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January 14, 2020

Super Sunday 2020

It’s almost here! Super Bowl LIV that is, to be held at The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. on Sunday, February 2nd. Unfortunately, our beloved Lions won’t be there (unless they bought tickets). But what the heck? If you’re a Lion’s fan, it’s all about the tailgating anyway.   more...

January 7, 2020

10 Tips to Slim Down “Fatty” Recipes

We’re all creatures of habit they say. They also say people are very reluctant to change their eating habits. Then it would seem to follow that if what they say is true, and your diet isn’t very healthy, you have little chance of getting out of that rut. “The only difference between a r  more...

December 31, 2019

Start the New Year Healthy: Kale Salad Recipes

If you think you’ve been seeing and hearing a lot about kale recently, you’re not imagining it. In fact, it’s appearing everywhere from menus at your favorite restaurants to the shelves of your favorite grocery store (Nino’s). Why? It’s because it’s good for you. I mean like super goo  more...

December 24, 2019

Shrimp Dips

Shrimp is synonymous with holiday entertaining and buffet spreads. If you can afford them, it’s a sign you care to offer your family, friends or guests, something that shows them they’re really worth it. Whether big or small, shrimp are still considered to be one of the “affordable” luxur  more...

December 17, 2019

3 Nuts, 3 Recipes, 3 Cookies

The winter holiday season is full of traditions. Among those I enjoy the most is the making and baking of desserts and treats for parties, gift giving and well, in all honesty, just to feed my face. The holidays are my yearly excuse to throw all dietary caution to the wind and break out the bu  more...

December 10, 2019

French Toast Casserole for the Holidays

As a chef, no matter how wonderful your menu reads, how great the food is or how glowing the press might be, you always get suggestions from your customers for something they’d like to see on the menu or a dish you’ve just GOT to try. Such is the story behind my recipe for Pain Perdu. Whil  more...

December 3, 2019

Lobster & Crab Cooking Tips

Holidays are a time to splurge! Not only with presents and parties but with sweet treats and savory indulgences we just can’t resist treating ourselves to. Cookies and pastries are certainly on that list, and for dinner, maybe a juicy Roast Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, or Honey-Glazed Ham. But i  more...

November 26, 2019

Alternative Stuffing Recipes

I’ve often blogged about the holidays, covering everything from appetizers to desserts. I’m not alone. It’s a season where there is NO shortage of chefs with recipes and tips. Whether you want to know what the Pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving or what the Kardashians are eating this ho  more...

November 12, 2019

Happiness Is Warm Gingerbread

Gingerbread. Why something so delicious is relegated to a seasonal treat is beyond me because it deserves a spot in the dessert hall of fame, right up there with chocolate cake, apple pie and ice cream. To be clear, depending on your heritage or what country you may be visiting, gingerbread can b  more...

November 5, 2019

Turkey Timeline

As the years go by, more and more I rely on my tried-and-true recipes, notes, and traditional routines that have paid off in the past. Thanksgiving, and especially planning for Thanksgiving dinner, is one of those times when I rely on my planner so I don’t forget a thing. It’s especially help  more...

October 22, 2019

Halloween Treats

Many of us remember Halloween not so much for the decorations, the pumpkins, the donuts, or the cider as much for the ritual of “trick or treating”, in costume, throughout the neighborhood on a leaf blown, moonlit night. Actually, Trick or Treating goes back a way. And not just in our own cou  more...

October 15, 2019

How to Maximize the Nutrition of Your Produce

It probably goes without saying that fruits and vegetables are good for you in a number of ways. Nutritionally speaking, the vast resources of vitamins and minerals available through produce is reason enough to eat more of them. Digestively speaking, many vegetables are high in fiber or have othe  more...

October 8, 2019

Squash Recipes for Fall

During most of the summer months, soft-skinned summer squash, such as yellow squash, zucchini, and of course, cucumber find their way into recipes, and of course, onto our dinner plates. It’s only this time of the year that winter squash really begins to take over center stage. Fall is when   more...

October 1, 2019

Fresh Pumpkin in Your Recipes

It’s a shame that so many people only enjoy pumpkin pie on the holidays. Perhaps many see it as a treat to look forward to a few days each year. My other thought about pumpkin pie is that if you’re baking one just for the holidays, and it’s someone’s treat, it better be good, right? I mea  more...

September 24, 2019

Fall Apple Desserts

Nothing smells more like fall than a pile of burning leaves in the crisp autumn air, and nothing tastes more like fall than Michigan apples. Whether you enjoy biting into a delicious apple right off the tree or into any one of a number of delicious dessert recipes, fall and Michigan apples are   more...

September 17, 2019

Homemade Soft Bavarian Pretzels!

