My 1st Key Lime Pie

And then I turned to the Desserts section of my “Pulitzer Cookbook” to finally create a 1978 NY Times recipe for Key Lime Pie. I was a little shocked as I was creating it as this recipe calls for 5 egg yolks and condensed milk with some lime juice mixed in. The meringue top half is 5 egg white and … Read More

The Famous Pulitzer Enchiladas

Well, after about 20 years of sitting in my famous 3-ring binder “Pulitzer’s Cookbook,” I pulled out our beloved Cheese Enchilada recipe from “Country Folk” newspaper. After about two days and many trips to the grocery store, I finished them. Of course, I once again goofed on my measurements and put in 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper instead of 2 … Read More

Black Bean & Zucchini Pancakes

In July 2000 Shape Magazine had a recipe for “Black-Bean and Zucchini Pancakes” that I have been meaning to make. I finally did! And it was worth the wait. The only things that added time to the whole preparation was having to roast the garlic and I didn’t have salsa at home so I ended up making it from scratch. … Read More

Red Velvet Cupcakes & "Neiman Marcus" Chocolate Chip Cookies

On the occasion of my baby boy’s 6-month birthday, I decided to throw a little party. I have always wanted to make Red Velvet cupcakes because when I discovered Red Velvet cake (just a few years ago), I was fascinated. The “Neiman Marcus” cookies (as I have also discovered are a hoax and not from Neiman Marcus) are also a … Read More

Baked Macaroni & Cheese & Cauliflower

Well, if you have six minutes to spare, you will see a drawn-out episode of me cooking some Macaroni & Cheese with Cauliflower. PS. There are some of my classic kitchen gaffes.

2 Cents about Chicago Restaurant Week

I’m better late than never. I had an opportunity to participate in Chicago’s Restaurant Week, incidentally was more than a week. I enjoy Restaurant Week my first exposure ever was in NYC. I got to dine at restaurants that I would not normally have tried. My reasoning is probably because of atmosphere – too uppity, reputation, and perceived value. There … Read More

Backing into Wiener Backhandl

Last week I went through two 3-ring binders of recipes. These “Pulitzer’s Cookbooks” were started in 1983 and there are some recipes in there I still haven’t made! Going through them inspired me to start cooking again! Most of the recipes are from the The New York Times. Some are from Country Folks newspaper, with a hearty dose of recipes … Read More

Qrazy about Quinoa

Well, my first few attempts at Quinoa were not very good, but I think I’ve mastered a good recipe! I figured out how to cook it properly and then I add carrots, string beans, mix in some lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper and parsley. It’s my new favorite salad!

I had a Dream of Halibut

My friend, artist, Alphonse vanWoerkom, emailed me the other day with this delicious recipe he had a dream about: It was true, I dreamed this recipe and decided to make it the next day. My friend Anton, he of the silver tongue, called me the” Martin Luther King of the kitchen”, due to the fact that “I had a dream”. … Read More

La Calabria Ristorante – Gilbert, AZ

My father knows Southern Italian better than I do. His family is from Calabria. It was a no brainer for him to want to try La Calabria – we tried it several times. I was there about a week ago. It’s hard to find good Italian food in the desert. This is where La Calabria comes in, as my father … Read More