Category Archives: Recipes

Bob’s Amazing Margarita

Refreshing, icey cold, sweet-sour Margaritas are the perfect summer drink. My husband Bob Wilson has perfected a recipe that is sure to be a pleaser. Please note this recipe only serves one but who can stop there? Continue reading

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Easy Candied Pecan, Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

This is a simple and delicious summer salad and a great way to use up any extra pecans in the cabinet! Continue reading

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Zabar’s Black & White (Yin-Yang) Cookies

Despite these days of instant gratification via the internet, many of us still love our cookbooks. One of my favorite cookbooks is “New York Cookbook: From Pelham Bay to Park Avenue, Firehouses to Four-Star Restaurants” by Molly O’Neill. It is chock filled with New York stories and personality. In every NY or NJ deli you will find a Yin-Yang or Black ‘n White cookie. This recipe comes from Zabar’s and is in the NY Cookbook. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Bang Bang Fish

This is my rendition of the Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer that everyone raves over. The outside of the fish is crispy even with the sauce, while the fish is tender and moist. Continue reading

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Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Don’t you love when you find a dish that is a surprise? I would have never thought to grill Romaine lettuce however I was served this as the prelude to a delicious meal at the Venice Café and immediately had to figure out a way to duplicate it. Continue reading

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Reflections on Thanksgiving in a New Place

Holidays are for spending with family and friends however when one has moved far away there are only two choices – travel to be with the ones you love or stay home and make the best of it. Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie (aka Cottage Pie)

My shepherd’s pie recipe was just something I whipped up and it has gone viral. I’ve had tons of visits to my blog just to view this recipe. It’s a perfect cool weather dish. Comfort food at its best (if I do say so myself!). Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves and The BEST Lasagna

Cooler weather seems to call for hot comfort food and what is possibly more comforting than lasagna? This is a hearty meal – filled with meat and 3 types of cheese. My family considers this to be the best lasagna and I think you will agree! Continue reading

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Eat Local, Eat Fresh – Two Summer Salads

I don’t have many salad recipes. A salad is something I just whip together out of whatever I have on hand. These two salads are standbys in my home. We love the sharp bite of fresh lemon juice, the aroma and taste of extra virgin olive oil, and most of all the “close your eyes and sigh with pleasure” taste bud pleasure of local garden grown vegetables. Both salads are quick to fix and serve and are good for either casual or fancy meals.
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Honoring Family Traditions and Holidays – Scalloped (aka Au Gratin) Potatoes

Once we built the house our immediate family had a tradition of coming up to Maine for Easter and Thanksgiving holidays. As you’ve no doubt discerned, we love to eat foods from many cultures and our festivities weren’t always accompanied by the “turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas” type offerings. In fact we typically would serve lobster and steak for Thanksgiving in Maine. But no matter how we digressed from the all American offerings, I think my family would have boycotted the meals if I didn’t have scalloped potatoes on the menu. Continue reading

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In the Mood for Baking? Try Apple Banana Walnut Bread

I always have a bowl of fruit on my dining table. Last night I noticed a couple of bananas and apples were getting over ripe. That gave me the idea to do a bit of baking after church today. I’m not much into sweet breads with the exception of Apple Banana Walnut Bread. I made two loaves – one for us and the other for a neighbor who has been friendly. What better way to get to know someone than to knock on their door with a freshly made sweet bread in hand?

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The BEST Grilled Salmon

This is the best grilled salmon recipe I’ve ever had. Even people who don’t like fish love it served this way. This is a very easy recipe but it does take some advance planning so that you have time to marinade the salmon for at least an hour. It can be marinated longer if you wish, but I find it you marinade it for over two hours the salmon is too sweet. Continue reading

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Real Men Do Eat Chorizo Quiche (at least in Florida)

We’ve finally settled into Nokomis, Florida and I am inspired to cook again. This evening I decided to mix a couple of cultures – French and Mexican – and created a Chorizo Quiche for dinner. The spicy chorizo blends perfectly with the egg and cheese. Continue reading

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Seafood Newburg (Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp or All Three)

Want a rich and creamy yet super easy recipe for seafood? This one is absolutely delicious! It can be served in a puff pastry (traditional) or with rice, fettuccine or mashed potatoes. I recently made it with leftover lobster (one of the joys of living on Deer Isle, Maine) and shrimp but don’t let this limit you. It’s great with one of the seafoods (lobster, shrimp or scallops) or any mixture therein. Continue reading

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Albondigas No Te Dije? (Meatballs didn’t I tell you?)

Albondigas tapas are little bite-sized meatballs. I serve them in a tomato sauce and accompany them with a hot crusty loaf of bread. Albondigas arent’ difficult to make however there are a few steps. You can make and freeze the meatballs cooked or uncooked for later. They are terrific the first day but even better the second.
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Mojitos – Refreshing and Delicious

Mojitos are a refreshing blend of lime juice, mint, rum, and a sparkling water. Like all recipes, they are subject to interpretation. The classic mojito is made with white rum however I have seen dark rum as well as fruit flavored rums (mango, mandarin, etc.) and even vodka used.

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Quintessential Tapas – Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)

Tortilla Espanola roughly translates into Spanish omelet. It is one of the mainstays in my cooking repetoire. One can hardly go wrong with a dish that calls for potatoes and eggs! I am told that in Spain one can go to a bar and order drinks and the tapas are free. Tapas (or appetizers) can be a variety of things but frequently tortilla Espanola is on the menu.
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My Favorite Tapas – Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic)

The word “tapas” means a cover and it is said that it derives from Spaniards who wanted to protect their beverages from the flies so they would cover them with a bit of bread. Today we use the word to describe appetizers or morsels served with sangria, beer, mojitos, or the beverage of your choice. I like to order a bit of this and a bit of that but my favorite is gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic).
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Cheddar-Chives Scones

I love scones. When we lived in Westwood, NJ there was a scone shop in town and I was introduced to a variety of scones that could easily accompany a soup and salad type lunch. This is a delicious, fluffy, savory scone recipe that can be served for breakfast or any meal. They are deceptively easy to make and you are guaranteed rave reviews. If you prefer, you may substitute other herbs for chives. I’ve heard of people adding rosemary or basil. Others like to add some crumbled bacon to the mixture. I don’t think you can go wrong as long as you use high quality cheese.

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Mango Smoothie

Who can resist the sweet tropical taste of mango? We are all being encouraged to eat at least 3-4 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. This is a refreshing smoothie, perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack and a great way to include a fruit into your diet. Children and adults love smoothies and it’s chock filled with vitamins. I never add ice cream to a smoothie but do add yogurt. Mango and yogurt are the makings of the traditional Indian lassi.

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