• 1 (15 ounce) package pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 cups sliced white and yellow NJ peaches
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter



  • Prep   30 minutes
    Cook  45 minutes

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Line the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate with one of the pie crusts. Brush with some of the beaten egg to keep the dough from becoming soggy later.
  3. Place the sliced peaches in a large bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour over the peaches, and mix gently. Pour into the pie crust, and dot with butter. Cover with the other pie crust, and fold the edges under. Flute the edges to seal or press the edges with the tines of a fork dipped in egg. Brush the remaining egg over the top crust. Cut several slits in the top crust to vent steam.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes, until the crust is brown and the juice begins to bubble through the vents. If the edges brown to fast, cover them with strips of aluminum foil about halfway through baking. Cool before serving. This tastes better warm than hot.


Pop's Tomato Sandwich - 1 Serving

2 - slices Italian semolina bread

1 medium-sized to large New Jersey Tomato, sliced

2 or 3 thin slices sweet onion

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

dried oregano

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For this sandwich, you need the best semolina bread, perfectly ripe new jersey tomatoes, 

and the best olive oil. ( We always had olive oil and vinegar in the truck). If we were 

near a delicatessen or general store, sometimes my father would buy a little jar of 

mayonnaise and use that too. If you're using mayonnaise , spread a thin layer on both 

slices of bread. Then cover one piece with a thick layer of tomato slices, then thinly

sliced onions. Sprinkle some hot pepper on top( as i got older i cut out the hot pepper)

Dress with olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Top with second slice of bread.




Simple Pleasures

We have all kinds of upscale restaurants, and there is a lot of interest in complicated cuisines, but sometimes it's the really simple things that give you the most pleasure. When I was a kid, I had to help my father sell produce out of the back of his truck. At lunchtime he'd stop at some little store and buy a loaf of Italian bread. Then we'd find a place where we could pull off to the side of the road. He'd put down a piece of cardboard for a cutting board, slice the bread, cut up a tomato and an onion, and make tomato sandwiches. 

Sometimes when I come home from work and I'm too bushed to prepare or even eat a full meal, I'll make myself a tomato sandwich. Food brings back memories. You can sit down with the most ordinary things on your mind and eat something good and it will bring back memories - things you haven't thought about in years. Even memories that might not start out being so good seem to improve as time goes by. At the time I hated peddling fruits and vegetables out of that truck with Pop, but now I wish I had the time to pull off to the side of the road they way we did then. We don't have the luxury of slowing down - everything is geared to working and being productive. Produce, produce, produce! Wouldn't I love to be able to take my son and go sit by the side of the road and have a tomato sandwich? With the perfect ripe red tomato and good bread, there's nothing better.



2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup sugar 

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature

3 white peaches peeled and sliced

3 white nectarines peeled and sliced

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup heavy cream

2 egg yolks

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Sift the flour with the salt, baking powder, and only  1/4 cup of the sugar. 

Add the butter and blend until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.

 Pour into a greased 8-inch or 9-inch round or square baking pan

. Lightly press the crumbs on the bottom and sides of the pan.

Arrange peach and nectarine slices over the pastry.

 Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the peaches and nectarines

 Bake for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, in a small bowl, whisk the heavy cream and egg yolks until well combined. Pour over the peaches and nectarines return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes.

Serve warm or cold with whipped cream if desired.



Eggplant Rollatini


  • 2 eggplants, cut      lengthwise into 1/8 or 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk 
  • bread crumbs
  • salt to taste 
  • vegetable or olive oil 
  • Prepared tomato sauce 


  • 1 ½ pounds ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese grated 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder


Dip the eggplant slices in egg and milk mixture, then coat with bread crumbs, both sides. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot and fry eggplant until golden brown; drain on paper towels. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together all of the filling ingredients.

In a large baking pan, place sauce on bottom of pan to cover. 

Spread a thin layer of cheese mixture onto each slice of eggplant. Roll up tightly and place seam side down in baking pan. Once the pan is filled with the rollatini pour sauce over the rolls and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Also, sprinkle some Parmesan or Romano cheese over top. 

Bake in preheated 350° oven for 20 - 25 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned.



Sweet Honeydew and Mint Smoothie
Makes 4 servings, easily made vegan

1/2 honeydew melon, cut into chunks (about 4 cups, or 1 1/2 lbs)
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1-2 leaves fresh mint (plus more for garnish)
1/2-1 tsp. fresh lime juice (or to taste)
1 cup ice
Drizzle of honey or coconut nectar, to taste (optional, depending on how sweet your melon is)

Cut your melon in half, remove the seeds, and slice away the outer rind. Cut the melon into chunks, and add to your blender along with the coconut milk, mint, lime, and ice. Blend until smooth. Taste, and adjust sweetness with honey or coconut nectar. Serve with a garnish of mint, or fresh melon slices.


