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Tomato-Zucchini Tapas

Here’s a delicious way of using two favorite August vegetables: tomatoes and zucchini. The genesis of the recipe comes from the August edition of Traverse Magazine, although I made several changes. I reduced the amounts and did not peel the zucchini, as the recipe suggests. I substituted basil for the parsley, and used locally-grown zebra tomatoes from the Farmers … Full recipe post »

Smoked Salmon, Beet and Mascarpone Spread

This appealing appetizer is certainly worth of your attention; especially if you enjoy an easy, make-ahead smoked fish nosh that’s a bit different from the status-quo smoked whitefish or smoked salmon types of spreads. I saw the recipe in a Vitamix cookbook and in a brief glance knew it would be a spread I’d love. Certainly the … Full recipe post »

Beet & Yogurt Dip with Goat Cheese & Hazlenuts (and shortcuts)

I know many readers are beet lovers (because you’ve told me!), so here’s a recipe you root vegetable enthusiasts will enjoy. I, too, am crazy about beets. I also appreciate having healthy, delicious dips and snacking foods at the ready, and this beautiful ruby-colored spread will keep several days, refrigerated, for enjoying guilt-free and at random. The recipe was … Full recipe post »

Eggnog Monte Cristos

Looking for a healthy dish to balance the exigencies of holiday cheer? Skip this article – this is not the recipe for you. But there are a few days left before the ball drops and resolutions for the New Year are made. So if you’re looking for a festive nosh that will satisfy a sweet … Full recipe post »

Cranberry-Stuffed Brie En Croute

Death by chocolate  wouldn’t be a bad way to go. But an oozing buttery brie laced with nut-spiked, jammy warm fruit bundled in a package of flaky pastry would be my preferred poison, for sure. This stuffed brie en croute takes only 30 minutes – max – to assemble. Yet with stockings to stuff and … Full recipe post »

Curried Mussels with Coconut Milk and Lemongrass

Here’s a dish that requires minimal effort; a recipe of reprieve after a tedious week spent in preparation for Thanksgiving. But this is not a dull dish, mind you, for these coconut-curried infused mussels and clams are festive enough for ushering in the holiday season, which is – sigh – officially underway. Too weary to … Full recipe post »

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese & Chorizo

Sour, salty, bitter, sweet: According to Wikipedia, the average human tongue has 2,000-8,000 taste buds that detect the five elements of taste perception. And, as Richard and I savored a tantalizing stuffed date appetizer at Grange, each of these receptors were hit like a nail on the head. The spicy chorizo, sweet date and salty-sour blue cheese notes … Full recipe post »

Asian Chicken Sausage in Lettuce Leaves

What do talented chefs enjoy cooking when they’re off the clock? September’s Bon Appetit answered the question featuring easy weeknight recipes from some of America’s top chefs. Dale Talde, the man behind Brooklyn’s Asian Fusion Restaurant, Talde, shared his recipe for a homemade chicken sausage wrapped in lettuce leaves. Not exactly grilled sausage with a side of kraut, but … Full recipe post »

Mint-Pesto Crostini with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

When out-of-town guests pay a quick visit, I don’t do much cooking. I love showing off Ann Arbor; the renowned campus, downtown eateries and shops are far more entertaining than my backyard. But I’m a cook, and guests expect a bit of something special from my kitchen. Last week a good friend from Seattle, Jeannie, … Full recipe post »

Eggplant Tapanade

On July 14, our neighbors—Francophiles to the core—had their annual Bastille Day party. I offered to bring a dish, then racked my brain thinking of an appropriate “deguster” that would evoke the season and, more important, the country they were celebrating. The party hosts, Stephanie and Tom Teague, are drawn to France certainly because of … Full recipe post »

Stacked Shrimp and Avocado Tapas

Downtown sizzles with heat, cranking up the vibe, hotter than a match head. Wandering down Main Street, you locate a seat at a sidewalk cafe, angle the umbrella – just so – that the sun hits your face, and sit to peruse the menu. Basking in warmth while ordering a glass of something cold, your … Full recipe post »

Tempura Asparagus Spears with Wasabi Dipping Sauce

It’s asparagus season; when Michigan’s brave warriors thrust their helmeted heads through the dirt, hoping a late frost doesn’t blindside them. So my ammunition’s at-the-ready – a battery of recipes that will maximize the bounty through the middle of June. I can blanch, then wrap them in proscuitto; stuff them into an omelet; make a … Full recipe post »

Beet Chips with Tzadziki are healthy alternatives to chips & dip

As a kid, one of my favorite treats was Ruffles Potato Chips and Lipton Onion Soup Dip. All of that sodium, MSG, all of that crunchy grease — I could have a big bowl and still have energy for playing kick-the-can until bedtime. But times have changed, and so too (thankfully) my palate. Don’t misunderstand … Full recipe post »

Steamboat Springs: Kathy’s “Thai One On” Cooking Party

I’m visiting a friend – Kathy Barker – in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, who I met at the water fountain when I was 12 years old. She was from New Orleans, the “new” girl at my Alabama junior high school, and scouting about the hall for friends. She overheard me yammering in a knot of girls … Full recipe post »

Pub-Styled Cheddar-Beer Spread for Super Bowl

Note: Other past Super-Bowl favorites have included Beefy Super Bowl Sliders with Pimento Cheese and Chipotle Chili Chicken Skins, divine, buttery Chili-Lime Chicken Wings  and Teriyaki Meatballs.                                                                  ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ ♦♦ Lest you … Full recipe post »