Honey Cardamom Poached Pears

This is a reprint of my March 6th column that ran in the Traverse City Record-Eagle because this recipe was too good not to share here. I’m a little romantic about food. I’m sure that comes as a not-surprise-at-all to many of you who have been reading me for years. Food is how I show [Read On]

Greek Salad Dressing

You should know that I am incapable of resisting a salad.  This is almost entirely due to my dear, sweet mother’s BIG GREEN SALAD habit. I know a lot of women blanch at the thought of becoming their mother, but this is not a concern for me. My mom is a saint. She’s a nurse [Read On]

Homemade Gyro Meat and Gyros

You know when you get stuck thinking about a certain food and that’s all you can think about eating? For example, take gyros. I drove to the city and went out for lunch at a Mediterranean eatery with my mom, one of my sisters, and my sister-in-law a couple weeks ago. I ordered a lamb [Read On]

Homemade Ghee: How and Why You Should Make It, and What It Is

Today, I’m sharing a tutorial with you on how to make one of my favourite all-purpose ingredients: Ghee. Some of you are nodding happily and some of you are saying “jee? gee? whuh?” The simplest explanation of what it is could be summed up as “Heaven in a jar”. What is Ghee? Ghee, pronounced “gee” [Read On]

Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos

When I posted my Cool Ranch Baked Tortilla Salad Bowls a few weeks ago, you probably knew I was going to go here, right? I think I probably telegraphed it. Why in the world would I make SALAD BOWLS with a dialed in homemade Cool Ranch seasoning and not go the full distance and make [Read On]

Fish Chowder made with Cod and Dill

You know why I never order chowder when I go out to eat? It’s because chowder is a food that I want to hunker over with my face just inches from the bowl sniffing it and generally behaving like a happy animal. Chowder is comfort food writ large for me and comfort food is meant [Read On]

Onion, Dill, Sour Cream Bread Bowls {mini boule loaves}

It’s not too big a stretch to say my existence is build on bread and soup. Bread is sustenance, to be sure; it’s the staff of life. It’s also one of the foods that provides unending inspiration to me. I got so caught up yesterday with some bread I was working on that I lost [Read On]

BBQ Pulled Pork Overstuffed Shells

We don’t do thinks in a small way in our household. I don’t just mean overstuffed chairs or oversized sweaters, both of which -by the way- I love madly. When we wanted to move up in size from our old house we didn’t just buy the next size up nearby; we bought a big Amish [Read On]