Pentecost — Tonight’s Meal

Tonight’s meal by Chef Bill Sr. was a mini-Easter feast to celebrate Pentecost and featured savory grilled lamb, kielbasa, pierogies and hrudka also known as Easter cheese.

Dessert was homemade chocolate chip cookies by Mrs. Chef Bill.

The wine was a homemade Merlot.

Salmon grilled with orange slices — Tonight’s Meal

Tonight’s meal by Chef Bill Sr. was salmon grilled with orange slices and rice pilaf. The dessert was chocolate pudding by Mrs. Chef Bill Sr. made with half and half.

The wine was an Argentinian torrontes.


Surf and Turf Mother’s Day Meal

Tonight’s Mother’s Day meal by Chef Bill Sr. was a surf and turf with  scalloped potatoes, and a delicious salad of fresh blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi topped with a honey and cottage cheese sauce.

The dessert was cannoli with a homemade filling.

The wine was a Valdelosfrailes Rose

Shish Kabob — Tonight’s Meal

Chef Bill turned 84 yesterday so he didn’t chef but rather was taken to Tavola’s at the Springfield Country Club where he ordered the seafood combination platter and a margarita. The coffee and dessert – a delicious blueberry pie made by Mrs. Chef Bill — was served at home.

Tonight, however, he was back on the job where he cooked up a delicious skewerless shish kabob featuring lamb, beef (an old London broil), along with mushrooms, green and red peppers and cherry tomatoes. Some chicken drumsticks and basa fish were thrown in just to make the meal a feast.

Dessert was an Italian rum cake provided by some nice neighbors.

The wine was a syrah from Columbia Winery.

Everything was perfect.

Monkfish In Paprika Sauce — Tonight’s Meal

Tonight’s meal by Chef Bill Sr. began with an antipasto of crudites including stuff olives from the Glen Mills Fresh Market olive bar and celery stuffed with whitefish salad. The main course was monkfish baked in a paprika sauce with sides of cottage cheese and egg noodles, and cole slaw.

The monkfish, whitefish salad and cole slaw came from Hill’s Seafood in Media.

The wine was a Nederburg chenin blanc from South Africa.


Chef Bill Jambalaya Tonight’s Meal

Tonight’s meal by Chef Bill Sr. was a jambalaya featuring chicken breast, Italian sausage and a piece of some kind of beef that had been frozen since August. It was delicious. The rice was cooked separately and mixed in afterwards. The bread was Italian and bought at Walmart for  77 cents.

The wine was a homemade Merlot.

Go here, for the recipe upon which it is based.

Shad With Lemon Pepper — Tonight’s Meal

Shad With Lemon Pepper — Tonight’s meal by Chef Bill featured a delicious broiled shad seasoned with lemon pepper and — the secret ingredient — Adolph’s tenderizer in lieu of salt.

The sides were stewed tomatoes mixed with green peppers and onions, excellent fresh Italian bread brought from Brookside Bagels, and corn on the cob that tasted almost summer fresh. The corn was bought at the small produce stand in Media near Hill’s Seafood from whence came the fish. (He tries to get all of his seafood at Hill’s)

OK, the meal also included frozen mac and cheese, — Chef Bill swears by Stouffer’ —  which did go well the with the tomatoes.

The wine was a Woodbridge Pinot Grigio.

Shad With Lemon Pepper

Traditional Breakfast Best Hangover Cure

Happy New Year.

And how are you feeling this morning? Well, what you need is a good traditional American breakfast of bacon, eggs, coffee and orange juice as it appears to be a nearly perfect hangover cure.

Amino acids in the bacon ease withdrawal symptoms; cysteine in the eggs counteracts the aldehyde that builds up in the body after heavy drinking; the caffeine in the coffee is an antidote to adenosine which is the main reason for hangover headaches; and the vitamin C in orange juice accelerates alcohol metabolism.

Figure out a way to get some asparagus, which has compounds that reverse the negative effects of alcohol on body cells, and hummas which includes vitamin B6 in the meal and you will have the perfect hangover cure.

Hat tip WTOP.Com


Traditional Breakfast Best Hangover Cure

Traditional Breakfast Best Hangover Cure

Lucky Elsie’s Hodge Podge

This hodge podge is a great family Christmas favorite that we have been making for many, many years.


2 Cups coarsely copped walnuts

1 Cup dates

2 Cups cocoanut

1 Cup brown sugar

2 eggs beaten

Mix dates and nuts and add 1 1/2  cups cocoanuts and the beaten eggs. Shape into balls and roll in the remaining cocoanut. Bake on a greased sheet at 350 degree F for 10 -12 minutes. Makes four dozen cookies.

Lucky Elsie’s Hodge Podge

Lucky Elsie’s Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

I’m  Lucky Elsie and I want to share my holiday favorites with you and my first will be my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Ingredients for Pie Crust

3/4  Cup sifted flour

1/2  Tsp salt

1/3 Cup vegetable shortening

2-3 Tbls ice water

Mix flour and salt in bowl. Cut in shortening until mix looks like large peas.  Mix in the water until the mixture holds together. Dough should not be wet or slippery though. Roll the dough out to fit an 8-inch pie pan.

Ingredients for Filling

1 1/2 Cups cook, strained pumpkin

1 Cup milk

3/4  Cup sugar

1/4  Tsp salt

1/2  Tsp nutmeg

1/2  Tsp ginger

1 1/2  Tsp cinnamon

2 Eggs slightly beaten

1 Tb melted butter

Place pumpkin in bowl and gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Add the ingredients in the order above. Beat with a mixer until smooth and pour  into the pie crust. Bake at 400 degree F until a kitchen knife inserted into the pie draws out clean. The baking should take between 35-45 minutes.

Lucky Elsie’s Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie