Pumpkins – Pompons- Pumpion

The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.” American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.

Easy no bake cheesecake recipe:
  1. Stir in 1 can of pumpkin pie filling,  a block of cream cheese at room temperature, 1 cup whipped topping, together in a large bowl until smooth. Next spread into the prepared pie crust.
  2. Refrigerate pie until the filling is set, 4 to 6 hours.



Grimaldi’s Dumbo New York

The story behind “The Great Pizza War.”

Patsy Grimaldi, the founder of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, learned to make pizza at age ten at Patsy’s Pizzeria, his uncle Patsy Lancieri’s restaurant in Italian Harlem in 1941. Decades later, Grimaldi decided to go into business for himself and originally planned to own his own restaurant in Manhattan. However, Grimaldi believed coal-fired brick ovens produced the best pizza and knew coal ovens were illegal in Manhattan.

As a result, Grimaldi opened Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York in 1990.

In the late 1990s, Patsy Grimaldi retired, selling the Grimaldi’s name and franchise (except for the Hoboken locations) to restaurateur Frank Ciolli. In 2011, the building’s owner declined to renew Ciolli’s lease, so he renovated an abandoned bank next door and moved the restaurant over. The next year, Patsy Grimaldi came out of retirement and opened a new pizzeria called Juliana’s Pizza in the original building, resulting in enmity between himself and Ciolli.


Kosher Deli’s on Long Island

We did a take out order at Regals Kosher Deli.  I had their blockbuster potato knish stuffed with pastrami.  The location is easy to miss tucked on the corner.  If you are looking for authentic cuisine go to Regals.  The no frill tables and decor should not detour you from dining. The rubber plant is the largest I have ever seen.  

1110 Old Country Rd # A, Plainview, NY 11803
Saturday 10AM–9PM
Sunday 10AM–9PM
Monday 10AM–9PM
Tuesday 10AM–9PM
Wednesday 10AM–9PM
Thursday 10AM–9PM
Friday 10AM–9PM

Phone: (516) 938-3588

Barnhouse Brewery

This local favorite brewhouse was started by Roger and Christine Knoell .  They have  giant Bavarian Pretzels with house-made beer cheese and several homemade beer mustard’s.  My favorite is the spicy mustard flavor paired with the Kolsch.

Lighter Side
Belgian & Seasonals

They are open Friday – Sunday are kid and dog friendly.

Vanish Brewery

Vanish Brewery is located near Lucketts and Leesburg with 20 taps started by Jonathan Staples in 2014.  The vast property 53 acres with black hops has room for kids to play and dogs to enjoy the sun.

The outdoor tables are the perfect spot to enjoy the live music. A perfect spot to spend the entire day with friends play Frisbee golf and lounging around the property.

42245 Black Hops Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-779-7407

Hours: Mon-Wed 12-9pm
Thurs, Fri 12-10pm
Sat 11am-10pm
Sun 11am-9pm

Rocklands Winery and Farm

The Rocklands Farm is the perfect serene location to have a wine tasting or a glass of wine.  There is also a market to purchase meat and other goodies.  I enjoyed the craft pizza baked while you sip and relax.  No pets allowed and most of the patrons are families.

Rockland Farms hosted several including a wine camp, live music and more.

This is an active farm with residences in house so be mindful of their personal space.  Take a walk and see the animals.


There’s a secret sauce simmering in Washington, D.C. Called mumbo sauce or mambo sauce, it’s a sweet-and-sour staple as specific to D.C. 

The recipe is rumored to be:
D.C. Mumbo Sauce

  1. 1/2 cup tomato paste (ketchup works in a pinch)
  2. 1 cup distilled white vinegar.
  3. 1 cup pineapple juice.
  4. 1 cup sugar.
  5. 4 teaspoons soy sauce.
  6. 1 teaspoon powdered ginger.
  7. 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce or more preferably Tabasco.


A pannekoek (plural pannekoeken or pannenkoeken) or Dutch pancake is a style of pancake with origins in the Netherlands.

My opa used to say that if you ain’t Dutch you ain’t much.   This recipe is an old family tradition.  All the way from Holland this breakfast treat can be made with several twists.  The 2 flavors I created today were cinnamon and apple and cinnamon and vanilla.

  • 4 eggs
  • 3cup milk
  • 3cup flour
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1cup sugar
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced or other fruit
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla optional

  1. Heat oven to 410°F.
  2. Beat eggs, flour, milk, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl on medium speed for approx. 1 minute.
  3. Prepare apples or other items and fold into mixture.
  4. Melt the butter in a 9×13 glass pan and then pour egg mixture in pan.
  5. Combine sugar and cinnamon or other flavors and sprinkle over mixture.
  6. Bake uncovered until puffed and golden, about 25-35 minutes.

Garlic Festival Dragoon, AZ

8th Annual Garlic Festival

Triangle T Guest Ranch 4190 E Dragoon Rd, Dragoon, Arizona

Step back into the Wild West for a fun weekend of garlic, food, arts, live entertainment in one of the last few ‘dude’ ranches left in the Old West.

The food was amazing we bought garlic pickles, horseshoe decor and a garlic seasoning.