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Tropical Queensland Fruit Salad (that can be adapted to any fruit available to you)

On our flight from Christchurch to  Queensland, Australia, the passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 weighed heavy on our minds, particularly when traversing such a large expanse of sea. Skimming above the Great Barrier Reef making our decent into Cairns (the gateway to reef exploration) –   a collective sigh was audible.  Awe, certainly, of … Full recipe post »

New Zealand Lamb Chops with Eggplant and Couscous (Eating, drinking and hiking around the South Island)

( Travels in the South Island of New Zealand, continued; see previous  Mussel post, if interested, for a more information about our itinerary.) Skirting the coast in our Toyota Corolla, we note Farm to Table is not marketing hoop-la, but in your face reality around every bend in the road. Plucked from the ocean seafoods, meats … Full recipe post »

New Zealand Muscles (and Mussels)

Planet Earth flexes her biceps in New Zealand’s South Island – oh those salaciously shifting teutonic plates! The above photo is one of a trillion I’ve been taking on our Oceania voyage, the trip I’ve always dreamed of taking; the landscape more salubrious than the Green Lip Mussels I purchased in a Kiwi run-of-the mill … Full recipe post »

Off-Season Solo in the Redneck Riviera

Hallelujah, praise Jesus! Gospel music and Radio Selma preaching entertained as I descended that Mountain of Configuration towards the Gulf of Mexico, fabled panhandle beaches of Alabama and Florida (a.k.a. The Redneck Riviera). Quoting the guru, Dr. Beach, this sand savant referred to my destination as: “…the greatest strand of white sand on earth.” I was … Full recipe post »

Garfagnana,Tuscany: Farro Soup

A couple of weeks ago I described (in a tiny chestnut shell), my recent trip to visit a friend in Lucca, Italy. I spoke of our hike north of Lucca in the Garfagnana, where the landscape was dotted with chestnut hunters, and made a pasta dish using Michigan chestnuts when I arrived home.  While at … Full recipe post »

Lucca, Italy: Pasta with Roasted Chestnuts, Bacon & Fried Sage Leaves

Several months ago my long-time pal, Mara, told me she was leasing out her home in the fall, and simultaneously renting an apartment for herself and 13-year old twin daughters in Lucca, Italy. As long as she’s access to WIFI, she can conduct her business anywhere, so why not take advantage of our flattened world. … Full recipe post »

Ireland: A Culinary Paradise

Two months later, and I’m at long last organizing notes from Richard’s and my 18-day journey through Ireland in April and May. When friends ask about the trip, I show pictures of the pastoral landscape. They smile and nod yes, of course, appreciating the expected beauty. I describe the warmth, hospitality and wit of the … 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 »

Steamboat Springs: Kathy’s “Thai One On” Cooking Party

I’m visiting a friend – Kathy Barker – in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, who I met at the water fountain when I was 12 years old. She was from New Orleans, the “new” girl at my Alabama junior high school, and scouting about the hall for friends. She overheard me yammering in a knot of girls … Full recipe post »

Turkey: Eggplant Stuffed with Lamb (Karniyarik)

In past years, I’ve mollified Michigan winters with trips to flavorful destinations, a country’s cuisine inspiring my travels. One birthday, for instance, a friend gave me a collection of Turkish spices — four months later I was waking at dawn to the “call to prayer” in Istanbul. Turkey is a swirling dervish of a landscape, … Full recipe post »

Turkey: Pomegranate Lamb and Grape Kebobs

Stringing fruit and meat onto skewers brings to mind a musical composition: variations on a theme of proteins, vegetables and fruit. The melodic kebobs in this recipe are orchestrated with rich background tones of tangy marinated lamb, punctuated by sweet notes of plump, juicy grapes. A rhapsody in food, the dish harmonizes beautifully with a … Full recipe post »

Thailand: Composed Thai Grilled Beef Salad

In the enticing world of refreshing and flavorful summer salads, my favorite creations have been inspired by the seductive, sweet and salty flavors of Thailand. In the Thai language, according to Wikipedia, Thai Salad may be referred to as  “Yam”, often pronounced, “Yum”.  Yummy-yum-yum: An eloquent descriptor summing up the flavors of a well-executed Thai … Full recipe post »

Bahamas: Chicken Souse

Some folks think the best cure for a hangover is to have another drink – this further indulgence is sometimes referred to as “the hair of the dog that bit you.” Richard, my uber-health-conscious husband, is quite concerned by that rational – indeed, concerned by behavior that would give one a bad hangover in the … Full recipe post »

Bahamas: Coconut-Lime Flounder Fillets

“…Put the lime with the coconut, then you feel better” (Harry Nilsson) I understand that this is the third day in a row I’m eating fish. Honestly, I could eat fish most everyday of the year. Why? Because I like it…more than “like”–I adore eating fish, am passionate about it, and would swim the Atlantic … Full recipe post »

Bahamas: Jerk-Rubbed Grilled Grouper

Tuesday night we feasted on Jerk Pork. I really enjoyed the Jamaican Jerk seasoning blend I purchased and thought it would be wonderful rubbed into thick grouper fillets. I was right! Grouper is a particularly delectable fish species and my favorite way to cook it is on the grill. This recipe is less-time consuming than a … Full recipe post »