Spritz “Cookie Press” Cookies

Pecan Bourbon Spritz Cookies

I recently tried out my hand-me-down cookie press. I had never used it before so I was curious how it would work out. You need to use a recipe specifically for a cookie press, often called a spritz cookie. The consistency of the dough is important, you do not refrigerate the dough before loading it into your cookie press and it’ll make it more difficult to press or shoot the cookies out.

The recipe I decided to try was for Bourbon Pecan Spritz from Recipe.com. The original recipe called for the sawtooth die and to press out a continuous cookie strip that would then be cut into individual cookies. I tried this method and found it too difficult/impossible to get the dough out of the cookie press in an even manner. I switched to the flower die and things went a lot more smoothly! In fact, I was able to dispense over 100 cookies onto cookie sheets in less than 10 minutes. The only hang up I found after I switched dies was that I did not grind my pecans fine enough. If one got stuck, I made a butterfly instead of a flower and then just unclogged the die with a toothpick.

The original recipe also called for dipping the cookies partially in chocolate. With the more irregular shape of the flower cookies, I decided to drizzle the chocolate on top instead, which worked out well. The cookies were tasty and kept really well (I stored them in the refrigerator after a couple of days to preserve freshness).

Other spritz cookie recipes I considered were:

I look forward to trying my cookie press again, especially for the match almond spritz cookies that I linked above. It sounds delicious!

Dibella’s Old Fashioned Submarines

Dibella's Old Fashioned Submarines

I thought I was trying Dibella’s Old Fashioned Submarines for the first time, but once we entered the restaurant I had a weird feeling of deja vu. I think I had eaten there several years ago with my old job. Either way, second time around or a new experience, my Dibella’s sub was delicious!

I was tempted by the Buffalo chicken sub, but thought I should try something I might not normally order. So I ordered the Italian meatball sub. Dave ordered the Italian assorted (Genoa Salami, Capicola) sub. We ended up only eating half, they’re huge, and then swapping our leftovers for dinner that night. The meatball sub was moist and flavorful. I was worried that the meatball sub would be too heavy, but surprisingly it wasn’t. The Italian assorted was also super flavorful, which makes my decision for our next visit difficult…which one to order!?! Perhaps I can convince Dave to go halvsies with me again.

Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Step into the past with a visit to Hygrade Restaurant & Deli in Detroit. We enjoyed a Saturday lunch with a Groupon, bonus! I ordered a corned beef sandwich with Russian dressing and coleslaw on an onion roll and Dave ordered a hot open-faced ham sandwich with mashed potatoes.

The corned beef was excellent, nice, lean, and tender (up there with Zingerman’s Deli and The Grand Trunk Pub). The coleslaw and Russian dressing added a lot of flavor and moisture to the sandwich and the onion roll was just perfect. It was a good size too! Dave really liked his ham sandwich. The entire plate was warm and comforting.

I look forward to our next visit!

Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Royal Ontario Museum


After our breakfast at Over Easy, we headed across the street to The Royal Ontario Museum. The architecture was really cool, a very high tech looking building was built around the original building from the early 1900’s. The ROM has a little bit of everything: dinosaurs, ancient cultural objects, furniture, and fashion.

My favorite galleries were the dinosaurs, the birds, and European style. The dinosaur gallery is what you expect, but I loved it all the same. Dinosaurs are cool. The bird gallery includes over one hundred species of birds all shown in flight, which was really neat to see. The European style gallery was a surprise for me. I thought it would be boring, but it was really interesting! There were several rooms set-up as they would have looked for many different time periods. When you stood in front of the room, music from that time period played. The Egyptian and Greek artifacts were also favorites. I really liked how they showed the process of creating the traditional red and black pottery in Ancient Greece.

We spent about 4 hours looking through the galleries and probably only saw a little more than half the museum. Highly recommend if you’re in Toronto for a visit.

Royal Ontario Museum

Over Easy in Toronto

Bruchetta Eggs

While we were in Toronto for a family wedding, we had breakfast at Over Easy. It was located right across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), which was super convenient, but that’s another post!

We tried ordering mimosas with breakfast only to find out that they don’t serve alcohol in Canada before 11am. Oh well, the fresh squeezed orange juice on its own was good.

I ordered eggs bruschetta which included two poached eggs on broiled Asiago toast with tomato, red onion, garlic bruschetta mix. It was served with home fries. I had previewed the menu before our visit and totally wanted to order this and it lived up to my expectations. I’d love to recreate this one at home!

Toad in a Hole

Dave ordered eggs in a whole which included a Montreal-style bagel, halved & filled with fried eggs, bacon and melted aged cheddar. It was also served with home fries. Dave really enjoyed his as well.

Before we went to Canada, I looked up what a Montreal-style bagel was as neither of us had eaten one before. According to Wikipedia, Montreal-style bagels contains malt, egg, and no salt and is boiled in honey-sweetened water before being baked in a wood-fired oven. They are smaller, sweeter and denser, with a larger hole compared to New York-style bagels. The more you know!