Low and Slow: A Secret Weapon

2019-01-28T13:54:54+00:00February 1st, 2019|Recipes|

Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli If you’ve read any of my past articles, you’ll know that my “secret ingredients” are fish sauce and miso paste. Those items add umami, which I believe is key to amping up all of your endeavors in the kitchen. Everyone has a different idea of a “secret ingredient.” A good example is Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, where she demonstrates how those four elements, or “secret ingredients” if you will, are the key to consistently better cooking. Salt brings out deeper flavors. Fat helps us achieve texture.  Acid balances that flavor. And heat transforms [...]


2018-12-29T19:45:57+00:00January 1st, 2019|Recipes|

Photo by Laura Mitulla on Unsplash by: Jillian Fraioli Our family has strong traditions, which results in cooking the same dishes every holiday season. We rejoice in this repetition. For most of our adult lives, we have been flung far and wide across the world. The food traditions in our family are what hold us tight in the arms of our loved ones and our ancestors. It’s what brings our heart, and sometimes our hardest memories, to the forefront to be held and cherished. But every January, without fail, this gal who can barely eat leftovers (that’s a topic for another day) starts to [...]


2018-11-29T20:24:36+00:00November 28th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Recipes|

By Liz Crowe Welcome to Booze 101, a new and ongoing column here at Brick Magazine. Together, we will explore various options on the alcohol shelf and what you can do with them that does not involve an ice luge, red solo cups, or ping pong balls.* For December, I’ve decided to go with something dear to me: pairing great beer with food. A.k.a., The Beer-Pairing Dinner. Don’t fret if you don’t think you know about the differences in beer. I’m going to provide you with some specific recommendations. They should be available at most chain groceries, but for a couple [...]

Your Kitchen’s Winter Arsenal

2018-11-29T20:02:22+00:00November 28th, 2018|Recipes|

By Jillian Fraioli I’m what you’d call a food hoarder. If an archaeologist went on an excavation in my freezer, they’d find my stash: chicken bones from roasted or rotisserie chickens, ham bones, fish bones; shrimp shells, multiple bags of vegetable detritus (they can be very useful!); ice cubes of chimichurri and pesto, stocks of various flavors, small amounts of leftover spaghetti sauce, meat scraps, and frozen ginger bits. I’m that person that if you invite me over and you’re throwing away any kind of bone, I’ll ask to take it home. To me, this is a boon. I can conjure [...]


2018-10-26T01:07:38+00:00November 1st, 2018|Recipes|

by Jillian Fraioli Every time I mention it, it surprises me that people have not heard of the (in my heart at least) more popular holiday I like to call “Second Thanksgiving.” In our house, this holiday falls on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. Family obligations are complete, people have come and gone, football is still underway (although we’re more a Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter marathon household), and people are still in a celebratory mood, what with two more days to be gluttons. We still want to celebrate with our chosen family, our orphaned friends, and neighbors. So, [...]

Treats Post-Tricks

2018-09-30T20:50:01+00:00September 30th, 2018|Recipes|

By: Jillian Fraioli Out of all the holiday memories, Halloween memories always jump out at me first. My mother loved to go all out. We had a screened-in front porch where she’d tie up sheets splattered with glow-in-the-dark paint, and hang cobwebs and creepy crawlies. She’d take a huge cauldron and get dried ice for the night. She’d dress up as a witch, with scars, teased hair, and full makeup. My father would put up black lights, furthering the effect. Right before the kids would swarm the neighborhood, my mom would start up the cassette player, all set with spooky tunes [...]

The Bounty of September

2018-08-30T23:56:03+00:00September 1st, 2018|Recipes|

By Jillian Fraioli September is quite possibly my favorite month of the year. The weather cools off, the evenings still feel luxurious in length, the sunsets turn into a kaleidoscope, and the almost obscene garden bounty fools us into thinking winter is far, far away. Not that bounty of strawberries and delicate lettuces, but that hearty bounty that comes fast and furious out of the garden this time of year. Every Farmer’s Market, grocery store, or road-side stand overflows with abundance. Tomatoes, zucchini, early pumpkins, fat melons, and the hearty greens that have weathered the heat, along with the last of the peppers, eggplants, and [...]

