Our Thanksgiving Menu, with little ideas, recipes and tips

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ~Khalil Gibran While cooking: Beaujolais nouveaux, fatayar nibble (made ahead). Before and with dinner: Bubbly, Pinot Noir, and Sancerre. Roasted Turkey, all natural and organic, from Peggy’s…

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Quick Mixed Pickles

Quick Mixed Pickle jars are an essential part of our everyday eating. These are crunchy, flavorful, and beautiful. My recipe is for quick pickles, which must be stored in the refrigerator. Something serious happened recently up north: the season changed. It’s not just the temperature, the coolness in the air, though that plays a part.…

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Michigan’s whitefish dinner: the fish

The key to excellent whitefish is not overcooking it—this seems to be our theme this week, from the new potatoes to the beans and corn, cooking times can mean the difference between delicious and not-so-much. I always loved our trips to get whitefish up north—the best spot used to be right around the corner on…

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Whitefish dinner: Green beans, corn and good bread

We all know that one of the great pleasures of the bounty of summer is that it tastes so good you don’t need, or want, to do much beyond getting it to the table. But as with writing, and perhaps as with anything, restraint in cooking has its challenges. Restraint requires attention to detail so…

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Michigan’s whitefish dinner

Up north, there is no more quintessential meal than the one that makes Lake Superior whitefish its centerpiece. Restaurants may be few here, and their food not always what we’d like, but you can always, everywhere find whitefish on the menu and it’s always, everywhere going to be delicious. The most classic preparation of Lake…

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Lebanese Green Bean Stew (yahneh or lubieh)

Lebanese green bean stew (yahneh or lubieh) is even better on day two, so it’s a perfect make-ahead traditional Lebanese recipe. Also works great with leftover roast. Serve with Lebanese rice, the recipe is here. This post comes to us from my sister Peggy, our  Lebanese green bean stew yahnieh-maker extraordinaire… As the youngest of…

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Ingredient: Green beans

I took a lot of flak preparing for this week’s post. That’s because the Lebanese green bean stew we are making, known as yahneh or lubieh, is my sister Peggy’s specialty. (yes, another Irish name. No explanation.) And just because my family seeks reasons to tease its members, my sister has taken some flak of…

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