Nothing Says Autumn Like A Nice Apple Pie

Cinnamon Streusel Apple Pie Have at room temperature your favorite pie shell, either store bought or homemade. TOPPING 1 Cup Flour – all purpose 1/3 Cup Sugar 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar 2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon 1⁄2 Cup Butter – cold and diced Pinch of Salt PIE FILLING 2 1/2 – 3 Lbs Apples – […]

A Fresh Fig Cake

This all started with a fig tree in Castrofilippo, Sicily. Many, many years ago, my father-in-law, somehow was able to bring a small part of that Sicilian tree back home with him to New York City after a visit there. It was planted In the back yard at 321 East 48th Street. Over the years, […]

Cool Cocktail Recipe for the Dog Days of Summer

IT’S THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Several years ago when we were in Italy, on a little outdoor terrace overlooking incredible verdant hills and valleys, we escaped the heat with a delicious drink that refreshed and calmed our tired feet and bodies. We have since been able to closely remake this drink at home. However […]

Great Summer Fun and Good Eating!

BOILED CRAWFISH FOR A CROWD 16 LBS CRAWFISH – IN SHELL 12 EARS CORN – SHUCKED ½ LB CRAB BOIL OR CREOLE SEASONING 2 – 3 DOZ SMALL NEW POTATOES – SCRUBBED BUT NOT PEELED Rinse the crawfish. Bring a large pot (preferably a lobster pot or a pot with a drainer) of water to […]


2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted   Filling Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 and 1/2 cups Confectioner’s sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 14oz can crushed pineapple 2 cups whipped cream (prepared from a small carton of whipping cream) Cool Whip, or Dream Whip – can […]

Vacation Schedule 2017

Days are longer, weather is warmer, school is out, summer is here and the grandchildren are asking how long before we go to the beach. Olivia, just turning 4, can’t wait for her “sleepover” with all her cousins. That being said, we have booked our annual family beach vacation and we will gather, again, at […]

My Dad and why I Love Baseball

I’ve been a baseball fan since I was in grade school, maybe even before that, but I do remember telling my first grade teacher, Sister Michael, that I had been to a baseball game that previous Sunday and that was why I had a suntan. My love for the game was born early on because […]

Red Skelton Pledge of Allegiance

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: I: Me, an individual, a committee of one. PLEDGE: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity. ALLEGIANCE: My love and my devotion. TO THE FLAG: Our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there’s respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that […]

Fresh Tomato Pie

When tomatoes are running wild in your garden, try this for a tasty treat: Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 ¼ cups cherry tomatoes – cut in half length-wise ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided 7 large eggs, at room temperature 1/3 cup heavy cream – best at room temperature ½ cup basil leaves – […]

Mother’s Day Recipe

FRENCH TOAST BAKE 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick) 1 cup brown sugar 1 loaf of thickly sliced bread 4 eggs 11/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Powdered sugar for sprinkling Cinnamon for sprinkling Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar – stir till mixed. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 […]