Photo of the Day: March 9, 2018

Up next: the sauce for my Steak Au Poivre. A velvety smooth and comfortingly rich blend of heavy cream, brandy, butter, and shallots.

Restaurant Review: Red Bank Diner (Red Bank, NJ)

Even with good food, sometimes service can be the difference between a 3 and a 4. My mom and I were looking for a place to have lunch after a busy day closing our house for sale last week. Mentally, we were exhausted. It was an odd time of day, just after two in the…

Photo of the Day: March 8, 2018

The next three pictures are part of a series. Last month, I decided to give the classic Steak Au Poivre a shot. These are one of the side dishes I served with it: fingerling potatoes cooked in—you guessed it—homemade garlic butter. A nice change of pace from mashed potatoes or homefries.

Restaurant Review: The Chowda House (Red Bank, NJ)

The Chowda House ran out of Chowda! That’s what my friend Roy and I were told the moment we walked into the Red Bank seafood establishment on a rainy Thursday afternoon. He had been wanting to take me there for some time, and assured me that the Lobster Bisque was even better than their chowder,…

Photo of the Day: March 6, 2018

This is the scene when I’m in my element. Mis en place for chicken which would be stuffed with cheddar cheese and asparagus. On the side are rolls and my homemade garlic butter, stuffed peppers, and mashed sweet potatoes. And a vodka and cranberry, of course, to help get in the zone.

Photo of the Day: March 5, 2018

If there’s one thing that I’m going to miss about moving from my childhood home, it would be having a wood-burning fireplace…and the chance for a scene like this.

The Dinner that was Closure

As you all know, my dad passed away in June. On Father’s Day, of all days. Without going into too much detail, it took from that moment until late November for my mom and I to know if we would be able to keep the house, my childhood home for 23 years, or not. When…

Photo of the Day: March 3, 2018

I call these “hybrid” meatballs. The recipe called for a blend of 90% lean ground beef, mushrooms, and zucchini. Honestly, they tasted more meaty than if they were just beef.

Restaurant Review: Little Szechuan (Little Silver, NJ)

There is a fine line between nostalgic and dated. Any restaurant that can manage to walk that line and succeed is okay in my book. I’ve written numerous times about restaurants such as Little Szechuan—places that are stuck in the time they were built. When it comes to actual sit-down Chinese restaurants, there are few…

Photo of the Day: March 2, 2018

The aesthetics of this cup and saucer were better than the actual coffee it was holding: a strong Turkish brew at Galata in Marlboro.