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One Thousand and One Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries…

…that’s how many treats I’d need to make if I were to gift every person who helped bring this book to light a strawberry. Or chocolate truffle, if preferred. Today I’m launching THE RUBY OF THE SEA. It took an army of professionals and friends to lend perspective and authenticity to Linnea, Delphina and Ivy’s story. I most certainly looked more … Full recipe post »

Seared Scallops with Truffle Flavors over Wild Mushroom Risotto

Best freebie dip in town? Zingerman’s samples of bread with truffle-infused olive oil tops my list. This year, however, I’m wary of samples, quite sure I contracted last year’s hideous virus from a different, yet similar, dunk. Fearful of flu-infested double-dippers contaminating the culinary landscape, I chunked down the change to purchase the truffle-infused salt, … Full recipe post »

Lobster Bisque and other Wintry Seafood Stews

Greetings and good wishes for 2014! Last Thursday our band of revelers headed to the country for an old-fashioned family Christmas hosted by Shirley and Stuart at their charming farmhouse. The guest of honor was one large turkey sacrificed the day before for the feast, then smoked outdoors on a Big Green Egg (any smoker … Full recipe post »

Bourbon-Pepper Flat Iron Steak and Mint Juleps

Bourbon. As deeply carved into the American landscape as George Washington is into Mount Rushmore; as iconic of the American palate as hamburgers, fried chicken and apple pie. Bourbon, to beat the dead mule, is as quintessential to the American spirit as the presentation of homecoming queen at a football game’s half-time, Super Bowl Sunday, … Full recipe post »

Valentine’s Day Recipes + Slide Show

Butter up your Valentine with these savory recipe ideas and easy sweet treats.  Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries ♥  Chocolate Truffles ♥ Chocolate Rum Mousse ♥ Classic Chocolate Soufflé♥ Filet Mignon with Cranberry-Zinfandel Sauce ♥ Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Red Wine Sauce ♥ Grilled Duck with Cherry Sauce ♥ Grilled Tuna with Avocado Wasabi Purée ♥ Sherried Scallops over Spaghetti Squash ♥ Mussels with Chorizo … Full recipe post »

Chocolate-Dipped Figs with Chopped Walnuts

Fantasize fillet mignon enrobed in a buttery bordelaise sauce, snuggled up to truffled mashed potatoes, followed by a triple chocolate torte decorated with candy hearts for Valentine’s Day. Romantic,yes? Wouldn’t a meal such as this light the fire for an evening d’amour with my hubby? Not unless said romantic evening means staggering from the table, … Full recipe post »

Chicken Cutlets and Brussels Sprout-Chive Sauce with Al Dente Chia Fettuccini

I used no ordinary pasta to soak up the sauces of   Chicken Cutlets with Brussels Sprout-Chive Sauce. I made this recipe with Al Dente’s latest creation; Bona Chia Spinach Fettuccini. According to the Al Dente pasta web site, “…chia (is) a rediscovered ancient grain and superfood. -twice the protein of any other seed or grain; -five … Full recipe post »

Proscuitto-Wrapped Chicken with Creamy Cheese & Balsamic-Date Sauce

This recipe jumped out at me; the salty chew of proscuitto combined with sweet dates, creamy cheese and chicken sounded enticing. Start to finish, the recipe suggests, should take only 30 minutes; easy elegance without much fuss. I found it in the “Everyday Easy” section of the May issue of Better Homes and Garden Magazine. I was … Full recipe post »

Pork Chops with Apples and Maple Beer Sauce

I often turn to the bottle to add intricacies of flavor and intrigue to a dish. Generally the alcohol is used to deglaze a pan for a quick sauce, or as a component of a braising liquid for a dish requiring more time. My basic rule of thumb is for chicken and fish, I use … Full recipe post »

Ultimate grilled buffalo steak with crushed peppercorn crust

Every year on my birthday I receive a birthday steak from a family member. It’s a family tradition that began with my grandmother some 50 years back, and though she’s since departed, giving a steak as a birthday present remains our custom to this day. My birthday coincided with a friend, Wendy Williams, advising me … Full recipe post »

Spinach-Parmesan Bruschetta with Pesto Coated Shrimp

Guerda Harris and her Back Alley Gourmet team win the prize for one of the most irresistibly delicious appetizers I’ve had in recent memory. At a cocktail party potluck, this appetizer took center stage. Guests were snatching the glistening shrimplet jewels from the tray faster than you can say bruschetta; so I slapped their fingers … 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 »

Steak Diane

Honoring Mother’s Day this Sunday, I made a dish worthy of the goddesses, specifically Diana, the ancient Roman goddess of the hunt, who inspired the name of the luxurious Sauce Diane. The history of Sauce Diane wasn’t consecrated during the James Beard-Julia Child, swanky New York City steak house era, as often supposed. One might … Full recipe post »

Spanish-Styled Monkfish with Olives and Oranges

love the firm, meaty texture and unique flavor of monkfish. It’s great in fish stews, as it holds its lobstery shape and texture, and it’s wonderful roasted or grilled. I love it even more after reading Chef Jamie Oliver’s tip for cooking monkfish: “Monkfish is a lovely meaty fish to cook. However, it does contain … Full recipe post »

Grilled Tuna with Avocado-Wasabi Puree

Like a top-drawer beef steak, I also like my tuna steaks black on the outside and red in the middle. To accomplish this, my tuna must be at least 3/4-inch thick (preferable 1-inch), with my heat searingly hot and a quick cooking time — about 2 minutes per side. The following recipe is adapted from … Full recipe post »