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The Social Security Birthday – and a Four-Day Birthday Weekend

One of the [many] fun things about being retired, is I can take a 4-day birthday weekend and not have to use vacation days! We get to just go. Well… after arranging the Nonna-Sitter, and all… but, you get the idea. It’s totally liberating to ...

salads with steaks, beets, and peppers.

First Tomato From the Garden

Finally. Our first tomato has arrived! Well – the first we could eat, that is… Critters have gotten to a few of the ripe low-hangers. It’s kinda what the hell – they need to eat, too. The plants are really full of green ones – and...

shrimp and lentils

Lentils and Shrimp

Tonight we’re blending cultures from Ethiopia and the Persian Gulf using the spice blends Berb...

Chicken and Peaches

Chicken and Peaches

Leftover chicken is a luxury – in a matter of minutes, dinner can be on the table. And when it...

spatchcocked chicken

Spatchcocked Chicken

Tonight’s dinner is brought to you by the Food Section of the New York Times. I’m a NY T...

Limoncello

Limoncello

When life hands you lemons, it’s time to make Limoncello! As we all must surely know by now, L...

fig sauce

Fresh Figs

Fresh figs have arrived – and my tummy is smiling! I picked up a small container of them, yest...

South of the Wall Sandwiches

Back in the late ’80s or early ’90s, I subscribed to Eating Well magazine. I was working...

burgers

Burgers

I’ve never been a goal-maker. I don’t even have a bucket list. Yes, there are things tha...

Ratatouille

Ratatouille From The Garden

We have achieved vegetables! Not a whole lot, but the zucchini and eggplant are looking good. Well&#...

Summer Salads

Salads and Sore Muscles

Today was our first actual workout day at the gym. Other than some sore leg muscles, I’m feeli...

focaccia

Focaccia alla Molisana

Here’s one from Mary Ann Esposito – another of my favorite Italian chefs. Her show, Ciao...

Cocotte Burger

Put An Egg On It

I receive a couple of different food and recipe emails during the week – one of which comes fr...

Dried Pepper Hot Sauce

When I was at Gentile’s, yesterday, I saw a bunch of dried peppers hanging by the register. My...