Author: Barb Kircher

Fresh Linguine with White Clam Sauce

The first time I ever tasted Linguini with clam sauce was when we were skiing near the tiny village of Cortina in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy in 1972. We were young, athletic and daring and loved the beautiful but treacherous skiing conditions of that famous resort. It was there where we ran into Penny Marshall and Art Garfunkel in the dining room of the 4-star Hotel Cortina d’Ampezzo.

 

Mixed Berry Tiramisu

Many years ago I found a mixed berry version in Bon Appetit Magazine and since all kinds of berries were plentiful in early summer in Upstate New York, I thought I would give it a try. SUCCESS! I served it at a family picnic and everyone accused me of buying it from a bakery.

 

Fresh Watermelon Mojitos

Last year for Mother’s Day, my husband Rob wouldn’t let me lift a finger! He was wonderful. Got up early and made coffee. Got my newspaper. Prepared all the meals. Cleaned up the kitchen. Absolutely everything! The best was going to the beach when he opened the cooler and pulled out a pitcher of Fresh Watermelon Mojitos! As we toasted the horizon, he presented me with a simple white card on which he wrote, “Easy Love!” I’ll never forget it.

 

Stuffed Flank Steak w/ Spinach & Blue Cheese

For this dish, I blended fresh sauteed spinach, crumbled blue cheese, chopped onions, minced garlic, and olive oil into a stuffing mixture. Then, I butterflied the flank steak, pounded it relatively thin, spread the stuffing on one side, rolled it up, and securely tied it every two inches or so with butcher’s string. The result is a beautiful cylindrical shaped stuffed flank steak that Rob cooked quickly on the grill.

 

Marinated Italian Cheese & Olives

Most high end grocery stores have a great selection of marinated cheeses, olives and vegetables. While they are a real time-saver for putting together a last minute antipasto platter…they are really cost prohibitive. They sell by the pound at a cost of about $5.99. With a little planning, these recipes can be easily made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for about two weeks.

 
Curried Chicken Salad | Great Neighborhood Cooks

Curried Chicken Salad

Our home in Upstate NY was located in an historic hamlet on the shore of Lake Ontario called Pultneyville. The hamlet was originally laid out in 1806 and is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. At one time a significant Great Lakes trading port and site of a War of 1812 skirmish, it now is a quiet, Western New York bedroom community. Set between the fruit orchards and a Great Lake on the Seaway Trail, many of Pultneyville’s activities focus on summer sailing and theatre. The hamlet boasts an active marina and is home to the second-oldest little theater in the United States.