I’m sorry but, Donut Bar Detroit is not for me…..

19 Jun

Everyone has heard their mother say: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…. Today I am breaking that rule.

I don’t have a lot of nice things to say regarding my recent visit to Detroit Donut Bar in Southfield. I’ve been holding on to this post for over a week now because, it is something that I did not want to write about. Not like I just did not want to do it but, like: “Man!” “How do I nicely say to the WORLD; I didn’t like Donut Bar Detroit.”? I didn’t know.. I have thought about it since June 9th; the day I went there. There is no choice. I just have to say it. I have to give my honest opinion and, I’m gonna try not to take too long to do it.

So, my stop at the Donut Bar was not even planned. I had not even thought about it that day. My day started at 5:30 am baking 5 dozen of my famous chocolate chip cookies to deliver to an event in Southfield by 10am. I had several other stops to make while I was in the area and while I had not decided on what restaurant or food I would try out that day; I knew there would be at least food encounter before heading back home to Flint.

After I delivered my freshly baked cookies I decided to take the city streets to each place I needed to stop instead of the expressways hoping I would find something edibly interesting while completing my to do list.  I drove east on 12 Mile Road, when I hit Southfield Road remembering exactly where I was!! The plaza that houses Donut Bar Detroit!!! I was so excited!!!!… Every time I had been close by in the past the place was either sold out or closed. But, today was my day….. I could buy however many I wanted and no one would ever know because, this was a solo trip.  And by the way, let me just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE DONUTS… I know I say that  about a lot of different foods but, I really love donuts! I mean there is an art to a good donut. Cake or Yeast, there is an art. You can’t just cut or make some round dough put a hole in it and top it with sugar and frosting and call it a LEGIT donut. NO YOU CAN NOT DO THAT!!! Not with this girl from Flint City… Not from the city where Donna’s Donuts and B & J’s Donuts get made…. Now those are donuts. Donna’s donuts are so good you don’t even regret what they are doing to your arteries, cholesterol or your waistline. What I had on that ill fated donut doomed Saturday was a crime on my taste buds.. I was robbed!! I was deceived!! I was forsaken by bad donuts!

I bought six. Yes six donuts. Don’t. Judge. Me…….I did not plan to eat them all but, I planned to taste them all. And, these were my picks:

Samoa

Fruity Pebbles

Plain Glazed

Salted Caramel

Chocolate Covered

And,Vegan Maple Walnut

I’m gonna save you all some time and some money.. The Vegan Maple Walnut was the best tasting one but, not by much.

To me what seems to be the premise at this “Donut” shop is they take a VERY basic yeast donut and cut them into circle, square or oblong donuts and top them with a variety of different things such as: Fruity Pebbles, Crushed Oreos, Reese’s PB Cups, Coconut and Caramel and other things to make them look DELICIOUS… And they do LOOK delicious. But that’s where it ends for me.

The best thing I can say about this place is that it is definitely trendy, the customer service was great, the place was clean and I liked the decor and set up. If I ever have to go back I can try the coffee. But wait; I don’t drink coffee.

My Most Favorite 9 Podcasts!

15 Apr

Podcasts are my new favorite thing. Not like just now new but, like over the past 2 years. I  began with one podcasts and from there I learned of another and another. The lists just keeps growing. Why is this one of my favorite things? First, it is because anyone who desires can go on the airwaves of iTunes, Sound Cloud, Spotify and probably others to express their thoughts, views, and opinions on anything they want. This is one way that I think technology is rockin’ it out. I remember years ago sitting on my front porch thinking talking to one of my BFF’s (Michelle) on the phone and I was saying  how I wish I could have my own talk show on the radio because Nancy Grace never gives anyone the chance to talk on her show. She always cuts them off. I’m not hating on Nancy Grace. She is good at what she does or she wouldn’t have been on National TV…..but, that’s where I was at that moment.  So fast forward a few years and here we go… podcasting. I have not tried to create my own podcast but, a couple of the ones on my list here today say they began podcasting right on their iPhones with the earphones that came with the phone and using the garage band app. How easy is that? Makes me want to try it out too… (adding to my to do list as we speak).

