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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 »

An Outdoor Barbecue Party Featuring Hot Slaw & Shoulder Sliders

Happy Memorial Day! Perhaps the long weekend will offer you more time to relax and fire up the grill, and the following recipe for Hot Slaw and Shoulder Sliders has been a family favorite for generations. My millennial son, Zan, is getting married to Lucy in 4 weeks, I’m hosting a party the night before the wedding, the boy wants mama’s … Full recipe post »

Dinner Party to Welcome Spring

On Sunday’s journey back from Utah (an impromptu trip utilizing a free AMEX companion plane ticket), while poring over photographs taken hiking Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, I lamented that I forget to take my wide-angle lens. Still. I could never capture Ansel Adam‘s American West no matter how many strings of cameras I roped around … Full recipe post »

Where there’s smoke, there’s challenge.

  Think of the challenges in life you’ve faced. Some circumstantial–a restructuring, say, of your job to incorporate skills you’ve never acquired, and never had the desire of acquiring because it’s not your modus operandi. In my case (a typical situation), a superior at work once set me up for failure inserting complex spreadsheet analysis into an otherwise demanding schedule. A challenge, no … Full recipe post »

Turks & Caicos Ceviche! (using fresh conch, scallops or shrimp)

A sea-to-table recipe for fresh conch salad from Turks and Caicos. Full recipe post »

New Orleans: Hey Y’all, it’s Carnival–Laissez Le Bons Temps Roulé!

Whether you’re buried in 10 feet of snow, or basking in more winter favorable climes, February is a great time to inject a bit of heat–New Orleans style– into your kitchen. Here for my niece’s wedding, we’re  spending a week in the Garden District, VRBOing a home built in the 1850’s with a front porch … Full recipe post »

My world for a lentil.

Hello, Lentils? Hi. It’s me. Peggy. …Say what? I’ve fallen from your favor? Sorry I’ve been snubbing you for the past couple of months. But I’m needing—nay, craving—to have you back into my life. I’m done with wretched excess; the frothy creams, sumptuous sauces and trumped-up cocktails that caught my eye in December. I miss … Full recipe post »

When Entertaining with Small Plates, Less can be More

Another holiday season, a herd of family I can’t wait to see, all with their convoluted schedules, none of which coincide simultaneously. Therefore, I’ll be turning the holidays on and off several times in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be flexible. I’ll be creative. I’ll try to stay sober. I’m thinking small plates and … Full recipe post »