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 thinlysliced 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. 





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





  • 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.