Food Stuff

Condiment Gun, Life After Gluten, Prince of Pies, and more

Sep 4, 2013 at 12:00 am


Real Simple Easy, Delicious Home Cooking: 250 Recipes for Every Season and Occasion

By Real Simple magazine

Oxmoor House, $16.95, 368 pp.

When dinnertime rolls around (again), do you sometimes wish you could disappear? Here’s a better idea: Grab this book from the editors of Real Simple for easy, delicious dinner solutions.


Condiment Gun


Dinner, barbecues and get-togethers will never be the same! Fill the squeeze bottles with your favorite sauces, load into the barrel, snap the chamber shut and — voila —you’re the next Clint Eastwood!


Life After Gluten — “Gluten sensitivity” is a reaction to ingesting gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. According to research from the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, this condition affects approximately 18 million people, or 6 percent of the U.S. population. The only widely accepted way to avoid adverse reactions to gluten is to adopt a diet that has as little of it as possible. Complicating matters, gluten is in more than just bread. In fact, you might not realize how many products contain gluten. The good news is that there are hundreds of products that are gluten-free, and that adopting a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to mean giving up on flavor. Want to learn more? Well, the Gluten-Free Awareness Tour is stopping this weekend in Dearborn, offering gluten-free food samples and the chance to meet experts on nutrition and gluten sensitivity. Even past attendees of the tour will find it bigger and better this year. It all happens 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 7-8, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Dearborn; adults $10, children 11 and younger free.

Prince of Pies — Congratulations to Nikita Santches of Rock City Pies. We’ve profiled him before, as he has spent more than two years slinging his locally sourced, homemade pies at Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. We recently got word he’s about to open a sit-down restaurant called Rock City Eatery in Hamtramck. The restaurant will be in the space formerly occupied by Maria’s Comida. Santches says it will serve what he calls “new American” fare, along with a menu that will include Michigan wines and beers. Keep your eyes on 11411 Joseph Campau over the next few weeks.

Celebration on Tap — Congratulations also to the sports bar Tap, at MGM Grand Detroit, for marking one year in business. Throughout September, the pub will offer food and beverage specials, entertainment, prizes and an “Ultimate Tailgate Package” giveaway. The 9,500-square-foot restaurant sports a collection of memorabilia from the archives of Lindell AC sports bar, as well as more than 40 flat-screen HD televisions. Drop in at 1777 Third St., Detroit; 313-465-1234.

Pour a Good Cause — The Third Annual Wine & Dine in the D, a fundraiser to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, will feature food from more than 20 restaurants, pours from 15 wineries and breweries, and live jazz. It takes place in the snazzy Woodward Ballroom of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 19. It will begin with a roundtable discussion at 5:30 p.m., with the festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 each, with special reduced-rate tickets available for multiple myeloma patients. For more information, see or call Michele MacWilliams at 248-625-0070.

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