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]

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 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]

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]

The Best Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers’ Reese’s Cream Pie

See that? THAT is HEALTH food. For your soul, that is. If youu’re seriously calcium deficient, then this should give you a nice boost by virtue of the loads of heavy cream in it. Oh! And there’s chocolate which has lycopene and is great for hypertension. So there’s that. Dangitall. Forget it. I’m just going [Read On]

Panko Crusted Sriracha Cod {baked}

Here fishy, fishy, fishy, fishy… Lenten Friday fish dishes don’t have to be bland or boring: Panko Crusted Sriracha Cod to the rescue! We are a family full of fish-any-which-way lovers with one notable and vocal standout: the baby. To be fair, the little guy loves tuna, sardines, and anchovies, so I guess he qualifies [Read On]

Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza {10 Minute Meal} plus 6 Fast Family Faves

Need dinner in a hurry? Add a salad and this 10 Minute Meal Fix Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza will have a satisfying and hearty dinner on the table in a flash. I have a set of recipes I go to for meals on busy nights or nights where I’m just not feelin’ [Read On]

Irish Slammer Magic Chocolate Cake {Guinness, Bailey’s, and Jameson Custard Cake}

Guinness has a weird effect on people. Most folks are pretty opinionated about it.  I’m firmly in the ‘love it’ camp but I know a lot of people who are -if not in the ‘hate it’ camp- decidedly lukewarm about it. Most of those in the ‘hate it’ and ‘meh’ camps, though, can at least [Read On]