Roasting Chestnuts in an Oven or Toaster Oven – In Pictures


Just seeing fresh chestnuts in the store at this time of year brings back all kinds of memories to me – from seeing and smelling them roast walking the streets of New York City on a cold winter night to cracking them open parked in front of a blazing fire in the living room with the whole family.

Roasting chestnuts is darn easy. Here are a few tips. Read more »

Gorgeous November Bike Rip Followed by Breakfast for Lunch

Out for a gorgeous late morning, late fall rip on the bike that featured a good look at one of my favorite cycling sights: Silverwood Organic Farm on Western Rd. in Sherbourne, MA. Sky was cloudy, wind snappy, temp. about 45 – perfect for November – and it all felt great under the Breitz! “Breeze Blaster” windbreaker over layered shirts.

Then home by noon to the full-on flavorful sweet and savory lunch shown below – fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, fresh almond butter, dried fruit, kefir and honey Read more »

Stress-Free Picture Book Thanksgiving Dinner Help

Thanksgiving: by far my favorite holiday! All that’s expected is a darn good meal with family and friends.

For easy-to-follow help in the kitchen, just click the picture above to link to the Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook Thanksgiving Help page for a Thanksgiving dinner planning and timing guide and step-by-step picture book recipes that show how to make stress-free roast turkey, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, apple pie, and fresh whipped cream.

Wishing you, your family and friends a fun and happy Thanksgiving!

Full-on Flavorful Variation on an Apple Pancake Theme

You have to fuel up before you can ride on. And, man, I dig that most excellent part of the cycling life!

Last week I brought the apple blueberry pancake above to my good buds at VOmax, who I’ve partnered with to put out the Breitz! bright, bold & cool to wear line of cycling and running wear like what you see below. Adding blueberries or any fruit, dried fruit – anything you like – to an apple pancake is an easy way to improvise on the root recipe you can get, all in pictures, by clicking any picture on this page. Read more »

EuroBike 2017 & Whole Grain Cereal with Fresh Fruit & Kefir Picture Recipe

Like I mentioned in the last post, I learned a lot about European cycling culture at Eurobike 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Germany last week and also had some terrifically flavorful foods. Regarding cycling culture, the Europeans are way ahead of where we are and continue to improve. Always actively improving: I love it!

Here’s a German example of how downtown driving, cycling, and pedestrian access is put into practice. The car travel lane (not visible in the picture below) is far left. Cars park up to the sidewalk. The left side of the sidewalk is Read more »

Love BIG Coffee! – with Picture Book Directions

Just back from terrifically interesting, very fun HUGE Eurobike 2017  bike show in Friedrichshafen, Germany (show link has already been updated for 2018). More about this year’s show – with food – soon.

But first: don’t know about you, but I dig big coffee BIG time, but this is the biggest coffee I could get in Germany. Read more »

Heirloom Tomato, Basil and Feta Cheese Picture Book Recipe

As I mentioned in my last post posted a few weeks ago (Ow!), one of my favorite summer foods is fresh tomatoes right off the field, and one of my favorite ways to have those fresh tomatoes is sliced and topped with fresh basil, mozzarella chcese, a shot of olive oil, a good shot of balsamic vinegar, and a good crunch of freshly ground black pepper (or chopped fresh jalapeños – yah!). Terrific!

Here’s a slight twist on that combination made with what you see below: heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, feta cheese and Read more »

Easy, Fully Flavorful Tomato, Fresh Basil and Mozzarella Cheese Salad Picture Recipe

One of my favorite summer foods is freshly picked, richly flavorful, no-kidding vine ripened tomatoes, which I always look forward to getting get straight off the field at Berberian’s Farm in Northborough, MA.

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Improvised Post Ride Lunch: Oats with Vegetables, Cheese and More


Came home darn hungry from a good hop on the bike and improvised a very quick “what’s good to go in the fridge” lunch that included the last of a bag of oats mixed with some leftover vegetable broth, tomato sauce, cooked vegetables, and grated cheese.

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TDF2017 Stage 7 + Summer Fruit Topping Picture Recipe

Live coverage of Tour de France stage 7 from Troyes to Nuits Saint George in central eastern France is on. Guys will be rippin’ it for more than 125 miles very challenging miles in the saddle – maybe some of it chased by women on horses as shown above during yesterday’s stage 6.  Cool!

Last post showed how to combine crepes with a warm summer fruit topping. Great stuff! Here’s what I used to make that fruit topping a few days ago, Read more »

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