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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 »

Farro Adds a Toothsome Bite to this Savory Salad

Off the grid of late, spending every available minute, and every ounce of inspiration, on a book synopsis that had to be submitted last week. My two protagonists (female 31-year old first cousins) are of Polish descent, and Eastern European food has been on my mind. This salad is my daughter’s recipe and was inspired by my … Full recipe post »

Key West Shrimp Chili Rellanos

Key West has two of the things I love most in life: eccentric characters and shellfish. We’ve been holed up for a few weeks at a VRBO (an excellent find, a rare tranquil spot close to Duvall) as I brainstorm characters for Potlikker, a novel set in today’s Detroit. Even though we’re as far south from Detroit as … Full recipe post »

Ode to The Earle (plus a piquant little fish sauce)

                                    If walls could talk. The other evening, I walked down the dark stairwell into The Earle Restaurant, off Main on Washington, in Ann Arbor. At the end of the stairs, there’s a door. I open. To my right … Full recipe post »

A Winter Beach Campfire Supper: Braised Lamb Shanks and Flatbreads

January blogs, Tweets and FB comments that begin with earnest New Year’s Resolutions are as nettlesome and abundant as Time Square selfies taken as the ball drops. Boring. I was at the gym this morning; here’s a picture of the parking lot––it was an open field of asphalt last month. You read what I’m sayin’. It’s crazy buying … Full recipe post »

Pickled Herring for the “Eves” (a shortcut)

We may be jipped out of a white Christmas in Michigan this year, but the promise of the family rejoined and traditions re-lit has me craving pickled herring. In past years I’ve been lucky enough to receive it––scratch-made––from my Polish neighbor, Krystyna, the week before our family celebrates Christmas and the New Year. This year she’s left … 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 »

Thanksgiving Day Count-down

  Happy Thanksgiving! My favorite time of the year is right now, this very week. If you’re into cooking (which I suspect most readers are) you are likely in Thanksgiving mode, too. I’m predictable at this time of the year. In a digital world of constant change, at least my Thanksgiving menu  remains constant. For a sample of my … Full recipe post »

Peru: A Tapestry of Restaurant, Street and Market Food (plus a recipe for Quinoa Soup)

There’s a difference between vacationing and traveling. Traveling removes me from my comfort zone; vacationing amplifies my comfort. The past couple of weeks spent in this marvelous tapestry of a landscape called Peru would definitely qualify as Traveling. Full recipe post »

October Flavors: Recipes Using Apples

In step with the rhythm of the season, October apples are incorporated into as many of my recipes as possible. I’ve put together a slide show (with accompanying links beneath the recipes) of some my favorite recipes incorporating apples. They wear the test of time. Baked Apples Stuffed with Orange-Scented Sweet Potatoes ♦ Apple Cider Glazed Chicken Breasts with Apples and … Full recipe post »

Halibut with Saffron-Tomato Sauce and the Brave New World of Selling Books Deconstructed

A friend recently asked what was my favorite spice. That’s like asking which of my kids I preferred. A cold analogy, granted, but hey, savoring well-prepared food has been a primary life-enhancer for me, the therapies of cooking a gift. Since herbs and spices are vital to cooking, it stands to reason I’d contemplate such a question with gravity. … Full recipe post »

Slap Mint Gin and Summer Tomato Palooza

August, draped in excess, ripens into a rosy blush as she parades her finery. Especially beautiful, the tomatoes. Locally grown tomatoes go down easy, almost as easy as the Slap Mint Elderberry Gin that complements an end-of-August afternoon on the beach. (Recipe below the tomato slide shows.) Slapping mint before using in cocktails extracts the oils adding additional minty flavor to the drink. If … 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 »

Simmer and Smoke paired with Grilled Caesar Salad

Five years since inception and Simmer and Smoke is available in paper and Kindle, with other formats on the wing. Mallory, Shelby and Miss Ann are, at last, alive. A feeling akin to childbirth? Not quite. It’s more like a funeral and I’m mourning their loss. I can’t revisit my people––give Mallory another pill washed down with booze; push Shelby … Full recipe post »

Ribbons of Chard

My son, Zan, married Lucy last week. Last week my first novel, SIMMER AND SMOKE, was attached a firm publication date: two weeks from today. (The paperback is now available on Amazon; the ebook will be soon.) Events surrounding the book’s massive to-do list were swept beneath wedding hoop-la without a glance. Big glorious times. This week the balloon has … Full recipe post »