Today I want to share with you my favorite podcasts. I can’t even remember how I found them all but, if I do I will share that with you too. These podcasts give me so much. I get energized, motivated, educated, laughter and, truth-telling through from my mobile phone; all for free. That is the best part. A lot of this stuff is priceless and these ladies and gentlemen are giving it away. And I can listen all day. My road trip playlist now days are not set to music. It is set to podcasts.

Check out my favorites and let me know if I’m missing out on any good ones!

What’s in my iTunes podcast library?

  1. Happy Black Woman Podcast: This is the very first podcast I pushed play on. I was already following the Happy Black Woman Rosetta Thurman on social media for her great business advice, webinars and, I also took one of her online classes. So naturally when she said she was starting a podcast I followed her right on over to iTunes. I thought that this was an awesome idea. She was now interviewing women all over the world who were entrepreneurs; running their own business and their own lives. If you want business and or life inspiration; go here.
  2. The Mattie James Show: (formerly Mattieologie) You know how you click on one thing on your phone and then something else comes up and then the traffic light turns green and you have to move or be moved? That’s how I came across the Mattie James Show. And, I have not looked back. My favorite thing about Mattie James is she is direct and to the point. She gives you advice for running an online  business in a 5-10 minute podcast and keeps it moving. I can binge listen to her all day because of her efficiency. Here is where you can find more on Mattie James.
  3. Myleik Teele’s Podcast:  If you don’t know who Myleik is, get to know her. Quick. Ms. Teele is the founder of Curl Box. The first hair care subscription order service for women of color. This service is EXCLUSIVE. You can’t just click to order at any given day and time. You have to wait. Wait for the invitation; for the date and time to order and you have to do it fast because once she has the numbers she wants; it’s a wrap until the next month and you have to try again if you miss out. Trust me. This has happened to me. lol. That’s one of the things that makes her stand out. Her podcast is another. She is another gem dropping gems about life, entrepreneurship, running her business and most recently preparing for motherhood while running her business. On her podcast she interviews people, answers questions from her fans and listeners and then she just talks about what’s on her mind. She reminds me a lot of my sister. They both strive for excellence on the daily. I want to be more like the both of them. Learn more about Myleik Teele here.
  4. The Think & Grow Chick: Courtney Sanders is the Think & Grow Chick (a play on words “Think and Grow Rich”). **She started podcasting in her car into her phone with the earphones that came with her phone.** I first heard her speak on Myleik Teele’s podcasts sometime last year. I was immediately impressed with her truth-telling her story about how she was asked to leave university for failing her classes and going broke trying to start her a natural hair care business when she was supposed to be in class. Courtney didn’t give up on her dreams of becoming an Entrepreneur or finishing college. She has done both. Successfully. She is now a full-time entrepreneur and also becoming a mom. On her podcast she tells her story, interviews other thought leaders,  gives free advice on starting your own online business and offers coaching and classes. A lot of her online classes are very economical which is another reason why I like her a lot. She is thinking of her customers when she creates her programs.
  5. Hashtags & Stilettos: This podcast is brought to us by Sakita Holley, a Public Relations Strategist. Following the same theme as the other podcasts, giving business advice but from a networking stand point. I love this because; I am an introvert. Any advice Ms. Holley can give me to push me out of my comfort zone and into some collaborations and some dollar signs is greatly appreciated. Again, all for free through her podcast.
  6. YES, GIRL!- By Essence Magazine: The three ladies that hold this chat room down are hilarious. I’ve only been listening to YES, GIRL! for a little bit of time but the hosts Cori Murray, Yolanda Sangweni and, Charli Penn really know how to have a good time.  This podcasts celebrates and loves on everybody black.
  7. Plus Size Magic Radio: The graduate student is talking about all things affecting people of the plus size…How awesome is that? The good and the bad. Plus Size Magic Radio is still pretty new; premiering just last August. But, Ellise Smith is making waves with her podcast and her brand Fatness Fiction brought to us to dispel the negative narrative that usually goes along with being plus size, or big & tall.
  8. Bourbon & Boyshorts: (Finally I get to talk about men for a minute, lol.) Hosted by Kyle and Jeremy is  all about love, life and, libations per their description.  I am not sure how I found these two young men (probably clicked on the link based on the photo alone). Anyway….I like them. They are having a good time exchanging ideas with each other and their female guests. I enjoy listening to them as they express themselves and the male mind. You can find them on FB and on Instagram @BourbonandBoyshorts.
  9. Food Blogger Pro: Bjork Ostrom is the host of this very valuable podcasts. Bjork is out there interviewing just about everyone who is doing some type of online food business. Books, blogging, You Tubing, Food Photography and even a tv series; almost anyone doing anything online in the food world that you can think of he is talking to them. Asking what worked for them, how did they reach success and, so much more. I find these episodes inspiring and motivational to keep going every time I am not sure about something. Bjork and his wife Lindsay run a food blog called “Pinch of Yum” and they also run a subscription based food blogging school also called Food Blogger Pro.

