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Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Mulled Wine Poached Pears: Thanksgiving Day Warm-Up

Today’s Wednesday–8 days before Thanksgiving; 4 days before my kids, et al, come  to celebrate our early-bird feast. There’s several inches of white stuff on the ground, school’s out and some neighborhood kids just made a snowman. It’s leering at me from across the street. Wipe that silly grin off your face before I knock … Full recipe post »

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 »

(Homemade) Pistachio Ice-Cream & (Store-bought) Pistachio Baklava

I think I’ve stumbled upon the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten in my life; I must send this recipe to Ben & Jerry. Seriously, when I crumbled the pistachio baklava (scratch made from the Mediterranean Market on Ellsworth) into the pistachio ice cream (made with my Krups ice cream/sorbet machine), I could hear the flutter of angel wings. I served … Full recipe post »

Marty’s Nutty Blueberry & Bran Yoga Muffins

If you read my column, you may think that I breathe, sleep and live for my next recipe, which is not entirely accurate. I also consider the most entertaining and efficient way of burning calories from the food I consume, and a bonus is discovering a recipe that’s yummy, healthy, and will provide sustained energy throughout … 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 »

Vicki’s Famous Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Lest you need reminding, Christmas is not far away. And though gifts from the kitchen are thoughtful hostess presents, and much appreciated treats for co-workers and Santa, the last thing you have time for making is this peanut brittle recipe, right? Wrong. It takes less time to make this batch of brittle than it does … Full recipe post »

Poached Pears with Honeyed Mascarpone

After a huge Thanksgiving Day feast, forget the pies — this is my preferred finish. The best thing about this dessert is it can be made eight to 24 hours in advance. In fact, it insists upon that time to soak up the winey marinade and give the pear that stunning rich garnet color. You should … Full recipe post »

Pumpkin-Raisin Muffins

I don’t like candy. There. I’ve said it. Halloween blasphemy, I know. But to my palate, candy’s not much more than cloying sweetness in every tooth-decaying bite. But before you cross my house off your kid’s trick-or-treat list, I’ve learned my lesson. I know that if I put apples or toothbrushes into their goodie bag, … Full recipe post »

Mojito Sorbet

Here’s a great way to chill after Art Fair hoop-la. The rum is optional, but what’s a mojito without rum — as long as you’re of age! There are only a couple of tablespoons in the recipe, as additional rum would heat and soften the sorbet to a slush. The following recipe is adapted from All, which … Full recipe post »

Dragon’s Milk Float

My husband and I were recently in Grand Rapids and had dinner at a phenomenally original restaurant, Reserve. As I debated between the hogs cheeks and salmon with chicken liver sauce, our dining companions recommended we accompany our meal, not with the expected bottle of wine, but with a bottle of Dragon’s Milk. The waitress concurred … Full recipe post »

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

You don’t have to tell the kids the brownies you just pulled out of the oven are made with black beans, do you? My husband Richard’s cousin, Jody, shared this recipe with me. She avoids gluten as do her parents and this is one of their favorite gluten-free treats. Gluten, fortunately, is not an issue … Full recipe post »

Fresh Peach and Limoncello Sorbet

I’ve put away my beach hat, but peaches remain on the counter, fat, ripe and gasping the final breaths of a Michigan summer. Sorbets are so simple to make, I’ve been using my sorbet machine throughout the year. I’ve a half-empty bottle of Limoncello, a marvelous Italian lemon liqueur typically served as an after-dinner drink. Peach … Full recipe post »

Ricotta topped with Honey, Blueberries and Thyme

I love perusing recipe websites and blogs; there seem to be thousands of them circling the planet. Some are a pleasure to peruse, some, not so pleasurable. A couple of weeks back, I stumbled across the new recipe site from Ann Arbor’s People’s Coop. It is beautiful – I especially enjoy the layout of the site … Full recipe post »

Carrot-Ginger Sorbet

Last Friday I made a Mojito Sorbet, much appreciated by my audience in that sweltering heat. This Friday I’m revisiting an old favorite, Carrot-Ginger Sorbet, which is simple to make as I use ready-made carrot juice purchased from Whole Foods. I’ve had this Krups ice cream/sorbet maker for at least 15 years now, and it’s held … Full recipe post »

Strawberries in Puff Pastry

I’ve a couple of friends I’m tapping for gardening advice. They’re sacrificing an afternoon to lend their professional eye to my efforts and I’d like to reward them with an afternoon treat. It’s not a stretch for “something strawberry” to come to mind– this is the best time of the year to enjoy them. One … Full recipe post »