Maple Garlic Pepper Rub

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of judging a Cooking with Maple Syrup contest at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY. The winning entry was a maple glazed chicken recipe that I’ll share at a future date. Today, though is all about one of the ingredients in the recipe. [Read On]

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]

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]

Korean Miso and Honey Glazed Cod {20 minute meal}

This miso, honey, soy, garlic, and ginger glazed cod is perfectly cooked at lightning speed. It takes longer to cook the accompaniments than it does to get your gorgeous main dish on the table and it’s perfect for either a quiet dinner at home or entertaining during Lent. I love fish. Love. It. I love [Read On]

Caramelized Onion and Butter Mashed Potatoes

I remember hearing once that the über-chef Joël Robuchon believed the ideal ratio of potatoes to fat in mashed potatoes was 2-to-1 by weight. I also remember thinking it was nutty. Two pounds potatoes to one POUND of butter? Sure, Joël. Sure. …Then one day I was making mashed potatoes -as in, I had already [Read On]

Chicken Sausage, Kale, and Mushroom One Pot Pasta {25 Minute Meal}

Is it just me or does already delicious pasta taste even better when it’s cold outside? And taste even better still when you’re in your coziest clothes and curled up under a blanket watching Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock? Somebody PLEASE give me a high-five over Benedict Cumberbatch? At least throw me a little hand flutter [Read On]

Brown and Wild Rice Pilaf with Dried Cherries and Scallions

Some dishes are strictly for the big people. Big people -at our house- is defined as anyone old enough to wear adult sized shoes. Conveniently, this line of demarcation also happens to fall right in place and divide the adventurous vegetable eating crew from the anti-veg contingent. I say this in the hopes that the [Read On]

Philly Cheesesteak Stew

Friends are good. Friends that share great recipes with you are especially good. My friend Mary texted me the other day and asked, “Are you a fan of Philly cheesesteak sandwiches?” My response was something dorky like, “I am a fan of all sandwiches.” She told me she had stumbled upon a recipe for Philly [Read On]