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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 »

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 »

Entertaining Canapé Platter

Looking for ideas for a splashy New Year’s nosh? Here are my biased prerequisites regarding what an appetizer/finger food should accomplish to guarantee it is admired and then devoured at a party. 1. Said appetizer is visually appealing; the more it looks like a fancy wrapped present, the more it will be appreciated. 2. When … Full recipe post »

Vicki’s Famous White and Dark Chocolate Bark

This is the companion piece to Vicki’s Famous Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle. And, if the truth be told, I prefer this recipe to the brittle. Why? The chocolate. I like chocolate; it improves my mood. Particularly white chocolate. More particularly, Ghiradelli or Callabaut white chocolate. Another reason to love this recipe is it takes only minutes … Full recipe post »

Holiday Tossed Salad with Pears, Cranberries, Gorgonzola & Walnut Vinaigrette

Hurrah! Hiller’s has arugula “verity” in stock – this is the arugula with bite; the arugula that barks back at you and tastes like peppery greens you grew yourself. Not to discount the pervasive boxes and bags of arugula in every produce market in town; I use them often by default. But their flavor is mild, to … Full recipe post »

Rabbit & Pork Belly Terrine with Roasted Pomegranate Cippolines & Grapes

It may be early week but I’m thinking of two parties coming up at week’s end; I’ve promised to bring appetizers to both. These are serious food loving folks; the kind of people who chew their food slowly, with intensity, deliberating if the subtle notes of juniper complement the tannins in the wine. I’m sweating … Full recipe post »

Beef Stewed in Wine with Bacon and Aromatics

I agonized over the title of this recipe. The end result is a Beef Stew, but that sounds so pedestrian. And it’s so delicious — shouldn’t I give it a fancier name than that? After all, the ingredients were adapted from the venerable Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon recipe that begins on page 271 of her 1968 … Full recipe post »

Cioppino (Italian Fish Stew)

When it comes to enjoying Italian food, everybody’s Italian — or so I’ve heard. Cioppino, a tomato-wine based seafood soup, was – according to various websites – made famous by Italian immigrants in San Francisco over 150 years ago, and served Christmas Eve. There are many reasons I’ve incorporated this divine concoction into my own holiday … Full recipe post »

Standing Rib Roast (Super-Simple)

I saw this recipe redux from 1966  in the New York Times last year. The article was written by Amanda Hesser and  I couldn’t wait until prime rib season was here to try it. Why? Because it sounded impossibly simple. And guess what? It was. It was also delicious and cooked to rare perfection. The … Full recipe post »

Sautéed Chard with Bacon, Walnuts and Shallots

I thought I’d hit every base when it came to recipes for Thanksgiving. Apparently not. My son asked to make sure I included some version of sautéed greens, so I came up with this. It always surprises me how such a big bunch of greens can yield just a small amount of cooked vegetables; I … Full recipe post »

Baked Apples stuffed with Orange-Scented Sweet Potatoes

Life is complex; these days, more so than ever. Planning my family’s Thanksgiving dinner provides an escape hatch, if only for a moment. I can contemplate menu challenges instead of what course America should take to balance the budget. For instance, my husband, Richard, wants mashed sweet potatoes and the kids want yukon golds. Two potatoes are … Full recipe post »

Roast Turkey with Lemons and Sage Butter

Thanksgiving becomes complicated when you have a large family with adult kids moving in separate directions.  That’s why I host our Thanksgiving the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, to maximize attendance; then Richard and I have a small celebration on Thanksgiving Day proper, stragglers welcome. A favorite Thanksgiving tradition in our home is purchasing a turkey … Full recipe post »