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…

Photo of the Day: February 25, 2018

Know where to shop and you can have a seafood feast for a fraction of what you would pay in a restaurant. Mussels from Trader Joe’s and lobster tails from Aldi (only $6 each). Placed on top of some spaghetti which I tossed in olive oil and homemade garlic butter.

Photo of the Day: February 20, 2018

Preparing to make homemade garlic butter. I used a recipe from my friend Walter that could not be any easier. Let two sticks of butter soften at room temperature, add a half a head of garlic and some fresh chopped parsley, and mash it all together with a fork. After that, let it rest in…

Photo of the Day: February 19, 2018

The first time I ever had venison, and I cooked it myself. My friend’s family hunts and brought back a slew of deer steaks. So here is one of them. Cooked in butter and olive oil for seven minutes on each side. I threw in a few cloves of garlic midway through for additional flavor….

Photo of the Day: February 13, 2018

The first of three pictures from Nonna’s in Englishtown begins today. As a bread-loving Italian, there is no better way to start off a meal than with a spread like this. Homemade, warm, crusty bread, and a dish with two kinds of olive oil, butter, and tapenade.