Stuffed Peppers with Eggplant and Roasted Tomatoes

stuffed peppers finished

Make an elegant version of stuffed peppers with this delicious recipe featuring roasted tomatoes and eggplant. It's vegetarian, too! Stuffed Peppers are a traditional dinner meal that most all home cooks are familiar with preparing. However, I've most commonly seen stuffed peppers prepared with a meat-and-breadcrumb mixture - at least, that was how my grandmother and ...

Back to the “Bull on the Barn” Bayshore Crab House in Newport, NJ

Clams Casino

Two summers ago, the sweetie and I checked out the Bay Shore Crab House (known at the time as the "Bull on the Barn" because of its easy-to-spot outdoor mural) for the first time. (Here's my review of that visit.) We enjoyed a tasty, if early season, selection of Jersey crabs and swore we would ...

Costanera Cocina Peruana in Montclair, New Jersey

Ceviche Mixto

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the sweetie and I took a day trip up to Montclair, New Jersey to visit the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. The Gardens have been on my "must see" list for several years and we were fortunate to have the time off to catch them during peak bloom time this ...

Masseria Dei Vini: Exceptional Authentic Italian in New York City

Spaghetti al nero con vongole

Let's get straight to the point: Masseria Dei Vini is serving some of the finest Italian food I've enjoyed in any restaurant outside of Italy. Certainly it's some of the finest I've had in New York City in recent years, and that's saying a lot considering how many Italian restaurants there are throughout the city. ...

Sel et Poivre: French bistro fare on the Upper East Side

Skate with lemon and capers

Our first night in New York City on this recent trip was spent on the Upper East Side. We were there for the annual meeting of an Italian Renaissance studies society which my sweetie supports, and the event ended with wine and hors d'oeuvres but not a full meal. We have enjoyed several restaurants in ...