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3 Days in Chicago and back home…

23 Sep

Whew! What. A. Weekend… How fast it went. I have just got through the door, ate a quick bite and brought in my bags and have gotten myself into position to go right to bed. Food,  fun and, travel can wipe a person out. I am so excited to share with all of you all the exciting things I did this weekend. My sister who lives in Texas met me in Chicago. When we decided to make the trip we both created a to do list while in the windy city. We checked everything off on our list. Every place but, one place was somewhere that had food. No kidding. That’s all we wanted to do. Eat. Try new restaurants. See new things. How awesome was that?! Pretty awesome I must say. Even though we checked off visiting every place on our list. We did not eat at every single one.  But, I will be back to eat at the ones I did not try this time.

Here is a list of all the food we tried this weekend:

  • pancakes
  • eggs
  • biscuits and gravy
  • hashbrowns
  • hummus and pita chips
  • vegan pita wrap
  • caramel cake
  • a german chocolate cake
  • peach cobbler cupcake
  • double chocolate cupcake
  • birthday cake cupcake
  • red velvet cupcake
  • apple pie empanadas
  • pierogis
  • fried chicken
  • mac & cheese
  • sweet potatoes
  • collard greens
  • cornbread
  • polenta potato cake
  • vegan fish tacos
  • vegan biscuit

I think that’s about it… Oh, I did get some popcorn from Garret’s and Nuts on Clark… We will talk about all of this later… I need to repent for all this gluttoness sin I committed this weekend.

A full review is coming this week. Stay tuned.a

Kim Cherie





What All Fast Food Establishments Need To Do Right Now….

5 Sep

Confession: I love me some fast food. Let me rephrase, I love me some hot & fresh fast food. Oh, but that’s an oxymoron these days huh? There almost no such thing anymore when it comes to fast food. There is almost no such thing as good customer service either at these restaurants. What happened to great food and good service? What happened to showing up to work looking like you care? And where is the person in charge that monitors all of the above? I want them FIRED! YESTERDAY!!!

Recently I decided to stop going to mostly all fast food chains because I was not sure that any of the employees gave a care if the food they served me was hot, fresh and safe to eat. More over, they were not at all happy to see me when I pulled up to the drive-thru window…. I am never greeted with positive salutations to begin with. The voice through the speaker says “go head with your order” (yep you read it right).  When the voice inside the speaker box should be saying “Welcome to ___________! May I take your order?  Nope. Just: Go head and Pull forward for your total… SMH…  And then, when you get up to the window to someone face to face the employee is not pleasant. AT ALL. The face is all frowned up, attitude blazing, no words being spoken but, all I see is how much this person could care less about the products and services they are offering… Why should I be buying or eating this “food”? Finally when you get your food and drink: Wait! Let’s talk about this drink situation…. How hard is it put the drink only on the inside of the cup? I mean, why is there Coke on every piece of surface space on the inside and outside of my cup?…..If I said bad words………. grrrr…… this is where I would insert all of them because I don’t want no drink with drink all over the outside of the cup!!!…. After training the employees to wash their hands after EVERYTHING, they should be training them how to put pop in the cup with a secure top and if some gets on the outside, WIPE IT OFF before giving it to the customer…Can I get this put into law? I just want a drink that is not spilled all over me unless I do it. IJS.

I haven’t even gotten to the food yet…..

But, I’ll get there.

What I need fast food establishments to do right now is throw the whole training manual away because its not working….smh…

Let’s just start with making sure employees come to work neat and clean including uniforms, hair, hands and nails…. I swear… This should be checked daily…I shouldn’t have to wonder if they slept in the uniform or where their hands have last been before touching my food….. People in the fast food industry are asking for $15 per hour. Shouldn’t they look like they deserve $15 an hour?

Next, let’s work on the disposition of the employees…If the employee is too good to say Hello, Good Morning, May I help you, Please and Thank you… You shouldn’t want them as the face of your business…

Lastly can we talk about the food…..Why is it never hot and fresh? Commercial after commercial for most any fast food place boasts about hot fresh food. But, when you get there and receive your order it is everything but… This is the same for almost every fast food place… How can you feel good about giving away bad food? cold fries, cold burgers and, hot pop….Yuck.

Fast food needs to be revised…. I don’t think people mind waiting for good, hot food. And, really it only takes about 5 minutes to fry up a couple of patties and a basket of fries.. So why aren’t we making them when the order is placed in the first place? It works. Just ask Five Guys. Fast food cooked to order…Currently they are my favorite. They probably will remain there just because I can tell they care about me and the food they give me every time I stop by. You can read more about my love affair with Five Guys right here.

In the mean time Fast Food owners, managers and employees… Take a good look at yourselves and the products your pushing… Are you proud of it? My guess is no… Would you take that sloppy pop and cold burger and fries to your mom? Or better yet to your special someone? Would they like it? Again, my guess is no…  The time is now to do better  and to one up your competition. Serve better “food”.


Former Fast Food Fanatic





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


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


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!


Kim Cherie

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