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May It Please the Palate: Banana Bread and Christmas Past

January 16, 2015

By Nick Roumel Our Christmas tree is still up (hopefully not by the time you read this). Its needles are stiff and dry, and it is stripped of ornaments. The lights and star, however, remain. It is a decaying but still poignant reminder of the season past. Like ...

May It Please the Palate: Massaged Kale Salad

January 16, 2015

The first time I saw a menu featuring a “massaged kale salad,” I thought, “I am not sure I want to eat something that has been stimulated in such a fashion.” Boy was I wrong. Massage is not just good for creaky bones and sore muscles, ...

May It Please the Palate: Bugged by Food Trends

January 16, 2015

By Nick Roumel I was checking out 2015’s predicted food trends, and practically spit out my mouthful of fried Sriracha grasshoppers. That’s because the next food craze is supposed to be insects. As reported in Time¸ the president of “food ...

May It Please the Palate ...

January 16, 2015

By Nick Roumel Baked German Potato Salad The New York Times recently featured “The United States of Thanksgiving.” They wrote, “We’ve scoured the nation for recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico).” ...

May It Please the Palate: BarScheeze

January 16, 2015

By Nick Roumel I approached the hors d’oeuvres table at the bar association table with trepidation. What was that large, oval mound of pink, slightly shimmering in the dim banquet room light? I feared it would be some sort of “pate surprise,” ...

May It Please the Palate: "Who is Peggy Lampman?"

January 16, 2015

By Nick Roumel If you know the Back Alley Gourmet in Ann Arbor, it was founded by Peggy Lampman, who ran it for 20 years before selling. Still a lively and prolific food writer, Peggy maintains her web site (dinnerFeed.com) with its lovingly tested recipes ...