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Manhattan: Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Manchego, Marcona Almonds and Fried Shallots works double-time as a salad or appetizer

(Note the gold holiday ball in the right hand column of this blog. Perhaps some of my past holiday recipe blogs can be of assistance to your meal planning in the next couple of months.) Last week was spent with three lady friends in Manhattan soaking in (breathless) as many museums, plays, Halloween revelry, and….of course—food!—as we could inhale … Full recipe post »

Putting up Tomatoes: The Easy Way

Here’s a no-recipe recipe for folks with little time and large palates. Tomato sauces are great to have hanging out in the fridge for impromptu meals. With their high acidic content, they have a lengthy refrigerated shelf-life, at the ready for spooning over, or incorporating into, grain dishes and proteins. The best bottled, freshest tasting … Full recipe post »

Lamb Burger Sliders with Beetroot Relish and Tzadziki

The burger – be it White Castle or Farmer’s Market Veggie-Grain – could be the most telling testimonial, the most apt memoir of the 20th and early 21st century American palate.  Little sis “Slider” drills into this hypothesis. The Slider, especially, is suited to our national temperament and accommodates our multitasking lifestyle. It’s easily held in one … Full recipe post »

Explosively Delicious Recipes to Enhance Summer Celebrations! (A promise.)

It’s that time of the year and I don’t mean fireworks; I’m talking the explosive media grilling blitz. An hour doesn’t pass without some TV personality, electronic feed, or magazine headline firing off their ultimate recipe for “whatever” on the grill. Recipe overload, no doubt. Why not? Grilling on the Fourth of July is as … 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 »

This week is for celebrations – whatever your celebration may be!

Perhaps it’s Easter or Passover you’re commemorating this week, or maybe it’s the grass turning from a brittle straw beige to green.  After this winter, the upward inch of the thermometer is a good enough excuse for a celebration, and with that celebration comes food. My family celebrates Easter, and I’m happily stuck in the … Full recipe post »

Nora Ephron’s Fancy Meatloaf (never too meta to eat!)

So I’m reading this article and recipe in the New York Times (by Sam Sifton) who described making Nora Ephron’s Fancy Meatloaf that inspired me to write about and make this recipe – with my changes – which was concerning, as I wondered if the end product would be too meta to eat. Mr. Sifton … Full recipe post »

Starstruck Sparkling Holiday Punch

Composing individual craft cocktails when hosting a party can knock a host under the table, stone-cold sober, I might add – forget having time to sip your own. As soon as you’ve finished passing round one, guests are lined up – empty glass in hand – for round two. One could hire a bartender, I … Full recipe post »

Ginger-Molasses Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd

Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »

An Apres-Holiday Cleanser: Roasted Broccoli & Farro Salad with Feta

Hey friends. I’m tired – not fully recovered from last week.  Almost too tired from the festivities to line the pan with foil. Blame it on intake excess, the side-kick of celebrations. It was a great party – hilarious times in the kitchen, and at the table – but I’m roiling for balance, feel bad … Full recipe post »

The turkey-day count-down begins…

…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday … Full recipe post »

Sausages & Apples in Hard-Cider Sauce

In November, no day is complete without eating a fresh-from-the-tree apple or two. Au natural is the simplest, of course, but sliced and enjoyed with an accompaniment of sharp Cheddar or smoked fish, apples make a fine prelude to a meal – as apple pies, apple crisps, and apple crumbles make a satisfying conclusion. But … Full recipe post »

Southwest Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder

Autumn days are as good as it gets, with warmish daytime weather, leaves in their last gasp of green, soon crisping into oranges, yellows and reds set against impossibly blue skies. Chilly evenings follow the days with those brassy disc moons – so great for sleeping, and for warming up with soup, steaming hot, delivering … Full recipe post »

Super-Fast Caprese Canapes

Beach fires dwindle, the days grow shorter, and we understand the end of summer is upon us. Oh no — say it ain’t so! This summer saw more than its share of rainy days and temperatures below average, our consolation being the lakes and farmers are loving it. But beautiful days are here at last. … Full recipe post »

Tomato-Zucchini Tapas

Here’s a delicious way of using two favorite August vegetables: tomatoes and zucchini. The genesis of the recipe comes from the August edition of Traverse Magazine, although I made several changes. I reduced the amounts and did not peel the zucchini, as the recipe suggests. I substituted basil for the parsley, and used locally-grown zebra tomatoes from the Farmers … Full recipe post »