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Pair leftover eggs with holiday ham for imaginative dinners all week

Adding ham and horseradish to the filling ignites a tasty spark in what was once deviled eggs. Kate Lawson / The Detroit News

Go beyond ham sandwiches and soups to try a variation on a deviled egg using cooked ham, make edible ham cups for your next brunch or enjoy ham and egg pizzas or empanadas for a weekend lunch. More

2014 is the year of the egg

Topping with an egg to finish off a dish, like with this Middle Eastern squash, is one of the trends pushing eggs to be a big deal in 2014. Matthew Mead / AP

Eggs are showing up fried on burgers, baked atop casseroles and poached on pasta. Any time has become egg time as this versatile ingredient has gone far beyond breakfast. More

Chef shows off the beauty and benefits of chocolate in cheesecake

Espresso powder enhances this dessert. Rattlesnake Club

Executive Chef Chris Franz of the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit has created the ideal dessert in the spirit of celebrating dark chocolate for health, Easter — or anytime for that matter: dark chocolate cheesecake. More

Good Stuff: Graters, doughnuts, Earth Day cocktail

Each super-sharp, stainless steel grater comes in a collapsible colorful container for easy storage. Kuhn Rikon

Super-sharp new graters, a greener cocktail for Tuesday's Earth Day and a new doughnut shop with 19 different glazes and 14 different toppings for design-your-own treat fun. More

Metro Detroit food calendar

Classes on spring brunch, wok dishes, bistro classics, kids cooking, plus wine events, last of the Lenten fish fries, a soul food celebration and more. More

Sweet Potato Fries — good to eat and good for you

These sweet potato fries are cooked in a lot less oil than the twice-fried version Americans eat most often. Dan Goldberg and Ron Hamad

Sweet potato fries are a great alternative to regular potato fries because they are packed with vitamins and minerals. A healthier alternative is to roast the fries in the oven with just oil coating the potatoes. More

Passover-friendly sliders are quick, easy, delicious

Chicken fat, duck fat or extra-virgin olive oil can flavor these bun-less sliders, which are coated in matzo and go great with sweet potato fries. Matthew Mead / AP

For a quick easy meal during Passover, which continues through Tuesday, try these sliders. These bun-less burgers are dipped in beaten eggs, coated with seasoned matzo meal and fried in either olive oil, Passover margarine or, for the absolute best flavor, chicken or duck fat. More

Try a more traditional hot cross bun

Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, hot cross buns were once great yeasty yellow buns, highly spiced and chock-full of candied fruits and raisins — very different from today's common bakery offerings. Here is a more traditional recipe. More

A healthy roast bird helps welcome season

The chicken's own juices help to flavor its herb sauce. Matthew Mead / AP

Our spring feasts — often centered around Passover and Easter — typically call for a center-of-the-plate star like brisket or lamb. For a lighter alternative, how about this Simple Roast Chicken with Fresh Herb Sauce. More

Celebrate spring with the lovely leafy salad greens of the season

Tender, sweet spring leaves, tart, crunchy Granny Smith apples and the gently licorice flavor of crisp fennel combine for a significant salad that's a symphony of textures, delivering the cheering taste of spring in every bite. More

Let's Talk Food: What are your favorite road trip munchies?

It's hard to tell whether I took this picture of some of our road-trip goodies to accompany this article, for the memories — or as a visual check-off list for next time. Maureen Tisdale

Last week I returned from a road trip with my husband and our 22-month-old, and realized most of what I packed and dealt with throughout the trip was food — snacks and meals for the car, rest-stop picnics and hotel-room dinners. More

The classic macaroon gets a makeover just in time for Passover

Use a blender to make Ginger-Coriander Macaroons. Alice Gao / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The dense, moist chew is a particular Passover favorite because it has no flour for leavening; given its texture by egg whites, macaroons and can be enjoyed during the eight-day Jewish festival, which begins Tuesday. More

Two-potato latkes help celebrate happy days

Cooking up Sweet Russet Latkes will help to bring out the spring in pork. Kate Lawson / The Detroit News

A russet potato does an admirable job of adding another layer of flavor and texture to latkes featuring a sweet potato too. With Passover on the horizon, you could make these using matzoh in place of the flour. More

Chef Keith Hayes shares a sweet soup he makes at home

Keith Hayes suggests sweet potato soup, Cajun-style rack of lamb, vegetable rice pilaf, roasted asparagus, garden salad and peach cobbler. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

For a first course in your Easter meal, (or any occasion), Chef Keith Hayes of Southern Nosh recommends serving sweet potato curry soup. Here's how to make it (including a vegan variation), plus more on Hayes and his family. More

Good Stuff: Organic produce, Grapples and an onion tip

Grapples are not genetically altered in any way, therefore not a GMO product. Grapple

Door to Door Organics in Livonia delivers fresh, organic produce to your home, Grapples safely mash up apples and grapes, and how to alleviate onions' strong flavor. More

Metro Detroit Food Calendar

Attend a cooking demo at Nino Salvaggion, hook up with a church fish fry, celebrate Spaghetti Day and more. More

Give chili-rubbed steaks a shot of maple bourbon butter

Chili-Rubbed Steak with Maple-Bourbon Butter has a variety of flavors. Emma Christensen

Steak is not a common in our house, so my husband and I get giddy when we find an excuse to put it on the shopping list. In a particular fit of giddiness, I decided to go all out with these steaks. More

How do you handle an oven whose temp is off?

If the temperature is lower than the setting on the dial indicates, you should increase the temperature. Consider getting an oven gauge. More

U.S. bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs; Mich. farmers worried

Iowa farmer Craig Rowles tried to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to his farm, but it still killed 13,000 animals. Charlie Neibergall / AP

A virus that has killed millions of baby pigs in the U.S. in less than a year has Michigan farmers concerned and working to minimize its impact. More

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