Tag Archives: Peggy Lampman

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 »

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 »

Starstruck Sparkling Holiday Punch

Composing individual craft cocktails when hosting a party can knock a host under the table, stone-cold sober, I might add – forget having time to sip your own. As soon as you’ve finished passing round one, guests are lined up – empty glass in hand – for round two. One could hire a bartender, I … Full recipe post »

Ginger-Molasses Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd

Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »

An Apres-Holiday Cleanser: Roasted Broccoli & Farro Salad with Feta

Hey friends. I’m tired – not fully recovered from last week.  Almost too tired from the festivities to line the pan with foil. Blame it on intake excess, the side-kick of celebrations. It was a great party – hilarious times in the kitchen, and at the table – but I’m roiling for balance, feel bad … 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 »

Sausages & Apples in Hard-Cider Sauce

In November, no day is complete without eating a fresh-from-the-tree apple or two. Au natural is the simplest, of course, but sliced and enjoyed with an accompaniment of sharp Cheddar or smoked fish, apples make a fine prelude to a meal – as apple pies, apple crisps, and apple crumbles make a satisfying conclusion. But … Full recipe post »

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 »

Smoked Barbecued Brisket with Grilled Poblanos & Onions

I appreciate a 3-ingredient, quick-to-assemble supper just as much as you, and this recipe is certainly not that. But it’d be a crying shame to look a gift steer in the mouth. Back in June, I’d received a brisket certificate from Downtown Home & Garden (part of their Big Green Egg package), which I recently redeemed at Knight’s Market. This … 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 »

Stuffed Eggs with Bacon & Shrimp

Here’s a variation on stuffed eggs that you may find quite savory. Leftover shrimp were sitting next to a carton of eggs in my fridge and, voila, the following recipe was born. Certainly the addition of bacon didn’t hurt one bit, and I loved the tang of the pickle juice and tomato paste, reminding me … Full recipe post »