I gave my nephew, Mark, a copy of my cookbook, Glub, Glub and a Shake Shake when I visited him and my brother in Florida. He found my recipe for Matzo Brei inspiring. He’s known for being the family cook, and loves to innovate, making up dishes as he goes along.

Below is his version of a simple homey dish. Call it “gilding the lily, making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” or whatever you think, but it is too much fun not to share.

“The cook book is pretty neat!!!, he wrote in an email to my sister-in-law. “I look forward to trying some of the recipes. Thought I would contribute to the book with a “next generation“ of Matzo Brei.

The original (or mine at least) instructs: break the matzo into pieces, pour cold water over, drain right away. Beat one egg for each piece of matzo with a little milk – a few tablespoons—and add to matzo. Melt butter or margarine in a frying pan; add matzo and spoon around as if you’re making scrambling eggs.

Mark suggested:

After wetting the matzo in the bowl, with the egg, add avocado oil and garlic powder. Cook the Matzo Brei the same way. In a separate pan, caramelize one medium size red onion, and then add 4 or 5 cloves of fresh minced garlic. Cook, then add 1 tablespoon of fresh-diced thyme, and enough water to make a thick sauce. Add a 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of soft cream cheese or Jalapeno cream cheese to the matzo. Add chopped cooked andouille sausage, turn the stove heat off and pour sauce over the matzo. Stir in a small amount of white truffle oil. Add cracked pepper to taste.“

We were tempted and asked what time was brunch. But with two young children and full-time work, we weren’t able to sample his creation. Maybe next time.

Lanny, Colin, & Mark




Announcing: A Glub, Glub and A Shake Shake: A Cookbook

It’s gone to press!  My cookbook, A Glub, Glub and A Shake Shake is available on Amazon.  I will also have some copies for distribution locally.

My children decided that it would be a good idea to have some of my culinary ideas in print, and the children, as well as the grandchildren, made sure that their favorite dishes were included. I dictated some of the recipes to my daughter, Lisa, and my daughter Madeline provided the whimsical illustrations. The cover of the book is a lovely eggplant.

Cover hi resIncluded are some great recipes, for novices and experienced cooks, too.  There are helpful hints, seasoned with a few laughs.

You might want to check out the recipes for sweet potatoes and rhubarb, to serve at Thanksgiving, The cookbook makes a great holiday gift.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Killingworth Foundation, which provides funds to local groups and scholarships to students.

Don’t Forget the Ladies! Books for Boys AND Girls!

While looking for books for my great- grandchildren, I discovered  Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and knew immediately that it was perfect for my 3-year- old great- grandson. When I read the story to him we had great fun imitating the sounds that each vehicle made. He taught me how each piece of equipment worked. This delightful story not only introduces children to heavy construction equipment, but is a reminder that everything, (and everyone) has to take a rest. The book is dedicated to all little boys who love trucks.  61IHJRCIZXL._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_SH30_OU01_AA160_DSCN1314

My three daughters, and my son, had books about trucks, toy trucks, and could identify every kind of truck. We had a farm, and when they were older, they all had the unique “privilege” of using the truck to deliver eggs, as well as the “privilege” of cutting the lawn with the tractor. My oldest daughter, when she was about two or three, had an obsession with bulldozers, which she called “boogozers.” She would tell her sister, who was about one or two, “See Naomi, that’s a boogozer,” if we passed one on the road. My father-law exclaimed that Naomi would be very smart, because her big sister was teaching her everything. We hired a bulldozer operator to do the site preparation for construction on the farm.  My daughter would stand on her bed and watch the bulldozer from the  window for hours. She was totally devastated when the job was completed, and couldn’t understand why her father wouldn’t buy her a  “boogozer.”

The author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Disker Rinker has two sons. If she had a daughter as well, she’d have realized that girls also love construction sites. I remember how enamored I was as a child with moving vehicles. As a teenager, though, I didn’t have the “privilege” of driving a tractor,but used a hand pushed mower.