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…

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…

Smoque BBQ-Chicago, Illinois

I visited Smoque BBQ for an afternoon lunch while in Chicago with Steve. Smoque had been listed in an article as one of the top BBQ places to visit in Chicago. The brisket was the main attraction. We wanted to see if it lived up to its reputation. In my opinion, Smoque is good if you want…

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer- New York City, NY

A colleague of mine recommended Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer to me because of their amazing milkshakes. These shakes are not just your ordinary milkshake. They are huge, deliciously decorated and tons of fun to eat and drink. While I was eating my entrée, I could not stop myself from watching the staff as…

Eggplant Rollatini

This week I tried my hand at Eggplant Rollatini. I still had several eggplants in my refrigerator that I needed to cook. I didn’t follow a recipe. I cooked everything by sight and taste. I started by slicing the eggplant lengthwise. I beat a couple of eggs in a bowl in which I dipped the…

Coccadott’s Cake Shop- Albany, NY

While dropping my son off at college, I decided to see if the Food Network had featured any restaurants or bakeries in the area. I came across Coccadott’s Cake Shop, finalist on Cupcake Wars. With great anticipation, my daughter and I made sure to pay them a visit before heading home. We bought a dozen…

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen-Brooklyn, New York

Carla Hall, celebrity chef from “The Chew”, opened “Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen” in Brooklyn. She has a small quaint corner location near the water. The restaurant was much smaller than I anticipated but it has quite a bit of charm. It seems to be more of a take-out restaurant due to its size. There are…

Creamy Tomato 3 Cheese Cellentani

This year I grew my own eggplant for the first time. I had an abundance of it so I needed to come up with creative ways to cook it. I decided to cube and sauté the eggplant and add it to a creamy tomato sauce with 3 cheeses, heavy cream, sausage, baby spinach, garlic, basil,…

Mom’s Chicken and Peaches

Growing up one of my favorite dinners was Chicken and Peaches. I know it may sound strange but the combination of fried chicken smothered in peaches with heavy syrup served over rice is delectable. My mother would make some delicious fried chicken and then pour canned peaches over it and let it bake in the…

Hill Country Barbecue Market- New York City, New York

Hill Country was always one of my favorite places for BBQ in New York. I hadn’t been in two years so I decided to give it a try after work with one of my friends. I had fond memories of their juicy mouthwatering brisket so I was hoping I would not be disappointed this trip….