Saturday, August 20, 2011

Senior Players Championship

Congratulations to my client John! He got a hole-in-one at The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship this week at Westchester Country Club! John was lucky enough to have his whole family there to witness! Incredible! Way to go Johnny!

This is a video I made a while back of us training together. "Johnny Be Good" is his favorite song so he wanted it in our video! Boxing is our warm-up every session, everyone is saying "We hear he is a fighter!" HaHa! He loves his new reputation!  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Classic Eggplant Caponata

Caponata is a great Sicilian vegetable dish. You can eat it as a relish or along side chicken, beef, roast pork or fish. This Eggplant based recipe has a wonderful sweet and sour taste, a combination of sugar and vinegar. It's great eaten as an antipasto, spooned over toasted , added to baguette, sandwiches or as I eat it over my grilled chicken. You can serve it hot or cold, or at room temperature. It's an ultimate vegetable dish for everyday.

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
1 Celery Stalk, chopped
1 Medium Eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 Medium Onion
a few cloves of Garlic diced
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can Diced tomatoes
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1 Jar Capers (drained) 3.75 oz
Sliced Green Olives (a few tablespoons)
Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
Fresh Basil for garnish, Parsley (optional) Toasted Pine Nuts (optional)

In a large heavy skillet heat the oil over a medium flame. Add celery and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the eggplant and sauté until softens, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic sauté about 3 minutes.

Add diced tomatoes with juice, simmer over medium-low heat until the flavors blend and mixture thickens, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, sugar, capers and salt & pepper. Transfer Caponata to a bowl and garnish with Basil & Parsley, serve and enjoy!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Nothing Can Take the Place of Persistence

Quote from Calvin Coolidge.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Be persistent. If you do not believe in your dreams who will.