Romanian Sour Soup with Meatballs

Romanian Sour Soup with Meatballs After enjoying this delicious soup at an Atlanta restaurant, I began researching it and put together this recipe so I could enjoy it again, it’s that good!  Instead of using dry breadcrumbs, grind up a piece or two of fresh bread in a food processor or blender.  Fresh breadcrumbs will create a lighter texture in … Read More

Blood Orange Tart

Originating in the Mediterranean area, blood oranges are thought to be a natural hybrid that resulted in an increase in anthocyanin pigments which are red and blue pigments and are considered to be potent anti-oxidents. Blood oranges have become a lot easier to find in recent years than they used to be. They are generally available December-April and can be … Read More

Polish Cabbage & Noodles

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Polish Cabbage and Noodles  Cabbage and noodles is a common theme throughout much of central and eastern Europe.  Sometimes pork (usually bacon or ham) is included, and other times it’s not.  Sour cream or heavy cream is another item that may or may not be included.  I decided to “go for broke” in the calorie department and added sour cream … Read More


Obatzda Now a common offering in Bavarian beer gardens, this cheese spread was first created by Katharina Eisenreich, the innkeeper of Germany’s Oldest beergarden from 1920-1958.   Similar to Liptauer cheese in Austria and Hungary, it uses soft ripened cheese blended with butter and seasonings.  Some recipes call for removing the rind from the brie or camembert.  If you decide to … Read More

German Soft Pretzels

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German Soft Pretzels Soft pretzels are a specialty of the Bavarian region of southern Germany.  They are  a popular snack item in the German beer halls throughout the year, and especially during Oktoberfest.  They are traditionally boiled in a water and lye bath to create the distinctive dark brown color and chewy exterior.  A safer alternative for home cooks is … Read More

Auntie Rae’s Apple Cake

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From the cookbook, “Perfect Cakes” by Nick Malgieri, this recipe caught my eye because of its use of pantry ingredients and simple straightforward preparation.  It’s really more of a bar-type dessert than a cake.  It sounded like a great recipe for new fall apples and the first time I tasted it I might have eaten more than one piece…I think … Read More

Smoked Salmon & Potato Salad

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Smoked Salmon & Potato Salad Whether you’re smoking the salmon yourself or purchasing it, the rich flavor of hot-smoked salmon is a great counterpoint to the tart flavor of this herbal vinaigrette.  You can easily smoke it at home yourself with a smoker box for woodchips which gets placed on your grill.  Dressing the potatoes with vinegar while they are … Read More

Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich with Chipotle Tartar Sauce

Yield:  4 servings Tartar Sauce: 1 cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons finely minced onion ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon well-drained capers 2 teaspoons caper juice 2 dashes Tabasco sauce 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle Dash of paprika for color In a food processor with the steel blade, blend together the mayonnaise, onion, lemon juice, capers, caper juice, and Tabasco.  Add … Read More

Salad of Pears & Spiced Nuts in Parmesan Crisp

Salad of Pears & Spiced Nuts in a Parmesan Crisp The spiced nuts make make more than what is needed for this salad because it’s hard to go with less than one egg white.  The extras can be stored in an airtight container for future salads or just general snacking.  The Parmesan crisps can be made earlier in the day … Read More

Sliced Tomatoes with Warm Bacon Dressing

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Sliced Tomatoes with Warm Bacon Dressing The fresh flavor of vine-ripe summer tomatoes needs little embellishment.  This easy dressing adds just enough of an accent without overwhelming that special summer flavor.  A combination of different heirloom tomatoes will make for a brighter and visually vibrant salad.  Slicing tomatoes vertically instead of cross-wise (as most people do), will create more consistent … Read More