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Transitional Autumn Soups

If seasons were named a color, Autumn might be Orange. Or some variation more enticing, a Benjamin Moore tinted swatch in the Fall family you might paint your room, say, Harvest Moon, Warm Sunglow, Pumpkin Pie. I recently received a comment from a reader who’d enjoyed a carrot soup  I make.  Memories of  the lovely flavor profile–autumnal aromatherapy–lodged … Full recipe post »

Super-Simple Spinach & Jarlsberg Quiche

A trivia question: Which decade embraced glam rock fashionistas skimpily clad in crushed velour hot pants and sequined halter tops, best observed shimmering and gyrating to acid rock in the purple haze of a lava lamp? If your guess was the seventies, that outfit may well have been your fashion statement. You may also recall … Full recipe post »

A Tale of Potato Salad

Some folks at Irish Hills’ Sand Lake don’t take kindly to having their potato salad usurped by another at a family reunion. Ellen Dawson found out the hard way, and recounted her story to me over a bowl of (you guessed it) potato salad at her family’s last Fourth of July picnic. While slathering on sunblock and … Full recipe post »

Sweet Cherry & Quinoa Pilaf

Michigan cherries are a fixture at many locals table in July. And after last year’s catastrophic harvest, we’ve good reason to celebrate this year’s bounty with the farmers. My palate’s a bit saturated with vinaigrette-based salads, so tonight I prefer more of a warm pilaf-styled side dish for the chicken I grilled. I took liberties … 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 »

Spring Vegetable Soup with Pistou

The extreme temperatures swinging this way and that keep us on our toes. One day we’re sucking down a fruit smoothie while searching for a swim suit, the next finds us adjusting the thermostat to accommodate the 20-degree dive, scrambling for a sweater, then gobbling down favorite comfort foods. Craving hot soup when last week’s chill set … Full recipe post »

Mark Bittman’s Black Bean Burgers

I’m reluctant to quote statistical data linking patronage of fast food chains to high obesity rates; so much material is circumstantial, biased, and, therefore, skewed. Except data mined from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Information gleaned from their studies regarding global populations, their eating habits, and relativity of fast food consumption to obesity … Full recipe post »

Grilled Vegetables with Mediterranean Breadcrumbs

By whipping up a savory mixture of panko seasoned and sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic and basil, I turned a simple dish of grilled vegetables into something more substantial. I selected eggplant and zucchini, but mix and match vegetables according to what is appealing to you. Bear in mind that the topping is crumbly, so a … Full recipe post »

Watercress & Edamame Salad with Quinoa

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re a mom, what’s in it for you? I don’t have the luxury of spending Mother’s Day with my kids, enjoying their pampering and attentions; in my world, that’s a sentimental notion. But this is a holiday set aside just for us mothers, so if plans aren’t made for … Full recipe post »

Chickpea & Spinach Stir-fry

Here’s a recipe perfect for April – tax season. It’s inexpensive, and loaded with the vitamins and nutrients your body will require to increase your energy, so you can work harder and more efficiently to replenish your depleted bank count. I was inspired by a recipe in the May edition of Runner’s World magazine, which … Full recipe post »

Coconut-Crusted Tofu with Pineapple Salsa

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Who isn’t familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s oft-quoted statement, which still holds water 224 years later? And lest you be reminded, next Monday won’t vanish from the calendar. As sure as the sun rises in the east, on April 15 Uncle Sam … Full recipe post »

Buckwheat Crepes with Goat Cheese, Wild Mushrooms & Watercress

Dining at Gratzi a couple of months ago, I ordered an appetizer off their seasonal menu: Crespella Grano Saraceno Con Funghi, which the menu described as, “A warm buckwheat crepe filled with roasted mushrooms and soft goat cheese, topped with arugula and tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, garnished with basil oil.” A most savory crepe, … Full recipe post »

Spinach-Rice-Nut Loaf with Red Wine-Shiitake Sauce

Does upscale dining, to you, necessitate a meaty protein commanding center stage? Make the following recipe and you may have second thoughts. As most vegetarians know, meatless dining need not be a ho-hum experience, even when eschewing the “butter makes everything better” trick. My pals Debbie and Dave Swartz are quite the wholesome — albeit picky — … Full recipe post »

Eggplant stuffed with Couscous and Feta

In the doldrums of wintry February — Farmers Markets finished, kitchen gardens put to sleep — it’s a gift to be inspired by a vegetable. I spied this chubby baby at Hiller’s, and she was begging to be cut in half and stuffed. Eggplant’s hearty skin makes the perfect encasement for stuffings, and I usually gravitate … Full recipe post »

Barley with Roasted Radishes and Tarragon Butter

Just returned home from an Up North retreat with girlfriends: camaraderie, cross-country skiing and wine tasting on Old Mission Peninsula were some of the highlights. Most of us are passionate cooks — some having made it our livelihoods — so we eschewed the great restaurants in the area, preferring to scratch-cook our dinners and enjoy … Full recipe post »