I've decided to thumb my nose at Mother Nature and get a taste of summer with fresh basil, fresh mozzarella and a Campari or Roma tomato, plus a fruity olive oil.
As far as fast food is concerned, you couldn't do much better than shrimp. I'm not talking about a drive-thru, I'm talking about a healthy meal using just one pan and lots of fresh ingredients.
Kale is still riding the wave of popularity and to my mind, it's not going to go away anytime soon. Not when I use this nutritional champion to make a wonderful salad, snack or pasta.
While cookies are always welcome in my house, cookie bars are even easier and I don't have to wait long for the baked results.
I have pretty much given up eating pastries for breakfast. That said, when I do indulge, scones are without a doubt my favorite morning baked good, and I love them even later in the day with a cup of tea.
One bitter Sunday morning, I awoke with a powerful determination to eat pancakes. The result was an indulgent and luxurious breakfast served with fresh orange juice, bacon and lots of fresh, hot coffee.
I love chocolate no matter what the form, and as a connoisseur of homemade hot chocolate, I've dabbled in different methods of preparing and using a variety of good-quality chocolates.
Now that I've been using shelled pistachios instead of pine nuts and Asiago cheese in place of Parmesan, I've fallen in love with the variation and manage to save a few dollars on the dish.
Even for someone like me who loves to cook, midweek meals can be a real task sometimes, especially when you've been driving home in a snowstorm at 10 miles per hour and arriving two hours later.
Standing in for flour, the walnuts are mixed in with beaten yolks and sugar, and stiffly beaten egg whites are folded into the mixture.
Detroit News Food Writer
Kate Lawson is The Detroit News' food writer. She writes two weekly columns, Simply the Best, which appears every Thursday in Food & Drink and Friday in the HomeStyle section as well as food-related stories about cooking and baking trends, nutrition, the latest tools, professional chefs and even home cooks. Kate has also served as judge for the Pillsbury Bake-Off and the National Chicken Cook-Off.
- Kate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Latest favorite cookbook: "Apples for Jam" by Tessa Kiros
- Favorite comfort food: pasta
- Cooking advice: Buy the best chef's knife you can afford. You will never regret it.
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