Decadence!

Cooking With the French Impressionists

“I was thrilled to sit at one of the tables where the master had eaten his lunch and dinner. I was aware that he had been everywhere in this room.” ~Alexandra Stoddard Gracious Living in a New World This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I love using recipes from books that add meaning to…

Sir William Baffin & Rose Miel

“I’ll never forget the first time we saw our Victorian cottage. We knew we were home the minute we walked through the front door. When we stepped out the back door and saw the rose bushes we just knew the house was blessed.” ~Melissa Placzek Welcome Home 2004 The first time we saw our house…

mushroom crostini

“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 This is a nice appetizer to make for company… Baby Bella Crostini (serves 4) 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced 4 slices good quality,…

Pear Gorgonzola Bacon Pizza

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” ~Elsa Schiaparelli Pear Gorgonzola Bacon Pizza This pizza is lovely when paired with a good Chardonnay or Riesling. Preheat oven to 425 degrees 20 oz. pizza dough (the refrigerated kind is fine for this recipe) a little extra virgin olive oil and Italian seasoning 2…

Grilled Fish Tacos

“South of the border, down Mexico way. That’s where I fell in love where stars above, came out to play. And now as I wonder, my thoughts ever stray. South of the border, down Mexico way…” ~Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr We first enjoyed fish tacos while vacationing in Maui. There’s a great little Mexican…

Horchata

“You’d remember drinkin’ horchata You’d still enjoy it with your foot on masada Winter’s cold is too much to handle Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals Here comes a feeling you thought you’d forgotten Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on Ooh you had it but oh no you lost it Lookin’ back…

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,…

coney island hot dogs

Invite your friends and family over for game day or to watch a beach flick, and serve Coney Island Hot Dogs… also known as “Red Hots.” These are such a crowd pleaser and they’re so easy to make! Be prepared to share this recipe with your guests. There are never any leftovers. This can easily…

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…