Sirloin Steak Panini

Our local pizza & sandwich joint has a very tasty Flank Steak Panini on their menu that I’ve been ordering for years. I finally decided to just make it at home – tweaking it until it was just right. I’ve never been a big fan of flank steaks because they end up being very fatty…so I use sirloin instead, marinating it and grilling it and adding sautéed marinated red onions, sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, arugula and a smear of black pepper aoili…all piled on toasted rustic sourdough bread…This is the perfect pick-me-up when I’m in the mood for a tasty lunch! Continue reading

The Liberty Burger

I’ve had my eye on this ‘Liberty’ Burger for quite a while…I first saw it on our local Smashburger menu a few years ago. I don’t think it’s there anymore; but I came across some notes about it recently and decided that this would be the perfect burger to make to help celebrate our ‘Liberty’ – you know, Independence Day and all that! So here’s my take on it… Continue reading

Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Today is MEATLESS MONDAY…But just let me just start this blog post today by saying… I miss my grandmother. My Grandmother Born in 1915,  daughter to Irish immigrants, She was a force to be reckoned with and an extraordinary woman. I’ve yet to meet her equal! Smart, ambitious, stylish,  strong and a giver to a fault. She passed away last November three months before she reached 100 years old. What a chic! Well… Dorothy Veronica Alexis O’ Flynn Kufczynski (If you can believe it!) absolutely loved my tuna noodle casserole, so making it brings her always into my heart. Linda and I would spend two weeks in the summer with grandma and she loved to introduce us to new things. Lassie on Broadway, the nasty subway, hot dogs and sauerkraut and alas, yoo- hoo. I remember her taking us Christmas shopping in July on Broadway, my first pair of designer jeans. Not sure if I took them off for a year. She bought each girl in the family their first piece of fine jewelry. Going back to college at 50 (wanting to know what all the fuss was about), she taught us that women didn’t have limits and that loving and respecting the men we loved was a beautiful thing.  Linda and I were both graced with spending a lot of time with her in her later years. Linda especially went out of her way to do for my grandmother what this priceless, stubborn and independent woman could no longer do for herself.  We miss you Grandma and we love you! So this is for you Dorothy…
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