Spicing Up the Grill

2018-07-30T20:50:06+00:00August 1st, 2018|Recipes|

By: Jillian Fraioli When the thermometer ramps up into the red zone, we either turn towards “picnic dinners” (consisting of crudités, finger foods, cooling dips like hummus or raita, and lots of fruit) — or we turn on the grill. My grandfather used to say, “Drink hot tea in summer, not iced tea.” And if you’ve traveled to hot and humid countries, you will know they hand you hot drinks and spiced foods on the hottest of days. Hot drinks and spices in the summer can actually cool you down; this is due to an effect known as “evaporative cooling” — [...]

Sneaky Sweets

2018-06-27T16:40:53+00:00July 1st, 2018|Recipes|

by Lisa Nogueira  Who doesn’t love a frozen treat on a hot summer day? These treats are not only a delicious way to cool off; they have surprise nutrients in them as well — the perfect makeover! When was the last time you had avocado, spinach, or cauliflower in your dessert? Don’t worry, you won’t even know it’s there. Now, I’m not saying to double up on dessert because it has avocado or cauliflower in it. Sugar is sugar in the body, so it’s best to limit it to an occasional treat, but these frozen treasures are loved by children and adults alike. They have won over even the pickiest of eaters!    Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding Pops  I absolutely loved pudding pops when I was kid. That was before I knew that it was [...]

Gather Your Friends Together, We’re Having a BBQ!

2018-06-01T14:11:51+00:00June 1st, 2018|Recipes|

By Lisa Nogueira   My favorite part of summer — besides the sunshine, the beach, swimming pools, and the attitude of leisure — is getting my friends together and having a backyard grill-out. With these recipes and a few tips, you can throw one together quickly and easily without compromising on flavor or health.    A good grill-out needs a few things: a killer dip, a signature mocktail/cocktail, a crowd-pleasing side dish, good music and friends . . . and the rest you leave to the grill!  Here’s your appetizer.  Layered Greek Hummus Dip  Ingredients:  Plain Hummus – 2 cups  Cucumber, diced – ½ cup  Red pepper, finely diced – ¼ cup  Kalamata olives, chopped – 1/3 cup  Mint, finely chopped – 2 tsp  Basil, finely chopped – 2 tsp  Feta cheese, crumbled – 1/3 cup  [...]

Master Your Meal Prep | Recipes

2018-06-12T19:03:30+00:00May 1st, 2018|Recipes|

by Lisa Nogueira How do you feel when you hear the term “meal prepping”? Confused? Intimidated? Annoyed? Well, hopefully I can help resolve some of the trepidation that many people have about meal prepping. Here I provide a few examples of meal prepping that we do in our house along with a couple example recipes.   First are some basic food prep strategies for having healthy eating options available throughout the week. The first recipe is for an easy-to-prepare and healthy ramen-style soup that can be stretched over a few meals. And the second recipe is for a deceptively easy pressure cooker chicken tagine recipe that tastes even better than it looks!    Meal Prepping Basics    Instead of preparing several meals in full, I like to make [...]

Recipes: Reset and Reboot

2018-04-02T13:22:29+00:00April 1st, 2018|Recipes|

by Lisa Nogueira I know it sounds a little odd, but I actually really like cleansing. I typically do a cleanse with each season change. I don’t see it as deprivation or “giving up” anything, I see it as putting attention on the health of my body and filling my body with nutrients and what will make it thrive. At the same time, I want to let go of what doesn’t serve my body’s greater good. It’s a test; a conversation with my body. What does my body thrive on, and what makes me feel sluggish or less than awesome? When we tune [...]

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