Appetizers · Recipes · Vegetarian Recipes

Grilled Eggplant Dip This recipe (which I borrowed from Bobby Flay) is a fun, summer appetizer. Instead of roasting an eggplant in the oven, grill it to get a smoky taste. Serve with pita bread to start a summer time dinner party. Ingredients 1 red bell pepper¼ cup canola oil Salt & Pepper taste1 large eggplant, ends trimmed,…… Continue reading Grilled Eggplant Dip

Chicken Recipes · Recipes

Chicken Thighs in Yogurt with Carlo DeSando IV My son Carlo joins me to cook his favorite recipe, Chicken Thighs in Yogurt. This is a great recipe for chicken thighs. Greek Yogurt tenderizes meat more effectively than regular marinades. While vinegar or citrus marinades can toughen chicken so it is a little rubbery, yogurt slowly tenderizes them, so the meat can be pulled apart by hand…… Continue reading Chicken Thighs in Yogurt with Carlo DeSando IV

Desserts · Recipes

Blueberry Pie Bars (In Leland, MI) INGREDIENTS – 3 Parts, made separately Crust and Crumble Topping This easy, summer baking concoction is a hit at parties and family gatherings. I hope you like butter, sugar and flour, as well as blueberries.  ½ cup butter, melted ½ cup sugar ¼ cup brown sugar 1½ cups flour pinch of salt, to taste Filling  1 large egg ½…… Continue reading Blueberry Pie Bars (In Leland, MI)

Fish & Seafood Recipes · Recipes

Leland White Fish with Ellen (Gilligan) This simple dish comes together in under 10 minutes. You make the topping, broil the fish and eat a delicious meal In Leland, we buy our Whitefish at Carlson’s Fishery (, 205 River St, Leland, MI 49654 (231) 256-9801. It’s the best in town. This recipe will work with just about any fish, we…… Continue reading Leland White Fish with Ellen (Gilligan)


Pasta Carbonara Alla Luke (DeSando)

My son, Luke DeSando, shows a simple way to cook Pasta Carbonara, without adding oil, cream and/or butter and avoiding scrambling the eggs as you finish the dish. By tempering the eggs (see tempering below), you get a creamy texture and fully cooked eggs. Remember: the main goal is creaminess. This is a timing…… Continue reading Pasta Carbonara Alla Luke (DeSando)