At Home: July 4, 2019

July 5, 2019

Just the two of us.  Temps in the 80’s (“Rozy weather”!).  Lunch on the patio.

At Home:  July 4, 2019

Watermelon Gazpacho

At Home:  July 4, 2019

Hebrew National Franks

At Home:  July 4, 2019

At Home:  July 4, 2019

Batampte Sour Kraut, Pickle & Pickled Tomato

At Home:  July 4, 2019

Homemade Cole Slaw

At Home:  July 4, 2019

Busch’s Vegetarian Baked Beans

Michael had one frank in a brioche roll (he started eating it before I snapped this photo) and a second frank without a roll. Both with mustard and sour kraut, of course.

At Home:  July 4, 2019

I had one frank without a roll.  Mustard and sour kraut, of course.

At Home:  July 4, 2019

At Home:  July 4, 2019

I didn’t have dessert, but Michael had ice cream.

At Home:  July 4, 2019

Breyer’s Vanilla

Note that in honor of the occasion, Michael switched his watch band to one with appropriate colors.

Happy Birthday, Jen!

June 22, 2019



June 21, 2019

Summer solstice 2019 arrived today at 11:54 a.m. I’ve never made it a secret that summer is my favorite season.

Father’s Day 2019

June 16, 2019

Jen's Father's Day Card 2019

Jen drew and painted this card for Michael.

Obviously, he’s a baseball fan. Born in Brooklyn, he grew up rooting for the Dodgers, spending many wonderful times at Ebbett’s Field watching his beloved team. (You very young whippersnappers may not know that the Dodgers originated in Brooklyn.) When, in 1957, they upped and moved to L.A., he was heartbroken. And pissed. So he moved his allegiance to the Dodgers’ hated rivals, the Yankees. However, I describe him as a fair-weather Yankee fan. That is, he’s a fan only when they’re winning.

Happy Father’s Day, Michael!

It’s Our Anniversary!

June 8, 2019

51 Years and counting….

At Home 2019: Memorial Day Weekend

June 5, 2019


At Home 2019: Memorial Day Weekend

Umbrella’s Up!

Our tradition is to hoist it on Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer, and the official start of al fresco dining on our patio.


At Home 2019: Memorial Day Weekend

Grilled Kosher Frank

Toasted Brioche Bun, Deli Mustard, Sour Kraut

Regulars to this blog know that chez nous, hot dog season starts Memorial Day Weekend and ends on Labor Day. We had the usual accompaniments: Busch’s Vegetarian Baked Beans, homemade coleslaw, and pickles.


At Home 2019: Memorial Day Weekend


At Home 2019: Memorial Day Weekend

Norwegian Salmon with Sour Cream, Lemon & Dill Sauce

Grilled Red Bliss Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus with Lemon Butter

The temperature was in the high 80’s, an unusually warm day for the end of May, so we decided to have a light meal.


At Home 2019: Memorial Day Weekend

Grilled Eggplant “Sandwich”

Grilled Red Onion, Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese

At Home 2019: Memorial Day Weekend

Lamb Chops

The eggplant “sandwich” was our appetizer. Sides with the lamb were potatoes and broccoli both cooked on the grill.

We’re coming into my favorite season: Summer! Looking forward to many meals on our patio during the next few months.

At Home 2019: Pat LaFrieda Burgers

May 24, 2019

Some restaurants in NYC grind their own burger meat mixtures. However, many restaurants in NYC use the Pat LaFrieda company, considered the crème de la crème, to supply their burger meat. In fact, there are chefs for whom La Frieda makes special burger blends. For example, Michael White worked with LaFrieda to design a particular blend for the “White Label” burger served at White’s upscale Vaucluse and Ai Fiori.

