Greek Salad with a Red Wine Vinaigrette

I love Greek Salads ever since I had my first one at Panera Bread. I liked the freshness of the vegetables, the crispness of the romaine and the tangy Kalamata olives and pepperoncini. But this is not the way Greeks make their salad according to Michael Psilakis in his cookbook “Live To Eat: Cooking the … Continue reading

Garlic for the Fall Garden

I like to plant garlic in the fall for a spring/summer harvest and then I will have plenty to use throughout the year.  Why bother when garlic is so easy to come by?  Never ask a gardener that 🙂 I have been buying my garlic from The Cook’s Garden and I particularly like “Early Italian”. … Continue reading

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Two Ways

On a recent trip to my Farmers Market there were some new vendors selling their products.  I am a big fan of supporting and buying any  Michigan products.  One was the Pure Harvest Pesto Company located in New Hudson, Michigan who makes sun-dried tomato and basil pesto (their two pestos are available at Busch’s).   The other  … Continue reading

Turkey Burgers

I have grown to enjoy turkey burgers more than I do beef, however, I will never turn down a good hamburger on the grill.  This recipe makes 6-8 burgers and I just freeze them individually,  and pull out one or two as needed.   When I want to splurge I will add Caramelized Onions and Jalapeno Cheese Sauce.   I … Continue reading

Roasted Garlic

Roasting garlic is a much smoother, sweeter seasoning than raw garlic.  I have found that to be true with any vegetable I have roasted – it does bring out the natural sugars.  Goes great in a sauce such as Horseradish Cream With Roasted Garlic or even  in a salad dressing.    Another way to cook garlic … Continue reading

Chicken Stock for Gravy

If I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner I like to make part of the broth beforehand.  Roasting the chicken wings, onions, garlic and carrots adds a nice color.  Then I cook the nicely browned vegetables and wings in some chicken broth to really concentrate the flavors. Browned chicken wings and vegetables prior to adding chicken broth. … Continue reading