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Cheese Crackers

Crisp and savory, these cheese crackers are perfect as a snack, to go with soup, as an accompaniment to wine or cocktails. They are crispy, crunchy, a little bit salty, and ever so cheesy. Not only do they taste perfectly wonderful, they’re easy to make, and keep well in an

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Caramelized Onions in a Slow Cooker

Why make caramelized onions in a slow cooker when it takes so long? Well, have you ever caramelized onions on the stovetop? First you melt butter in a big heavy pan, then you add a bunch of onions, and stand there, stirring and cooking, for an hour or more. Stand

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Traditional Basil Pesto

Traditional basil pesto is made by hand with a mortar and pestle, and is thick and silky smooth. My everyday pesto is a much easier rustic version that is unashamedly chunkier. It’s still fabulous! Summer isn’t summer for my family without basil pesto. It goes on pasta, chicken, cheese sandwiches,

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Sorrel and a Quick Sauce

The calendar is no help this year; as a gardener and cook, I need to look outside to what’s actually happening. And my herb patch is showing signs of life. The first bits of green in my garden are hardy perennials: sage, mint, and sorrel. Just when we’re getting tired of

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No Fuss Quiche

Making a quiche is easy, even if you don’t like to make pastry. Refrigerated pastry from your grocery store makes a perfectly acceptable crust. Quiche is a wonderful way to recycle leftovers. All the meat and vegetables should be cooked and chopped in smallish pieces. Fuss Free Quiche 4 oz

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Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic Butter

After what seemed like an eternity of 95+ degree weather, when the high temperature dropped into the 70s, it felt quite cool! That was when I felt like using my oven again. These were everything that mushrooms should be – fragrant, delicious, sizzling – and then, alas, they were gone.

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tzatziki cucumber sauce in a blue bowl


This is one of the best ways to use cucumber in my opinion. Slice cucumbers thinly, then put into a sauce with yogurt, garlic, and dill. Some people prefer to use chopped mint – it depends on what you have on hand. Good with gyros, lamb meatballs, salads, as a

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Chilled Greens with Ginger & Sesame

Tatsoi, pak choi and other Asian greens, which are a bit tough and chewy, a bit assertive in flavor – what can you do with them? As it turns out, lots of quick and delicious things. They’re wonderful in a stir-fry, where they hold up to cooking. They’re also perfect for a

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Roasted Asparagus

This is the simplest way to cook asparagus that I know, and one of the best. If all your spears are the same thickness, they will cook more evenly, but I never worry about a bit of variation.  1 bunch fresh asparagus olive oil salt Preheat the oven – you

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Sauteed zucchini with garlic and lemon

Yield: serves 4-6 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin 1 1/2 lb zucchini, diced into small cubes salt and pepper 2 tsp fresh lemon zest 2 Tbsp chopped mixed herbs: marjoram, basil, dill, oregano, whatever you like Heat oil in a wide skillet, add the garlic, and

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Stuffed summer squash on the grill

You can stuff other vegetables besides zucchini and squash of course Yield: serves 4-6 as a side dish 4 green-and-yellow summer squash or zucchini 2-3 large white mushrooms 4 Tbsp olive oil 1 cl garlic, minced 1 small onion, chopped 3/4 c dry bread crumbs 1/2 c grated Parmesan 1

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Cheese souffle with lettuce

adapted from Jacques Pepin 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 c sliced green onions 8 c 2-inch slices lettuce (iceberg, romaine, leaf all work) 1/3 c water 5 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 1/2 c milk (we use 2%) 5 egg yolks 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 6 oz

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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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