Saturday afternoon supermarket.

One thing I love about Detroit: All these ethnicities have their own food traditions. And they’re all sold in the markets.


Posted at 1:51 pm in Detroit life, iPhone, Uncategorized |

38 responses to “Saturday afternoon supermarket.”

  1. brian stouder said on March 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    $3.29 for 3 ounces sounds like leading the lambs to slaughter….but ya gotta have your table traditions!

  2. brian stouder said on March 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I thought this was interesting; possibly LAMary will have an addition to this guy’s top ten.

    I didn’t understand Pram, and I wasn’t following the thinking on Bespoke.

    But following F1 exposes one to a fair amount of British-speak, and before long it seeps into one’s vocabulary, I’ve found (I like to say GAH-rage anymore, for example; or refer to petrol)

  3. Bitter Scribe said on March 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yay, lamb butter! I’d completely forgotten about that stuff. Greeks used to be big on it for Easter. I’m guessing it’s also part of Polish and other Eastern European Catholic traditions.

  4. Charlotte said on March 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Lamb butter makes sense — festive and fast-breaking! I love how Lent conveniently falls during that time of year when, if you live off what you grow, you’re getting pretty hungry anyway. (Not that I do, but I’m down to my last bag of frozen greens from last summer, and it looks like the overwintered kale and spinach in the hoop house needs another week or two.)

    Heres’ the most in-depth thing I’ve seen on the new Pope yet. If for nothing else, I like him for rejecting Ratzinger’s sartorial excesses …

  5. coozledad said on March 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    As for me, I could say that I was covering politics, not war, and that it wasn’t my job to try to pierce the veil of lies and “precog” justifications of the Bush-Cheney-neocon axis.

    But the war was politics. It was a new battle for the president to be seen fighting as he headed toward a reelection run. I should have known more, studied more, asked more questions and been more skeptical.

    I hope I am wiser now. I hope we all are.

    -Howard Fineman.

    Howard believed that Bush would win his war and that some member of the Bush clan or their surrogates would be president forever, and he couldn’t fight hard enough to be first in line to give C+ Augustus a blumpkin.

    He doesn’t get a pass. He’s a piece of oxygen-wasting war criminal garbage.
    It is only through a perverse historical accident Fineman and the rest of them haven’t had their heads shaved prior to being dogged through the streets while people chuck rocks and rotting food at them, or better, turn their backs and give them the shun.

  6. coozledad said on March 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

  7. Kathy T said on March 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Butter lambs!! Yes, Polish, most def. They used to come unprepackaged, flocks of them in the refrigerator case at Kowalski’s, with tiny red ribbons around their necks and whole black pepper eyes. And made from butter which tasted WAY better than butter formed into sticks.

  8. alex said on March 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    O, Lamb of Lard
    That takest away
    My patent canals
    Have mercy upon us

  9. Jolene said on March 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Have never seen butter lambs before, surely a gap in my cultural education. They’re very cute. Would hate to be the first to cut into one.

  10. basset said on March 16, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Someone please explain to the culturally ignorant what butter lambs are about.

  11. James said on March 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    In our household we prefer Christ-shaped butter.

  12. coozledad said on March 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    The closest tradition we’ve got to that down here is the suckling lamb, and it’s not a food item.
    It’s one of the native folkways that were once widely practiced but beginning a slow decline, like horse marriage in South Carolina.

  13. Deborah said on March 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    My former in-laws were fond of giving chocolate crosses for Easter. What is the point of that?

  14. Linda said on March 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    The lamb is symbolic of Christ, the Lamb of God, who was sacrificed for our sins. While the shaped butter is expensive, you pretty much just have one for the holiday–and that is slipped into the basket, along with some ham, colored eggs and other Easter delicacies–to be blessed at church on Holy Saturday. Another Polish thing.

  15. Andrea said on March 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve never seen the lamb-shaped butter before, but my mother always found turkey-shaped butter for Thanksgiving and last year we had Christmas tree-shaped butter at Christmas.

  16. Minnie said on March 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Make your own wooly butter lamb for Easter.—Celebration-Recipes/Easter-Recipes/Shape-Butter-into-a-Woolly-Butter-Lamb-for-Easter

    Apologies for long link. Don’t know how to make a short one.

  17. Jolene said on March 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    You can also buy a mold to make your own butter lamb. I don’t celebrate Easter, but, if I did, I think I’d get one of these.

