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Lemony-Poppy Seed Cake + Great Celebratory Spring Recipes

Memorial Day picnics, graduation parties, weddings, showers and anniversaries. In the coming weeks you may be called upon to create a celebratory dish or two. Pound cakes are wonderful spring and summer desserts as the center hole of a bundt or fluted cake pan creates an ideal “vase” to insert fresh seasonal flowers or herbs. This cake (which … Full recipe post »

Tracy’s Famous Squash Blossom Honey Cake

So you want to write a book? Maybe you’ve already written one. If so, I’d love to trade notes!  If you are toying with the idea of writing your first book––be it a novel, cookbook, memoir, book of poetry or dummy guide–be prepared to have your cage rattled and buckshots pummelled across your backside; in short, be prepared to  bleed. At … Full recipe post »

“We must have a pie…

Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” (David Mamet, Boston Marriage) But sometimes it can when making your first pie. A home cook worth his or her salt understands the most basic of recipes can sometimes be the trickiest. Take pie crust. If you make the pastry right the first time, it’s probably because you … Full recipe post »

Michigan Beaches, Strawberry S’mores and a Goodreads Giveaway

Michigan’s underrated. Some of us have long known that to be fact and now Thrilllist  agrees. In “The Definitive and Final Ranking of all 50 States”, Michigan was recently pronounced the best state to live “…ranking the states on everything”. And I quote:  “…Did you know Michigan has more coastline than any state other than Alaska? Did you … Full recipe post »

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Mulled Wine Poached Pears: Thanksgiving Day Warm-Up

Today’s Wednesday–8 days before Thanksgiving; 4 days before my kids, et al, come  to celebrate our early-bird feast. There’s several inches of white stuff on the ground, school’s out and some neighborhood kids just made a snowman. It’s leering at me from across the street. Wipe that silly grin off your face before I knock … Full recipe post »

Tropical Queensland Fruit Salad (that can be adapted to any fruit available to you)

On our flight from Christchurch to  Queensland, Australia, the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 weighed heavy on our minds, particularly when traversing such a large expanse of sea. Skimming above the Great Barrier Reef making our decent into Cairns (the gateway to reef exploration) –   a collective sigh was audible.  Awe, certainly, of … Full recipe post »

Ginger-Molasses Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd

Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »

Fourth of July Sheet Cake

Happy Fourth! If the day finds you late to the table with minimum of time to cook, and you’re scrambling to come up with a festive celebratory dish, I have a suggestion: Skip the following recipe, purchase a boxed cake mix, canned white icing, blueberries and strawberries, and this celebratory cake can be out the … Full recipe post »

(Homemade) Pistachio Ice-Cream & (Store-bought) Pistachio Baklava

I think I’ve stumbled upon the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten in my life; I must send this recipe to Ben & Jerry. Seriously, when I crumbled the pistachio baklava (scratch made from the Mediterranean Market on Ellsworth) into the pistachio ice cream (made with my Krups ice cream/sorbet machine), I could hear the flutter of angel wings. I served … Full recipe post »

Chocolate-Dipped Figs with Chopped Walnuts

Fantasize fillet mignon enrobed in a buttery bordelaise sauce, snuggled up to truffled mashed potatoes, followed by a triple chocolate torte decorated with candy hearts for Valentine’s Day. Romantic,yes? Wouldn’t a meal such as this light the fire for an evening d’amour with my hubby? Not unless said romantic evening means staggering from the table, … Full recipe post »

Marty’s Nutty Blueberry & Bran Yoga Muffins

If you read my column, you may think that I breathe, sleep and live for my next recipe, which is not entirely accurate. I also consider the most entertaining and efficient way of burning calories from the food I consume, and a bonus is discovering a recipe that’s yummy, healthy, and will provide sustained energy throughout … Full recipe post »

Annamarie’s Chocolate-Poppyseed Cake

When Annamarie invites me to her home for cake, I drop everything. I know the cake will be sublime, and her recipe well-tested and flawless; she spares no detail to assure you won’t fumble. The finest cakes are often the centerpiece of celebrations, so it’s critical that the recipe be well-organized and easy to follow. Annamarie tells … Full recipe post »

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Love is expansive, and chocolate is dark; serving chocolate-strawberries, will surely melt a heart. Yep. It’s that time of year again, when my cornball soul can pen a silly verse without apology, when I can send construction paper hearts glued to paper doilies the old-fashioned way — snail mail — and serve my family chocolate at every … Full recipe post »

Starry Night Tort

Happy New Year!  Here’s a recipe inspired from Bon Appetit, which we enjoyed after feasting on our traditional Hoppin’ John with a side of greens. My son Zan’s girlfriend, Lucy, brought dessert. This was not any old store-bought pie, mind you. This was a dessert from the heavens; a recipe for dreams. Lucy says that, for the … Full recipe post »

Vicki’s Famous White and Dark Chocolate Bark

This is the companion piece to Vicki’s Famous Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle. And, if the truth be told, I prefer this recipe to the brittle. Why? The chocolate. I like chocolate; it improves my mood. Particularly white chocolate. More particularly, Ghiradelli or Callabaut white chocolate. Another reason to love this recipe is it takes only minutes … Full recipe post »