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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Original Plum Torte

What, precisely, defines a torte? There are a multitude of conflicting opinions, but Wikipedia defines this popular pastry as “…a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, buttercreams, mousses, jams or fruit.” What makes the following plum torte recipe the most requested by its readership than any recipe ever published in The … Full recipe post »

Smoked Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

With a sniffle and sigh, I put my old Webber charcoal kettle – mottled with rust and wear – out to pasture last month. I’ve had the grill well over 15 years, and have many fond memories of the get-togethers we’ve co-hosted: smoked pork butts for BQ sandwiches at my son’s graduation party, cedar-planked Copper … Full recipe post »

Tomato-Mozzarella Bruschetta

Safe to say it’s summer yet? When shopping at the Kerrytown Farmer’s Market last week, I can finally believe it. Produce stands are in full swing, with berries, squash, mushrooms, greens and tomatoes begging to be put to good use. Yesterday I purchased a 7-ounce ball of Italian-imported buffalo mozzarella from Trader Joe’s. The classic pairing of … Full recipe post »

Grilled Tuna Salad Nicoise

Composed salads that include grilled proteins and vegetables are such a welcome addition to the summertime table, and certain meats, seafoods and vegetables lend themselves particularly well to these types of salads. And don’t forget the lettuce. Grilled lettuce—really? Absolutely. Certain heartier lettuces hold their shape and are marvelous when exposed to the heat of a grill. … Full recipe post »

Lucy’s Smoky Peach-Mint Julips

“When using mint, or any herb, in a cocktail, You NEVER want to break up a leaf  – only express the oils,” said Lucy, as she gingerly pressed mint leaves against the glass with a muddler. My son Zan, and his partner, Lucy, invited me and Richard over for appetizers at their Detroit digs before … Full recipe post »