 This smoothie is best made with cold ingredients. I suggest chilling your melon and coconut milk in the fridge before blending.
You could also turn this smoothie into a cocktail, if you were so inclined. A few options include adding a splash of tequila, rum, or vodka, to taste. 

Thank you Willow Arlen - Will Cook For Friends Recipe


Yield    2 Servings


2  Medium Nectarines  Peeled and Pitted

1  Banana Peeled

4-5 Strawberries Washed and Hulled

1/2 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup PineappleJuice

1 Teaspoon of Honey

4 Ice Cubes

2 Sprigs Mint ( garnish)

2 Pieces Cut Pineapple ( garnish)

Cut fruit into chunks and place in blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend at low speed for about 30 seconds, then at high speed for about 15 seconds. Garnish with mint and pineapple sections.





 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine, melted


3 eggs

 1/4 teaspoon salt

 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

 1 cup sugar

 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 1 teaspoon almond extract

 3 cups sour cream

 1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and cut in half

 Preheat the oven to 375*F

In a bowl, mix together all the crust ingredients, then press mixture on the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9-inch springform pan.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, salt, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract until smooth. Blend in the sour cream. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake for 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. 

 Top with cherries, then chill for 3 hours, and ENJOY





Blueberry Torte

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter      
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 3 egg yolks 
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch 
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 2 cups fresh New Jersey Blueberries 
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 


Preheat the oven to 350°. Use an electric mixer, combine the butter, vanilla, 1/2 cup sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch, flour, and baking powder. When well blended, press the mixture into the bottom and sides of a greased 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking pan. 

In a large bowl, mix the blueberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon until the fruit is well coated. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour. Serve hot or cold. 




 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted

· 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

· 1 cup all-purpose flour

· 2 teaspoons baking powder

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 cup milk

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· 3 to 4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, thinly sliced

· 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375°. 

Pour melted butter into a 2-quart baking dish (11x7 or 8-inch square). In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of the sugar, the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir to blend. Stir in the milk and vanilla until blended. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Toss the peaches with the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Arrange the peach slices over the batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. The top will be browned and the cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Serve warm with a little heavy cream, whipped topping, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Serves 6.



  • Prep Time
    15 minutes
  • Cook Time
    45 minutes
  • Ready In
    1 hour


  • 3 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cantaloupe, lemon juice, sugar, flour, 2 tablespoons melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. 
  3. Transfer to a 9 inch square baking dish, and spread the dry cake mix evenly over the top. 
  4. Drizzle the remaining melted butter over the cake mix.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown.





  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprig

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Place blackberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice. Stir together egg, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over topping. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Garnish with fresh mint sprig, if desired.

Step 2

For a neat presentation, bake for the same amount of time in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.


Serve this cobbler after your guests enjoy a simple, but impressive summer barbecue. This dish is vibrant and sweet. It would also be a perfect dessert for your Memorial Day barbecue.

This is a dish the entire family will enjoy. Swap out the blackberries for strawberries or peaches, if you please.







1/4 cup butter or margarine 

1 cup packed brown sugar 

1 can (20 oz) pineapple slices in juice, drained, juice reserved ( or fresh pineapple)

1 jar (6 oz) maraschino cherries without stems, drained 

1 box yellow cake mix 

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). In 13x9-inch pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange pineapple slices on brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice, and arrange remaining cherries around slices; press gently into brown sugar. 

Add enough water to reserved pineapple juice to measure 1 cup. Make cake batter as directed on box, substituting pineapple juice mixture for the water. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.


Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down onto pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake 5 minutes so brown sugar topping can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 30 minutes


Pop's Escarole Salad


Pop's Escarole Salad

My father didn't get really interested in cooking until he was a bit older and wanted to re-create some of the dishes my mother used to make. He made an escarole salad based on my mother's method, and it's excellent. Just use the yellow-white leaves at the center, which are a bit bitter but very tender. Put them in a bowl, squeeze a little lemon juice over them, add some onions, a little olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. It's simple, and just as good as it is easy.

