Saturday, December 3, 2011


Thanks to Bo at Bo's Bowl for a yummy treat and today's post.

Quick Dog Treats - A Recipe for the Pups!
Since we have three VERY SPOILED pups...we go through a lot of dog treats!  Not all of them are homemade, but I do enjoy making them...and they do enjoy eating them!  And this is the easiest recipe I have cookie cutters...and only two ingredients.  And it is much better for your waistline to make treats for your pups, than for yourself.

Quick Dog Treats
adapted from Eco Dog by Marshall & Deskevich

1 cup wheat germ
2- 4oz jars baby food (meat or vegetable flavor)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a baking sheet.  In a bowl combine the ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on the greased baking sheet.  Flatten the balls with the back of a fork.  Then bake for 25 to 35 minutes.  Cool the treats on a wire rack.

For variation: Add 1 tbs pureed  garlic to ward off fleas, or 2 tbs ground flax seed meal for a shiny coat.

Have you ever tried taking group photos with dogs?..I think it's impossible...especially when treats are involved.  So Sampson got to be the lucky model in the photos...I'll have to make some more treats so y'all can meet the other dogs.

Visit our other doggie-friends:
and join in all the doggy fun.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


You may have forgotten how good you look in red!

Thanks to BosGuy!


It took a lot of cajoling and years of friendship and then a blood oath not to share this recipe for my mom to get this recipe. Well, she gave it to me so I guess sons don't count in blood oaths.

The creator of this recipe was my sister's best friend's mother and their family owned and ran the Z Line Ferry to Fire Island in Bayshore, Long Island. We've enjoyed this cheese cake now for well over 30 years and it never disappoints. So here is a very easy, very delicious but ordinary looking cheese cake. 

FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS EXACTLY!! It will not turnout correctly if you don't.

  • Use a 9-10 inch spring form pan
  • 1 and 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs or 16 crackers crumbled
  • 1/4 stick of Flieshman's Margarin melted (Flieshman's is highly recommended)
  • 1/4 cup  of sugar
  1. Mix directly in pan, pat down and refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

  • pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  • 1 lb cream cheese bar at room temp or softer
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1/3 teaspoon of good vanilla
  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and beat at high speed with a hand mixer until smooth. 
  2. Put into oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. 
  4. When the 15 minutes are up THEN begin the topping.
TOPPING (about half of you should be really good on this part)

  • pre-heat oven to 475 degrees
  • 1 pint of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of good vanilla
  1. Mix well with a spoon and then carefully spoon onto the top of the cake.
  2.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Cool well and then refrigerate over night or for at least 4 hours.
  4. ENJOY!!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011





One of the weirdest placed tattoos ever.








Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Now that you're here please read this post and if you do,
there's a reward waiting for you.
Mom: First the good news: Mom's Pet scan showed that her cancer has gone cold. This means it is no longer growing and the radiation and chemo treatments are working. Mom resumed her chemo today after time off while hospitalized and rebuilding her strength. She has another 3 treatments to go and in all likelihood will then begin a chemo maintenance program. Surgery at her age is too risky.

As for me, my trip to Mt Sinai last week answered several questions about my liver. I don't have Hep C which I told them since I tested neg over 4 years ago so the only way I could have gotten it was by transfusion. Yes, it has been that long. I do however have Cirrhosis of the liver. They don't know why I have it yet (I don't really drink) but am having an endoscopy tomorrow (Tuesday) and need to schedule a biopsy. I do have an increased risk of liver cancer and will need regular scans every 6 months.

Thanksgiving in bullet points:
  • It was extremely important to me that this Thanksgiving be everything my Mom would have made it. A normal Thanksgiving at her home with her family and good food. I did it all for her. I think that's where I got all the extra energy I needed to succeed and succeed I did.  

  • Monday I steam cleaned the stairs, living room, dining room, den and 3 bedrooms. I cleaned the kitchen and all the pots and dishes I'd be using. Mom and I went food shopping and got the turkey breasts and most everything else we needed.

  • Tuesday I went to Mt Sinai in NYC and pigged out on street cart hot dogs and pretzels and did some window shopping. I started reading 11/22/1963 by Stephen King. It's about a guy who goes back in time and stops the Kennedy assassination and how it changes the future. It is also likely the date of my conception since I was born 9 months later on 8/26/1964.

  • Wednesday I ran a few am errands and waited for the fire place repairman who was running very late and I started cooking for Thanksgiving at 2pm. I made the following:
    1. Spinach and Artichoke Dip by Paula Dean - so easy and amazing!
    2. Smashed Sweet Potatoes by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time and it was a huge hit!
    3. Homemade Gravy by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time - quick and easy (like I used to be) and not a drop left. It did take more time then stated and make sure you use low sodium broth.
    4. Cranberry Fruit Conserve by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time - what the hell is a conserve? It looked like a cranberry sauce (I made the canned kind too) but with apples, spices and orange and lemon juice and zest. It came out too tart but was still good and will be better next time.
    5. Turnips by my Mom - also known as rutabagas and my favorite, hard to peel but so worth it.
    6. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time. If you like butternut squash you'll enjoy this soup - lots of chopping.
    7. Hollywood Two Tone Cheese Cake by me. It's a sorta stolen recipe that I've been making for over 30 years. Pics and recipe to be posted Thursday.

  • Thanks to two major delays - no sugar and Mom getting a severe chill, I didn't finish until 1am.
  • The big day started off with a clogged kitchen sink! I plunged and when that didn't work - it's a double sink with a disposal - I ran to the store for Draino. I know it never works but I had to try. It didn't work so a call was put into our hunky plumber, Jorge, and amazingly he was fixing the clog by 9:30 and finished by 10:30. He only charged $85 dollars!!! We gave him $100 and when he realized this he called saying we paid him too much. We were expecting $200 or more but you can't cook without a sink. We have him doing some more work soon and I'll try to sneak a pic.

  • I was now several hours behind and still had to:
    1. Clean and dress the turkey breasts and get them in the oven by 12:30 - they were perfect.
    2. Peel, cook and whip 10 lbs of yukon golds.
    3. Make the stuffing by Mom.
    4. Make two kinds of cauliflower - creamed and with sharp cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.
    5. Blanch and peel the pearl onions - I really hate doing these.
    6. Make the cream sauce for the cauliflower and onions.
    7. Start heating up the dishes I made on Wednesday.
    8. Clean the bathrooms and take a shower
    9. Take down the centerpiece (it was very complex and big this year), add 2 leafs to the table, bring the extra chairs up from the basement and then set the table. Mom likes it all done before guests arrive which went from 9 to 15 with no one telling me!
    10. Carve the turkeys, set out the food and bake the crescent rolls.
The meal turned out to be one of the best cooked Thanksgiving meals we've had in years. Over the years I have helped more and more but this year it was me 100%. Looking back, I don't know how my mom did it. I know my Grandpa (Mom's Dad) would cook the holiday meals but he had 11 slaves...children to assist him in cooking for 25 or more!. He would then go to the Knights of Columbus and cook there.

We finished with desserts of apple and cherry pies and my cheese cake and some Bailey's. I got everyone to help clear and clean because I was spent. 

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