Marlon Brando Lived Here

Here is a photo of my hometown, Libertyville, Illinois. If you walked straight ahead eventually you would come to the Liberty Theatre, where Marlon Brando was employed as an usher while still in high school. He was one of several famous people to come out of our small town, but most will say he was […]

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Food Fight! (without Belushi)

What’s more fun than watching John Belushi scream “Food Fight!!” in the movie Animal House? Or how about food fun without the calories? The answer is a serious food game for your next party, called “Foodie Fight: A Trivia Game for Serious Food Lovers.” If you scour gourmet magazines looking for the next new recipe […]

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Noel and the Arroz Con Pollo

One of my fondest memories is when a young man, Noel, from Cuba came to live with our family back in the late 1950’s. My father was a lay minister for our church, and every year the church would sponsor an individual or family from a foreign country, with the hope of offering a new […]

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Sunday’s Recipe: Basil Cream Sauce for Pasta

If you have some bottled or homemade pesto in your refrigerator, make this sauce and toss with some pasta.  It’s heavenly! Basil Cream Sauce 1/4 cup white wine2 cups heavy cream3 Tablespoons prepared pesto, homemade* or bottled1-2 cloves minced garlicSalt and freshly ground pepper to tasteHot, cooked pasta (great with fettuccine, linguine, angel hair, or […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: Springtime Pea and Peanut Salad

 Here is a refreshing pea salad for Spring with lots of crunch and color!  It’s great served with a ham. Pea and Peanut Salad 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed and drained 1 can (7 or 8 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained 1/2 cup chopped crispy-cooked bacon 1/2 cup roasted peanuts (or cashews can be substituted) […]

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The Store In Amagansett

My Bert Greene obsession continues.  If  you read one of my earlier blogs about Bert, you know I adore him and his recipes.  His first cookbook from 1974 is “The Store Cookbook,” written with Denis Vaughn.  The cookbook began as cocktail small talk on a summer afternoon in Long Island. Wouldn’t it be great to […]

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Cakes, and, Cookies, and Bars – Oh, My!

You must hurry to find this publication from Betty Crocker.  It is one of those special publications that many of the food companies display only for a certain time period.  It is called “Cakes for all Occasions,” but also includes recipes for cookies and bars.  It might be gone by the beginning of April, so […]

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The Time I Almost Had Lunch With Paul Prudhomme

I’m sure many of you recognize this cookbook and author.  Paul Prudhomme put Cajun-Style cooking on the map.  At the peak of his popularity, he was THE chef everyone wanted to meet and interview.  Back in 1986, the Chicago Tribune decided to run a contest, where they asked readers to send in a recipe for gumbo.  The […]

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