Category archive for ‘Cooking with the Geezer’ rss

  • Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

    This week’s recipe is from Edgewater resident Fran Holmstrom. Not only did she send in one of her recipes, but she also tells us about her recipe blog. Is that great or what? Here’s what Fran wrote in to me:

  • Sammy’s Italian Vegetable and Sausage Soup

    This week’s recipe is one of my own, a very zesty and healthy soup perfect for these cold winter days. This is a soup that, combined with a loaf of Italian bread, becomes a great meal.

  • Peanut Butter Candy

    Recently, Judy and I were at the Lessners’ home for game night. On this particular night, Denise Lessner served these scrumptious homemade delights called Peanut Butter Candy.

  • Cooking With The Geezer – Creamy French Onion Soup

    This week’s recipe is from a reader who prefers to be anonymous. It’s a great version of French onion soup. Very simple and very good, a little different than the standard version.

  • Cooking With The Geezer – Chocolate toffee cinnamon rolls

    This week’s recipe is one from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. It looks scrumptious. Although after pigging out through the holidays, you might want to save this recipe for a special occasion. Yeah, like I’m going to wait that long to try this one!

  • Chuck’s Italian Wedding/Chicken Soup

    This week’s recipe is from a regular contributor to this column, Chuck Maniscalco of N-33. I have to admit it; this guy is my cooking god. He even makes his own Italian sausage that beats anything offered in stores. Here’s a great and very unique soup recipe perfect for the coming winter months. Thanks, Chuck.

  • Braised turkey and dressing

    Here’s another way to cook a turkey that I found to be a great alternative to the conventional way. The benefit of braising is that both white and dark meat come out perfectly cooked and seasoned, juicy, and carving is so much easier.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: October 25, 2012

    This week’s recipe is from me, and as you might expect, it’s traditional Italian. More specifically, it is Sicilian, which is my heritage. All four of my grandparents were born and raised in a small town near Palermo.

  • A taste of Italy in Sun City

    Recently, my wife Judy and I had dinner at the Burns’ home, and Emma served a wonderful chicken dish. I asked her if she would share the recipe with the community and, of course, she agreed to do so. Here’s your chance to try Emma’s special recipe.

  • You can go out and try Sammy’s Special, or you can make it at home

    A number of weeks ago, I gave you my creation, a variation on a traditional apple pie that included bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, and caramel sauce. I called it “Banapple Caramel Pie.” Later, I got the idea that this same combination could be made into crepes. So I took the idea to my friend, Konstantinos Drivas, the owner of Burnt Toast restaurants.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: May 31, 2012

    Vince (Chuck) Maniscalco is my personal cooking guru. When we met in Sun City, we learned that both of us had grandparents born in Sicily, the island a short distance from the southern coast of Italy.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: Rhubarb cake

    Today’s recipe comes from Carolyn Schachtner.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: Jewish Coffee Cake

    Joan Anthony is a special lady. I first met Joan through her husband Nelson, who is one of the members of my tennis play group. We had dinner at the Nelsons one evening, and that’s when I discovered that Joan is a wonderful cook. I kept bugging her to share one of her heirloom recipes.

  • Cooking with the Geezers: Strawberry Pie

    Jean Williamson offers a pie that is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. But first, there’s a story behind how Jean’s recipe found its way to my column this week. Last month, while we were in Florida, Joyce and Larry Fik of Sun City invited us to dinner at their Bonita Springs home. They also invited another Huntley couple, Jean and Ron Williamson, whom we had never met.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: Apple Pan Walnut Cake

    This week’s recipe comes from N-33 neighbors, Eileen and Dave Liebhart. Here’s what Eileen wrote to me.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: Apple Pan Walnut Cake

    This week’s recipe comes from N-33 neighbors, Eileen and Dave Liebhart. Here’s what Eileen wrote to me.

  • Cooking With The Geezer: Meatloaf or Meatballs

    Our special recipe is another treasure from Emma Burns of Neighborhood 33. Emma invites you readers to make use of this great soup. Thanks, Emma, for contributing to the column.

  • Cooking With The Geezer

    The following recipe comes from one of our dear neighbors and a terrific cook, Emma Burns. It’s not too big a surprise to find out that Emma’s an expert in the kitchen, when you consider she’s Italian and learned from the best in her family. The surprise comes when you find out that the recipe has nothing to do with her Italian heritage.

  • Turkey – Doug Dunlap style

    So, at the recent N-33 Holiday Party, I’m stuffing my face with hors d’oeuvres and talking to Grainery neighbors Doug Dunlap and Chuck Maniscalco. What were we discussing? No, not sports, not politics, either. You guessed it: cooking.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: December 1, 2011

    In the last edition’s column, I gave you my mom’s turkey stuffing recipe and hope you have a chance to try it sometime. If you’ve tried it, I’d like to hear from you with your comments. This week, I’m sharing one of my own creations.

  • Cooking with the Geezer: November 17, 2011

    Perhaps you have read my “Dining Out with the Geezers” column, which covers one of my passions in life. You’ve probably heard the old saying that some people “Eat to live, while others live to eat.” Well, the latter describes me pretty well, except it’s not complete without the cooking component. I live and love to cook and eat.