Bagels on the “Express” to Hell

Just a week after raving about Holmdel Bagels, here is a major gripe about D’Alessio’s Bagel Express in Leonardo. Went a few days ago en route to Sandy Hook. Didn’t feel like making the detour to Atlantic Bagels on First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands. I had never been to D’Alessio’s, but they have been there for…

The Breakfast Gold Mine in Holmdel

You haven’t lived until you’ve been to the Holmdel Towne Center on a weekend morning, especially in the summer. There is a certain craziness centered around two unaffiliated businesses. The first is Holmdel Bagels, whose sign out front is only a mere, nondescript “Bagels”. Right next to that is a Rook Coffee. I have lived…

Photo of the Day: August 10, 2018

A killer pasta dish my friend Walter cooked for Justin and I. Angel hair with Alfredo sauce with broiled bay scallops mixed in after the scallops had been covered in garlic-herb butter and Gruyere cheese.

Photo of the Day: July 14, 2018

A simple and delicious recipe. Coat chicken cutlets in seasoned flour, then pan-fry them in a mixture of butter and olive oil. After that, top with asparagus and the cheese of your choosing (Swiss and Provolone work best), and stick them in the oven until melted. This was a dish my mom borrowed from a…

Photo of the Day: May 18, 2018

A teeny-tiny organic grass-fed sirloin (that was totally worth the price) along with some sauteed string beans and roasted potatoes.

Photo of the Day: March 31, 2018

A crock of homemade Crab Imperial. With all the mayo, eggs, and butter, I was expecting it to be as decadent as I have had in restaurants. While it was still very good, I will save such a luxurious item for dining out (though making it myself was indeed much cheaper).

Photo of the Day: March 10, 2018

Ah, the culmination of this three day series: Steak Au Poivre! I used London Broil which I rubbed in fresh ground peppercorns—the signature aspect of the dish. Then comes the sauce, with a side of fingerling potatoes and sauteed spinach.

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.

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.

Photo of the Day: February 27, 2018

Asparagus sautéed in olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. I boil them for a few minutes to soften them slightly before adding them to the pan. As for price, what a difference time makes. They went from $6.99 a pound to $3.99 in just a matter of days. Three weeks later, they…