Lita Sandwich

Taco Lita since 1967 The tacos at Taco Lita are not authentic Mexican tacos.  They are for gringos, but very good for what they are.  Taco Lita is all about their signature little packets of sauce, which is so addictive, I always bring a stash home to have with my homemade tacos. The Lita Sandwich, […]

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  August 1, 2014   1 comment
101 Hamburger Ideas!

101 Hamburger Ideas!

What are you going to grill this weekend? Here are a few ideas! 101 Hamburger Ideas! 1. Pepperoni Pizza Burger: grilled burger covered with pepperoni, Mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce. 2. Verde Burger: grilled ground beef mixed with seasoned garlic, topped with piquant Italian Verde sauce made with parsley, onions and capers. 3. Classic Burger: […]

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  May 23, 2014   No comments

Shake Shack ShackBurger

Shake Shack originated as a hot dog cart in Manhattan in 2004 and has now grown to 21 locations across the United States with another 13 international locations. They are known for their shakes, fries, hot dogs and of course burgers.  The secret to the ShackBurger is the blend of sirloin, chuck and brisket beef. […]

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  February 14, 2014   No comments

Dry Rubbed Flank Steak

My daughter, Zoe, requested MEAT for her last meal at home before flying out today to go back to the east coast. However, her flight was cancelled. I guess she’ll get another last meal or should I say last supper! This rub is absolutely delicious, by the way. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:127]

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  January 21, 2014   1 comment


This missive came from my sister-in-law Rhonda from the UK – Happy New Years Eve! Can’t think where Fizzburgers originated, but we can’t do New Years Eve without them. Really good burgers (which must have a teaspoon of Marmite in it), sour cream and “caviar”.  The fizz bit is of course fizz.

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  December 31, 2013   3 comments

Pan Seared New York Strip Steak with Ponzu

My daughter, Zoe, came home from Rhode Island last night for her month long winter break. She said she needed protein! All she eats in the cafeteria is pasta, pizza and peas. This is one of her favorite meals, a simple steak dipped in Ponzu sauce. Ponzu is a Japanese sauce made with lemon juice […]

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  December 18, 2013   4 comments

Beef Stew

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. I made him beef stew. This recipe is slightly different than most because, you add the vegetables after you’ve cooked the beef for an hour.  Instead of regular sized Yukon Gold potatoes, I used mini potatoes (unpeeled) and cut them in half, which was a lot faster to prepare. I […]

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  October 24, 2013   2 comments

Macaroni Bolognese

Here is a great easy casserole. Great for a busy weekday. You can easily double it and make the sauce on the weekend. Macaroni Bolognese Serves 4 Olive oil spray 1/2 lb ground beef 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 celery stick, finely diced 1 medium zucchini, finely diced 6 […]

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  May 31, 2013   No comments

Swedish Meatballs (Köttbullar) with Gravy

When my brother-in-law, Russell, was in town he visited his friend Jim in Palm Springs, CA, who made these meatballs from his Swedish family in Rockford, Illinois. Russell and I went to Olson’s Delicatessen in LA, which is like walking into a time capsule. Swedish Meatballs (Köttbullar) with Gravy from my friend Jim in Palm […]

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  May 1, 2013   No comments


Today’s guest blogger is Julia from Lawrence, Kansas. Tagliata means sliced beef in Italian. This recipe is from Nigela Lawson. Tagliata Italian Steak with Cherry Tomatoes Serves 2 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp crushed Red Pepper Flakes 1 tsp dried Oregano Just under 1 tsp of Kosher Salt 2 tsp Red Wine […]

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  April 16, 2013   1 comment