On March 10, 2019, every one fast forwarded more than their clocks one hour. By the first official day of spring folks had already celebrated their first spring Bar-B-Cue and the kids were planning for spring break. Last month when it was still 20 degrees I noticed some hearty souls wearing shorts but they were still wearing ear-muffs — go figure. What’s the world’s favorite snack? Better Made POTATO CHIPS! All shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors has been a Detroit institution since 1930. It is the lone survivor of the potato chip companies that sprang up in the early days of the twentieth century in a city that devours the snack with an insatiable appetite. Now it’s worldwide. Created in 1853, the potato chip did not catch on as a snack until after World War 1. After several predecessors, two of Detroit’s entrepreneurial visionaries became partners in a potato chip business and the rest is history. The tasty snacks can be crushed and used in recipes, like the following which is perfect for family picnics:
Oven Fried Italian Chicken Strips Parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 cups crushed regular chips
½ cup Parmesan/Romano cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
¼ tsp. Garlic Powder (not garlic salt)
Cover a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper. Take the boneless chicken breasts and cut into strips (medium width for easy eating) and lay them on a plate. Crush the chips and combine them with the Parmesan/Romano cheese. In a small bowl combine the Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
Take one piece of chicken at a time, dampen it with water or a little mustard, and roll in the crumb mixture until it is well coated on both sides. Place pieces on the prepared pan. Bake 30 – 40 minutes depending on size and thickness of chicken pieces. Be sure they are completely cooked. Serve hot or cold with a dipping sauce, if desired.
April in all its glorious colors is a wonderful time of year and has a lot of deep spiritual meaning. In the downtown “D” this is translated into a lot more grand openings for hotels, eateries, new offices and living spaces that are combining new apartments, Retail and dining in one building. The one big question that no one yet has an answer to, “Where do we park?” The answer so far, seems to be … “OK Fellas, just keep digging and building!”. Maybe someone can clear a five mile area and use it just for parking — paid parking. Don’t forget we have tons of scooters around. Perhaps people can park in Midtown and “scoot” over from there. History has always flowed through Detroit: let’s leave some of it for the next generation to enjoy!
This may sound like the same old grind, but in the middle of all this rapidly growth what is happening to our wonderful senior population? Renovation was a good idea but it needs to be completed. Winter is gone and here they sit, almost back to square one. The governor said that 20% of the new housing would set aside for seniors. Great idea but let’s finish what we started. Our old Joe Louis arena would have been perfect for a Senior Center. Maybe someone should mention this before it becomes a pile of rubble. Here is a great analogy – Just like Better Made, seniors have survived it all and still remain.
On the SOCIAL SCENE:
Detroit Tigers Opening Day, April 4th. Be prepared to spend big dollars for the game ticket, food and parking. This is definitely not like the old Tiger Stadium.
April 28th, 2019 is the 28th Annual Music Awards at the Filmore.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! Michelle