The Ultimate Beer and Cheddar Dip. Just in Time for the Game.

All Recipes, Gastropub | October 11, 2016 | By


Let me be perfectly upfront with you.

This is going to be one of the best things that you have ever tasted in your life.

I know this sounds a little over the top for a simple “dip”…but trust me, it’s so much more than just a dip.

Imagine being in the middle of a tornado, ok?

Now, imagine that tornado being made of cheese sauce..but not your average cheese sauce, but, The Ultimate Cheese Sauce.

Confident? Yes

Drunk? NO!!!!

Well, there is beer in it and there are 6 bottles to a 6 pack and the recipe does call for beer so as I was perfecting the recipe I had to regulate the amount of alcohol vs cheese ratio numerous times and by default…

Let’s just say I had to call a cab to get me home from the test kitchen but the good thing is…

I created your new favorite food item.

Your go to party dip..

The Sunday football invite guarantee.

It’s warm, sweet, tangy and seriously delicious.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it.


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The Ultimate Cheese and Beer Dip
Serves 4
The most delicious dip that you will ever have.
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 4 Tbsp salted butter
  2. 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup whole milk
  4. 1/2 cup beer (use a quality lager. Not Budweiser)
  5. 1 tbsp tabasco sauce
  6. 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  7. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  8. 1/4 tsp cayenne
  9. 1/4 tsp. salt
  10. 1/4 tsp chopped parsley (for garnish)
  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, slowly melt the better.
  2. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour until smooth.
  3. Remove pan from the stove and whisk in 1/3 of the milk until it's smooth.
  4. Then whisk in another 1/3 of the milk slowly.
  5. Now add in the remainder of the milk and continue to whisk until it's smooth.
  6. Stir in the beer, tabasco, dijon, onion powder, cayenne and salt.
  7. Bring the pan back to a medium heat and stir until the sauce is smooth and thick.( 2 min)
  8. take off heat.
  9. Whisk in cheese a little at a time and make sure it is melting nicely before adding more cheese.
  1. The reason why I break the milk amounts into thirds is to make sure that the sauce is smooth and all bits of flour are dissolved.
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Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushroom.

Grilling | October 7, 2016 | By


I love veggies, but let’s get honest shall we?

There are only so many salads you can have in a week without growing whiskers and long ears.

Only so many stalks of celery…

Only so many carrots…

Only so much lettuce…

Enter the Mushroom.



Perfect for meatless Monday, vegetarians or for any other reason, portobello mushrooms are my go to ‘shroom when I know that I have a busy day ahead of me and I plan on grilling some hearty and healthy food after a busy day away from home.

If you have one of those set it and forget it type of days coming up and you don’t want to break out the crock-pot, this is the recipe for you.

As an appetizer, a side or a full entree, this marinated piece of Heaven will be on your playlist for a long time.


Endless Summer Coming to an End.

All Recipes, Uncategorized | September 28, 2016 | By


Well, It’s the end of September and I am told that the first day of Autumn was a week ago.

I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it now.

How could that happen? 

It seems as if it was just a few days ago that I was starting to turn the air conditioners on, lather up my little boy with so much sunscreen he looked like a ghost and laughing with friends while having beers in the backyard until well past 9pm.

It’s not 90 degrees any more and it’s dark around 6 but I haven’t seen any other indicators that cold weather is on it’s way.

As I was cleaning some leafs off of my bbq last night I really took a step back to look around and think about what a great year I’ve had so far.

In addition to the great times with family and friends, the fresh caught seafood, bi-weekly trips to the farmer’s markets and visits to the wineries really made it memorable so far.

I was going to go to my favorite farm stand on Saturday morning but I’m just not in the mood to get stuck in “Apple Traffic.”

You know what I mean… the traffic that just covers the local roadways with weekenders going out to pick apples and sample homemade donuts and cider.

