Specialty Foods

Opera Joe Interviews Dan Crowley, Author of Danny: Growing Up Gay & Creative

Opera Joe Interviews Dan Crowley, Author of Danny: Growing Up Gay & Creative

It was wonderful of artist and author Dan Crowley to come share some of his amazing new book, Danny: Growing Up Gay & Creative, currently available on Amazon. A beautiful guide to being different in the multi-verse of cultures and politics for both young and old alike. Beautifully illustrated and intimately written. Bravo, Danny! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTDjlcMWrNs Danny, Growing Up Gay & Creative is a collection of fifty full-color drawings based on my memories of growing up...

Sautéed Chicken with Dijon Cream Sauce and Fresh Tarragon

Sautéed Chicken with Dijon Cream Sauce and Fresh Tarragon

This French-inspired sauce is a delicious pairing for sautéed chicken.  Tarragon is an herb that tastes a lot like black licorice and is completed by the flavor of mustard.  I like to serve the chicken with wild rice and some roasted potatoes on the side.  I usually also make a tossed green salad with red wine vinaigrette to round out the French theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psoXl-tt5cU For sautéed chicken: 4 chicken breast halves pounded Flour for dredging Salt and pepper 3T olive...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've never been more thankful in my life! Have you? It may be hard to find those events or moments but in the cracks of our shared consciousness of 2021, there were beautiful moments that were truly memorable and worth giving thanks for even if you have no religion at all. Luckily, we soldier on embracing our friends, families, and even strangers, we all yearn for kindness, generosity, and a little bit of love. I tried to make a playlist for everyone in the family with some hits of the...

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Honey Mustard Glaze with Tomato Bruschetta

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Honey Mustard Glaze with Tomato Bruschetta

Even though the air's begun to chill with early sunsets and the leaves begin to fall doesn't mean you can't squeeze the last out of the summer's tomatoes, natural honey, herbs, and some end-of-season grilling. A farewell to summer in a special autumnal dinner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQUMhJXxeHA Tomato Bruschetta 2 ripe heirloom tomatoes sliced 2 cloves of garlic peeled and halved 8-10 basil leaves chopped Olive Oil Salt – I use fleur de sel Crusty bread Grill bread on both sides until...

A Musical Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Musical Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Pianist/Composer Jeffrey Biegel spoke to Opera Joe about his journey to creating this musical tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the anniversary of her passing and the tremendous feelings it brought about for him last year in the time of Covid-19 and a world out of balance. A true musical tribute of heart and soul bringing together a talented group of musicians to sing and play to the Honorable Notorious RBG. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLZRU-KTryA A concert featuring...

Horror Movie Soundtracks We Love

Horror Movie Soundtracks We Love

Since the time many of us were wee, we'd go out and get the latest news, gossip, and stories of the next great monster movie and stories from the movies of the past. Today, this happens primarily through YouTube, but there are still some of us who just revel in the sheer horror of the music from the monster, zombie, alien, sci-fi, and vampire movies. I remember the movie and I remember the chill it gave me. Sometimes the imagination can scare you more. As a child, I'd sing the soundtracks...

Italian Sausage With Roasted Peppers

Italian Sausage With Roasted Peppers

I am fortunate to live in an area that has many people with Italian heritage because we have access to some of the great Italian specialties.  I do love freshly made Italian sausage, especially with fennel and garlic.  It is one of my favorite quick summer grill meals.  I like to serve it in a good sausage roll with peppers.  You can certainly buy roasted peppers in the grocery store, but this meal takes on a whole new meaning when you serve it with freshly made peppers, and it isn’t that hard...

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part Two

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part Two

During my second weekend in Europe during a recent business trip to experience the cheeses of Switzerland, I was scheduled to cross over the Alps again and planned a stop for a quick mountain biking adventure. The previous weekend trip to Zermatt provided the single-track mountain ride high in the Alps that I was eager to experience.  This weekend I had hoped to visit one of the better bike parks in the Alps in the Aosta Valley town of Pila, Italy.  The weather report was not looking...

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part One

Mountain Biking the Alps, Part One

On my recent business trip to Switzerland and Italy, I had around 24 hours of free time, so I decided to check out some of the world-renowned mountain bike riding in the Alps.  I landed in Milan, Italy, and drove my rental car north past Lake Maggiore and up over the high mountain pass known as Route Napoleon.  The trip to Zermatt is about a 3.5-hour drive, and the scenery is breathtaking.  It’s a popular driving road.  I was greeted at the highest point of the highway by a...

Fresh Summer Garden Tomato Soup

Fresh Summer Garden Tomato Soup

When it gets hot in summer I usually start to crave this wonderful cold tomato soup.  As the fresh garden vegetables and herbs come to market, it’s possible to gather this fresh assortment of ingredients to go in the tomato juice.  I make homemade croutons cooked in butter to bring that buttery element to the fresh soup.  In this recipe I utilize one of the specialty butters from Butter Craft Provisions, to also bring some spicy jalapeño flavor to go along with the butter.  This soup can be...