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Tomato-Cucumber Raita

Got tomatoes? I sure do, and you may have a bunch yourself, especially after local gardeners and farmers have combed their vines anticipating the frosty nights. I purchased a bushel for a song at a roadside stand, so tomato-centric ideas for the next week are in order. Making and freezing tomato sauce is a given; … Full recipe post »

October Moon Spritz

(Halloween candy, not for me; a spritz of bliss, if you please.) On a trip to Italy, some 20 years back, I discovered Campari, an alcoholic beverage in the family of bitters. For many, it’s an acquired taste (a friend says it reminds her of cough syrup), but I took to the potion — an … Full recipe post »

Sweet Potato Hash with Pork Belly & Fried Sage Leaves

Let’s talk hash. Not trash hash ordered from sticky laminated menus found in diners off strung-together highways. There’s certainly the exception, but that hash often consists of whatever leftover diced meat needs using up (think corned and roast beef) combined with diced potatoes (could have been frozen) and lots of grease. Oh yes, lots of … Full recipe post »

Grilled Paella with Chicken & Shellfish

Got any items on your to-do list that you’d like to check-off before the first snow flies? Fly a hot air balloon ride over Pinkney; paddle a canoe down the Huron River at sunset? For me, having friends over for a cookout featuring grilled paella tops the list. Paella is to Spain what risotto is … Full recipe post »

Southwest Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder

Autumn days are as good as it gets, with warmish daytime weather, leaves in their last gasp of green, soon crisping into oranges, yellows and reds set against impossibly blue skies. Chilly evenings follow the days with those brassy disc moons – so great for sleeping, and for warming up with soup, steaming hot, delivering … Full recipe post »

Asian Grilled Shrimp and Tofu with Sriracha-Ginger Cocktail Sauce

Seriously. You can’t go wrong serving these kebobs as an appetizer or main course; your guests will love you. Horseradish (fresh grated preferred) has always been my favorite part of a classic cocktail sauce, but all tasters of the following sauce agreed it would have been a bit much in the following recipe. The lovely … Full recipe post »

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce

Romesco, romesco where have you been all my life? What’s not to love about a piquant and savory sauce whose primary ingredients are sweet, juicy tomatoes and red bell peppers – especially in September, when these vegetables are at their peak in Michigan. And your waistline will surely appreciate a lusciously rich sauce that’s thickened … Full recipe post »

Gin Gin Mule

Slap, slap; take that you feisty little mint leaf, you. I’m attempting to recreate the Gin Gin Mule my son, Zan, and his girlfriend, Lucy, made for me last week. Planning to serve up a batch, I need a specific recipe. When quizzing Lucy as to the preparation, I told her I was going to … Full recipe post »

September Tabouli

Everyone seems to have an opinion on what makes a good tabouli. I’m no exception, and I prefer my tabouli heavy on the parsley to bulgur ratio, and zippy with lemon juice. I also like the flavor of Italian parsley (as opposed to curly) and make that parsley chopped extra, extra fine, if you please. After … 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 »

Super-Fast Caprese Canapes

Beach fires dwindle, the days grow shorter, and we understand the end of summer is upon us. Oh no — say it ain’t so! This summer saw more than its share of rainy days and temperatures below average, our consolation being the lakes and farmers are loving it. But beautiful days are here at last. … Full recipe post »

Chef Alex’s Barbecued Beer-Butter Chicken

As sure as autumn leaves will turn to gold, in three short weeks (Friday evening, Sept. 13), The Ann Arbor Farmers Market will, once again, serve as backdrop for an Evening at the Farmers Market presented by Domino’s for Ozone House Youth and Family Services. This is one of my favorite events of the year, and indulge … Full recipe post »

Tomato-Zucchini Tapas

Here’s a delicious way of using two favorite August vegetables: tomatoes and zucchini. The genesis of the recipe comes from the August edition of Traverse Magazine, although I made several changes. I reduced the amounts and did not peel the zucchini, as the recipe suggests. I substituted basil for the parsley, and used locally-grown zebra tomatoes from the Farmers … Full recipe post »

Grilled Lamb & Eggplant with Sorrel Sauce

What’s with the sweaters and umbrellas? Brrrr. Into the middle of August, some of us feel ripped off by summer. My garden sorrel disagrees. Like lettuce, sorrel is a cool-weather crop, and the sorrel I purchased in early May at The Produce Station is loving these damp days and below-average temperatures. Without a hint of bolting, it’s gifted me several batches … 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 »