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Michigan Heirloom Tomato Tart

It was a tough call to decide if a recipe from Michigan should feature luscious Michigan tomatoes, or their famous juicy cherries.   I have great recipes for both from my friend Debbie Dingell, a lifelong Michigander who also happens to be running for Congress in the western suburbs of Detroit.  This congressional seat is currently held by her husband, John Dingell, who has served in Congress longer than any other person in history. I’ve known Debbie for over twenty-five years.  […]

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The Best Granola Bars Ever!

Last year we remodeled our kitchen, after 14 years of cupboards that didn’t close, a tile floor that could never be made to look clean, and a daily view of ceramic 3-D cherubs poised in flight on the backsplash.  I have nothing against cherubs in general, but cleaning the kitchen gunk out of every nook and cranny of their chubby little bodies got old after a while.  The remodel was a big job; it took a long time, but the […]

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Baked Oatmeal

The first day of school was a big day in our house.  For days before, we talked about what the girls would wear, what their teachers would be like, who might be in their class, and a million other vital details.  I always wanted to make a really good breakfast on the first day of school.  I thought we should begin as I hoped we’d go on.  Of course the big school breakfast didn’t happen every day, but this recipe […]

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All-American Acai Bowl

If you’re a foodie, you know all about acai bowls.  They’re a frozen smoothie made of acai (pronounced ah-saw-ee) berries, assorted fresh fruit and honey, topped with more fresh fruit, coconut shavings and sometimes, granola.  Acai berries come from the Amazon rainforest, and are reputed to be a powerful antioxidant.  I’m not qualified to attest to the health benefits of acai, but the acai bowl is the most delicious thing I’ve had in a long time; it’s like eating a […]