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Spectacular Soft-Shell Crab.

If you have never tried soft-shell crabs in any way, shape, or form, you are missing out on a spring palate rite of passage! Recipes are plentiful this time of year but I love this particular version from MELISSA CLARK and the New York Times Cooking website.  Of course, I took some liberty, but the basic recipe is Ms. Clark’s: What you need: 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature ¾ cup arugula leaves, stems trimmed 1 tablespoon…

Bacon Brownies: Friend or Foe?

Bacon and brownies, what do you think? I ask you, "Who doesn’t like those two yummy foods?" Well my friend Kim, proprietor of The Healthy Café Food Truck in Albany, NY is our guest blogger today. Kim and crew of the Healthy Café Food Truck pull into downtown Albany each day loaded with fresh and delicious healthy food. From wraps to salads tossed with a joke or two: “If two vegetarians get into a fight, is it still called a…

Summer is on the way- Time for Pickled Red Onions

I am trying very hard to be optimistic as I sit here in jeans, Ugg slippers, and a warm sweater. It is, after all, May 3rd, and Mother Nature is really holding on tight. None-the-less, the flowers are blooming, and the deck furniture is out so let’s start thinking about grilling and summer food! Pickled red onions are spectacular. They can be used in anything from salad, to fish tacos. The acidity and texture are a welcome addition to summer…

The magic of tomatoes- Sugo all’amatriciana.

It is no secret that I love being Italian and I love to cook. Most Italian food is very simple and, in that simplicity, comes happiness to the senses. Just writing this I can smell this sauce simmering, briefly, on my stove-top. The kitchen aura created an image of my grandmother Amelia, apron around her 4’10” 205-pound frame, wet hands ready to hold my face and kiss my cheek. What I wouldn't give for that kiss just one more time.…

Empty Nest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

One little cookie is ok, right? It is snowing right now in upstate New York. I would guess there is an inch or two on my deck. Therefore, I am not grilling dinner tonight. Hmm, so what do i have for dinner? What heals a chilly evening soul? Chocolate Chip Cookies either as dinner or after dinner, depending on your mood! I previously blogged a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but it is time consuming and makes a ton of…