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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.

Meeting up with the very kind and talented Josh Groban


Books Are Going Fast. Get “Cooking With Mr. C.” For All The Children and Elementary School Teachers In Your Life.



Haven’t a copy of “Cooking With Mr. C.” for your classroom or for your kids? Come and get a signed copy on Wed. June 8 at 6:30 pm at Barnes and Noble  in Carle Place, New York.

Mr. C.’s Chicken Ricotta Parmesan


Have You “Liked” “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook?


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


  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.


Hope to see Long Islanders at Barnes and Noble in Carle Place, NY,  as I sign my brand new children’s picture book, “Cooking With Mr. C.”, this Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 pm.


Matthew Rhys, star of the FX drama “The Americans” is one of the nicest guys around. He has a copy of my new children’s picture book, “Cooking With Mr. C.” Here’s how you can get your copy.



Watch the season premiere of “The Americans” on March 16 on FX.