So, imagine my surprise and delight when a few weeks ago I opened my Marlboro ShopRite flyer and discovered that they were selling Pat LaFrieda burgers! And on sale! $7.99 for a pound-and-a-half of LaFrieda’s Original Blend – chuck, brisket, and short rib. So, off I immediately went to get me some. Unfortunately, they were out of them. Since we were heading into the city for a few days and wouldn’t be back until the next week, I got a rain check. The following week, when I got the burgers, I discovered that the rain check saved me $1. Even at the regular price of $8.99, that’s still far cheaper than purchasing directly from LaFrieda via their website (which I’ve thought about doing but never have).

At Home 2019

We love burgers on a brioche bun.  Whole Foods carries them.

At Home 2019

I reformed the four 6-ounce burgers into six 4-ounce burgers – the weight we prefer — and made them thicker. Used two and froze the rest. Sprinkled the burgers with kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper. Cooked them on the outdoor grill and toasted the buns. Michael likes his burger plain with a slice of raw onion. I always have some sweet onions in the frig. Now, it’s Vidalia season. My burger of choice is a cheeseburger, so I topped mine with Gruyère, which I always have on hand. Preferring my onion cooked, I oiled a slice, wrapped it in tin foil, and put it on the grill. The assembled burgers had the onions on the bottom and were topped with ketchup. And, yes, there were homemade crinkle-cut fries and a pickle.

At Home 2019

Michael’s Burger

At Home 2019

My Cheeseburger

At Home 2019

Perfectly Medium Rare!

These burgers were seriously delicious! Juicy with superb flavor. Exactly what’s expected from a Pat LaFrieda burger.

Mother’s Day 2019

May 13, 2019

I avoid going to restaurants on Mother’s Day. In fact, we’re usually at home in NJ and don’t do anything special. However, since we were in the city, we went up to Jen and Louis’s apartment for dinner. A few days before, she and I settled on what she would serve. The repast was arranged buffet style on the kitchen counter. We helped ourselves to cold meats, cheeses, olives, hummus, bread and crackers all of which she brought in from one of the food shops near their apartment. There was one hot dish which she made, sautéed zucchini chunks.

Louis was in charge of dessert. Vanilla ice cream came from the nearby Van Leeuwen shop and, because he is gluten-intolerant, a variety of cupcakes from By the Way Bakery. All their baked goods are gluten-free (as well as kosher and vegan).

I didn’t bring my camera and hadn’t intended to take any photos (so no photo of the buffet), but everyone insisted that I take one of the cupcakes with my iPhone.

Mother’s Day 2019: Cupcakes

Everything was delicious.  And it was, as always, lovely spending time with Jen and Louis. If I’m going to celebrate Mother’s Day, this is the perfect way to do so.

Happy Anniversary, Jen and Louis!

May 10, 2019


May 10, 2008

Dining Out: January – April 2019

May 3, 2019

(As I noted in my last Dining Out post, health issues I’ve been dealing with forced us to cut back on dining out. Happily, in February, we were able to resume going out to eat. For this Dining Out report, I’ve changed from three months to four.)

Il Nido Ristorante

New York City
Union Square Café

New York City
The Modern Dining Room

New Jersey
Pete & Elda’s
Jersey Shore BBQ East Brunswick

New York City
Simon & the Whale
Empellon Al Pastor
Paul Liebrandt at the Chefs Club
The NoMad Bar Sunday Roast

Covina (Brunch Menu)

New Jersey
Il Nido
Nettie’s House of Spaghetti
Heirloom Kitchen
Rumson House

Jersey Shore BBQ East Brunswick
Namli Mediterranean & Turkish Cuisine
Salsa Latina

New York City
Simon & the Whale
Le Coucou
Crown Shy
Gabriel Kreuther
Kellari Taverna
Union Square Café
Oceana (Passover)
Café Boulud (Passover)

Blue Smoke
Café Boulud
Del Posto
Great Northern Food Hall: The Bar

New Jersey
Le Rendez-Vous Bistro

Shore Fresh Seafood

All the photo sets can be seen on my Flickr here.