Archive for April 18th, 2009

A Wonderful Treasure

On a mission this morning to exchange the DVD and grocery shop. In the middle of the hub-bub before leaving the house (I’ll get to that in a minute), the ingredients for Thursdays CEimB night was missed.  I decided to stop at Barnes and Noble to take a peak at the recipe, since the book had to be there.  During my stop, I found a true treasure:

dscn0693Being a cook book collector, this one couldn’t be passed up.  “Joey’s Italian. Favorite Recipes from Central New York’s Celebrated Restaurant”.    Look what was detailed on page 76…

Utica Greens by Joey DeCuffa

Utica Greens by Joey DeCuffa

In the beginning of the book, Joey tells his story.  He talks about growing up and working in Utica at another famous area restaurant, Grimaldi’s.   It is a wonderful summary of his life and how he grew to love cooking and finally owning one of the most popular restaurants in Syracuse, New York.   All the local recipes we Central New Yorkers love.  What a treasure!


As for the hub bub… well, Ted discovered the upstairs freezer wasn’t working.  He proceeded to move it and check out the electrical connection. 


Groceries were on hold until we found out if it was a permanent failure or a simple “pause in the action”.  Turned out the circuit breaker had been tripped.  We were working again. Phew!

Then there was the muffin hold up.  Had to wait for muffins to bake.  These were made with SALBA whole grain, which is why you see the sesame seed type texture at the top.  They are just okay in my opinion so I won’t offer any recipe.  My mistake?  Too much salba, not enough fat and not enough flour.  As for healthy, you can’t beat them because they have all the vitamins, minerals, protein… everything a good healthy muffin should have.


Upon cleaning up after muffin making, I studied the sponge wondering if it had seen better days.. WARNING! This is gross so if you have a weak stomach, don’t look at the next shot…

sponge grunge

sponge grunge

I  decided to use a new sponge and to heak with microwaving the old one to kill bacteria.  They really smell nasty if you microwave them. Peee-Yew!

How long do you keep your sponges? Do you do anything to try to extend their life, like microwaving them?

A wrap

I’m off. Tonights dinner post just might be something special and deserving of it’s own page. We will see.

Have a super Saturday night!


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As usual on a Saturday, a dinner review is offered from the Friday evening meal at a choice Utica restaurant. Last nights dining experience was at Daniel’s Valley View. Superb!  But first, this mornings glorious run.

At 5:15, I woke up and wandered into the bathroom followed by a German Shepherd that decided I shouldn’t go in there alone.  Looking at the clock, it really was too early for a weekend run but Shane didn’t think so.  Outside we went. Then we couldn’t stop. It was a perfect morning for a run down the Parkway, up Oneida, turning in at the Cemetery and up to Valley View.  We could smell the Zoo when running down the Parkway. It wasn’t unpleasant. It reminded me of the smell of the horse barns at the shows, early in the morning, when the grooms were up cleaning stalls and feeding. Ah…the wonderful memories.   It’s times like that, getting lost in the memories, that makes a run perfect.  We completed 7 + miles today.

The morning omelet:  1 piece of Brown Rice Toast. 3/4 cup Egg Beaters. Asparagus, spinach, left over meatless greens and feta.


We did go to the Munson Williams Mixer last night, but arrived too late for munchies as Ted got caught up in a slow golf game Friday afternoon. We had time to chit chat with our friends before they left to watch the movie presentation. As for Ted and I, we needed to eat.

Dinner at Daniels..

A perfect dining experience at one of our favorite, close to home restaurants,  Daniels at Valley View. It is 1 mile up the Parkway from our home and on a warm summer evening, a wonderful walk.  We arrive there and are treated like family from staff and guests alike.  Everyone was in a fine mood last night.  Could it have been that we arrived at the end of Happy HourCould it have been the beautiful weather ? Utica had perfect weather throughout the day Friday.  Whatever the reason, we had fun. 

The wine and beer… we JUST caught the tail end of Happy Hour and were offered 2 fer’s, as marked by the shot glasses…dscn0679

The bread and pizza…. mouth wateringdscn0682

We had the meatless greens and a crisp, fresh salad.  We plunged our forks in almost before the waitress set the food on the table. We were HUNGRY!   


dscn0684Dinner. My favorite… Fruitti Di Mar… Seafood Stew. No pasta, over vegetables, light on the sauce. Perfecto!

dscn0687The sauce was light and complimented the seafood in a way that could only be bettered if they were still swimming in their natural environment.  There were clams, shrimp, calamari, mussels (don’t like), scallops.  Did I eat it all? PLEASE!   By the time my belly said to brain…”AH…Are you going to stop any time soon because it’s getting a little crowded in here?!!! “(Darn that belly!),  it only looked as if 1/2 the dish had been eaten. So much. So good. So little stomach space.

Of course the perfect meal is followed by a perfect Cup-a-Joedscn0688

Forgot to tell you…..Movie review 

Now I have to back track a couple of nights because I forgot to mention our unprofessional opinion of the movie “The Reader”.

dscn0671We really enjoyed it.  The only disappointment was the ending. It was slow moving but the story held our interest right through the end. No one nodded off. That alone says a lot.

Recommended you watch it, but NOT with the kids around. There is nudity and … well, you know.

I’m off to bake with SALBA , grocery shop, yard work before it rains.   Love Saturday! Have a great one.

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