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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 »

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 »

Fried Coconut Rice Balls with Shrimp and Bok Choy

Gong Hey Fat Choy! This Sunday night is Chinese New Year’s Eve, marking the beginning of the most important holiday for Chinese around the world. Though celebrations last about a week, traditionally it is a 15-day holiday during which drums and gongs are beaten, lanterns and firecrackers lit, and paper cutouts and calligraphy decorate doors. From … Full recipe post »

Slow-Cooked Alsatian Charcuterie and Kraut

Mariam Maksutova looks as if she’d be more at home modeling Prada at New York Fashion Week, than butchering a pig in the meat locker at Sparrow Meats in Kerrytown. But make no mistake, this Latvian-born woman knows how to wield a meat saw, and spends her days refining these skills in the art of charcuterie; the craftmanship … Full recipe post »

Eggnog Monte Cristos

Looking for a healthy dish to balance the exigencies of holiday cheer? Skip this article – this is not the recipe for you. But there are a few days left before the ball drops and resolutions for the New Year are made. So if you’re looking for a festive nosh that will satisfy a sweet … Full recipe post »

Cranberry-Stuffed Brie En Croute

Death by chocolate  wouldn’t be a bad way to go. But an oozing buttery brie laced with nut-spiked, jammy warm fruit bundled in a package of flaky pastry would be my preferred poison, for sure. This stuffed brie en croute takes only 30 minutes – max – to assemble. Yet with stockings to stuff and … Full recipe post »

Lucy’s Holiday Sling Punch

The past few years have embraced the “craft cocktail” movement by storm. Across the land, bartenders and hosts are displaying their creative genius experimenting with handmade infusions, fresh-squeezed and mashed juices, exotic spices and flavored, purified ice. Perhaps 2013 will be the year of the “craft punch bowl” scene. But it’s fun to include an out-of-the-ordinary … Full recipe post »

Turkey Quinoa Soup

You may be reading this after having completed the annual Turkey Trot in Ann Arbor or Detroit. (For those unfamiliar with this particular 5 or 10K run, it’s held every Thanksgiving— in Detroit, prior to the Thanksgiving Day Parade.) Pat yourself on the back; you deserve another piece of pie. More than likely, however, your race course has … Full recipe post »

Baked Turnips stuffed with Blue Cheese, Mushrooms and Walnuts

Michigan in March with temperatures close to eighty – say what?! I haven’t had a chance to wear my cute furry boots – and now I’m thinking, where are my shorts. The grass is green, and flowers are blooming – should I be planting lettuce? I’m sure not complaining, but something’s not jiving. The forecast … Full recipe post »

Mardi Gras is Smokin’ Hot

The party’s in full swing, and by party, I mean the ultimate party: Mardi Gras, that crazy festive season before Lent when participants joyfully embrace every available form of Bacchanalian debauchery, culminating in a Fat Tuesday flurry of I’ll-repent-tomorrow paczkis. Here are some of my favorite recipes from this stomp-down, food-loving paradise. I didn’t include gater, frog … Full recipe post »

Valentine’s Day Slide Show + Recipes

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries ♥ Chocolate Truffles ♥ Easy Chocolate-Rum Mousse ♥ Chocolate Souffle ♥ Fillet Mignon with Cranberry Zinfandel Sauce ♥ Fillet Mignon with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce ♥  Duck with Raspberry Sauce ♥ Ahi Tuna with Avocado Wasabi Purée ♥ Sherried Scallops over Spaghetti Squash ♥ Mussels with Chorizo and Fennel

Scarola e Faciole: White Bean and Escarole Soup with Homemade Pancetta

“Yumm… greens and beans,” said our buddy Joe Spallina, inhaling the simmering pork and rosemary in my version of Scarola e Faciole, a thick, aromatic soup of escarole and white beans. Joe is a technology wizard and pays my husband, Richard, and I an occasional visit, bestowing lessons and imparting kernels of wisdom to assuage our computer-challenged … Full recipe post »