Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Honey Mustard

This recipe is easy and tasty. I make this whenever I have pork chops and everyone loves it.

8 pork chops (thinly sliced and trimmed well)

1/2 cup wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves

1 teaspoon  honey mustard

seaasoned salt

Canola oil

Heat fry pan and add enough oil to lightly cover bottom. Add pork […]

Mural Painting

Anatomy of a Mural

This is the look of a mural in progress. This mural was hand painted on canvas in my studio to be installed in a Victorian home in New Jersey.  When these homeowners decided to remodel their master bathroom, a plan and design was developed along with an interior designer to have […]

Raspberries

Summer Fruits at Last!

Raspberries and peaches originated in Asia, yet we think of them as being very much a part of summertime in America. In fact, raspberries can be traced back to prehistoric times, starting in Asia and spreading through the world by travelers and animals, and widely cultivated in Europe and North […]

Asparagus Salad Served on the Titanic

This original recipe was served on theTitanic.

The asparagus would have been presented in elongated dishes and served with special asparagus tongs.  On an Escoffier menu, a salad course often followed the roast. In general, salads and vegetable dishes were served separately, not on the same plate as a meat dish.

Asparagus […]

Acorn Squash

Tonight for dinner,  I had a couple of acorn squashes that I had bought about a week ago. My family for the most part, is not overly fond of acorn squash, so I keep trying to make it more interesting. Because afterall, the fall is squash season. Well, I cut them in half lengthwise […]

Caramel Apples

8 small Granny Smith or Rome apples

Hint: To make the caramel stick, you will want soak your apples in hot water with a dash of vinegar and then scrub them with a towel to remove any wax.

8 caramel  apple sticks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1c. heavy cream 1c. sugar 3/4 c. light corn […]

Not just any Apple Pie

French Apple Pie Pastry for 2-crust pie                                                                                                                                   

Cream Filling

1/3 c. sugar 2 Tbsp.  all purpose flour 1 c. whole milk 3 egg yolks 1 Tbsp. butter, unsalted                    1/2 tsp. vanilla 2 lbs. Granny Smith apples 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. sugar Dash of nutmeg, freshly […]

Decorating a Ceiling

One of the of the forgotten places in your home to decorate is the ceiling. Throughout the ages ceilings have been adorned with designs or color, even gold leaf. Many new homes have trey ceilings, that are crying out for attention to detail!  In as much as the different levels that many trey ceilings […]

Berries, Berries, Berries!!!

 

 

This is the season for those fresh berries. My family goes crazy for blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

BLUEBERRIES

Naturally blue food is not normal. The deeper blue or purple a berry is in color, the higher the antioxidant power. Even though our bodies have their own way of making antioxidants, […]

Fried Green Tomatoes

This Southern favorite is made using green tomatoes (under-ripe red ones) and frying until golden brown. Serve with barbecued shrimp. Delicious! Judy

1/2 c. all-purpose flour                                                                            

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs

salt and pepper

1 lb. green tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick

1/2 c. Canola oil

1 t. butter

Place the […]

Ham Leftovers

 

   

Well, what to do with that leftover ham from Easter. You know, the one you got free for spending $4,000 at the grocery store.  You are guilty so you baked it for the holiday. Now, after everyone stuffed themselves on appetizers, you have this enormous ham leftover. What to do? Simple, make escalloped […]

Shrimp Ravioli with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

This past Saturday night, I was thinking about what to have for dinner. I was thinking, pasta and shrimp. I had frozen shrimp and I had pasta in the house but that didn’t sound so thrilling. So I started looking around my frig and in my cupboards. I came up with, besides the shrimp, […]

Spreads and Dipping Oils

This is my take on those spreads and dips you get in a restaurant with that great crunchy bread. And always, always, everyone says “I could make a meal out of this with a little salad.” Well, I don’t know if you can make a meal out of the following recipes, but they make […]

Biscuits and Popovers

These are easy recipes you can make with good,  fresh ingredients to take the place of the store-bought refrigerator varieties.

Cheddar, Bacon and Chive Biscuits       6 thick cut bacon slices                                                                                3 3/4 c. bread flour       1 1/2 tsp. baking powder       1 1/2 tsp. baking soda       1 1/4 tsp. […]

Super Bowl Party

I, for one, do not like football. Give me the Yankees any day. But my husband is a fan, a Giants fan and has been for as long as I can remember, over 47 years! Yes , I said 47 years. We will be married 45 years in March. OMG!! I got my Medicare […]

Escarole and White Bean Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This a quick and easy soup and so delicious. As a matter of fact,  this is one of Debbie’s favorites.

Olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, sliced thin                                              

1 onion chopped                                                                                                            

1 15oz. can small white beans

1lb. bunch escarole (this sounds like alot […]

Quick and easy bathroom remodeling

You can make some quick and easy fix-ups to your bathroom to improve the look and functionality without calling a contractor.

The easiest fix is to add a fresh coat of paint. Color in itself can dramatically transform a room. To achieve a professional look ,success is assured if you take the time […]

French Onion Soup

Believe it or not but my kids loved French Onion soup from the time they were about 10 years old. Maybe it was just the little oven proof ceramic crocks with the handle that they liked. Here is a delicious recipes sure everyone will like.

  Note: I left out the wine and sherry when I […]

Fettuccine with Chicken Alfredo

I made this dish for a small dinner party of 6. It was delicious!

1 lb. fettuccine pasta 1 1/2 cups butter 1 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast divided in half , then cut into small cubes. 2 (16 ounce) containers of whole milk ricotta cheese 1 pint of heavy cream tps. of salt. […]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Preheat oven 375F 1 1/2 cups canola oil 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups grated carrots 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup raisins, optional ( I prefer without)

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Duck eggs versus Chicken eggs

Most people do not think about eating duck eggs. Very fresh free range duck eggs are very much like free range chicken eggs. They look alike and have pretty much the same flavor. The yolks are deep orange and the flavor is rich. The most common difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs are the […]

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Vinegar

My sister Priscilla called me tonight and asked me if  I had a different recipe for beets and this is what I told her. She also is the one that suggested you cook all your beets so that you will have some left over for a salad.

I never really liked beets until I had it […]

Bathroom Remodeling

When you decide to remodel your bathroom take the green savy approach.  You will save money by lowering utility bills, save resources, and add new luxury features you will enjoy.

By installing a tankless water heater, you use water as needed rather than storing the water in a large tank. The cold water is […]

Tomato Salads – “Greek” Tomato Salad

 

 Don’t you wish you were here at this Greek Fishing Village sitting outside eating your salad?

DRESSING

Whisk together:

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 T. red wine vinegar

1 T. lemon juice

        1/2 tsp. […]

Tomato Salads – Tomato and Mozzarella

 

 

 

            This is such an easy recipe and so flavorful. My favorite. The amount of ingredients you use depends,             of course, on how many people you are serving. Judy

                                                                                            Tomatoes, sliced

Fresh Mozzarella, sliced, the same amount of slices as tomato

                                               Basil leaves, the […]

Rudy Yaccabucci’s Hot Peppers (passed down to Bud Martin)

When my husband was a boy, he used to visit his next door neighbor, Rudy Yaccabucci, so he could eat his hot peppers with garlic in oil. We were recently visiting my sister in Ocean Grove and as a present (knowing she likes these hot peppers) brought her a jar. The picture was […]

Tomato Salads – Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad

You don’t have to feel guilty about the bacon in this BLT. DRESSING                                                      

Whisk together:                                                                                                                                    

2 T  mayonnaise                                                                  

1 garlic clove, minced                                                                                                                         

1/4 c. olive oil

2 T  parmesean cheese, grated                                                                                                                                         

S&P to taste

SALAD 

1  lb. tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks

1 ripe but […]

Recipes with Herbs from your Garden (Tarragon)

See also Recipes with Herbs from you Garden (Sage) My herb garden – Judy Tarragon

Tarragon,”King of  Herbs”, is one of four fine herbs of French cooking along with parsley, chives and chervil, particularly used in chicken, fish and egg dishes and the basis for many salad dressings. It is one of the main ingredients […]

Recipes with Herbs from your garden (Sage)

I grow my herbs in pots outside of  my back door, by my kitchen. Judy Sage

Although there are about 100 species of sage commercially available in the united States, the one that makes it into the kitchen is probably Salvia Officinalis, a shrubby plant native to the Mediterranean. Growing to almost 2 […]

Painting a Floor

There are many samples of painted floors throughout the ages with many interesting patterns and looks that have decorated the simplest  to the most elegant of homes. Painting or staining your floor at home can be a daunting DIY project, but if you take the time to  plan and design it well, you will have […]