Lobster Lovers Unite…I plan to be the president of the fan club!

My love affair with Lobsters began when I was a child. This highly developed food taste was never guided by parental modeling or instruction, but by generous parental exposure. Joe Mossok, my Midwestern Potato Chip Company Owner father, ate nothing but ground sirloin and a plain steak. Estelle Mossok, my New York City raised mother, who had far more an adventuresome palate, but no particular interest in preparation of anything, knew early on, my experience needed to be different…and that most definitely, was provided. We went for restaurant meals at home in Detroit and of course, out of...

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If you are a Carrot Cake Lover…this one is dense and filled with flavor – especially the additon of herbs to the frosting!

I’m a Carrot Cake Lover – don’t know about you…there is just something comforting for me in this vegetable laden dessert (although I often will eat a small slice for breakfast!). I love a carrot cake with a dense texture – I don’t want it light and fluffy – I want it to be a STATEMENT! I also give my chickens the peelings from the carrots – so they get a special treat too when I make this cake! I initially developed this recipe years ago (no carrots) – it was for a Pie and Cake Company out of Vermont for a book – as I vaguely remember, it was an Oatmeal Caramel type of...

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Grape Leaves…a touch of ethnic deliciousness from different parts of the world – and my love affair with them!

My love affair with Stuffed Grape Leaves stems from childhood. I grew up in Detroit next door to an Armenian family that made Grape Leaves and their family members in the neighborhood, also made them. The Carmen’s were generous in sharing those tasty rolls with us. I should actually say, ME, as I was the only one adventuresome enough to try the Stuffed Leaves….. And the love affair began…the minute I tasted them! 

Since that early Armenian culinary experience, I have had many stuffed grapeleaf influences in my life – Chaldean, Lebanese, and Greek – through many close...

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What Do You Do When Mushrooms Go On Sale…..you buy a load and make soup!!

My major source of entertainment always seems to be shopping for FOOD. I will go to three or four markets in a given day – price comparison, not so much…I just know where to find the things I love and utilize in my recipes or in the planning to develop a new recipe. I adore ethnic markets of all kinds! After hitting the Asian Market this morning and finding fresh Maitake Mushrooms on sale, I headed off to another market to find Organic Mini Bellas so inexpensive; I purchased twelve (8 ounce) containers. Why twelve? It immediately entered my head to make SOUP! With any remaining, make a...

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Enjoy the Simplicity of Nature’s Spring Beauty and Bounty… celebrate Alfresco Dining with a Morel or two!

The most simplistic outdoor dining is enhanced by nature’s own tranquility and Spring beauty. The ultimate quest for seeking a slice of bucolic America can be put on the virtual back burner…experience the splendor of Spring with a backyard brunch, a private porch party, or a front yard feast. Make a special meal outdoors for Mother’s Day – with the hope of Blue Skies!! Set the stage and let your backdrop be nature’s early finest. As the culinary stage manager, it is essential to ferret out the right props then position and block those props to enhance the rest of the production...

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Creativity Abounds in Fermenting…using those probiotics in unique ways!

I adore fermenting…love the health benefits, the flavors, the unique dimensions it brings to food, and the creativity it allows me to redirect my culinary path in all kinds of directions! For those of you already fermenting – put on those creativity caps and get flying with some fun and interesting ideas. For those of you not fermenting, give it a try and venture into a new culinary world. Today, I made two poached eggs, placed it on a mound of mashed potatoes, and garnished it with dehydrated sauerkraut – the outcome — delicious, unique, healthy, and flavorful! How about a Pizza...

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