Dinner at El Barzon

January 7, 2010

So we had dinner at El Barzon the other night, and my lingering thought is this place is Detroit’s best-kept secret. El Barzon, on Junction, just south of Michigan Ave., is owned by Norberto and Silvia Garita. Norberto spent eight years at Il Posto in Southfield, perfecting pastas and other Italian specialties. Silvia focuses on […]

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Short Ribs over Pappardelle

January 4, 2010

If you’re looking for a special, decadent meal, look no further than these short ribs over pappardelle. We welcomed 2010 with this meal on New Year’s Day, and found it the perfect way to mark a new decade. Beef short ribs are a tender, succulent cut that lend themselves to long, slow cooking. They are […]

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Pasta with Lamb Sauce

January 3, 2010

When it comes to lamb, I’ve arrived to the party fashionably late. I’ve really only grown to appreciate it in the last 10 years. But today, I adore lamb chops, roast lamb, lamb ragu, and my latest concoction: pasta with lamb sauce. Pasta with lamb sauce is really a simpler, cleaner tasting ragu — I […]

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January 1, 2010

Look what was under the tree on Christmas day — a giant basket of fabulous goodies I’ll use all year long. Inside, a collection of staples every cook needs — extra virgin olive oil, specialty salts and peppercorns, spicy paprika, gorgeous bowtie pasta, a curry blend, and much more. Plus, a beautiful basket perfect for […]

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Paella Risotto with Shrimp, Scallops and Crab

December 31, 2009

I love paella. And risotto. So, then comes the next logical step: combining them into a single luscious dish.I took a few liberties with this paella risotto, using a recipe from Bon Appetit as inspiration and adapting it to my taste. Traditionally, paella incorporates mussels and/or clams. But I decided to go with shrimp, crab […]

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Michael Symon’s Spicy Tomato Soup with Blue Cheese

December 22, 2009

Tomato soup, in all its forms, is rich, comforting and complex. Over the years, I’ve made a number of versions: with fresh ripe summer tomatoes and basil; with roasted tomatoes and mixed herbs; and with pancetta and tapenade. All have a place in my kitchen. So, when I saw Michael Symon’s version with Sriracha and […]

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Cookie Time!

December 22, 2009

Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Cynthia Orosco is the copy editor of AutoWeek magazine. She’s also a baker extraordinaire. Wes has brought home her delectable baked goods often over the years and I’m always a happy recipient. She also bakes an assortment of superb vegan treats. During the hectic time that is the holiday season, baking […]

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Spinach Salad with Apples, Cheddar and Honey Roasted Pecans

December 18, 2009

As autumn eases into winter, I want to leave you with a fall salad. This salad is hearty and substantial without being overbearing, and can serve as a main dish or first course. It blends classic seasonal flavors, but can be enjoyed all year-round. It combines spinach, apples, honey roasted pecans, bacon, sharp cheddar and […]

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Bloggers, Cupcakes and Chevrolet

December 16, 2009

Yesterday was National Cupcake Day. How grand that we have a designated day to celebrate the lovely cupcake. A few of my colleagues in LA decided to do it up right, and invited 12 fellow food blogger to go on a cupcake crawl across the city. Check out When Tara Met Blog for details and video.

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Savory Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

December 10, 2009

I recently met Kelsey, The Naptime Chef, and was immediately impressed with her friendly, upbeat personality, her talent in the kitchen and her incredibly delicious double chocolate cookies. When she posted these delightful cheddar cheese biscuits recently, I knew I had to make them myself. A cross between a cracker and shortbread, these flavorful cheese biscuits are […]

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