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No-Fuss Barbecue Ribs

If you’re a cook wondering if you should have smoked that last batch of ribs over hickory and white oak instead of mesquite, skip this article. Still reading? Then don’t say I didn’t warn you. The following is a no-smoke recipe for barbecued pork ribs that begins with simmering the ribs in dark beer and … Full recipe post »

Fettuccine with Tomato-Cheddar Sauce and Artichoke Hearts

I was at a friend’s house making dinner while she was at work. I was planning to shop but she begged me to use the ingredients she had in her fridge and pantry. This recipe is the savory outcome. If a pantry includes good pasta and a cheese that can be grated, it’s a start. … Full recipe post »

Grilled Blueberry Bison Burgers

It’s interesting to contemplate those life-defining moments that may have influenced one’s destiny: Falling in love, having a child, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Sinking my teeth into a hamburger was one of my life-defining moments. I was a junior at Michigan; potential career directions were like arrows pointing every which way, including backwards. I … Full recipe post »

Asparagus Bread Pudding

Some of you may have your Easter day menu and to-do list organized on a spread sheet. You set your table yesterday, and fresh polished silver gleams atop ironed linen napkins, which coordinate stylishly with your china and the fresh flower centerpiece you will arrange on Saturday. I admire your efficiency, and looking about my … Full recipe post »

Asian Pork with Stir-Fried Asparagus

I picked up a pound of pre-packed, 1/4-inch thick pork cutlets at Trader Joe’s and a container of shiitake mushrooms. I had asparagus in my fridge, sweet bell peppers that had seen better days and voila: faster than take-out, less expensive, much less fat and twice as good. Chicken breast or thigh strips, or sliced … Full recipe post »

Caldo Verde (Portuguese Potato and Kale Soup)

Lest you be reminded, this Monday is the cruelest of days — April 18, tax day — time to shore-up your dollars and cents; time to organize the deductibles, scrambling to save every blessed last dime; but there he is, knocking at the door, there’s no place to hide — it’s time to feed the … Full recipe post »

Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle-Lime dressing

Imagine you’re sitting at a beach-side restaurant in Mexico munching on freshly made tortilla chips with  scratch-made guacamole and salsa – perhaps a tequila chaser on the side. The sad reality is both of us are probably reading the paper or pecking away at our computers,  watching the snow slowly melt into gray puddles. I, … Full recipe post »

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle-Corn Dressing

Congratulations soon-to-be graduates! In a few short weeks, University of Michigan and Eastern University seniors will be tossing their caps into the clouds, soon followed by local high schools grads. At this time of the year, I turn to recipes suitable for graduation parties —recipes as hard-working and deserving of accolades as these students. This … Full recipe post »

Black Bean and Mango Salad

Here’s a healthy, versatile and easy to throw together salad. It could stand alone as a light vegetarian supper, or it may be kicked up into heftier fare: spoon it into a tortilla, add some grated cheddar, fold over, then pan fry or bake it. The salad could  also be bulked up with the addition … Full recipe post »

One-Dressing-Fits-All Flank Steak Dinner

One Dressing Fits All! Like a One Size Fits Alllabel on a piece of clothing, I am appreciative of one dressing that can season several items on a plate. Redundant? It depends. Easy? You betcha. If the dressing has a good bone structure, using it to season the entire menu is not as boring as you … Full recipe post »

Kale and Orange Salad

The kale at the grocer’s was such an intense shade of green, and so impeccably crisp, I couldn’t resist buying several bunches. It was too fresh and tender to cook and I remembered a salad I made last year that my friend, Rebecca Bawkon, shared with me. Her recipe uses lemon juice instead of orange juice … Full recipe post »

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs — folks can work up a passion about these babies. The recipe I made tonight would be a major assault to Italians in the area, not to mention their grandmother’s. I do have recipes that are true to the old school, but I made a lean version tonight and paired it with a hefty … Full recipe post »

Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Mango Salsa

Tortillas means “little cake,” and that’s what they are: a flat unleavened round of corn or wheat flour. They are what one uses to make burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas, tapa, flauta and tacos. Quesadillas are quick and easy and, like pasta, they are a marvelous canvas in which you can use up leftovers. Last … 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 »

Thai Roast Chicken

In a Fine Cooking (August/September, 1997) Magazine, there was a recipe that looked insanely delicious for Lemongrass Chicken. I’ve held onto  the recipe for the past 13 years, planning to make it “one of these days”. As so many really wonderful sounding recipes, It seemed rather labor intensive–so I easily put it off. It’s not, however, nearly … Full recipe post »