Less is More – The Kitchen: [Next Door] Boulder, CO

If you’re a minimalist and love an unpretentious environment “The Kitchen: [Next Door]” is for you —and apparently for me. As you enter the sparely furnished dining area you can’t help to take note of the modern French influence on the decor. As I approached the interior I could smell something delicious is cooking – indeed it is. It’s not … Read More

Thumbs Down for H.A.N.D!

We were hoping to bite into some savory juicy burgers “Americain” at H.A.N.D. (Have A Nice Day) in Paris. But we were all disappointed. The burgers were mediocre, there was hardly any cheese on the cheese-burgers, the cokes were flat, the onion rings looked like they were frozen Oreida, the milk shakes were watery and my strawberry cupcake tasted like … Read More

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.

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!

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