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Curried Lentil and Whipped Potato Casserole–a healthy take on Shepherd’s Pie.

  Gad! What a week. A book launch + 24 hours in planes & airports + contracting purple diabunghi (some ghastly airborne virus) before arriving in Detroit delivered a woman ready to be scraped from the runway. Shakily recovered, healthy comfort food that MUST INCORPORATE BEANS is what my body screams for. This Curried Lentil and Whipped Potato casserole fits the bill. This take on a … Full recipe post »

Buddha, ahem, Bowl

Ahhh, 2016—feels like yesterday. Reflecting back to the good old days, one strong current that kept me off the beach was the Buddha Bowl trend. I’ve been composing bowls and plates filled with an assortment of nutritional goodness (usually a compilation of leftovers) well before the name was penned. But I was loathe to be trapped in the Buddha Bowl … Full recipe post »

Asparagus! Glorious!

Johnny Cash and I have something in common, besides Tennesee whiskey. We both love June. Always have. For him, June Carter Cash. Fiercely. There was no death do us part for those two, I’m sure of it. As for me, June is simply June, the dearly beloved month of June. Both Junes are easy to get … Full recipe post »

A Mess of Turnips & Greens – so easy & good

  To all mothers and “mother-lovers”: Happy Mother’s Day.  Last week I battled, and fortunately dodged, tornados in Alabama on a road trip with daughter, Greta, and Aunt Jane – as close to my mother as I can get, aside from dreamland. Every bolt of lightening, every wail of the siren was worth enduring. Certainly because … Full recipe post »

Easy Southwest Corn Sheaths

My favorite way of eating corn is when I insert my knife deeply into the cooked cob, then slide the blade down, so that the corn is removed from the cob in a long sheaths, instead of individual kernels. Sometimes the cob obliges (esp. at this time of the year, when corn is juicy and … Full recipe post »

Super-Simple Spinach & Jarlsberg Quiche

A trivia question: Which decade embraced glam rock fashionistas skimpily clad in crushed velour hot pants and sequined halter tops, best observed shimmering and gyrating to acid rock in the purple haze of a lava lamp? If your guess was the seventies, that outfit may well have been your fashion statement. You may also recall … Full recipe post »

Sweet Cherry & Quinoa Pilaf

Michigan cherries are a fixture at many locals table in July. And after last year’s catastrophic harvest, we’ve good reason to celebrate this year’s bounty with the farmers. My palate’s a bit saturated with vinaigrette-based salads, so tonight I prefer more of a warm pilaf-styled side dish for the chicken I grilled. I took liberties … Full recipe post »

Coconut-Crusted Tofu with Pineapple Salsa

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Who isn’t familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s oft-quoted statement, which still holds water 224 years later? And lest you be reminded, next Monday won’t vanish from the calendar. As sure as the sun rises in the east, on April 15 Uncle Sam … Full recipe post »

Cheesy Spinach-Lentil Casserole

Whew – limped over the 2012 finish line without permanent injury, but I can do better than a stagger. It’s a New Year; time to straighten up, return to the gym, and put a bounce back into my step – a sway into my swagger. How about you? Have you made any exercise or weight … Full recipe post »

Asian Cabbage Pancakes with Spicy Bean Dipping Sauce

This easy, healthy recipe will satisfy three or four appetites, any cravings for upscale Asian cuisine, and cost less than 5 bucks to make. Even less, as in my case, as I’ve yet to harvest my purple cabbages (albeit, a bit frozen at the core) resting happily in the backyard. Who says the Michigan vegetable gardening season is short … Full recipe post »

Garfagnana,Tuscany: Farro Soup

A couple of weeks ago I described (in a tiny chestnut shell), my recent trip to visit a friend in Lucca, Italy. I spoke of our hike north of Lucca in the Garfagnana, where the landscape was dotted with chestnut hunters, and made a pasta dish using Michigan chestnuts when I arrived home.  While at … Full recipe post »

Lucca, Italy: Pasta with Roasted Chestnuts, Bacon & Fried Sage Leaves

Several months ago my long-time pal, Mara, told me she was leasing out her home in the fall, and simultaneously renting an apartment for herself and 13-year old twin daughters in Lucca, Italy. As long as she’s access to WIFI, she can conduct her business anywhere, so why not take advantage of our flattened world. … Full recipe post »

Mashed Boo-tatoes and Turnips

Looking for a little something festive to make for Halloween that doesn’t involve much work? Leave it to Martha Stewart, I knew she’d have a trick and treat up her sleeve. This recipe didn’t make it to her Halloween Handbook Special Collector’s Edition (which is fabulous), but the recipe is a cinch to make. I saw the picture on-line on the Martha … Full recipe post »

Kale and Butternut Squash

This warm, delicious salad is a palate of October colors; as delicious to eat as is to admire. My friend, Debbie, sent me the recipe she’d found in Bon Appetit knowing I would love it. No doubt. The chewy texture of kale is marvelous paired with creamy squash and the crunch of toasted almonds. I … Full recipe post »

Chicken and Butternut Squash Stew with Moroccan Flavors

Delicious, impromptu meals don’t always come from a book, the Internet or exhaustive recipe files. Rummaging through kitchen pantries and freezers, then adapting those odds and ends to suit cravings, are often what inspire a favorite dish. Certainly that’s the case with this recipe. A half of a butternut squash, beginning to discolor around the edges, … Full recipe post »