Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Salad Dressing

I celebrated my birthday, earlier this month, at one of my favorite local restaurants – Sweet Lorraine’s in Southfield, Michigan. They make some great food that is always very fresh and sometimes very interesting. I had a mixed grill dish with couscous, lamb sausage, shrimp and chicken all in a Moroccan styled marinade. It was [...]

Country Cider Hot-Pot

Sunday night was a birthday party for my twin boys. We were having some family over so I decided to try something new and something that could just sit in an oven for a hour and not need a lot of attention. The original recipe from a cookbook I own called for rabbit for this [...]

Chicken Goat Cheese Burritos

It was at my first culinary class at a local culinary college in Portland, Oregon that I tried my first taste of goat cheese. Back in 1993 goat cheese just wasn’t that common. I had tried it on toasted french bread in a French Bistro cooking course. It was excellent. Since then I have enjoyed [...]

Beef and Chorizo Chili Comes with a Kick

This is a recipe from Cooking Light magazine that I had torn out of an issue years ago. The best part is a serving is only 325 calories, if you care about such things. I rarely do. I have my Wii Fit now, so I don’t have to worry about calories, right? Calories aside, this [...]

Japanese "Popcorn"

I’m sure we all have our weird snacks, or maybe not? Maybe only I enjoy an occasional weird evening snack. My choice is mochi and yes it is not the most appetizing looking snack. What is mochi you ask? It is a small Japanese rice cake that when baked in the oven (the way I [...]

Virtual Chili Cook Off

Chili has become the food challenge of most places of business. Both of my last two jobs have hosted Chili Cook Offs. I have always been too busy to make any of these challenges, but if, and when I finally do, here is the recipe I plan to use. It has a couple of nice [...]

The Most Amazing Crab Cakes Ever

I’m not a traditionalist when it comes to crab cakes. Some feel the best are full of crab enhanced with a flavorful bread-crumb mixture. I don’t necessarily disagree, but I came to appreciate crab cakes when I had an opportunity to try some at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon back in the mid-1990s. Wildwood Restaurant [...]

A Few Tips for Great Pasta

It wasn’t until I went along with a friend while visiting New York City several years ago that I really learned to appreciate the beauty of pasta. Mario Batali’s Babbo’s is a phenomenal restaurant and by miles the best Italian food I have ever had. There are just a few simple things to making amazing [...]