, some recipes for sweets. The brownie crackles were made with a boxed brownie mix and tasted like perfectly fudgy bites, and the lactation cookies were also delicious, containing oats, brewer's yeast, and flaxseed meal (galactogogues that are fine and very healthy for non-lactating people, too).
|Brownie crackles prep|
|Oatmeal chocolate chip lactation cookies prep|
|Oatmeal chocolate chip lactation cookies, with a side of strawberries|
Fall, Winter, Spring Meals by Local Eateries
Since I didn't have a lot of homemade food pics to show above, below are lots and lots of non-homemade food pics for your viewing pleasure.
|J. Alexander's at the Somerset Collection in Troy, MI|
|Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar in Southfield, MI|
|Valentine's Day dinner at The Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham, MI|
|Brunch at Townhouse in Birmingham, MI|
|Those chicken tikka masala fries at Vinsetta Garage in Berkley, MI|
|Zehnder's famous fried chicken meals in Frankenmuth, MI|
|Hankering for grilled cheese at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, MI|
|I got my chicken pot pie fix at Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak, MI|
|Hot cider donuts are the best at Franklin Cider Mill|
Bakeries: Great Harvest Bread Co.
|Great Harvest Bread Co. was right next to my OB's office in Birmingham, MI|
Barbeque: Lockhart's BBQ, Slows Bar-B-Q, Union Woodshop
|Had lots of BBQ when I was pregnant, including Lockhart's in Royal Oak, MI...|
|...Slows in Detroit, one of the most prominent BBQ joints|
|...and Union Woodshop in Clarkston, MI, which was our favorite (best mac and cheese)|
|Saturday brunch at Rochester Brunch House|
|Sweet and simple hot chocolate art at Biggby Coffee in Bloomfield Hills, MI|
|Knapp's pumpkin donut on the far right, the winner of my pregnancy craving pumpkin donut taste-test|
|Good Indian food at Touch of India in Birmingham, MI|
|Sweet Lorraine's Fabulous Mac n' Cheez at the Somerset Collection|
Pie: Dangerously Delicious Pies
|Detroit's Dangerously Delicious Pies on Pi Day (3.14.15)|
|More pizza places, including Buddy's Pizza...|
|...and Jet's Pizza (I had to try all the local pizza options)|
|Wonderful dinner and dining experience at Ocean Prime in Troy|
|Dinner for Sam's birthday at Wolfgang Puck Steak at MGM Grand Detroit|
Arenas: Joe Louis Arena, The Palace of Auburn Hills
|Sports-watching food at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Pistons v. Spurs)|
Now that we're settling into our new place in NJ, I'm starting to wonder how I'm going to juggle a demanding baby and cooking again. I'm still in the process of washing and organizing all of my kitchen supplies, and we've been subsisting on take-out and some Korean food from our mothers for the past several days. Time to scour my Pinterest recipe boards and do some meal planning!