Classic Moussaka


We are huge fans of Greek food…I make a lot of it at home and we also head over to our favorite Greek spots a few times a month (Estia Taverna and Black Olive)…but had never made Moussaka at home until this past weekend…I didn’t want to follow anyone else’s recipe – I knew the flavors very well since I’ve eaten it many times at restaurants…so I sat down and wrote my ideas out in my cooking notebook…shopped for all the ingredients ….then gave it a whirl on Sunday afternoon. It turned out superb! Definitely restaurant quality (can I toot my own horn and say even better than restaurant quality?!) I roasted the eggplant and baked the layer of potatoes before assembling the remaining layers; bringing out the delicious flavors of both, while the beef simmered in a tomato sauce seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and ginger. The final layer is a custard-like béchamel sauce topped with a mix of shredded cheeses…truly scrumptious! Continue reading

Savory Chicken Pie: Revisited


Heidi and I are headed into New York City today to do some shopping and sightseeing…we’re meeting up with my hubby, who works on Madison Avenue, for dinner along with my cousin Dan and his new wife Nisrine…We’ll be eating Greek tonight…my favorite! Anyway, I left a Savory Chicken Pie for the boys to enjoy while we’re away – and decided to revisit my Savory Chicken Pie recipe from way back when we started the blog in 2015…have a wonderful day all! 🙂 Continue reading

Asparagus And Potato Strata

Asparagus And Potato Strata
A strata is a great dish to serve when you are having a brunch and need an easy make-ahead meal for a group.  I made this strata for a group of friends to close out the summer. Served at room temperature with a salad, I was able to enjoy my friends without worrying about the kitchen. It turned out to be a slightly overcast day, but we had a lot of fun anyway.  Continue reading

Rosario’s Chicken Pie

Rosario's Chicken Pie

This is one of those once-a-year meals…you know the kind…when you use every pot in the kitchen and have a huge clean up…should I be telling you this before you even read it? My mother-in-law used to make this dish and I always loved it. Her recipe could feed a huge family, so I reduced the ingredients to feed four and put my own spin on it. I make it once a year during the winter when comfort food is truly needed… Continue reading

Old Fashioned Pot Roast

Old Fashioned Pot Roast

After taking the dog for a walk in the crisp cool autumn air I sat down and browsed through my recipes trying to decide which one would be on the menu today…what says Fall better than an Old Fashioned Pot Roast? I remember my Mom-Mom used to make one – she cooked it for so long that the beef became tough but the gravy was so delicious…I’ve tweaked her original recipe just a bit over the years; adding more flavor, cooking the beef to tender perfection and still enjoying the delicious gravy! Continue reading