Date Cookie Dough Smoothie

As with everything else in life, my food preferences have changed over time. As a child and into my mid-20’s I couldn’t stand fresh tomato. Cooked tomato in things like spaghetti sauce was fine, but finding a slice of tomato on my hamburger had the potential to ruin my entire meal, depending on how easily […]

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Food Court Wars Was Here…I Know Her!

Last night was the premier of the Food Court Wars episode, on The Food Network, that was filmed in my hometown of Midland, Michigan. For those of you who have never seen the show, each week two teams battle to win a one-year lease for a restaurant space in a mall food court. Of course […]

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Inspiration In Bourdain

Raise your hand if you’re an Anthony Bourdain fan. If I am channel surfing on the television, it’s a pretty sure bet that I’ll stop on one of his shows if I spot it. No Reservations is his longest running series, but there is also The Layover and now Parts Unknown. By chance I ran […]

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Cupcakes, Lemonade and Summer Time

I can’t believe the end of the school year is here. Three more days for my kids. They’re both happy and busy. And I’m the same way. I’ve been busy getting some “things” in place with my books and writing. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family, but I’m feeling a bit scrambled […]

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For The Love Of Flatbread

I am a flatbread aficionado. There’s just something about the, often chewy, texture that I find very appealing. If given the choice, I will pick a flatbread over almost any other kind of bread. Chicken salad on whole wheat bread or a pita? I’ll take the pita version, please. A few weeks ago I picked […]

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Mexicali Chicken & Rice

I hate handling raw chicken. The ever-present threat of salmonella turns me into a raging germophobe whenever I have to deal with any kind of poultry. I spray everything in my kitchen that was in the vicinity of the chicken with disinfectant spray and then wipe it off with antibacterial cleaning wipes. It takes awhile […]

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What Ingredient Would You Add? (With Excerpt)

Would you like to help me with my next book? I am developing recipes for the second book in the Bartonville series, “Road to the Colony”. In one of the novelettes (the book has three), I mention a vegetable soup and I would like to include the recipe for it. I’ve listed within the story […]

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Rice and Vegetable Bowl with Miso

I own a little, saved-me-from-starving-many-times rice cooker. It is a 4-cup size, bought for $10 at Walgreens, with only two settings – on or warm. I also have a spare one in my basement that I got for a few bucks, obviously never used, at a thrift store. The rice cooker has a tendency to […]

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Review: My Berlin Kitchen

My Berlin Kitchen – A Love Story (with Recipes) By Luisa Weiss Published by Viking The Wednesday Chef was one of the first cooking blogs I discovered quite a few years ago. I was drawn to its conversational, easy writing style and the many recipes I marked to try. My Berlin Kitchen is by the […]

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Review: Susan Feniger’s Street Food

Susan Feniger’s Street Food By: Susan Feniger with Kajsa Alger & Liz Lachman Publisher: Clarkson Potter I know I’m dating myself here, but one of my all-time favorite cooking shows was Too Hot Tamales. It was on The Food Network, way back when it was a fledgling cable channel, and starred chefs Susan Feniger and […]

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