Pies-n-Thighs- Brooklyn, New York

Finally! I’ve heard about Pies-n-Thighs for some time now but I never made it to Williamsburg to taste and see for myself until recently. Like most of the restaurants I have been to lately, it was very small. It was so small my cousins and I were asked to wait outside until a table was available. We had about a 25-minute wait. This…

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque- New York, NY

My #1 BBQ joint in Manhattan for brisket and beef ribs! So why am I featuring pastrami? Good question. Mighty Quinn’s just introduced a new Smoked Pastrami sandwich to their menu. As a BBQ lover, I am always asking people for suggestions on where to get good BBQ in New York City. Surprisingly, no one ever mentioned…

Salted Caramel Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust

During the holidays I set out to create a cheesecake that incorporated all my favorites; chocolate chips, brownies and salted caramel sauce. I have a basic cheesecake recipe that I use and add various ingredients to create different flavors. The recipe on the Philadelphia Cream Cheese package is a good recipe to follow for a simple cheesecake. It took two attempts at…

Sweet Revenge, New York, NY

Sweet Revenge is a small restaurant in the West Village section of Manhattan. The restaurant features a cupcake, beer & wine bar and is known for pairing wine and beer with their cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies and pies. A co-worker of mine offered to treat me to lunch. Knowing how much I love sweets and dessert, he suggested Sweet Revenge as an option. The…

Storyville American Table- Huntington, NY

Storyville American Table is located in downtown Huntington Village. Tucked away on Green Street, Storyville offers a nice ambiance with a flair of New Orleans cuisine.  The exterior is nicely lit in the evening giving it a warm appeal. This is the one place on Long Island residents can visit to get New Orleans/Cajun favorites…

City Line Bar & Grill- Albany, NY

  During my last trip to Albany, my daughter and I had dinner at City Line Bar & Grill. It was located next door to our hotel so we walked over after a long day to get a bite to eat. The place was packed inside and out. There is a deck in the back of the restaurant which was…

Cornbread Stuffing with Sage Sausage and Cranberries

This Thanksgiving I decided to change my traditional cornbread stuffing and swap out the chicken thighs for sage sausage and add dried cranberries to make it extra special. This was a big hit with my family. My son gave me the ultimate compliment when he told me he loved my stuffing and no one makes…

The Smoke Joint- Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York

  Brooklyn is becoming the BBQ hot spot in the NYC area. The Smoke Joint was featured on Season 18 of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Since my Father’s family is from Brooklyn and I have cousins there, I decided to turn my BBQ outing into a family outing and spend time with a…

Tip of the week- How to soften hard bread

Do you have bread or rolls that have gotten hard? No need to throw them away. You can warm and soften your bread and rolls by steaming them. I rarely finish all of my hamburger and hot dog rolls before they start to get hard. They are not ready for the garbage so I hate…

Crabmeat Cream Sauce with Scallops over Lobster and Eggplant Ravioli

My son Gabriel was back in the kitchen and this time he whipped up a delicious jumbo lump crab meat cream sauce with scallops. We decided to do something different with our seafood so we cooked ravioli and made a cream sauce with crab meat to go over them. I had some fresh scallops so we added them…

The Holiday Season

The holidays are approaching so you know what that means….I will be in the kitchen with Courtney and Gabe cooking up a storm. Here’s a look at some of my favorites. Of course I cannot let Thanksgiving go by without Apple and Sweet Potato pie! I always have corn pudding and mac’n’cheese on the table. And…