High “Steaks” at Red Rock

Having a blast with family in Las Vegas and livin’ large in Summerlin.  An afternoon of gambling gave way to an awesome dinner at T-Bones at Red Rock Casino.   The beautiful entryway belies the extravagance within!   A seafood tower of epic proportions whets our appetites for the main event.   Awesome! A 42 oz. bone-in T-bone steak a la Fred Flintstone is a real eye popper.   OMG!      Roasted veggies and a wonderful bread basket with house made goodies enhance our experience.   A big thank you to my dear cousin, Mike for showing us the real Vegas….. Continue reading High “Steaks” at Red Rock

The Best of Cancun

In a country Americans call our neighbor, in a state with a funny name, in a city born out of tourism, I feel at home.  I first visited Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 34 (gulp) years ago as a college student.  On my first visit there were two !! hotels on the beach along Blvd. Kukulcan.  Yes.  Cancun has grown into a world class tourism destination. Yes. Cancun has given birth to several nearby tourist destinations. Think Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, etc. Yes. Spring breakers love Cancun. But… the heart of Cancun is still here if you are willing … Continue reading The Best of Cancun

A Day Near the Water

A quick trip to the shore for an afternoon eating the great bounty of the Chesapeake.  A great thing to do over the Memorial Day holiday.  Bridge views get you in the mood….        The sailboats were out in force today! Kent Narrows was our destination…actually Harris Crab House to be exact…          XL’s very nice.  Boiled Shrimp very nice.  Beers nice and cold. Sandy Point Beach was a hotspot to tan and try out the fishing, too….      All in all a GREAT day! Continue reading A Day Near the Water

Keep it simple…

Spiced boiled peel and eat shrimp, a favorite salad, maybe a baked potato or baked sweet…. that’s the ticket for a warm spring night when I don’t really feel like cooking.  The shrimp are made ahead so they have at least a couple hours to cool in the boiling liquid. The BEST boil I’ve made to date includes the following spices: 2-3 bay leaves 1T mixed peppercorns 1t celery salt 1/8C + 1T Old Bay seasoning 1/2T Chili powder Bring to boil in 1 and1/2 quarts water. Add 1lb. raw shrimp. Boil until shrimp are pink.  Cool in the boiling … Continue reading Keep it simple…


A short day of work, a client who has lots of little chores to be accomplished before he returns home to Asia, lots of housework and not a lot of cooking. Once again I am relegated to hors d oeuvres instead of a full dinner. I throw together some little filo packages filled with a mushroom duxelles. I am feeling like an expert at making these little packages now. Layer, butter, layer, butter, layer, butter, filling, squeeze all ends together and twist and squeeze again. A little more butter on top to brown up nicely. Shrimp and grits up next. … Continue reading TGIF