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October Apple-palooza

A palooza’s defined as the art of throwing an extravagant, bawdy party with a bunch of friends. It’s been a fabulous year for apples  in Northern Michigan–everywhere you turn there’s some roadside stand groaning under their weight. So I’ve  I put together a palooza of some of my favorite recipes which incorporate apples–the recipe links may be found beneath … Full recipe post »

Sylvia’s Heartbreakers: The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie

There are over a hundred billion stars in our galaxy. Says Google, at least. After perusing chocolate chip cookie recipes on-line this week, I’m guessing there are about that many recipes for chocolate chip cookies. Minimum. So do I really need to burden the web with, yet, another one? It depends. What’s your taste in cookies? The following list … Full recipe post »

Farewell to Summer Salad: Cracked Wheat Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Taking care to practice what I preached in my last blog, I remain tasered into beans. (Been researching tasers for the current novel I’m writing. A cool word. It can be used as a noun: He’s running down Nine Mile, grab your taser!  A verb: You tasered the wrong guy, man! Even an adjective: His eyes, a knee-buckling shade of … Full recipe post »

Toss Beans Into That Salad!

I’m a podcast addict. They amuse, educate and inspire. Ear buds and cord tethered into my IPhone, my favorite shows get me through housework drudgery, grocery shopping and workout routines. Last week, NPR’s TED RADIO HOUR “Fountain of Youth” podcast concerned ways in which one could bring their aging process to a grinding halt, or at least slow it down. You know … Full recipe post »

Lavender Wreath Making Workshop+100 Kindle Books to Giveaway

The language of lavender denotes calmness and tranquility. Making wreaths on a lavender farm on the Old Mission Peninsula (Harbor View Nursery and Lavender Farm) was, therefore, the ideal antidote for combatting pre-wedding stress disorder. In Northern Michigan, fresh lavender is in season and a couple of days prior to daughter Greta’s marriage to Tom,  I spent the morning with family members making … Full recipe post »

It’s Raining Cherries! (and Weddings)

I’m one taco short a combination platter. A burnt batch of chicken. Where’s the Betty Ford when I need it? Last weekend my daughter, Greta, married Tom in Charlevoix, Michigan. I threw two parties: a pig roast on Friday for 75 people, and their wedding, for 200, on Saturday. There’s nothing I enjoy more than cooking for family … Full recipe post »

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 »

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 »