Pignoli (Pine Nuts) Cookies

There’s two day left for Holiday cookies, and these are quick and easy.  Actually, I don’t need a holiday to enjoy these cookies.  I make them all throughout the year.  They remind me more of Sunday dinners, rather than Christmas or New Year’s.  You could always count on a relative to bring an assortment of … Continue reading

Manhattan Cocktail (Holiday Lifesaver)

I have a bit of guilt this Holiday Season for not posting any recipes for cookies, sweets or family traditional dishes.  But heck, I’ve decided to post the most important recipe to me. Yes, it’s an alcoholic drink,  And yes, I need this to get through it all.  After a day of shopping, a Manhattan … Continue reading

Maida Heatter’s East 62nd Street Lemon Cake

Last week, the food world was all a buzz about the death of Maida Heatter, cookbook writer and “queen of cake.”   She was 102 years old.  I was intrigued by her obituary, and her notoriety in the world of baking.  I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of her.   I’d never heard … Continue reading

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Long before chia seeds became known for being a super food, they were marketed as chia pets. All you had to do was plant the seeds in a clay figurine, water it and it would grow. When my kids were young they would sing the song, “chi chi chi chia,” as this was the theme … Continue reading

Vodka Cucumber Smash

Still no kitchen! So what am I cooking tonight? Vodka Cucumber Smash. There’s not much back story to this recipe, and frankly, at this point, who needs a story??!! I need my kitchen back. With my kitchen in turmoil, I’m like a fish out of water. I know it won’t be too much longer, but … Continue reading

Grilled Swordfish with Mint and Balsamic

This is a favorite summertime, grilled recipe that I have also adapted to indoor cooking because I needed to enjoy this wonderful dish all year round. I have to admit that it is best when the fish is lightly charred from the grill, but this marinade can transform a broiled piece of fish in minutes. … Continue reading

Mediterranean Cod with Olives

Happy 2016!  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and are now ready to repent by making the number one New Year’s resolution to change all your eating habits and get healthy! This always makes me laugh. Why must we make this resolution year after year? Why must we be tormented with advertisements from … Continue reading

Peppers and Eggs Sandwiches

Since we’re on the topic of delicious sweet peppers (last week’s blog), I simply had to blog my favorite sandwich of all-time. I don’t even know where to start with this “love of my life” sandwich. It all began when I was a young girl, maybe eight years old or so. In the summer, my … Continue reading

Eggs in Gravy (Eggs In Purgatory)

Eggs in Gravy, as we used to call it, was a usual Friday night meatless meal in our family growing up, especially during Lenten season.  I believe it is now commonly referred to as Eggs in Purgatory.  That definitely sounds more religious.  I forget about this dish all year long, but as soon as Lent begins, … Continue reading