Pastrami Sandwich

My husband’s parents are from New York City, so he grew up enjoying pastrami sandwiches—a fixture of the Jewish delis found throughout the Big Apple.  I decided to try my hand at making them for my New York-themed Belmont Stakes watch party.  According to my husband, they were perfect!   Sandwiches 8 slices rye bread…

Big Batch Black Eyed Susans

The Black Eyed Susan is a lovely little flower with golden petals and a black center, somewhat reminiscent of a miniature sunflower.  It happens to be the state flower of Maryland, recalling the black and yellow portion of the state flag, which represents the Calvert family’s heraldry.  For a brief Maryland history lesson, George Calvert,…

BLT with Roasted Garlic & Basil Aioli

I detest Wonder Bread and pretty much every other kind of loaf found in the pre-packaged bread aisle of the grocery store—unless we are talking about grilled cheese, but that’s a story for another day.  My aversion is primarily to the smell.  It turns my stomach.  Unsurprisingly, I have the same reaction when passing the…

Roasted Garlic & Basil Aioli

Using a flavored aioli is such a great way to add dimension to sandwiches.  It can also be drizzled over flatbreads or used as a dipping sauce for veggies, fries, or chips.  This particular aioli is particularly good on a BLT in place of plain old mayonnaise, but that’s just my opinion.   2 heads Roasted…

Elderflower Gin & Tonic

  Summer vacation is upon us!  That calls for a cocktail—be it celebratory or for your sanity (for me, it’s the latter).  This light and refreshing concoction is a twist on the classic gin and tonic.  In lieu of adding a lime wedge, I like to add a splash of St. Germaine, which is an…

Muffaletta Sandwich

A Muffaletta sandwich is a meat-lovers dream–layers upon layers of cold cuts and cheese, mashed between hearty bread slathered with Olive Salad. It packs a flavorful punch that guarantees satisfaction. As this sandwich is made in advance, it’s a perfect option for entertaining, picnics, and tailgates. Olive Salad 1/2 cup pitted green olives 1/2 cup…

Olive Salad

  This isn’t really a salad.  It’s more like a spread that can be put on sandwiches (like Muffaletta), served in a dish on a cheese board, scooped up by pita chips, or stirred into hummus.  You will not believe the flavor it brings to the table.   1/2 cup pitted green olives 1/2 cup…

Perfect Corn on the Cob

When I was growing up, my parents had a wonderfully large garden in which they grew fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  Our menus revolved around the produce available from this sacred soil and from that of our neighbors, who always generously shared what they grew.  We would feast on the freshest corn, tomatoes, and zucchini,…

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

My husband and I both enjoy a good Buffalo Chicken Pizza, and we often judge a pizza joint by its version.  There are a few prerequisites: First, the chicken must be tossed in wing sauce, second it must have blue cheese, and third, there must be either blue cheese or ranch dressing served on the…

Mint Julep

  If I were forced to choose a favorite cocktail, this would be it.  In fact, when planning our wedding, I selected mint juleps to be served as one of the featured cocktails.  It may sound weird, but this drink was my inspiration for the overall feel of the reception.  As beverages go, it’s classic,…