When two of my greatest foods combine into one, it’s nirvana. It’s been no secret of mine that I love bread—all kinds of bread. And when it comes to snacks, I’ll pass on the potato chips and head for the pretzel snacks—all kinds, all shapes. I love pretzels as much as I love bread.   more...

September 10, 2019

Stuffed Peppers

Like so many recipes, Baked Stuffed Peppers is a dish that you’ve probably learned to make one way, with one stuffing and one specific sauce. It’s likely you’ve been eating it that way…forever. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, especially if you really enjoy it, it  more...

September 3, 2019

Sack Lunches, Milk Money, & Me

Looking back, when it comes to anything culinary in my life, I’d have to say I had the least expectations of food from 3rd through 5th grade. I call that period the brown years, as in brown paper lunch sacks. Before those dark years, from kindergarten through 2nd grade, I walked back and forth to   more...

August 27, 2019

Mackinac Fudge

Whether you choose to spell it Mackinaw or Mackinac, this small island town has NEVER had an identity crisis. And it’s definitely NOT a one-horse town. Mackinac’s name alone conjures up images of its charming, bustling, turn-of-the-century Main Street filled with horse-drawn surreys, fat-tir  more...

August 20, 2019

Make Great French Fries at Home

It’s probably no surprise that potatoes are the world's fourth-largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and corn. Potato chips; potato pancakes; pies; breads; soups; casseroles; dumplings; stuffed potatoes; baked, steamed, broiled, sautéed, stir-fried, and mashed potatoes … oh my! The potat  more...

August 13, 2019

Make Your OWN Fresh Pitas at Home

I really enjoy bread. Take me to any restaurant with great bread, and I’m in heaven. Sometimes, I regret that I’ve even ordered an entrée because I want to make a meal out of my bread basket. There are ALL kinds of bread in this world, and many nationalities have their own unique types. T  more...

August 6, 2019

Top Steak “Toppers”

I like grilling steaks just as much as anyone I suppose. Now grilling is even more fun when all the family gets together for a weekend. The problem I have is that most people who enjoy grilling, only have one thing in mind--grilling. The steaks go on the grill, the steaks come off the grill, and  more...

July 30, 2019

Ricotta Cheese: Why Fresh Is Where It’s At

When it comes to cheese, there are a LOT of differences between them. Soft, semi-soft, hard and hard grating cheeses are differentiated one from another not only by their recipes but by countless factors that eventually influence their look, feel and taste. Even when the same animal’s milk is u  more...

July 23, 2019

Shellfish On The Grill

While your grill may have come with unpacking instructions and a user manual, I’m pretty sure it didn’t have any labels warning against grilling shellfish on it. Trust me. It won’t void your warranty. Yet many people who love shellfish never think of their grill as one of the BEST ways t  more...

July 16, 2019

Summer Peach Recipes

There’s just something about tree fruit. It makes people want to use it to describe the many ways we feel about things--usually good things. When someone is the apple of your eye, you’re VERY fond of him or her, and a plum pick is considered the best. When it’s just cherry, it’s more than  more...

July 9, 2019

Thai Inspired Summer Salads

Summer is salad’s go time. Everywhere you go, in every food court, restaurant, and at every picnic, people are enjoying salads. And why not? A chilled, crisp salad is the perfect antidote to summer’s heat and humidity. Even better, salads refuel your tank without burdening your digestion like m  more...

July 2, 2019

Must-Try Recipes With Spinach Dip

There are times when we go to a lot of trouble to purchase a bunch of ingredients for a recipe. Later, we discover that most of the ingredients were used to make just a small part of that recipe! This is a part we could have purchased already prepared and then not had all these leftovers to deal wit  more...

June 18, 2019

Watermelon Baskets

Is there ANY fruit more associated with summer than the watermelon? Watermelon wedges piled high on a platter in the middle of a picnic table are a slice of Americana. Add a red-and-white checked tablecloth, some barbecue and a pitcher of lemonade, and you’ve got a true Normal Rockwellian setti  more...

June 11, 2019

Nino’s Northern Smoke Barbecue Sauces

As a Chef, it’s always a thrill to roll up my sleeves and create special recipes for Nino’s. Going back many years now, I’ve had the opportunity to create hundreds of delicious recipes for salads, salad dressings, specialty produce, appetizers, entrees, soups, sauces, marinates, breads, des  more...

June 4, 2019

Gourmet Mayonnaise

If you’re like most people in America, odds are you have a jar (or squeeze bottle) of mayonnaise in your refrigerator right now. Not to be confused with salad dressing, mayonnaise is,quite simply, an emulsion of egg yolks and oil with an acid such as lemon juice to brighten and add flavor. As s  more...

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