Tang, Aquanet, Beehives and Bewitched


11 years ago today my brotherwent to heaven. Those last few weeks we used to joke that when he came home from the hospital we would celebrate with a “Tang Toast” like they mocked on Saturday Night Live.

I absolutely love Tang. Come on! The astronauts drank it so how bad could it be? Unless zero gravity did something to magically transform this incredible powder nothing you can say to me can deter me from being passionately in love with Tang.

I also cannot remember the last time I had it. Seriously, I guess they still make it but I have not had it in years…yet…as I type this I can taste it right now. And, I feel happy, awash in the memories I have so genuinely attached to the sweet and tangy tangerine drink.

As I enter the “way back” machine it is Thursday evening in 1969 and my mother is in the bathroom spraying Aquanet hairspray on her already perfectly quaffed beehive hairdo. It’s bowling night and she is getting ready to go bowling with her sisters and her mother.

20120720-004039.jpgMy sister is little, lying on her stomach in the middle of the family room watching television and waiting for Bewitched to come on at 8:30pm. My brother is around, probably doing homework or listening to his stereo in his original man cave (he didn’t have to share a room…) complete with a Kenwood receiver and Yamaha speakers

20120720-001033.jpgMy father’s car dealership closed at 9:00 pm on Thursdays and he stayed until the last prospect either signed or left. My brother was in charge! He was instructed to let my sister stay up and watch Bewitched but knew she had to go to bed immediately following her favorite show. Dad would probably not get home until at least 9:30pm and that gave us about 20 minutes for T.A.N.G!!!

Now, we never used a measuring spoon/scoop/cup to make our sugary elixir, no sir! We just poured it into the bottom of the glass and added water. There were times when we had so much powder in the bottom of the glass that no amount of stirring would blend it together. If he added ice cubes the sugar would plaster to the cube like glue making the ice almost slimy. All the better! We would sip away acting like kids who stole the bottle of rum, trying to finish our syrupy drink before dad got home. It was our Thursday tradition. I remember when he went away to Notre Dame missing the Tang buddy almost as much as I missed him driving me around everywhere.

I have so many memories of my brother but this one brings our bond into clear view for me.

Joe – do they have Tang in heaven? I’ll bet they do!

Live a yummy life!


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Lewiston: Let’s Keep This Ball Rolling!

20120717-181825.jpgThat fateful day, January 27, 1991 when Scott Norwood kicked that ball into the air during what is now referred to as Super Bowl #1(or the wide right game) we were convinced we were going to win. Nope and the rest is Buffalo Bill’s and WNY history. Our psyche has been knocked around for a long time, and ever since Johnny Carson joked about all of the snow we got during the Blizzard of ’77 we started thinking as if we were nothing but a bunch of losers. 20120717-181836.jpg

Hell, everyone knows Dallas Star Brett Hull was in the crease during Game 6 at the Arena in June of 1999…but we’re not bitter…well…maybe just a little.

20120717-181843.jpg“Baby” Joe Mesi, the undefeated heavy weight boxer from Tonawanda, referred to as Buffalo’s Third Franchise, ended up losing his chance at the big fight due to that last hit…I guess it always does…that ended his career…we just can’t win!

Lucy ALWAYS lifts the football and Charlie Brown ALWAYS tries to kick it anyway.

Something strange happened to me today. First, and I think it is so much of my WNY brainwashing, I was fully prepared to lose the Rand McNally Best Of The Road contest. I cannot say it was based on rational thought, maybe perhaps, simply based on trying not to be too disappointed. It’s sort of like talking yourself out of getting the Schwinn Stingray bike with banana seat when you can only hope for the girly bike with the streamers coming out of the handle bars (too specific?).

I have never been a part of something so special in such a short amount of time. We moved forward so quickly we did not have time to over think the process. I think we were very successful and should feel like winners. Mike and Brian had a blast and fell in love with our small town.

‘Okay…so, we lost. We are not going to “get on the map” on their GPS. We are, however going to be on the Travel Channel on July 25th at 8:00 PM. It may only be for a minute but who cares? The winners will not likely get much more time than we do. How do we keep this momentum and build on it?

We have such an opportunity. What are we going to do with it?

It’s not an end. It’s a beginning.

Lewiston – what’s next?

Have a yummy week!


