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Black-eyed Pea and Bacon Crostini (plus fresh cherry recipe ideas)

I’ve fallen off the blogging grid. Not from lack of cooking – grilling/entertaining season is at its peak – but from taking the time for studious recipe notation and accompanying photographs. For instance, the Feta-stuffed Lamb Burgers with Tzadziki and Beet Relish I made last week were masterful. But the photograph I dashed off  looked … Full recipe post »

A Mess of Turnips & Greens – so easy & good

  To all mothers and “mother-lovers”: Happy Mother’s Day.  Last week I battled, and fortunately dodged, tornados in Alabama on a road trip with daughter, Greta, and Aunt Jane – as close to my mother as I can get, aside from dreamland. Every bolt of lightening, every wail of the siren was worth enduring. Certainly because … Full recipe post »

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 »

Congee: Chinese Chicken & Rice Porridge with Scallion & Ginger

Every culture seems to have a version of curative chicken soup (oft referred to as Jewish penicillin), the most common denominator being the use of homemade chicken stock. I’ve a friend with a dreadful flu, who’s had a rough ride in general this winter, and I was looking for just the right chicken soup to … Full recipe post »

The turkey-day count-down begins…

…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday … 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 »

Skillet Fried Chicken

With reluctance I’ve been working on a recipe for fried chicken, wondering why anyone needs another with Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart crowding the kitchen. That, however, is just a lame excuse; up until now my fried chicken has been only so-so. Being able to make crisp and juicy fried chicken, seasoned just right, is not genetic. … Full recipe post »

Mint-Pesto Crostini with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

When out-of-town guests pay a quick visit, I don’t do much cooking. I love showing off Ann Arbor; the renowned campus, downtown eateries and shops are far more entertaining than my backyard. But I’m a cook, and guests expect a bit of something special from my kitchen. Last week a good friend from Seattle, Jeannie, … Full recipe post »

Linguini with Clam Sauce is a Rhapsody in Food

With the soul of the earth and scent of the sea, primal senses quicken when devouring a bowl of Linguini and Clam Sauce; few culinary classics, in fact, are such fun to eat. Spearing the mollusk and prying it from its shell, you thrust it into a tangle of pasta, twirling your fork to create … 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 »

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 »

Pimento Cheese with Creme Fraiche and Bacon

I’m pondering the cosmic irony that suggests Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of peace and tranquility; especially when the two holidays collide like a comet into Jupiter. Whether your hobbies be altruistic, creating clever greeting cards, stitching needlepoint pillows resembling your friends pets,  or – sigh – cooking, you barely get a breather before the … Full recipe post »

Pork Chops with Apples and Maple Beer Sauce

I often turn to the bottle to add intricacies of flavor and intrigue to a dish. Generally the alcohol is used to deglaze a pan for a quick sauce, or as a component of a braising liquid for a dish requiring more time. My basic rule of thumb is for chicken and fish, I use … Full recipe post »

Smokey Meatball Subs

Nothing shouts football louder than a meatball sub. The sandwich — brown-flecked porky pigskins in a bun posed for trajectory — even resembles the sport. I’m turning down the volume on this sub recipe, injecting Spanish notes to the traditional favorite. Lord knows I need some calming down, for instance, after that Notre Dame game. … Full recipe post »