Fridays with Frankie D: Volume 5

I just edited this post on my phone while waiting to take off for Beijing.  Gold star for me!

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Hi friends.  Here’s a funny Jesus joke to get us started!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and had a relaxing and uplifting Easter and Passover wherever you were and whomever you were with.  What did I do?  Who was I with?  How was I feeling?  Sure, I’ll tell you all about it.

I had myself a nice little four day weekend — once again, thank you, Jesus — full of beautiful weather, good friends, great family, and an adult (Rated R) Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday.  Things got real strange when my sister opened an egg in front of my 88 year old Great Uncle who just had his second hip replacement and a vibrating condom fell out onto the table.  I guess this is what family gatherings turn into when there are no longer little kids running around?  Maybe?  Or is my family just really screwed?  Don’t answer that.  

Moving on.

My oldest cousin is now a DAD and we had this little NUGGET to entertain us on her first Easter!  Welcome to the world, Samantha Michelle!  I know, I know, so damn cute, right?  And yea, sure.  The baby is adorable, too.
I spent my Good Friday at the NYC Auto Show which I’m sure Jesus appreciated because, lezzzbihonest — he totally would have driven a drop top Diablo.  Get it?  Irony.  I highly suggest going to the Auto Show if you haven’t already been because besides getting to check out every new car on the market, the Javits Center has some of the best soft pretzels in the game.  I’m talking like real HOT and real SOFT.

Saturday I woke up and was a man with a plan.  I met my sister at the art galleries on W. 26th Street to see the first ever public Dave Matthews art exhibit called “Itica Pritica.”  The Robert Miller Gallery is an amazing space and it’s right next to an entrance to The Highline.  Totes convenient.  After, we walked The Highline with the rest of New York City enjoying the gorgeous weather, we got ourselves some big beers at Penn Station and hopped on good ole NJ Transit back to the Jerz.  The bro-sis bonding sesh continued on a trip to Wegmans (they miss you, Alyssa*), where we stocked up on ingredients for a nice home cooked meal at the parent’s house.  It was a great success besides the fact that I bare-handed the handle of a pot that was in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Serious rookie move.

Sweet Highline picture:
It’s been pretty lonely at Club 522 this week since Alyssa left me to travel the world and, once again, I was forced to cook for myself.  Although we are so far apart, I know that she misses me… and my food.  Evidence below.
Although I didn’t get to cook a full meal this week, I did make a killer little shrimp appetizer that I think simply says: “Oh, hey Spring time. Welcome to the party.”  It’s super easy to make if you follow the steps below precisely.

Reminder:  Go plant something this week.  Our rooftop garden is already in the works, so now is the perfect time to get your plant on.

Until next time, keep that belly full and your face warm with sunshine.

Tomato Stuffed with Shrimp


4 large tomatoes
1 tbsp capers
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
15 raw shrimp
1 tsp dijon mustard
Mayonnaise (I really don’t know how much, I did a homemade version)
Fresh parsley
Cracked black pepper

The Process:

Step 1.  Slice the tops of the tomatoes off, scoop out MOST of the insides, salt, and flip over onto a paper towel so that the excess liquid drains.

Step 2.  Boil shrimp for two minutes with the red wine vinegar.  Drain and set aside to cool.

Step 3.  Send a picture of yourself like this to your mother with a caption that just says “Love you!”
Step 4.  Remove shrimp tails and chop all but four of the nicest looking shrimp.

Step 5.  Combine chopped shrimp, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, capers, salt, and pepper.

Step 6.  Stuff a whole bunch of the mixture into each tomato.  Garnish with some fresh parsley.


Keep Calm and Dine On,
Frankie D.

PS. In case you were wondering what Greg was up to…

*I worked at Wegmans for approximately 8 years.

05. April 2013 by Alyssa
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