Food Stuff



The Healthy

College Cookbook

By Rachel Holcomb,

Alexandra Nimetz, Jason Stanley and Emeline Starr

Storey Publishing LLC, $11.50, 293 pp.

In less time and for less money than it takes to order pizza, you can make it yourself!

Three harried but health-conscious college students compiled and tested this collection of more than 200 tasty, hearty, inexpensive recipes anyone can cook — yes, anyone!

Whether you’re short on cash, fearful of fat, counting your calories or just miss home cooking,The Healthy College Cookbook offers everything you need to make good food yourself.


My Perfect Kitchen Pasta Machine


Hello … you’re in college. Time to carbo-load; make fresh, homemade pasta in minutes with this easy to use pasta-making machine. Includes a double cutting head that makes perfect fettuccini and spaghetti, plus rollers that adjust to multiple thickness settings for any type of pasta you desire.


In Heaven There is Now Beer — Condolences to the staff and patrons of Hamtramck’s Tight Fittin’ Jean’s Bar. Owner Virginia Szymanski died this week, casting a pall of gloom over the normally happy joint. Jean’s Bar was a longtime venue for the Metro Times Blowout, and Szymanski presided over it gracefully. Drop in and pay your respects at Tight Fittin’ Jean’s Bar, 12002 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck; 313-892-9689

Wine Country Cycling — We Michiganders don’t generally think of the Mitten as a warm place, but over on the Canadian side, lower Ontario is about as far south as it gets. That’s why Essex County is alive with agriculture, growing tons of tomatoes and, increasingly, wine. In fact, the good folks at Windsor Eats are offering a bicycle tour through wine country, and it sounds like an excellent opportunity to get some exercise, fresh air, and sample some great food and wine. The outing stops at three wineries, and offers tastings of reds and whites at each stop, ending with a farm-to-table dinner. There are only two more rides this fall, so be sure to register early. Tickets are $60 Canadian, $20 more to rent a bike, and the rides take place Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. To purchase tickets, see

Dog Day — Attention, competitive eaters. Downtown Detroit’s American Coney Island is hosting its third annual Coney dog-eating contest. The proceeds go to charity, but the winner gets bragging rights, a championship belt, a year of free meals, and prizes from local retailers. Competitors will try to consume the most Coney dogs (that means the hot dog, bun, chili, mustard and onions) in 10 minutes. Will one hungry contestant beat the current record of 10 Coney dogs? The Coney contest happens 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at American Coney Island, 114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; $10 registration fee for competitors in advance; $15 on the day of the event; to register, call 586-219-0995; open to the public with a suggested $5 donation for admission; see for more information.

Taste of Success — Congratulations to Sandy Levine and the crew over at Ferndale’s Oakland Art Novelty Company. Two years ago, Levine took a gamble on the concept of pre-Prohibition craft cocktail bars. Almost right away, the spot was a runaway, word-of-mouth success. To see what all the fuss is about, drop in at the Oakland, 201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5295;

Know of any upcoming food-related events? Let us know! Call 313-202-8043 or email [email protected].

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