Bette's Stuffed Artichokes

 Bette's Artichokes

4 medium-sized artichokes

 2 cups breadcrumbs 

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 

1 tablespoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted 

¼ cup water

3/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons parsley flakes


Rinse the artichokes well, remove the small outer leaves from the bottom row around artichoke, cut off the stem and slice about 1 inch off of the top. In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and pepper. Add the melted butter, water and oil and mix well.  If needed, add more water or oil to make stuffing very moist.Turn the artichokes upside down and press firmly to spread the leaves. Turn right side up and stand the artichokes in a large pot with about 1 ½ inches of water in the bottom. Cover and steam over medium-high heat about 20-25 minutes or until the artichokes are tender, checking the water level occasionally and adding more water as needed.  Stuff the breadcrumb mixture into the center and inside surrounding layers of leaves.  Put onto microwavable plate and microwave for approximately 3-4 minutes or before serving put into pan covered tightly with foil and place in 350° oven for approximately 20 minutes.   

Bette's Roasted Grape Tomato Bruschettas

 Bette's Roasted Grape Tomato 


2 pints grape tomatoes 

5 garlic cloves, chopped 

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and black pepper to taste

1 teaspoon rosemary 

1 teaspoon oregano 

Eight slices of bruschetta 


Preheat the oven to 400°. On a large baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with the garlic, crushed red pepper and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the tomatoes for about 20 minutes, until they burst and their skins begin to shrivel, stir once during roasting.

In a medium bowl, pour the remaining olive oil.  Add the rosemary and oregano with the olive oil. Add the tomatoes and their juices, stir gently and let stand for 30 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350°.  Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes, or until crisp. Spoon the tomatoes and juices over the bruschetta and sprinkle with salt before serving.

Broccoli Rabe Pie

Grandma Albertell's Broccoli Rabe Pie



  • ½ pound broccoli rabe 
  • 1 small onion, diced 
  • 1 garlic clove, diced 
  • ¼  pound sausage, no casing 
  • ½  pound ricotta cheese (whole milk) 
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated cheese 
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pie crusts for bottom and top
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 


Sauté garlic and oil until lightly browned and add broccoli rabe; sauté until tender. Strain the broccoli rabe and garlic mixture to remove the excess liquid. Chop the mixture finely, and set aside for later use. Cook the sausage meat and the diced onions until the mixture is fully cooked.  Drain the sausage mixture of any excess liquid.  Make sure the sausage and onion mixture is chopped, without any large pieces of meat. Add sausage mixture to the broccoli rabe mixture.  Blend well.  Next, add the ricotta, mozzarella, grated cheese and egg.   Stir until mixed well.  Add broccoli rabe and sausage mixture to the pie crust, and distribute evenly.  Add pie crust over the top.  Cut a vent hole in the center of the pie. Pinch the edges of the two crusts together. Brush the top of the pie and the edges with a beaten egg yolk.    Place pie on a cookie sheet, and bake at 375° for 45 minutes to an hour, or until golden brown. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving

Bette's Broccoli Rabe And Sausage

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage



  • 2 pounds broccoli rabe (Approximately  2 Bunches)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced      
  • 1 pound sausage, hot or sweet 
  • ½ teaspoon hot red crushed pepper      
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
  • Cooked pasta (optional) 


In a large frying pan, brown sausage. After sausage is cooked, cut into approximately 1/4" circular pieces and set aside. Cut off about 2 inches from the bottom stem of the broccoli rabe; rinse well and drain. In a large pot, put in broccoli rabe and add approximately 4 cups of water, cover and steam on medium-high until tender, stirring occasionally.  In colander, drain broccoli rabe and set aside. In the same empty pot put in oil and garlic and sauté garlic until lightly browned. Add broccoli rabe, sausage, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper to the sautéed garlic and oil and stir together. If desired, place broccoli rabe over cooked pasta and serve.  

Mama Louise's Escarole 'n' Beans

Mom's Best



  • 2 heads escarole 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped 
  • 2 cans Cannellini beans 
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red crushed pepper   
  • Salt & pepper to taste 


Cut bottom core off escarole and rinse leaves well.  In a large pot, put in escarole leaves and add 4 cups of water; steam until leaves are tender.  Drain in colander and set aside. Place olive oil and garlic in the same pot and sauté garlic until golden brown. Add escarole and the remaining ingredients into the pot and stir. Heat thoroughly 

Bette's Broccoli Salad


Broccoli Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into small pieces 
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries      
  • 1/2 small onion, red or white, diced     
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled     
  • 3/4 cup of cashew nuts

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise 
  • 3-4 tablespoons red wine or balsamic  vinegar     
  • 1/3 cup sugar 


In a large bowl, mix together all the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over broccoli and stir until well coated.  Chill and serve.