There it is! Another list of favorites. You can find all of these podcasts on iTunes. That’s where I listen. Search for these and more on your podcast’s search engine.

P.S. This list is not in any particular order. Probably, just in the order that I learned of them. Give them a listen and tell me what you think by posting a comment here on the blog, Facebook or Instagram.

Until next time,

Kim Cherie, xoxox

I tried it!! I loved it!! Sunny Anderson’s Sour Cream Swirl Brownies!!!!

9 Apr

These sour cream swirl brownies will make any day good or bad; better. 

I can’t remember if it was a Saturday or Sunday but, I remember that it was snowing hard outside and I did not want to go anywhere. I was trying to think what we could make to eat for the day and maybe the next day too. My mom and I were sitting at the kitchen table watching the snow fall outside and also watching Food Network’s “The Kitchen” on TV. I think it was a Valentine’s themed episode?? I’m not sure… Although there were probably a few recipes I would’ve liked to try; Sunny Anderson’s recipe was RIGHT. ON. TIME!!! First, it was a chocolate recipe. I love chocolate.  Second, it was BROWNIES!!!! Who doesn’t love Brownies?!?! Third, it started with a mix ANNND, I had a mix in my pantry. BOOM. I was in!…. Oh, and Sunny added in some goodies too. Bring it on Michigan Snow Storm #259 of 2018! (haha)……. I’m ready.

It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing outside or not. Stock up on your favorite brownie mix  (I’ll show you my favorite in a bit) and a few other items; so when the craving strikes you will be ready for this belly full of greatness. It’s quick and easy to whip up in a moments notice. This is one you will be thanking me for a long time. And that’s just for the sour cream mixture that goes into the brownies. I want to eat it just like ice cream.  Just wait, you’ll see.

Sunny’s Sour Cream Swirl Brownies

Ingredients

One 18-ounce box brownie mix (plus the required eggs, oil, & water)

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sugar

2 drops vanilla extract

Instructions

Spray a 9×9 baking pan with pan spray or shortening. Line the baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper if desired. This will allow easy removal of the brownies after baking. Pre-heat oven to the temperature stated on the box. Prepare the brownie batter according to the package directions, then transfer to a prepared 9×9 square baking dish. Do not bake.

In a small bowl , stir together the sour cream, brown sugar, cinnamon sugar and vanilla. Drop the sour cream mixture randomly around the top of  brownie batter. Using a toothpick, skewer or, butter knife drag the sour cream mixture randomly through the brownie batter to make streaks and swirls throughout.

Bake according to the package directions. Cool completely if you can wait. Remove from pan if desired. Slice into serving size portions.

This brownie mix is my most favorite. I keep at least 2 boxes on hand all the time.

You can prepare you pan this way with foil and pan spray; or just with pan spray.

Mix together the eggs, oil and, sugar in a large bowl.

Stir in the brownie mix and chocolate syrup to the mix; if using.

Pour brownie mixture into the prepared pan. Hold on!! Do not bake yet!

In a small bowl, mix together sour cream, brown sugar, cinnamon sugar &, vanilla.

This sour cream mixture is heaven. I will now desire this on top on everything.

Dollop the sour cream mixture randomly all over the brownie batter using a soup or cereal spoon.

Use a butter knife to make swirls through the brownie batter.

Bake the brownie batter for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when tested.

Let brownies cool completely and remove from pan.

Slice into desired serving size and enjoy.

Sunny’s Sour Cream Swirl Brownies

Don’t forget to let me know when you try these out! Leave your comment here on the blog or give me a shout out on Facebook @ Kim Cherie’s Mouthful of Food, or Instagram and twitter @mouthfuloffood.

Can’t wait to here from you!

xoxox

Kim Cherie

9 Tips for Fool-Proof Party & Menu Planning

5 Mar

Do you know that I really like planning small events? Now, when I say plan, what I mean is I think of small events to have for a particular occasion or no occasion at all. For some reason it is in me to entertain people at home or a small intimate space. I don’t really know why. We didn’t do a lot of that while I was growing up; besides family gatherings and holidays. But, ever since I’ve became an adult I always want to plan parties and get-togethers. Mostly, I want people to come over and enjoy each other’s company, eat some good food and, have some fun.

Speaking of good food….Is brunch the new greatness?  Everyone is hosting brunch lately. Everyday on social media, in magazines and is local papers is a brunch social event. It’s crazy! But, I love it. I think I should host one…..  The menu options are almost endless when planning a brunch because it’s literally BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. And, lunch is basically dinner’s twin that was born a few hours earlier sooooooo, I’m all in!

This year it is one of my goals to have people over at least 2 times during the spring and summer months and at least once for the holidays. Nothing big. I just want to enjoy my friends and family at home.

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I feel like entertaining at home is a lost art. It seems as though a lot of hanging out and getting together is being done everywhere but at home. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy meeting up, going to events, and hanging out for a bit. But, when you can host people at your home it can be a little more relaxed and non-obligatory for guests to make an investment in your event unless they choose to by offering to bring a dish, beverage or, surprising you with a hostess gift.

So, as the spring season is nearing I am putting together a delightful menu for a nice weekend brunch with a few of our friends and loved ones. Today I am sharing with you  9 Tips for Fool-Proof Party and Menu Planning and a Spring Brunch Menu idea for your next event or get-together.

Spring Brunch Menu

Very Easy Broccoli & Ham Quiche

 I’m addicted to carbs! Cheesy Potatoes or any breakfast potato,

French Toast Casserole & Warm Maple Syrup,

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins,

Fresh Berries or Fruit Kabobs,

Chicken Apple Sausage Links and Pork Sausage Patties,

Orange Juice, Mimosas, Water, Coffee,

Lemon Lime or Ginger Sodas (in case of illness)

Everything above can be partially or completely prepared the day before. This is a great way to prepare for your event. Making a menu that can be prepared a day in advance gives you more time to prepare for your event the day of.

9 Tips for Fool-Proof Party and Menu Planning

  1. Plan your guest list and any possible dietary restrictions. Send out invites.
  2. Create an enticing menu for everyone.
  3. Draft organized shopping lists for your event. Shop.
  4. Mentally prepare a order of food service (courses or buffet style).
  5. Chop, cut, slice, mix, cook and bake anything that be prepared the day before.
  6. Decorate the night before.
  7. Set up a hot & cold beverage station complete with glasses, mugs, spoons, napkins, pitchers, ice bucket &, tongs.
  8. Day of: warm all prepared foods, cook breakfast meats, fill beverage station with cold and hot options including water.
  9. RELAX, HAVE FUN. ENJOY YOUR GUEST.

Using these tips will assist in your event being stress free, your guest being excited, happy and, full. Each one of them will be looking forward to your next flawless event.

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How do you prepare for your parties and events? Are you planning any for 2018? Tell me!

