Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto

When I look at my herb garden on the deck, I can’t help but be saddened at the passing of summer.  A few plants are still hearty, but others are slowly turning yellow and brown, soon to be a thing of the past.  The heartiest by far is the mint.  The mint struggled all summer … Continue reading

Stuffed Squash (Zucchini or Cocuzza?)

At this time of year, you’ll see a plethora of extra large zucchini at your farmer’s market or even in some supermarkets. I’m always happy to see these large, green squash because I immediately think about stuffing them.   It was just about this time of year, many decades ago, when our neighbors, the Sandersons, would … Continue reading

Flank Steak a la Sous Vide

I hope everyone is enjoying a summer full of barbeques and picnics with friends and family. We recently decided to spend a weekend at our house in Windham, New York, in the Catskills, to enjoy the mountains, and of course barbeque.  I was very happy to have some family joining us for the weekend, who … Continue reading

Veal Marsala

Veal Marsala was one of the first fancy veal dishes that I added to my repertoire of “company worthy meals” as a young, home cook. It scared me at first, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the Marsala wine that seemed exotic to me at the time. Now, I consider this a very … Continue reading

Sausage and Peppers

Who doesn’t love a big, greasy sausage and peppers sandwich on an Italian roll? Well, me for one.   While others sigh as they bite into an oil-soaked, crusty roll, making sure they get a piece of sausage and some peppers and onions in each bite, I look on in wonderment. How many sausage and peppers … Continue reading

September Brisket

September signifies a new year to me. It is a new academic year for students and teachers. It’s a new year for families, with summer vacations behind them, they settle back into routines and look toward the future.   For me, it has always meant the return to schedules…… packing school lunches, driving to school and … Continue reading

Liver with Onions and Bacon

How can a recipe for liver hold fond memories? For me, it does. As odd as it may seem, I vividly recall how happy I was each time liver was for dinner. It was sort of a treat, if you can deem that possible. Perhaps it was the way in which my mother prepared it … Continue reading

Diane’s Ginger Pot Roast

I recently saw the movie “One Hundred Foot Journey,” and smiled when I heard the lead character, who was brought up cooking with his mother in a family restaurant in India say,  “food is memories.” I couldn’t agree more. That has been the main idea behind this blog. With each recipe or aroma, I have … Continue reading

Veal Roast (An Evolution)

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, roasts were a common dinner selection for most moms.   They certainly were easy. All you had to do was throw them in the oven and not think about them for a few hours.   Well, at least that’s how my mom cooked a roast. Oh yes, she’d throw some … Continue reading

Barefoot Barbecued Pork Tenderloins

Is it possible that Labor Day is less then a week away?   As the days start to get shorter,  I can’t help but ask myself, “Did I grill enough?”  I do admit to shoveling a path through the snow to my grill all winter long, but there’s nothing like sitting on the deck, with … Continue reading