10 minute meal- Italian stuffed portobello


Here’s a great one for a weeknight meal. Cook time – only 10 minutes!  The stuffed portobello is healthy, savory and also vegetarian.

(of course double, triple, etc. if you want to make several)

1 large portobello mushroom
Extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese
Fresh Mozzarella
1 clove garlic
1 small tomato
Salt, freshly ground pepper

1. Thinly slice tomato, mozzarella, and garlic – set aside
2. Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil on the stovetop, set the flame to high
3. Lightly coat the mushroom with oil
4. Place tomatoes and garlic in the oil for about 60 seconds – remove from pan
5. Place the mushroom underside down for 2 min. until brown, then flip the mushroom over and put the tomato and garlic in the center
6. Add parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and lastly the fresh mozzarella.
7. Bring the temperate down to low and cover the pan. Cook until the cheese melts, about 6 minutes.
8. Add parsley and drizzle a little more oil on top before you serve, then eat!
9. You may want to experiment with different cheeses, I think I’ll add some ricotta next time (yum) and I’m sure a feta version would be delicious too.

tagged in recipe, vegetarian

Aunt B Porch Takeover


Aunt B came over about a month ago with a paint brush in hand (yes, I’m behind on house updates). She marched right up the steps and said “WE’RE PAINTING THE PORCH THIS WEEKEND!” I’ve been waiting on it because I had plans to scrap the columns, caulk, and make a few repairs. I explained this to Aunt B but she wasn’t having it. “By the time you get all that done it will be time to paint it again!” She was right.  Aunt B who has decades of experience restoring her own old Rockaway house said something that has stuck with me “If you wanted every inch of your house to be scraped and cleaned to perfection, you would have bought a new construction house! Imperfections are charming.”


And so we went to it!


Aunt B doesn’t believe in breaks. Her moto: start at 9am, work until 5pm,  then relax (but don’t forget a quick bite to eat). We got so much done the first day because of her vigilant work ethic.


The guys were working inside but came out to take a look at the progress.


The pay off!


If painting all weekend wasn’t enough, on Monday Aunt B and Uncle John roll up with gorgeous hanging baskets! Uncle John spray painted the baskets Aunt B was hoarding, I mean storing in the attic.


We’ve come a long way. Everyone is rooting for us and helping out. It feels really great, thank you!


Inaugural Poseidon’s Parade – Spectacular Success


As the parade approached the 97th street stretch of the new boardwalk, I immediately thought, “This is like a New Orleans second line!” The Poseidon’s Parade was a block party in motion. The parader’s merged with the spectators and everyone just started dancing. The old and the young and everyone in between partied in celebration of Rockaway and the end of an awesome summer!

Congratulations to the organizers (the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade) for their hard work in creating a truly special community event. I have know doubt that the Poseidon’s Parade will become a longstanding Rockaway tradition.

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The creativity and effort that went into all the costumes was so impressive. Check out more great photos from Rockawayist.com

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Episode 8: Paella on the roof

We’re back from our summer hiatus and have we got an episode for you! I visited my very talented and beautiful cousin Sarah in Park Slope to learn how to make Paella. Not only did we get the high end paella but we got to cook it on the roof with views of the city. If I didn’t love her so much, I’d hate her for how jealous I am of her setup and skills! The recipe looks intimidating, but trust me, its worth it. Check out episode 8 here:

NewlyFED: Making Paella on the Grill from Glorified Tomato on Vimeo.


  • At least 1 cup of Good “EVOO” Extra Virgin Olive Oil (preferably from Spain)
  • 8 cups (2 quarts) of homemade or store-bought chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups imported Spanish Bomba Rice or other short-grain rice Short Grain Bomba rice (I brand I use is Arroz Cebolla from De Espana)
  • 1 tablespoon/ large pinch of Saffron
  • 2 tablespoons of pimentón (smoked paprika)
  • Sea salt, to taste

Butcher/ Charcuterie:

  • 8 oz Spanish chorizo, sliced (splurge at Murrays!)
  • 1 lb Boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Fish market:


  • 12 mussels
  • 12 clams
  • 6 shrimp, pealed and de-veined
  • 2 lobster tails, split



  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Spanish onions, finely chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes, grated
  • Lemons, for serving

SET UP / Mise en place


  1. Prep the stock and rice
  • Bring 2 quarts chicken stock to a simmer in a stockpot over low heat.
  • Add crushed saffron and 1/4 white wine. Salt to taste.
  • Meanwhile, measure 2 1/2 cups of Spanish Bomba rice, set aside.
  1. Prepare Meat
  • Rinse and dry chicken thighs. In a large bowl combine chicken thighs and season with 2 tablespoons of pimentón (smoked paprika). Cover chicken and let marinate for at least one hour. This can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Slice Spanish chorizo, set aside.
  1. Prepare seafood
  • Soak clams and mussels in separate bowls of fresh cold water. After 20 minutes, drain water, then take a look through the shells, de beard as needed. Discard of any broken shells. Place aside.
  • Peel and devein shrimp. If this step is done in advance, reserve shrimp shells and use for fish stock. Place aside.
  • Split lobster tails. With culinary sheers or a chef’s knife, place the tails on their backs and cut down the center. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Place aside
  1. Chop the vegetables
  • Finely chop 2 Spanish onions, set aside.
  • Mince 4 cloves of garlic, set aside.
  • Using a box grater, puree 4 ripe tomatoes, discarding the skin. Set aside.
  • Cut lemons in wedges, set aside.


  1. Render and sauté meats
  • Place a 20-inch paella pan with 3-inch sides over desired heat source. Add 3 tablespoons of EVOO.
  • Once the oil is hot sear the chorizo.
  • Place chicken thighs onto pan sear, approximately 4 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken and chorizo from paellera, leaving as much oil as possible in the pan.
  1. Create the flavor base (Sofrito)
  • Add another 2 tablespoons of EVOO to the pan; add onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Add the tomato puree and cook down for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  1. Create the Paella
  • Add the four cloves of minced garlic and 2 1/2 cups Bomba rice. Fold these ingredients into the sofrito and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Using a ladle, add the hot stock mixture until the stock is about 1 inch over the rice.
  • Turn up the heat to high. Once the stock is boiling, add the clams, chicken and chorizo and continue to boil for 8 minutes.
  • Add mussels and continue cooking, rotating the pan often, as the rice swells and absorbs the stock. Do not stir the rice.
  • Once the mussels open, give the Paella a good shake and turn the heat down to medium. Add shrimp and lobster tails. If the liquid evaporates before the rice is tender, add more hot stock. Cook without stirring, allowing rice to absorb all of the liquid, 8-10 minutes.
  1. Create Soccarat
  • Remove pan from fire and let it sit. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
  1. Serve!
  • Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges
  • Serve with garlic aioli if desired.
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