Be sure to also check out the recipes for Very Easy Broccoli & Ham Quiche and I’m addicted to carbs! Cheesy Potatoes. These are both great recipes for groups.

I hope you all have a very great week!

Talk to you soon xoxo,

Kim Cherie

Very Easy Broccoli & Ham Quiche

25 Feb

img_2252-1There are so many egg based dishes to be made and eaten.  And, they all look delicious….except for sunny side up eggs with the runny yolk….Uh, that’s definitely a big no-thank you from me on that.  I remember I had to make a sunny side up egg for Home Economics class in the 9th grade. And, the yolk had to be just right and runny for me to get 100%. Well, I did get 100% but, I didn’t want that egg as my reward. That was probably the one time I passed up on eating in Home Ec. And, believe me I always looked forward to that class. Outside of that I think I would be willing to try other egg dishes such as an egg soufflé’, hollandaise sauce, huevos rancheros, and breakfast burritos.

By the way I do not like eggs….. I only eat eggs scrambled; hard, as an omelette or, in a quiche. None of those things do I want everyday but there are days when I just have a craving for a something with eggs. My only reason for not liking eggs I think is because my mother didn’t like eggs so, she didn’t cook eggs. And, I never learned to love or want them.

But, I do like this quiche. I especially liked this one I made for today. I normally shred my own cheeses when I cook. There are only a couple of exceptions when I don’t. When I make quiche is one of those exceptions. So, I bought the shredded cheese with the cream cheese blended in. I think the cream cheese gave the quiche a smoother taste.

This quiche is so easy to assemble and bake. It is perfect for a quick breakfast or brunch item or a food gift. And, your meat and veggie filling options are endless. I chose the broccoli and ham because, I love broccoli. The ham was already cooked and cubed and I just had to throw it in the pan. You add the eggs, milk and cheese and bake for 45-55 minutes and then you have a hot pie with melty cheese and eggs with your most loved veggies and meat options. The pie is absolutely satisfying and I am encouraging you to bake and take one to your next gathering.

Ham & Broccoli Quiche

Ingredients

1 9-10 inch frozen pie crust (thawed)

2 cups shredded cheese

4 eggs

1 cup whole milk or half & half

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 to 3/4 cups cubed ham

1 broccoli bunch rinsed, cut and, chopped into small pieces (saving one larger piece for a top garnish)

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

On a large cookie sheet place a large piece of parchment, wax paper or aluminum foil. This will protect your cookie sheet when the filling over flows while baking. (You will thank me later.)

Place the thawed pie crust on top of the cookie sheet and with a fork, poke holes all over the pie crust.

Partially bake the pie crust in the oven for 10-12minutes. Just to barely brown it and get the crust firm.

Remove the crust from the oven.

Leave the pie crust on the cookie sheet while assembling the quiche.

In a large bowl beat eggs with a fork or wire whisk.

Add in the black pepper and sea salt.

Mix in the whole milk or half & half with the eggs.

Place a light layer of shredded cheese on the bottom of the pie crust.

Next spread the cubed ham over the light layer of cheese.

Add the broccoli on top of the cheese and ham layers.

Slowly pour the egg milk mixture into the filled pie crust.

Cover the cheese, ham and broccoli with the remaining cheese.

Place the assembled quiche in the oven and bake for 35 minutes uncovered.

After 35 minutes lightly with aluminum foil and bake 15-20 more minutes and check for doneness.

Quiche is fully cooked when it is firmly set. You can also check for doneness with a butter knife by sliding a butter knife into the center of the baked quiche and if it comes out clean it is done.

Poke holes in the thawed pie crust using a fork.

Partially bake the plain crust in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

Add a light layer of cheese to the bottom of the partially baked crust.

Now layer in the cubed ham.

And, the cut up broccoli.

Carefully pour in the milk and egg mixture into the filled pie crust.

Top the quiche with the remaining cheese and bake 45-55 minutes.

This is why you will want to line the baking pan. Save your oven and your cookie sheet.

Let your quiche rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

This quiche can serve 6-8 people.

Enjoy.

See ya next time,

Kim Cherie

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