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My Secret Weapon Flavor Bomb for Savory, Summery Vinaigrettes

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 »

Sweet Pea-Quinoa Fritters

Last week was a mother to digest. First the beloved fashion designer Kate Spade? And what’s to become of the global food scene without Anthony Bourdin to direct traffic? The man with such caustic, biting brilliance who had such a rich appetite for life? No one could even begin to replace this most empathetic of spokespersons for the world’s people, their … Full recipe post »

She-Deviled Diva Eggs

Deviled Eggs (aka: Stuffed Eggs) have taken on star-status in the past few years. No more are a plate of these rich and tantalizing mortals content to find themselves nestled up to a Maraschino Cherry Jello Mold on a boomerang-patterned formica counter. For good reason. Stuffed eggs are a great canvas for a variety of flavors. A perusal through the web … Full recipe post »

Easy Green Finish for Flavor Explosion!

Returned from Viet Nam (re: previous blog) totally fried. Yet, thanks to constant hand washing and a vigilant use of masks while flying, we managed to skirt that horrid flu that is bowling down folks across the globe. So it seems wrong to complain about jet lag. But I’m still struggling. And here it is, St. Patty’s Day in … Full recipe post »

Chúc mừng năm mới from Hanoi!

Happy Lunar New Year! This marks Richard’s and my fourth week of traveling through SE Asia and every 12 hours of experience is the equivalent of 12 months of my North American day-to day. Which works up quite an appetite. Motto for this adventure: “One should go into the unknown on an empty stomach.” (Abraham Garcia) … Full recipe post »

Roasted Cherry Tomato & Goat Cheese Crostini + 2 Favorite Thai-inspired Soups

For a blast of bright August flavor on a frigid January day, try roasting tomatoes. Baking or roasting transforms the winter tomato, minimizing the mealy texture and maximizing their sweet flavor. Last weekend I concocted the recipe below, and brought the appetizer (pictured above) to a party. I saved time by having the baker slice the baguette and … Full recipe post »

A Winter’s Tale of Soup

If you, like me, are suffering through these grey upon grey single-digit days, reading Dostoyevsky while sipping a good Russian vodka could provide some comfort. Sipping said vodka while watching Dr. Zhivago might be another plan. These activities, of course, accompanied by a good cup of soup– always a good leavening agent. Take Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, “The Brothers Karamazov”. In the midst of a … Full recipe post »

Quick & Festive Holiday Appetizer Ideas

Most of my friends are in accord that it’s difficult enough to get your dwelling in shape for a party much less entertain, supply the bar and  party food fare. Especially during the busy holiday season. My group is happy to pitch in, bringing a dish, a bottle, or in Frederick’s case (pictured at the piano) musical talent to help ease … Full recipe post »

Clay Pot Chicken, Rice and Lentils

This morning we woke up to the first real snow of the year––good thing I’d purchased a chicken. The following is a recipe I’ve been tweaking each winter when the snow flies; this year I added a cup of dry lentils to the rice. Below, you’ll find a slide show I made several years ago after … Full recipe post »

Pumpkin Flan with Caramel Sauce + Giveaway.

UPDATE: CONGRATS, TERRI!  Your name was PICKED–The CD and dish towels are on their way!!!   Thanksgiving yum is on the horizon.  In the right hand column →→→you’ll see a Holiday Cookbook link next to a Gold Ball under “Find Your Favorite Recipe“. Here, I’ve put together dozens of recipes that might suit your table. Also included is a super-simple segment and … Full recipe post »

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 »

It’s a BOOK…

My second novel is born today! I’m traveling in Portugal at the moment, just glanced through my social media platforms and WOW!!! I’m totally overwhelmed with the support given me by readers and the book community. THANK YOU!!! I’m TREMENDOUSLY EXCITED about this book, and am thrilled about the reviews trickling in to date. I’m hoping that YOU, … Full recipe post »

Stuffed Fruits (tomatoes are a fruit) and Free Books!

This is a post I’ve been trying to complete for a week now–it’s felt frivolous posting about fruits and freebies when I’ve friends with unwanted lakes in their yards and no power )-: But normalcy is a condition of sanity so it’s back to the kitchen and writing for me. First, I wanted any Kindle readers … Full recipe post »

Twenty days.

Twenty days. It’s been twenty days since my heart fisted with worry knowing that my son and several friends were about to be clobbered by Harvey. My people and their property were spared–but what about the others? Before even comprehending the extent of the fallout, along came Irma. And then the earthquake in Mexico City. … Full recipe post »

Favorite Burger Mark Bittman Cookbook Winner!!!

A couple of weeks back, I wrote about the naughty and nice of my favorite burgers. I asked YOU what your favorite burgers were. Here are the results: Blue Cheese Burgers, et al: 5 Votes ♥ Shrimp Burgers: 4 ♥ Black Bean Burgers: 3 ♥ Lamb Burgers: 3 ♥ Turkey Burgers: 1 ♥ Chef Tom’s Skirt Burger 1 ♥ Burger w/Pineapple & Avocado: 1♥  Beef,Bacon & … Full recipe post »