  18. Dexter said on March 17, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Lá Fhéile Pádraig. March 17, my favorite day of the year. Spring is coming. I know it is, even though I froze my face walking the dog yesterday morning.
    I used to lay in a huge supply of Jameson’s and Old Bushmill’s, and Harp lager and Guinness stout. Years passed and I then began a tradition of making Irish scones and soda bread once a year. Through it all, I always make a big pot of corned beef and cabbage, every year since the mid-1970s. I finally broke tradition and bumped it up a day, and we ate it Saturday night.
    Hurrying to get back to the televised basketball games, I forgot to add the cabbage when I was finishing up the production. Time to eat…no cabbage. Early onset of WHAT?

  19. Dexter said on March 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Minnie: easy peasy! just use this tool:

  20. Dexter said on March 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

    My Lai + 45 years…catching up with the continuing story; survivors speak, and I recall where I was when I first heard of this massacre, long after it had happened…I was on a Greyhound bus between San Jose and San Francisco, and I read it in the San Francisco Examiner, and I couldn’t believe it, but oh yeah, it happened alright.

  21. Prospero said on March 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

    RIP a great paper that introduced George Kimball and Charles Pierce to the world.

  22. Prospero said on March 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Best Irish book James Joyce didn’t write. Or it may be The Dalkey Archive. Funniest writer ever. Or James Joyce may have written it.

  23. ROGirl said on March 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Chocolate crosses just strike me as creepy. Chocolate bunnies aren’t a problem, though. Just bite off their heads. Yum.

  24. Prospero said on March 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    ROGirl: Nibble on the little feet.

  25. coozledad said on March 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Grifter queen still grifting the halt and the lame. Cough that money up, idiots- she’s got a million tit jokes:

  26. Maggie Jochild said on March 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Prospero — isn’t it “Nibble on they tiny feet?”

  27. Charlotte said on March 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Pros — I knew I was in trouble in grad school when, in a class on Irish lit, one of the other students started in on how appalling the “violence” was in At Swim. “Um,” I tried to note — “it’s an imaginary fairy he’s throwing out that window …”

  28. Dexter said on March 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    MichaelG…what kind of track is Marysville? What the hell happened? Reports are vague, I thought maybe you had heard some hard news.

  29. Dexter said on March 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Choco-Easter rabbits…one big bite, and the head is gone. You simply must show that rabbit who is the boss.

  30. Kristen said on March 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Saw this at supermarket this morning:
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  31. Sherri said on March 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Conviction in Steubenville.

  32. Kim said on March 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    When we were young teens, my sister and I insisted on a lamb cake. Our mother, perhaps acquiescing because we’d just lost our father, allowed the extravagance, which we promptly decorated at its rear end with a cut-up Baby Ruth candy bar. It’s become a family tradition and, all these years later, still makes me laugh like a middleschooler.

  33. Jolene said on March 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Very powerful story, Sherri. Thanks for posting.

  34. brian stouder said on March 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Sherri, thanks for the link. As Jolene says, it is a well written and powerful piece of journalism.

    Here is an excerpt which captures much:

    At one point of the night of the incident, Westlake, who was sober, determined that his friend Mark Cole was too drunk to make a 10-minute drive home. At first, Cole refused to turn over his keys, claiming he could operate his Volkswagen Jetta just fine. Westlake was undeterred, though, eventually “tricking” Cole by waiting for him to relax and then forcibly seizing the keys. Yet maybe a half-hour later, Westlake walked in on the girl, sprawled out naked in the middle of a basement floor. To her side was Mays, exposed and slapping his penis on the girl’s hip. Behind her was Richmond, who, Westlake said, was violating her with two fingers.

    Westlake said goodbye to the guys and kept walking. A good friend with his eye on the safety of others just minutes before was suddenly unaware or unsure of what to do – or simply uncaring enough to do anything at all. “Something has gotten in there that said, ‘OK, we need to prevent drinking and driving,’ ” Hanna said. “We need to take it to that level with preventing sexual assault.”

  35. Jolene said on March 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    There’s been some criticism of news reports that have emphasized the undoing of the “promising lives” of the young men involved in the incident, while seeming to ignore the burden the young woman will carry. Not sure how I feel about this. Feeling sympathy for the victim doesn’t preclude recognizing that, through immaturity and arrogance, these boys have ruined their lives.!/entry/cnn-grieves-that-guilty-verdict-ruined-promising-lives-of-steubenville,514619e2d7fc7b56707114eb/1

  36. James said on March 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm


    You’re attempting to link to a local file on your computer, not a file on the web that we can all access.

  37. beb said on March 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Wasn’t it just a week ago that a woman was on Hannity and suggested we need to teach men not to rape, and she got death threat for it? This Steubenville story is just what she was talking about. Boys thinking it was alright to mess around with a drunk girl because — Football!

  38. Pedron said on March 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    (Available in your Christian book store’s dairy section)

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