Monthly Archives: May 2017

Garlicky Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Canapé 

Well summer is ready to make an appearance and I want to share one of my favorite summertime recipes. 

  • 1 large eggplant 
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 TBS fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped 
  • 2 large tomatoes cored and diced
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar 
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preheat grill

Peel and cut the eggplant in 1/2″ thick  round slices. Place in bowl or plastic bag with 2 to 3 TBS of olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well to evenly coat the eggplant.  Grill the eggplant for about 3 minutes per side. Look for browning and  for the eggplant to soften. Remove from grill and allow to cool.

Chop the eggplant in bite size pieces and place in a large bowl along with the tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, and remaining olive oil. Toss well and season with salt & pepper. For best results, allow to chill and meld overnight in the fridge. 

Serve on top of your favorite crusty bread and a little fresh mozzarella! 


Best Pie In America 

Did you ever wonder where the best pie in America is? I’m sure you didn’t drop everything and go looking for it, but it’s out there. I mean really out there! What if I told you it’s located in the middle of the mountains of upstate New York. It’s in the heart of the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. I’m talking about the Noon Mark Diner in Keene Valley NY.

This small but busy diner boasts of the best pies and they can back it up! I’ve known about the Noon Mark Diner for many years. I grew up in upstate New York and spent many of those years in the Adirondacks. I’ve even climbed most of the 46 largest peaks!

People coming through this small town of 207 full time residents are usually hikers, nature lovers, or vacationers on their way to Lake Placid located less than 20 miles away. Hikers in particular get hungry and cold. The Noon Mark Diner is like an oasis in the middle of these mountains. Like any diner, customers come in for a piece of pie and a hot cup of coffee. This is how they also found out that the Noon Mark Diner pies are on a whole different level of pies! The word got out and this little diner has never been the same.

The Noon Mark Diner is still a great old fashion diner, with a big pie making operation. Mail order keeps them busy along with the constant stream of walk-in customers.  

Last summer, my wife and I spent a few days in Lake Placid. On the way back, we stopped for lunch at the diner. I had a cup of soup and a BLT. I wanted a classic diner sandwich. The soup and BLT did not disappoint! Of course I had a piece of pie! They have so many choices but I went with the classic apple crumb. Sometimes the basic is the best. The crust was both flakey and tender. The crumb was a perfect crunch and sweet. The apple could have been picked off a tree in the back of the diner and baked right away. That’s how fresh it tasted.

I didn’t stop with just a piece of pie. I left Noon Mark Diner with five full pies of different flavors to bring home!  

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