Author Archives: Michele Humlan

About Michele Humlan

Welcome to River City Good Eats, a blog with recipes and cooking tips emphasizing seasonal ingredients and regional delights. Since making my first scratch cake at age eight, I have been enamored with cooking and all things food.

sesame shrimp burgers

Sesame Shrimp Burgers

august 4, 2021

sesame shrimp burgers

Burgers can be made from just about anything that holds together. We think of beef, turkey and black bean, but seafood makes a tasty sandwich, too. These Sesame Shrimp Burgers remind me of all the shrimp toasts I enjoyed in my student days. My Sesame Shrimp Toasts have a similar flavor and crunch from water chestnuts. Continue reading

Blueberry Lemon Pudding Cake

july 20, 2021

bowl of blueberry lemon pudding cake

Julia Child introduced us to clafoutis, the fruit dessert that is both cakelike and soft as pudding. The easy method to this dessert lends itself to employing all manner of seasonal fruits.Like stone fruits in Nectarine Almond Cake. Blueberries are plump and sweet this summer, so let’s get to baking. Continue reading

bacon tomato potato salad

Bacon Tomato Potato Salad

july 6, 2021

bacon tomato potato salad

Normal kids ate sandwiches for lunch during summer vacation. This kid scrounged around for ingredients in the family kitchen. Then I moseyed out to the back garden for ripe tomato and  cooked up this Bacon Tomato Potato Salad. Continue reading

closeup of beyond meat stuffed shells

Beyond Meat Stuffed Shells

june 15, 2021

closeup of beyond meat stuffed shells

Last week I pulled some chili from the freezer for a desperation dinner (nothing fresh and no desire for carryout). The chili had several types of beans and vegetables and Beyond Meat burger crumbles. It occurred to me that not one soul could have noted the difference between the plant based meat and the real thing. It’s that good. Continue reading

slice of rhubarb poppyseed cake

Rhubarb Poppy Seed Cake

june 1, 2021

slice of rhubarb poppyseed cake

Homemade cakes got extra attention when I was growing up. We were a dessert family; store bought cakes showed up occasionally, but when mom made her own, we felt the love. Even when the cakes were lopsided, partially frosted or just plain plain, they were always better than anything we purchased. Continue reading

closeup basil caesar dressing

Basil Caesar Dressing

may 19, 2021

closeup basil caesar dressing

 

The first tender basil leaves taste like summer. Basil finds its way into many a spring and summer meal, like with Basil Buttermilk Soup and Coconut Basil Lemonade . This Basil Caesar Dressing is one way to stretch the basil enjoyment all season long. It keeps well in the fridge for several weeks and a little dollop goes a long way. Continue reading

strawberry shrub gin cocktail

Strawberry Shrub Gin Cocktail

may 5, 2021

strawberry shrub gin cocktail

Strawberries are in season. It’s time to add them to salads, desserts, breads and beverages. This Strawberry Shrub Gin Cocktail has the makings of a tasty mocktail with just the shrub base. Add to gin or a favorite spirit for a delightful seasonal cocktail to start your outdoor entertaining. Continue reading

asparagus burrata salad

Asparagus Burrata Salad

april 21, 2021

asparagus burrata salad

 

Cooking is my passion and my life. Even so, if you offered me a no-cook recipe, I am all in. Even in the dead of winter I’ve been known to eat homemade soup straight from the fridge, lazybones that I am when it comes to hunger versus effort. Today’s recipe for Asparagus Burrata Salad, with its base of bright and tart turmeric hummus, is for those days when you want fancy without the heat of the stove. Continue reading

Turkey Apple Meatloaf

april 6, 2021

Add some veggies like Garlicky Kale and Carrots for balance to your meatloaf and mashed potatoes meal.

Ask me about my favorite meal. You’ll guess something exotic or fancy, but your guess would be wrong. I adore meatloaf and mashed potatoes, my ultimate comfort meal. Today’s Turkey Apple Meatloaf, with its glaze of apple butter and dijon mustard, is easy yet a tiny bit fancy. Continue reading

clementine honey iced tea

Clementine Honey Iced Tea

march 23, 2021

clementine honey iced tea

 

I want to break my dependence on single serving beverages. I get thirsty when I’m running errands so I  grab an iced tea at the store.  Aluminum cans and glass bottles are more readily recyclable than plastics, which I try to avoid, but I’m still contributing small containers to the huge pool of Things That Must Be Recycled. Most iced tea brands use plastic packaging; many recent articles inform us that only a small fraction of plastics are actually recycled and repurposed. Continue reading