S’mores Brownies

‘S’mores Brownies

Servings: 24
Categories: Dessert
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com


• 1 Chocolate Cake Mix
• 2 Eggs
• 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
• 1 12 Oz Bag Chocolate Chips (Semi Sweet or Milk)
• 1-1 ½ Cups Mini Marshmallows
• ½ Package Graham Crackers


Preheat oven to 350°

Spray a 13″ x 9″ pan lightly with cooking spray.

In a large bowl add cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended. You will use your muscles for this. Add chips and marshmallows and stir evenly.

Over bowl break each graham cracker into bite sized pieces. Stir to blend evenly.

Put dough into prepared pan and spread evenly with clean hands. Bake about 25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool on rack for 30 minutes. Run a spatula along the side of the pan to gently separate brownie from pan. Cool completely, cut and enjoy!

Have a yummy day! JudeTheFoodie.com

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Cherry Mojito


Diana’s super mixture at Hops N Vines! Ask her for one!

Macaroni Salad…not like your mamma’s!


Just snacking on a tri-color macaroni salad made with a large broccoli crown, one red pepper diced and two small bunches of green onions. It’s dressed with one part D’Avolio Garlic EVOO and D’Avolio Picual EVOO from Spain. I added fresh basil and garlic chives and some Feta cheese. That’s the recipe…no measuring. Everything is raw except the broccoli which I cut into tiny pieces and added to the macaroni the last three minutes. Cool the macaroni immediately then add everything but the cheese. Mix well then add the cheese and fold lightly. Best if chilled for at least 2 hours before serving. Have a yummy day!!!

Best of the Road #LewistonBest Videos and Media Coverage

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I got a Tweet the other day and wanted to be sure to share this video with everyone. Just as Lewiston is competing for Best Food in a small town in America, Brian and Mike – The Road Bros are competing for the best judges. We watch and share their videos and they get closer to their quest.

Remember, get ready to set your DVR for the Travel Channel July 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm to see Lewiston shine on national TV.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwKZUXZqcJ0&feature=youtu.be]

And, just like washing your hair(wash, rinse, repeat) please WATCH, SHARE, REPEAT).

Here are some more links: http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/06/20/birds-eye-view-of-niagara-and-lewiston/

This is a great post about the Welcome Rally at the Silo http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/06/25/gracious-and-exciting-welcome-in-lewiston/ For a great summary of the judging day in Lewiston check out this blog: http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/06/27/lewiston-may-be-small-but-with-huge-heart-and-vast-variety/

Come to Lewiston! http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/06/28/take-a-lewiston-left-and-see-what-the-locals-have-to-say/

Joshua Maloni of WNY Papers Niagara Frontier Publications did a great job covering the Road Bros! http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/06/22/local-media-coverage-for-team-road-bros-from-lewiston-ny/

And more stuff!

YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go9aesVkv3k&feature=autoshare


Notoriety – Lewiston Porter High School – Fantastic Job!!!

Have a Yummy Day!


Checkerboard Pastry Tart

Any fruit combined with cream cheese and lemon curd base will make a tasty and pretty tart!

http://www.puffpastry.com/videos-and-tips Check out these clever videos from Pepperidge Farms. This will give you great tips on how to use the puff pastry dough. My one hint is that you let it sit for 40 minutes then work with it. If it gets too soft it becomes unmanagable.

Checkerboard Pastry Tart

1 Box Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (2 sheets)
1 Large Egg (beaten)
8 Ounces Regular Cream Cheese
¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Jar Lemon Curd (or homemade about 1 cup)
2-3 Cups Berries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Decide what serving platter you will use prior to rolling out pastry dough.

Lightly flour a cutting board and gently unfold one pastry and roll it into desired size rectangle to fit serving platter.  The less you handle it, the better. Watch the Pepperidge Farm video for tips. Put dough on parchment lined baking sheet.

Beat egg. Roll out second piece into the same size as first.  Cut according to the chart.

Using the egg as glue, brush egg on the bottom crust where you will place the top piece. Place the pieces on top according to the chart. Pierce generously with fork.


Bake about 15 minutes until golden brown. It may puff up but will fall when cooled. Cool on rack.


Place on serving platter.


Mix softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Put heaping teaspoons of mixture in alternating squares.  Use a knife or spatula to shape into the square. Repeat the same process with the lemon curd in remaining squares. Top with berries.

Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Using a pizza cutter cut into squares on platter. I use a plastic cutter so I do not damage my platter.

Have a yummy day!