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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 »

Tomato Curry with Potatoes and Beans

Summer struts a swagger; a flip-flopping insouciance suggesting that if it’s a hassle, why bother — as long as there’s iced tea and sandwich fixin’s in the fridge, who cares? Except when you’re shopping for produce, and recall the imports you’ll be sifting through in a few short months. Then, August’s booty cracks a whip … Full recipe post »

Basil Pesto Shrimp and Pasta

Even the pickiest eaters, or those folks who steer clear of any dish that sounds “foreign”, enjoy this recipe. Perhaps because the name pesto has so morphed into American food nomenclature, some may not know it’s an Italian classic. Unfortunately much of what’s out there — little jars on grocery shelves, fast-food chains using the name to … Full recipe post »

Watermelon Mojito

With mint flourishing in the garden, and produce bins groaning under the weight of the season’s juicy watermelon, this summer cooler has become my latest favorite drink. My son, Zan, and his girlfriend, Lucy, came to dinner, and I served these drinks with the appetizer. It’s intimidating serving Lucy a cocktail. Fresh from attending the Manhattan Cocktail Classic convention, … Full recipe post »

Tomatoes Stuffed with Walnut-Chicken Salad

Summer’s hit a rhythm, marching in sync to John Philip Sousa, swaying to the beat of bad-boy blues at Top of the Park. We bemoan the heat, but treasure the endless July sky, especially at dusk when the air cools, darkness descends, and fireflies dance to their own music. Summer, at least for me, also brings … Full recipe post »

Tomato Bulgur Salad

What could be more satisfying on a sweltering summer day than a dish of tomato and whole grain salad liberally seasoned with a citrusy dressing and copious amount of fresh herbs. Nothing, I tell ‘ya, nothing. Certainly this recipe would be a welcome accompaniment to anything you put on the grill, but it stands alone with a crusty baguette … Full recipe post »

Charlevoix: Bacon-Jam Burger Knock-Off

What inspires many of us of down-state Michiganders to pack our backs and head north each summer? The scratch of sand through toes as we traverse dunes and traipse along water’s edge…endless days evaporating into a purple-pink patina, as the sun sinks into the lake. Yes—certainly—but a few weeks back, Richard and I packed our … Full recipe post »

Chilled Pea and Lettuce Soup with Fresh Herbs

I present to you a Pea and Lettuce Soup, inspired by kitchen gardens, a stroll through the farmers market, and a recipe I found online. This is the perfect soup for early June, when the season’s last lettuces are harvested, herbs need pinching back and summer peas hold promise on the vine. Adaptability is one of … Full recipe post »

Balsamic Lamb Ribs with Tomato-Goat Cheese Salad

Haul out a lawn chair and fill a cooler full of ice; hallelujah, the three-day weekend is upon us, officially kicking off the summer. For some, the long weekend begins with cleaning out the grill in preparation for a cookout. Burgers, chicken breasts, fish and beef steaks are the usual suspects for celebrations — common … Full recipe post »

Northern India Cooking Class: Lesson 4: Indian Chopped Salad (Kachoombar)

Note: This is the fourth of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in advance, then reheated (with the exception of this cold salad) prior to serving. Or divide … Full recipe post »

Grilled Salmon and Walnut-Dijon Sauce with Fresh Herbs

My heart skips a beat when wild salmon is on sale; I have to buy a hunk. This recipe makes good use of garden herbs and a profusion of nasturtium blossoms, which is an edible flower with a lovely, peppery flavor. One of the best tips I’ve ever received was many years ago from a clerk at the Produce Station. … Full recipe post »

Grilled Zucchini and Red Pepper Roll-Ups with Goat Cheese

Pity the zucchini. Yesterday’s Farmers Market witnessed kids pointing and sniggering at one gargantuan, misshapen beast. My impulse was to drape my sweater over its lizard-like skin to avoid it suffering further indignities. The indecisive days between summer and fall, shifting from swollen heat to bracing winds, produce these overfed contortionists — a far cry … Full recipe post »

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

My oh my, – pass the napkins, please! I’ve eaten a lot of corn in my day, but never have I ever before savored such a decked-out, delicious ear. My friend and fellow food lover, Pat Shure — a retired University of Michigan math department lecturer — sent me the recipe. How could I pass this up, especially with … Full recipe post »

Grilled Flank Steak Fajita Bar

What do you get when you combine a dozen or so hungry revelers, a bare bones, unfamiliar kitchen and a limited time to cook? A fajita party, which was the perfect solution for entertaining friends and family while vacationing in Northern Michigan. Fajitas, ubiquitous in Tex-Mex restaurant chains across America, are accommodating crowd pleasers. They … Full recipe post »