Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Please do not panic, you are about to be redirected to my Wordpress blog. This blogger blog has been retired!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Hamtramck Recipe: Poor Man's Peirogi

Okay, I'll be the first to say that ,y waistline is by no means the smallest of the bunch. One reason is probably this delicious dish. I'm not sure who first created it, but it has been in my family for years.

1 16oz Package of your favorite pasta (we always use either rotini or elbow macaroni)
1 16oz Tub of Cottage Cheese (Small curd is usually better)
1 small onion
4 tbsp Margarine or butter

Prepare pasta according to box directions, cook until al dente. Drain pasta and return to pot. Dice onions evenly and add to hot pan with margarine. Saute until golden brown. Add into pasta with full container of cottage cheese. Mix well until fully blended. Add salt or pepper to taste.

This dish will definitely pack on the pounds, but it is well worth it. I wish I had taken a picture of it before finishing, but it was too good to wait!

Another great variation to this recipe is to make this dish, but substitute the cottage cheese for steamed and buttered cabbage. When steaming the cabbage, be sure to add a full stick of margarine and cook until tender. I also add some garlic and pepper to the cabbage and some sauted mushrooms. This variation is just as delicious, but make sure to take some anti-gas first!!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Be safe and enjoy the food and fun times! Not much to say today!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hamtramck: She Is A Changin'!

Things are changing here in Hamtramck. Whether those changes are for better or worse is dependent on who is reviewing them. Ultimately, with Hamtramck on the brink of receivership, its good to see something different going on. It's also goo to finally have some decent news to report.

First up is the construction in progress on Joseph Campau. For a couple of weeks now, crews have been working to replace water and gas mains under the sidewalk of Joseph Campau. Work has been steady. The work has caused a lot of traffic congestion along Campau, which already sees its fair share of traffic. While it is a driving annoyance, work should be completed in a couple of weeks, and Hamtramck will be better off because of it. All the dust from the cutting of the cement has covered store front windows, which many storowners and building owners have refused to clean. Local kids have been marking their names and phrases on the worst of these storefronts.

While one popular dollar store in Hamtramck closes, another opens! Dollar King on Joseph Campau, across from Gamestop, is closing shop after several years in business. They were one of the most popular of the many dollar stores in the area. During there last few weeks of business, they offered a strange sale. 30%  off your purchase of $10 or more. Apparently everything had to go. What kind of sale was that? If everything had to go, why not make everything 30% off? Strange indeed. While we are losing one of our precious dollar stores, another is taking its place. Hamtramck Dollar is opening soon in the former dollar store next to the former Shopper's World. (too many formers...) Whether it will be satisfactory is yet to be determined.

Finally, a new heating and cooling business is in town. Burke Heating and Cooling is on its way to becoming top dog. By the look of its storefront, it's already halfway there. The former Dollar City+ has been remodeled with purple paint and a very "homey" decor. I shall be calling them soon to get my furnace looked at, which hasn't been on in over 10 years (Long story.)

I wish the best to the new business endeavors and I bid farewell to my favorite dollar store. Hamtramck is changing again, hopefully for the best. Change has always and will always be one of the driving forces, keeping this city from ending up like it's neighbors.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Rant Of The Day #1: Some People Should Not Have Kids!

I'm going to be starting a new article series called "Rant of The Day" in which I rant about things that irk me during my everyday experiences. I'll start off with a juicy one...

It's been said time and time again that some people should not have kids. I'd be tempted to call it a cliche if it wasn't for the fact that it's 100% true. Today, that was proven once again by an irresponsible and uncaring mother.

I was working earlier today when my co-worker came running through the door after taking a smoke break. He told me to go outside and look to my left. I walked outside, looked to my left, and caught a glimpse of something horrible.

A woman was dragging a stroller behind her which carried her baby. The stroller was tipped to one side like it was about to fall and the baby was screaming relentlessly. Here's the worst part. The mother was talking on her cell phone and paying no mind to her screaming child about to fall over. She treated her child as if it were a sack of potatoes that didn't deserve the love and attention of a caring mother. That pissed me off.

I can't ask it enough. What is wrong with people? Seriously, if someone could answer that for me please do. I need it clarified. This woman should not be allowed to have children. Anyone who treats a child as she did is unfit to be responsible for a goldfish, let alone a child.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Holbrook Elementary: 1929

Hey all,

Our paranormal group, the DAPRS, is currently looking into investigating Holbrook Elementary for possible paranormal activity. Several reports have been floating around about screams, doors slamming, and other wierd sounds coming from the school during the middle of the night.

In preperation for a possible investigation, we are researching the school's history. Here's where it get's interesting.

Holbrook elementary orginially had an ornately decorated third floor. In the late 1920s the fourth floor was demolished by fire. It was never rebuilt, and the school is as we see it today. I have tried my best, but there is one critical piece of information that escapes me.

Were there any deaths in the fire of 1929? Or later in history for that matter?

We need your help gathering information for this potential investigation. Thank you.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

In The Spirit: Resident's Get Ready For Halloween!

Despite the fact that Halloween is only a day away, Hamtramck is looking quite bare. Very few residents have dressed up their house for the fun and frightful holiday. Why? Is the economy to blame? Religion? Disinterest? Whatever the reason, it's a given that at least some of Hamtramck's residents are getting in the spirit!

Of course you have the famous decorations of the "brothers of Lumpkin." This family house has been decorated with ghouls, ghosts, and goblins for at least 17 years. It's a classic of the Hamtramck holiday scene and is a must see for any trick-or-treater!

A house on Yeman's street got into the spirit. From a chainsaw wielding zombie to a hangman's noose, this house is decorated and ready to scare the daylights out of the children. (Look below for pictures of this cool house!)

A house on Edwin street is ready for the younger crowd with its tasteful and elegant decorations. Also a yearly display, these residents always know how to please everyone from the youngest to the oldest of Halloween lovers!

Now, here comes the madman! What if Hamtramck had a holiday decorating contest? What if every resident who participated in said contest sent in an entry form with a small donation. The home that wins the decorating contest wins a gift certificate or product that was donated by local businesses.. Granted, the details need to be worked out; but the idea is sound and doable. It would work for both Halloween and Christmas. Not only would it raise money for a good cause, but maybe it would allow people to get in touch with the holiday spirit again. With the world getting progressively worse, all it takes is a little spirit to bring a happy face to millions!!

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