Taking care to practice what I preached in my last blog, I remain tasered into beans.
(Been researching tasers for the current novel I’m writing. A cool word. It can be used as a noun: He’s running down Nine Mile, grab your taser! A verb: You tasered the wrong guy, man! Even an adjective: His eyes, a knee-buckling shade of taser blue…)
Ummm. Sorry. I digress.
Apricots and cherries are on their last legs in Michigan so I incorporated them into a farewell to summer salad–a nice side dish for a Labor Day barbecue.
Any of these ingredients may be substituted with whatever needs using in your fridge or pantry.
Please don’t bemoan the ingredient list. (Really? Grapefruit Vinegar?) These are simply items that were rolling around in my cupboard. Substitute what needs using up in your pantry.
Goat Cheese for the feta, any nut for the pistachio, couscous for cracked wheat, any fruit-enhanced vinegar for the grapefruit, peanut or walnut oil for the hazelnut, garbanzos for the black beans…and so on and so forth.
You’ve heard of panzanella, right? That oh so delicious salad celebrating tomatoes when they’re bursting on the vines–even more handy to have in your recipe repertoire when you’ve a loaf of slightly stale Artisan bread that’s begging to be utilized? But what about Pastazanella? I just made a big batch, and I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of that. Pastazanella … Full recipe post »
Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »
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