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Original Plum Torte

What, precisely, defines a torte? There are a multitude of conflicting opinions, but Wikipedia defines this popular pastry as “…a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, buttercreams, mousses, jams or fruit.” What makes the following plum torte recipe the most requested by its readership than any recipe ever published in The … Full recipe post »

Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce

Duck with Cherry Sauce, Chicken with Cherry Sauce, Whitefish with Cherry Sauce…most certainly, Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce. Why not make a big batch of cherry sauce and freeze it to enjoy through the year? There are many ways of spinning cherries, the great fruit of the Great Lakes, into savory meals. Mary Bilyeu, in … Full recipe post »

Sweet Cherry & Quinoa Pilaf

Michigan cherries are a fixture at many locals table in July. And after last year’s catastrophic harvest, we’ve good reason to celebrate this year’s bounty with the farmers. My palate’s a bit saturated with vinaigrette-based salads, so tonight I prefer more of a warm pilaf-styled side dish for the chicken I grilled. I took liberties … Full recipe post »

Grilled Tuna Salad Nicoise

Composed salads that include grilled proteins and vegetables are such a welcome addition to the summertime table, and certain meats, seafoods and vegetables lend themselves particularly well to these types of salads. And don’t forget the lettuce. Grilled lettuce—really? Absolutely. Certain heartier lettuces hold their shape and are marvelous when exposed to the heat of a grill. … Full recipe post »

Chilled Beet Salad Soup

The other night I enjoyed fried beets at Vellum on Main Street as part of their Happy Hour menu (such a deal at 3 bucks)! Even after inhaling two portions, I’m still craving beets. I thought a cold beet soup would scratch the itch and be perfect for a summer’s eve. When googling cold beet soup, many Polish … Full recipe post »

Fourth of July Sheet Cake

Happy Fourth! If the day finds you late to the table with minimum of time to cook, and you’re scrambling to come up with a festive celebratory dish, I have a suggestion: Skip the following recipe, purchase a boxed cake mix, canned white icing, blueberries and strawberries, and this celebratory cake can be out the … Full recipe post »

Quinoa with Black Beans, Avocado & Corn

Craving a dinner that’s light on her feet? Here’s an easy vegetarian supper that’s a nutritional super-star; take a look at the ingredient list and see for yourself. It’s a meal in itself,  the perfect side, and watch it fly away at a pot-luck; seems everyone wants a break from those expected salads laden with … Full recipe post »

Skillet Fried Chicken

With trepidation, I’ve been working on a recipe for fried chicken, wondering why anyone needs another with Emeril Lagasse and Paula Deen crowding the kitchen. That, however, is a pitiful excuse. Up until now my fried chicken has been only so-so. I grew up following generations of Alabama women who made outrageously delicious fried chicken several times a week. They could … Full recipe post »

Roasted Beets and Baby Green Salad

Pity my mother, her ilk, and their culinary epiphany in the fifties. Enthralled with the freedom the new convenience foods allowed, when shopping for groceries they’d scoff at the produce section – former prison guards – sitting quietly in the bins, as they merrily stacked canned vegetables, tasting of tin, and sugary fruit cocktail into … Full recipe post »

Beef Brisket Tacos with Grilled Onions & Poblanos

I’m the grill-master in my family; my husband and kids know that the 8 feet of footage surrounding the Weber charcoal kettle and Jenn-Air gas are mine; no trespassing. That hasn’t dissuaded me from suggesting to my husband, Richard, that perhaps he’d like a Big Green Egg (an egg-shaped barbecue smoker) for Father’s Day. After all, I’ve been coveting one for … 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 »

Spring Vegetable Soup with Pistou

The extreme temperatures swinging this way and that keep us on our toes. One day we’re sucking down a fruit smoothie while searching for a swim suit, the next finds us adjusting the thermostat to accommodate the 20-degree dive, scrambling for a sweater, then gobbling down favorite comfort foods. Craving hot soup when last week’s chill set … 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 »

Mexican Chocolate Shake with Tofu (+ Sweet Potato Fries)

Last week I posted an adaptation of Mark Bittman’s recipe for Black Bean Burgers — fast food, much improved –  and I promised to post the companion Mexican Chocolate Shake and Sweet Potato Fries today. The recipes were inspired by an article Bittman wrote for the New York Times entitled: “Yes, Healthful Fast Food is Possible. But edible? (April 3, 2013)” He … Full recipe post »

Mark Bittman’s Black Bean Burgers

I’m reluctant to quote statistical data linking patronage of fast food chains to high obesity rates; so much material is circumstantial, biased, and, therefore, skewed. Except data mined from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Information gleaned from their studies regarding global populations, their eating habits, and relativity of fast food consumption to obesity … Full recipe post »