Well, I have to make this a short post as I need to get some pictures on Instagram, send out some tweets and go into the attic and pull out my crockpot, a few sweaters then settle down and blog about a couple seasonal Oktoberfest beers that I love.

Oh well.

Summer may be “officially” over but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the outdoors, supporting local farms and farm stands, wineries, breweries and start cooking with some awesome root veggies.

Hey, I love the Fall. Bring on apples, root veggies and slow cooked dinners!


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Beach Shack Wings. Sweet, Spicy and Oh, so Good.

All Recipes, Barbecue, Gastropub | September 16, 2016 | By

On the eastern most end of Long Island stands the town of Montauk.

It’s very much a fishing town that people flock to because of it’s dock to table seafood, relaxed atmosphere, awesome waves and the tranquil vibe it leaves you with.

It’s gotten more developed, more trendy and more inhabited over the years, but to me it will always be a place where I learned to swim in the ocean, respect the waves, appreciate amazing sunsets, develop my love for seafood and a place where beautiful memories were made.

There are so many places on Long Island to get great seafood, but to me the best places are the closest to the water.

The dockside restaurants where industrial fishermen haul back monster tuna and tremendous shark to be sold at markets as well as off the map seafood shacks and small restaurants where amazing recipes are developed after the patrons have left, the last table is cleaned and they break out the beers.

“This is about chicken wings, right? Why all the talk about fish?”

We’ll, I’m glad you raised your hand and asked this question.

Over the last few years the foodie focus has not only been on seafood, but tavern and beach hut type eats such as innovative salads and finger foods like creative chicken wings.

Originally, it was down to earth fish like fried flounder, but then as tastes developed, family cooks became chefs, new inspirations were created, fancy foods were introduced and celebs bought restaurants… the times changed and so did the menu.

Restaurants that were known for having the reliable chopped steak and crab cake all of a sudden replaced these standards with sushi grade tuna, chilean sea bass with mango chutney, steak tartare and dishes revolving around molecular gastronomy, like edible sea foam.

What the hell is edible sea foam?

It’s just lecithin powder incorporated with other ingredients to look like a wave, rolled up on your plate and left it’s nasty, greenish residue.

Sexy, right?  How about edible sand?

How about no!?!

The trend is going back to eating what you like, not what’s trendy and what the local celebs are chowing down on.

What a concept.

Fresh cut fries with sea salt and garlic butter is coming to mind, sweet and smoky short ribs and Smoked Cheddar and Pulled BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese all lend their notes to how I created my wings.

These wings are simple, even though there are numerous ingredients, the process is easy and your taste buds will thank you.

Sure, if you look hard enough you can still find a free range, grass fed elk burger with a raw quail egg and shaved wheat berry truffle infused olive oil on it being eaten by someone who wants to be seen eating something like this,  but for me, I’ll stick to eating what I want.


Beach Shack Chicken Wings
Serves 2
The most delicious and juicy chicken wing you will ever have.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
For the Chicken Wings
  1. 20 chicken wings
  2. 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  4. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
For the Sauce
  1. 1 cup high end, store bought regular bbq sauce. Noting too fancy or anything with added heat.
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  3. 4 tbsp ketchup
  4. 3 tbsp Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 3/4 cup honey
  7. 5 tbsp salted butter
For the Wings
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Wash wings with cold water and dry well with paper towels.
  3. In a large zip lock bag, add the pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder and brown sugar.
  4. Place wings, 5 at a time in the bag and coat well.
  5. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or if you are using a great non-stick cookie sheet, lightly coat with a little canola oil.
  6. Place the wings in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
  7. Cook for 35-40 minutes, turning once.
  8. While wings are cooking, make the sauce by simmering the ingredients on very low.
  9. As the wings are just about finished done baking, brush the sauce all over them, and put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
For the Sauce
  1. While the wings are cooking, simply make the sauce by simmering all of the sauce ingredients for 10 minutes, under very low heat.
  1. Go to Costco for napkins.
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15 Years Later and it’s Still Not Easy.

