Month: November 2015

Bird’s Nest Cookies, Thumb Print Cookies with Raspberry Jam

Bird’s Nest Cookies

Bird’s nest cookies (also called thumbprint cookies) are one of those classic holiday baking cookies that remind you of why homemade baking is just so good. They are super easy to make and are one of those things people seem to love: buttery cookies with a tasty jam filling. What’s not to love? These are, […]

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Spelt Flour

Soft Chocolate Chippers

If there is a “Hall of Fame” for cookies, then my Aunt Heather’s 30-year-old recipe for soft chocolate chippers would have definitely found a place there. Praise be to her for delivering this recipe to me. They are irresistible. Okay, admittedly, I adapted the recipe just a little. But I’ll tell you how a little […]

Homemade Potato Chips with Smoked Salmon and Dill

Canapés 3 Ways

“Room Service? I’d like to order breakfast. Half a pint of orange juice, three eggs, lightly scrambled, with bacon, a double portion of café Espresso with cream. Toast, marmalade. Got it?” Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. SPECTRE is the 24th James Bond adventure, and as in all the films, Bond, is the spy who […]

Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies with Spelt Flour

Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies

My love of ginger runs deep. So deep that I had to conjure up a batch of chewy cookies made from freshly grated, ground and candied ginger – that’s right triple ginger cookies. Enough to satisfy my ginger loving heart. All the while not being too sweet. Though take heed — these triple ginger cookies […]

Traditional German Grünkohl with Pinkel and Kochwurst

German Grünkohl

When cooked properly, this typical Northwest German dish has a nice savory taste that complements the robustness of the sausages and potatoes that are served with it. It’s something you often see served at the Christmas markets around Germany. The variety of sausage you’ll get with it depends on the region and depending on where […]

Kale Ribollita with Lamb Merguez Sausage and Smoked Bacon

Kale Ribollita with Merguez

If you ask anyone what is a typical Tuscan dish that’s hearty, filling and perfect for a cold winter’s night, you’ll likely get the answer “a traditional Ribollita”, otherwise known as a rustic Tuscan vegetable stew. It’s loaded with dark greens, lots of beans, vegetables and thickened with day-old bread. In my version, which isn’t […]

Chinese Chews with Dates and Walnuts

Chinese Chews

I don’t bake often, but every now and then, I just feel the need. For me, it’s not about the eating (which is probably why I don’t do it more often), but rather it’s about going through the process of baking. Like a mini-project with an end result. Something my favorite Schwabe and his kids […]

Vegetarian Gluten-free Peanut Coconut Noodles

Peanut Coconut Noodles

This recipe is inspired by my friend Anna and is based on something she served up for a group of us while hosting her first annual Feel Good Move Pilates retreat this past summer. Just imagine… a creamy coconut Thai red curry sauce clinging to Asian style noodles with crunchy carrots and sweet red pepper, […]