Greek Orthodox Easter 2018

Our celebration of the risen Christ always involves family, food, music and prayer. The bountiful food is personal because the recipes have been passed down for three generations here in the U.S. I hope that when I cook and serve my grown children their great-grandmother’s handwritten tsoureki recipe they can understand that her substitution of anisette and orange juice for Mahlepi was born of economic necessity and the ingenuity of an immigrant. When we feast on lamb, we remember that Jesus Christ allowed himself to be the ultimate sacrificial lamb. When we crack the eggs dyed red and exclaim “Xristos … Continue reading Greek Orthodox Easter 2018

Thumbs up fun in the thumb

An afternoon boat ride on Lake Huron yielded no fish for dinner, but family fun nonetheless. A first pass through the Port Sanilac marina revealed to us that this is the place where everyone wants to be on a nice sunny day in August. Especially if you are a sea gull! Seriously great times! Until …… …the storm rolled in! Continue reading Thumbs up fun in the thumb

‘Twas the day before Christmas….

Lots of cooking and mise en place to do today. But first breakfast for the family. Fluffy scrambled eggs with homemade sausage gravy is just the ticket on a very rainy day before Christmas in North Carolina. After breakfast, time to bake tomorrow’s desert. Start with melted butter in the bottom of a cast iron skillet, add the brown sugar, pineapples, and maraschino cherries….the more the merrier! Finished product is all turned out…. Continue reading ‘Twas the day before Christmas….

Northern Michigan for the Fourth

There is no place like Northern Michigan in the summertime! There, I’ve said it! I’ve laid down the gauntlet, so I’m taking all comers to prove me wrong! Whether it’s the Cherry Festival in Traverse City, a bike ride on Mackinac Island, a swim in one of the hundreds of fantastic inland lakes, a boat ride on one of the Great Lakes, the Dunes of Sleeping Bear, this state has no competitors when the sun is shining. We love to spend summer days playing golf and enjoying Garland Resort in Lewiston, Michigan, a sleepy little former logging town about 2/3 … Continue reading Northern Michigan for the Fourth