BARB’S RECIPES

Red, White & Blue Fruit Brownie Parfaits

When visiting our daughter Jen and her girls (Sophie & Georgia) over Memorial Day weekend in Upstate New York, she hosted a holiday family picnic.As I have mentioned before, Georgie, aged 14 is a fabulous baker so of course she was put in charge of dessert. We racked our brains trying […]

 

Classic Backyard Burger Deluxe

Even though we live in Florida where it’s seems like the endless Summer, we do have seasons as slight as they are. But now there were in June, I think back to the many fond memories of living in the Hamlet of Pultneyville, New York o the shores of Lake […]

 

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.

 

Upstate New York Crunchy Apple Cobbler

After Rob graduated from NYU, we left NYC and moved back to our hometown of Rochester, NY to be close to family and friends.  Living in New York was quite an experience for a pair of impoverished newlyweds, but a time we wouldn’t ever trade. We lived in the suburbs […]

 

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.