Holiday with a Little Help From My Friends

This is a recipe that is a holiday favorite of mine that was passed onto me from a dear friend and created but the wonderful Julia Child Julia’s Carbonnades a la Flamande (beef and onions braised in beer) Makes 6 servings 3 pounds lean beef from either chuck or rump roast Salt, freshly ground black … Read more

Collard Greens for Billy Holiday

  This is a classic recipe for a dish that was comfort food to so many Harlem musicians at the time Billy Holiday was performing there and a favorite of mine too! Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 slices bacon 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt   1 teaspoon pepper … Read more

Billy Strayhorn Cocktail Time

Billy Strayhorn loved to entertain in his glamorous New York Apartment.  Here something he would have enjoyed! Blood Orange Perfect Manhattan   Combine is a shaker with ice:   2 oz. Rye or Bourbon ½ oz sweet vermouth ½ oz dry vermouth 3 dashes of Blood Orange Bitters   Shake well and serve straight up … Read more


This recipe is New Orleans classic so I thought I’d make it part of the scary Halloween podcast.   Ingredients 1 quart oysters (well drained) 3 large eggs 3 cups cornmeal 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning 1 teaspoon black pepper 4 French bread rolls (about 6-inches each, or 2 baguettes, cut in … Read more


This one is for my podcast BIRTHDAY BABY!  I really don’t like birthday cake or sweets at all.  So this one of my fave treats.  Just stick a candle in it and let the fab time begin!  Some red wine too, thank you! BAKED BRIE WITH PESTO Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place … Read more

Mrs. Parker’s Sage Martini

This is not really the purist Martini that Dorothy Parker was known for but I thought I would be fun to give this a twist, so to speak!   2 shots of Vodka (whatever your favorite is) 1 drop of dry vermouth 3 fresh sage leaves twist of lemon   Combine the vodka, vermouth, and … Read more

The Hot Dog King Ep 30

This is a special recipe from David Valkema of Dave’s Delicious Dogs of The Isle of Man SLOPPY DAVE’S HOT DOGS   Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (preferably Dave’s own brand – Sweet Davey J’s American Style BBQ Sauce) 1 – … Read more

The Art of the Letter Recipe Ep 29

This recipe really has nothing to do with podcast, but since it’s summer, here you go!  You can certainly cut this portion down.  It’s enough to feed the French army…if they are rabbits! French carrot salad Ingredients 1 pound carrots, peeled 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1-1/2 … Read more