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A real treat to be invited to meet movie icon Hayley Mills after her performance in the play “Party Face”. What’s your favorite Hayley Mills movie?

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Cooking With Mr. C.’s Homemade Lasagna

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Ingredients:

2 lbs. tomato sauce

2 lbs. ricotta cheese

3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1lb. box lasagna noodles

Directions:

1. Boil lasagna noodles according to directions on the box, drain well and let cool a few minutes.

2. In a large bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, half of the grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, sea salt and ground black pepper.

3. To assemble, in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish, evenly spread 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture. Place a layer of lasagna noodles.

4.  Use half of the cheese mixture and spread evenly. Add 1/4 cup sauce on top. . Repeat layers twice. Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil.

5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree  oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Italian Baked Clams

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ngredients:
3 (6 oz.) cans of minced clams in juice
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
2 tsp. oregano (fresh preferred)
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tbs. parmesan cheese
2 tbs. of olive oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients.
2. Using premade (aluminum) clam shells, stuff each one. Depending on how much you stuff each one, you will need about 12 clam shells.
3. On a baking tray, put stuffed clam shells.
4. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes or until tops of clams are slightly crispy.
Serve with lemon.

 

 

Dark Chocolate Espresso Biscotti

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Ingredients:
4 tbs. espresso powder
1 tbs. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs ( beaten )
1 lb. dark chocolate (chopped) * a good brand
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Mix espresso powder and vanilla extract.
2. In a large bowl, add sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Add eggs and espresso and vanilla to flour. Mix well.
4. Cut dough in half. Shape each half into a 2 1/2-inch-wide, 3/4-inch-tall log.
5. Put parchment paper on a baking pan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until dough is firm.
6. Let cool for about 25 minutes.
7. With a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/4-inch slices on the diagonal
8. Put biscotti, cut side down, back on baking sheets. (use parchment aper)
9. Bake for another 15 minutes until biscotti is golden brown.
10. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 hours.
11. Melt dark chocolate. Dip one side of the biscotti and let dry on wax paper. (You can put them on a pan and in the freezer for five minutes for chocolate to dry faster.)
*Keep in a sealed container.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Walnut Nutella Cookies

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Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 oz. dark chocolate morsels (get a good brand)

3/4 cup walnuts (chopped)

sea salt (optional)

1 jar of chocolate Nutella

confectioners sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Put parchment paper on baking pans.

2. In a bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, brown sugar and butter. Beat until creamy.

3. In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.

4. Slowly beat in dry ingredients into egg mixture.

5. Add chocolate and walnuts. Stir it in with a wooden spoon gently. Make sure it is well blended.

6. Use a heaping tablespoon and place on baking pan. (about 2 inches apart)

7. Optional: Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each cookie.

8. Bake cookies for about 12 minutes. If you made larger cookie bake about 15-16 minutes. Use a toothpick to test if they’re baked.

*Makes about 2 dozen if you use a tbsp. for each cookie. *12 cookie sandwiches

9. Let cookies cool. When cooled, spread Nutella on the inside of each cookie. Put two cookies together to form a cookie sandwich,

10. Dust with confectioner’s sugar. (powdered sugar)

My new children’s picture book “Mr. C. Takes Manhattan” debuts this Fall. A fun filled factual story about the many wonderful places to see and visit in Manhattan, New York.

Mr. C.’s Chicken Ricotta Parmesan

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Ingredients:

8 thin slices chicken cutlets

2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups fresh ricotta cheese

1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced into 8 thin slices)

sea salt

4 fresh basil leaves (chopped)

olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet put 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook chicken cutlets on both sides for about 3 minutes each.
  2. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with tomato sauce. Place cooked cutlets in pan. Put a little tomato sauce on top of each cutlet.
  3. Put a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese on top of each cutlet. Spread the ricotta evenly on top.
  4. Put a slice of mozzarella on top of each cutlet. Sprinkle with sea salt and basil.IMG_5320
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 1o minutes until cheese is melted. IMG_5322   Serves 3 to 4 people.

I went backstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre to say hello to the newest “Aladdin”, Telly Leung and also to the reigning “Sultan” of the show, Clifton Davis. Who grew up in the 80’s watching Clifton on “Amen”?

What can I say? It’s “Sally Field”!!! A true legend!!

It’s always a pleasure to hang out with the very nice, Matthew Rhys.