Decadence!

Date Night With Jeff-Dinner and a Movie

“If we are going to pay this much for crab it better sing and dance and introduce us to the Little Mermaid!” Tina Fey playing Claire Foster in the movie Date Night Saturday was date night so we thought it might be fun to go see the movie “Date Night” starring Steve Carell and Tina…

jewish apple cake

“Let them eat cake.” ~Marie Antoinette Good Morning everyone. Enjoy a slice of this decadent apple cake with a cup of rich, dark coffee for a sweet breakfast treat, or have a piece with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an elegant dessert. Soooo yummy and moist! Jewish Apple Cake 4 medium apples, peeled,…

60’s Beach Flicks & Coney Island “Red Hots”

“Get Happy! Get with it! Beach-Parties! Luau-Feasts! Surf-Boarding! Hula-Dancing! Have yourself a Hawaiian holiday when…’Gidget Goes Hawaiian’” ~Tag line from Gidget Goes Hawaiian I’m in the mood to watch 60’s beach flicks, and start a big batch of Coneys for dinner. I love everything about old movies. I like to watch them over and over…

Armchair Travel & Caribbean Fare

“The market ladies sell spice necklaces–garlands of cloves, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, cocoa beans, mace and nutmeg–that are irresistible. I now have them hanging all around the boat, making it smell spicy and delicious. Mangoes are in season, and literally falling off the trees–an embarrassment of mangoes, to someone from the north. We feel duty…

Simple Pleasures & Sun Tea

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” ~Oscar Wilde This time of year I usually head to the kitchen to make my coffee first thing in the morning, and while I wait for the water to boil I make a new batch of sun tea. We go through about a…

Leisa’s BLT Wrap

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” ~Doug Larson A new twist on the classic BLT! 4 large ‘wraps’ or flour tortillas 1/4 cup real mayonnaise 4 large romaine lettuce leaves 2 avocados, chopped thin slices of red or green onion 1 lb. good quality applewood…

Risotto Fritters

“Noncooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.” ~Julia Child I made risotto for the first time a few nights ago. Before this I could never really understand what all the fuss over making risotto was about. I’d had it in…

Pan Fried Provolone Chicken Cutlets with Milk Gravy

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  ~Luciano Pavarotti Pan Fried Provolone Chicken Cutlets with Milk Gravy This will either have to be cooked in two separate batches, or two separate skillets. 3 large chicken…

Firecracker Sweet Potato Wedges & Cajun Dip

“… brings to mind a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” ~Diane Ackerman This isn’t your every day sweet potato recipe. These little wedges are sweet and spicy and flavorful. Perfect with grilled steak or pork chops, or as an appetizer. The dipping sauce is…