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Starry Night Tort

Happy New Year!  Here’s a recipe inspired from Bon Appetit, which we enjoyed after feasting on our traditional Hoppin’ John with a side of greens. My son Zan’s girlfriend, Lucy, brought dessert. This was not any old store-bought pie, mind you. This was a dessert from the heavens; a recipe for dreams. Lucy says that, for the … 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 »

Create Your Own Outside Movie Theater (& brand the event with a signature sugar cookie)

Do you ever yearn for simpler times; evenings when parents, for instance, folded pajama-clad kids into cars and spent the evening watching a movie at the drive-in? Today’s advanced digital technology allows you to bring the mood of an outdoor theater to your own yard, and invite your neighborhood to join the fun while you’re … 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 Recipes.com, 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 »

Annamarie’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Cake

Ann Arbor, for me, is best described by its neighborhoods: a tapestry of people woven together in brick and wooden homes, safe-guarded through the winter as wrapped and valuable gifts. As spring meanders into summer, as each present is carefully unwrapped, colorful jewels emerge, scattered about our town. Tucked between Packard Road and South Industrial, … Full recipe post »

Blueberry Fool

Celebrate the medical findings in SCIENA’s latest academic journal: When adding antioxidant-rich blueberries to heavy cream and sugar,  a combustion is released in our digestive system negating all of the cream’s caloric intake. (April Fools!) Gotcha’ or not, you’re no fool when making a fool, which is simply whipped cream combined with any number of … Full recipe post »

Chocolate Chip Cookies

What do you do when the weather renders you homebound with an antsy 8 year old? Start a new business — at least that’s what Kale and I did; Kale’s Kookie Kitchen is officially in business as of today; cookies retail at $0.44 each. Some of the best cookie recipes come from the backs of … Full recipe post »

Chocolate-Rum Mousse with Whipped Cream and Raspberries

My favorite desserts are light, creamy and silky smooth concoctions — desserts such as creme brulée, mousse, panna cotta and puddings taste of ethereal, transcendental bliss to me. My favorite desserts are also easy to make, can be made in advance and are lovely to behold. This chocolate “mousse”, therefore, fits my criteria for a … 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 »