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My Secret Weapon Flavor Bomb for Savory, Summery Vinaigrettes

Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »

Farewell to Summer Salad: Cracked Wheat Salad with Seasonal Fruit

Taking care to practice what I preached in my last blog, I remain tasered into beans. (Been researching tasers for the current novel I’m writing. A cool word. It can be used as a noun: He’s running down Nine Mile, grab your taser!  A verb: You tasered the wrong guy, man! Even an adjective: His eyes, a knee-buckling shade of … 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 »

Melon Salad with Mint and Thai Basil

Produce bins and tables are heaving under the weight of melons. I’m making today’s recipe with locally grown melons and injecting the salad with a trans-continental flavor. My Thai basil needs trimming and the minty flavor is wonderful with melon. Thai basil is easy to grow and I always freeze freshly harvested, chopped or whole … Full recipe post »

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Feta

Happy Father’s Day! Last Thursday I posted several burger options to complement your unique dad’s personality. Today I’ll be making my husband, Richard’s, favorite Turkey Burgers with Cracked Wheat and Spinach and serve them with a Patricia Well’s Watermelon and Feta Salad, found in the July issue of Runner’s World magazine. Richard will enjoy his Father’s Day lunch after … Full recipe post »

Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit and Cherries

Can one have too much of a good thing? Not when it comes to Michigan cherries in July. I’ve finally depleted the last of several pounds purchased with this salad. The last few blogs have included Cherry Gazpacho and Cherry-Goat Cheese Crostini. I still, surprisingly, have not had my fill of fresh cherries–eaten “au natural” … Full recipe post »

Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Poppy seed Dressing

With the Easter holiday approaching, I begin brushing off and testing tried and true recipes that have become a holiday tradition. I selected a salad my mother always made for Easter dinner – bibb lettuce with avocado, strawberries, toasted walnuts and a poppy  seed dressing. Mom made her poppy seed dressing from scratch but, though delicious, that … Full recipe post »

Winter Fruit Salad

I could have named this recipe “Ambrosia” but, as a child, a great aunt often served an instant pudding-maraschino cherry version of Ambrosia. I just can’t bestow the namesake of that dreadful salad onto this lovely creation. There may be as many versions of Ambrosia as there are great aunts in America; there are hundreds … Full recipe post »

Shrimp, Grapefruit and Spinach Salad

Detox Resolution Recipe Series: Using whole grains, vegetables, lean meats and healthier fats in recipes that you may find taste really good! It was sad, another casualty of our times, to see the last issue of Gourmet Magazine on the November 2009, newsstands. Gourmet was so much more than a magazine brimming with great recipes. Perusing the … Full recipe post »

Composed Salad with Pears, Pomegranate Seeds and Pistachios

Composed salads, those salads with several ingredients attractively arranged rather than tossed, incorporate artistic sensibilities. The “composer” envisions the color and texture of the edible “painting”, orchestrates the melodic balance of flavor and, most importantly,  satisfies one’s appetite with a savory salad. My plate is my palette and I prefer using white plates or a … Full recipe post »

Gingered Three-Apple Salad

Not including local apples in some fashion in an October menu is highly suspect, a gross omission from my point of view. I liken it to forgetting to buy the wine for a dinner party – not advisable. Apples are to October as are golden red leaves to sugar maples. I made this big batch … Full recipe post »