Uncategorized | September 11, 2016 | By


It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago life changed…for everyone.

I’m not going to lie, it’s a hard day for me and for many.

Today I reflect, go to church, pray, spend time with the ones I love and let them know how much I really do appreciate, need and love them.

Sorry for the non-foodie chat… It’s just one of those days.

Usually through reflecting and memoies I think about food and I’m sure today will be no different.

Check back tonight if you’re hungry for comfort food… Because again, it’s one of those days.

Enjoy your day and thank you very much for following me on my food journey.

I wish you peace.

Crispy Cornmeal Shrimp with Homemade Tartar Sauce.

All Recipes, Dinner, Gastropub | August 31, 2016 | By


The Summer is not officially, the Summer, without some good ole’ fried seafood.

I love fried seafood. 

Fried clams, oysters, even fried lobster…but my all time favorite is fried shrimp.

For shrimp, I like coconut shrimp, shrimp parmigiana, buffalo shrimp, but my favorite go to recipe when I am in the mood to fry…a nice crispy shrimp that will be so addicting, you can stop eating them.

Did you ever open a bag of chips or cookies in the car after the supermarket run and say to yourself,

“I’m just going to have one…perhaps two..tops, but that is it.”

By the time you pull into the driveway your shirt is full of crumbs and there’s an empty bag or container on the passenger seat.

Yup, we’ve all been there…only the strong ones will admit it. :)

That, in the nutshell, or shall I say, In the shrimp shell…is exactly how this shrimp will be to you.



Grilled Lemon and Herb Chicken. Summer Night Perfection.


Grilled chicken is a family favorite, oh so easy and so many ways to prepare it.

It’s the Summer, it’s hot and nobody wants to be in the kitchen, especially when the weather is perfect, the birds are chirping and the sun is setting so perfectly in the sky.

Ok, it’s not always such a bucolic setting in August here in New York, in fact the mosquitoes are out like frantic shoppers on Black Friday and the heat and humidity can be downright oppressive, but with this winning recipe, you’ll be cool as a cucumber enjoying the good life whether you are dining in or outdoors.

There are so many ways you can add flavor to chicken to look like a rock star to your friends and family, but one of the easiest and most rewarding ways is by marrying  these  simple and delicious ingredients that I use to make my Grilled Lemon and Herb Chicken.


Grilled Salmon with Spicy Summer Strawberry Glaze

All Recipes, Barbecue, Dinner, Grilling | August 17, 2016 | By


Strawberry season is coming to an end, but have no fear…there are some excellent options if you missed the berry boat.

The summer brings us so many amazing things.

Fresh vegetables, delicious fruits, the sounds of children laughing as they run through the sprinkler, the smell of fresh cut grass and especially today…

God Awful Heat and Humidity!

                                    Cue the Lovin’ Spoonful’s song…… 

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head


Endless Summer Pesto Grilled Shrimp

All Recipes, Dinner, Grilling | August 9, 2016 | By


Summer is here and my inner caveman needs to be near fire, sticks and raw stuff every night.

( ok, and beer or wine or martinis..but mostly beer..ok,  never martinis or wine..I just wanted to sound classy)

Why is that?

Is it the great outdoors? The freedom of the backyard?  The smell of freshly cut grass ? Or perhaps it’s the stress of trying to cook a great meal while making sure that my toddler and black lab don’t knock over, fall into or throw toys into the crazy hot BBQ?

Whatever it is…I’m taking advantage of the beautiful Long Island weather, the bounty of fresh basil growing in my garden and the massive bag of charcoal at my disposal.


Hamburger Dill Pickle Slices.

All Recipes, Vegan | August 5, 2016 | By



Last week my wife tells me that her friend is out of town on vacation and she needs a big favor?

She has a large garden that needs to be watered and as a “Thank You’, we would be able to take as many cukes as we wanted.

So, I grabbed a basket, a colander and my favorite helper. My little guy.