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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 »

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 »

St. Patty’s Day Twice-Stuffed Potatoes

Other St. Patty’s Day recipes for your perusal, if desired: Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish-Watercress Sauce & Irish Stew with Lamb and Stout Last spring my husband, Richard, and I rented a car to explore Ireland. We anticipated a rolling emerald landscape dotted with thatched cottages and bleating sheep, and to be regaled by the fabled Gaelic … Full recipe post »

Graduation Party Recipe Slideshow: Make-ahead Recipes Teens & Adults Will Love!

Greek Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Basil Ribbons • Pesto Pasta & Chicken Salad • Chopped Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle-Corn Dressing • Sun-Dried Tomato Bow Tie Pasta Salad • Crock-Pot Barbecue Sliders • Beefy Sliders with Pimento Cheese •  No-Fuss Barbecue Ribs • Grilled Flank Steak Fajita Bar  • Annamarie’s Chocolate Poppyseed Cake

Fresh Asparagus Soup with Herb Croutons

When local asparagus are filling tables and bins at the Farmers Market, here’s one of my favorite spring soups to make: an abstract painting in a bowl. If you’ve time, make a homemade stock with the lower ends of the asparagus and the leek or scallion greens. Simply chop them up, combine with chopped carrot, … Full recipe post »

Tempura Asparagus Spears with Wasabi Dipping Sauce

It’s asparagus season; when Michigan’s brave warriors thrust their helmeted heads through the dirt, hoping a late frost doesn’t blindside them. So my ammunition’s at-the-ready – a battery of recipes that will maximize the bounty through the middle of June. I can blanch, then wrap them in proscuitto; stuff them into an omelet; make a … Full recipe post »

Seared Lamb Chops with Artichoke-Mint Salad

Here’s a lovely, super quick and easy recipe for a Springtime supper. I found it in an old beloved cookbook –Molly O’Neill’s, “A Well-Seasoned Appetite”. I saw another blog reproducing her recipe to the letter (with no attribution!) that added pine nuts, which would have added a nice crunch. Per O-Neill’s recipe, I used lamb … Full recipe post »

Polish-Stuffed Easter Eggs

Easter is this Sunday.  For some of us, this holiday is a time for introspection, renewal and growth; as a shovel dug deep, tilling the the earth, in preparation for planting seeds. It’s also a time for honoring family traditions with special dishes. The following recipe is my new Easter tradition and I intend to … Full recipe post »

Easter Recipe Favorites

Easter is here early this year catching many of us off-guard; but the weather is certainly cooperating for Easter egg hunts. I gravitate to serving seasonal and Mediterranean fare through the holiday weekend –  Spring lamb, goat and sheep milk cheeses, grape leaves, asparagus, and Easter eggs – remind me of rebirth and renewal. Mediterranean … Full recipe post »

Grilled Salmon Salad with Edamame and Oranges

I’m not buying into the theory that Mother’s Day is a “Hallmark Holiday”, commercialized beyond recognition, so can be ignored in good conscious. “Mother’s Day,” according to Wikipedia, “…is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society.” In the United States, … Full recipe post »

Annamarie’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Cake

Ann Arbor, for me, is best described by its neighborhoods: a tapestry of people woven together in brick and wooden homes, safe-guarded through the winter as wrapped and valuable gifts. As spring meanders into summer, as each present is carefully unwrapped, colorful jewels emerge, scattered about our town. Tucked between Packard Road and South Industrial, … Full recipe post »

Grilled Salmon with Chipotle-Honey Glaze with Pineapple Salsa

In three short days — Father’s Day — dads across America will be lassoed with ties and wallpapered with Hallmark, as retailers restock shelves vacated by tool sets and grilling kits. All fine gifts, to be sure, but I’ll bet you a “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug that what Dad wants most is to spend … Full recipe post »

Spring Green Risotto

I began making risotto back in the early ’80s, and there was — and still is — a great deal of mystique surrounding the dish. First, I was warned to never stop stirring. I must stir the risotto constantly or a disastrous mass of glutinous rice stuck to a burned pot would be inevitable. That’s … Full recipe post »

Steak Diane

Honoring Mother’s Day this Sunday, I made a dish worthy of the goddesses, specifically Diana, the ancient Roman goddess of the hunt, who inspired the name of the luxurious Sauce Diane. The history of Sauce Diane wasn’t consecrated during the James Beard-Julia Child, swanky New York City steak house era, as often supposed. One might … Full recipe post »