Holiday with a Little Help From My Friends

By Spider Saloff | December 10, 2018

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

By Spider Saloff | November 24, 2018

  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

By Spider Saloff | November 12, 2018

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


By Spider Saloff | October 15, 2018

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


By Spider Saloff | September 30, 2018

To go along with WORD JAZZ WITH KEN NORDINE, I chose this 50’s hipster appetizer! 50’S COCKTAIL CLASSIC   OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER   6 servings   6 tb Butter 1/2 c  Bread crumbs 2 c  Fresh chopped spinach -or- 2 pk (10-oz) frozen spinach 1/2 c  Parsley 1/2 c  Diced celery 2 tb Diced onion 1 … Read more

Recipe for 1 Degree of Separation: Spidie’s Baked Fried Chicken

By Spider Saloff | September 17, 2018

Spidie’s Baked Fried Chicken This one is connected to this podcast because it is an impostor!  This is recipe I often do for awards show parties at my home.  It’s simple, can be served hot or cold and seems like you are eating something really fattening…….with a fraction of the calories! The seasoning is one … Read more

Mrs. Parker’s Sage Martini

By Spider Saloff | September 4, 2018

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

By Spider Saloff | August 18, 2018

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

By Spider Saloff | July 29, 2018

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

Rockin to Jazz and Back Recipe Ep 28

By Spider Saloff | July 20, 2018

Rockin to Jazz and Back Recipe Ep 28   Lunch with Stephanie Browning in my garden after this podcast episode. A fresh salad for summer day served with a cold bottle of rose! Baby spinach Red leaf romaine Basil, chives and parsley Avocado Hard boiled eggs Shredded pepper jack cheese Fresh lemon and olive oil