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

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in recipes, reflections | 0 comments

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...

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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!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in recipes | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in recipes | 2 comments

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,...

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

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in recipes, shrooms | 2 comments

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...

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

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in recipes, reflections, shrooms | 0 comments

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...

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

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in fermenting, recipes, reflections | 0 comments

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,...

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The Ultimate in Comfort Food Does Indeed Contain Shrooms…Get Cheesy with this one!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in recipes, shrooms | 2 comments

The Ultimate in Comfort Food Does Indeed Contain Shrooms…Get Cheesy with this one!

There is one recipe I do yearly – usually at Easter…but sometimes for the Christmas Holidays – it is my infamous Cheesy Potatoes with Mushrooms Side Dish. Not to say this recipe is only good for holidays – but it is certainly one you don’t want to be worried about calories and fat content when digging into it! My Cheesy Potatoes with Mushrooms are fabulous for large crowds and is always adored by guests. I always get calls the next day regarding not only the meal – but also the CHEESY POTATOES, specifically. For me, my ultimate...

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Talk About a Bad Hair Day…turn it into a delicious Bad Hair Day with Udon Noodles and Matsutakes!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in recipes, shrooms | 0 comments

Talk About a Bad Hair Day…turn it into a delicious Bad Hair Day with Udon Noodles and Matsutakes!

If you follow my blogs at all, you know I am big on wild game, but there are times that I like or need a vegetarian menu. I do like to keep it wild though…and love those wild shrooms! Matsutake Mushrooms are a great favorite of mine – love the flavor. Much like the impact of a morel, they have a power-packed aroma and taste. Unlike the morel, that aroma of the Matsutake has a spicy overtone and complex flavor. The name of this shroom literally means “pine mushroom” based on where it generally grows…under the base of...

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Shaker your Muffin Tin…and enjoy the simple sumptuous pleasures of squash muffins

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in recipes, reflections | 0 comments

Shaker your Muffin Tin…and enjoy the simple sumptuous pleasures of squash muffins

For many years, we made the annual springtime trek to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. A favorite family spot to enjoy the well known/well preserved Museum and Inn, formerly, a Shaker Community. Converted, not as in religion, but in the remains of a religious culture gone by – this compound has been transformed into a museum and an Inn for guests to stay and enjoy this serene environment and learn about the community of Shakers. At Pleasant Hill, there are fabulous antiques and architecture to admire as well as...

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Dumpling Lovers Unite…Morel Mushroom Matzo Balls – make a splash for your family and guests!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in recipes, shrooms | 0 comments

Dumpling Lovers Unite…Morel Mushroom Matzo Balls – make a splash for your family and guests!

As the season approaches for Morels and Matzo Balls…it got me thinking – what a likely combination! With the semi-delicate texture and benign flavor of the matzo balls – the dumplings serve as the perfect backdrop for these woodsy fungi. Correct, the Morels won’t be a forage option for the Passover Holiday (at least not in Michigan), but those masters of camouflage are indeed, signs of spring. Reconstituted Morels work just fine in this recipe as will fresh. If you are unsure of how to rehydrate mushrooms – please see the morel...

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