Pesto Sauce all Trapanese

“How much pesto can you eat?”  is a question I always ask myself around this time of year.  By the time it’s nearing the end of August, I’ve had pasta with pesto sauce one too many times.  It’s time to freeze it, so I can enjoy it again during the winter months to perk my spirits.    Then I look … Continue reading

Dandelion Frittata (Omelet)

It seems that I make one major mistake every food delivery.  I either misjudge the quantity and get enough shredded cheddar cheese to top a couple of hundred tacos or I have enough limes to keep me in margaritas for the entire summer.  Unfortunately, this means I have to use it up before it goes … Continue reading

The Famous Breaded Pork Chops

This is one of my favorite recipes, as it was given to me from a friend, along with the actual pork chops to be cooked!  Yes, she delivered the pork chops, and a delicious suggestion of how to make them.   How lucky could I get??!! I should explain the “cult following” that these pork chops … Continue reading

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