Month: August 2014

Blueberry-Raspberry-Mango Lemon Muffins

These muffins are bursting with blueberries and lemon flavor! The great thing about this recipe is that you can easily use the batter to make blueberry, raspberry or mango lemon muffins. All delicious! This fabulous recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour, which gives you the whole wheat without weighing the muffins down. Whole wheat pastry […]

French Cucumber Salad with Crème Fraîche and Dill

French cucumber salad with crème fraîche and fresh dill. Mmmm, it reeks of summer. One of the best smells of summer is fresh dill. And why not add the fresh watery crunch of cucumber. Perfect for a hot summer day. Crème fraîche adds a creamy richness with a hint of tang to this crispy and […]

Olive Tapenade 3-Ways

Tapenade’s name comes from the Provençal word for capers; “tapenas”. It is a popular food in the south of France, where it makes a lovely alternative to butter. Not only is Tapenade simple to make, it can be amazingly versatile. Other flavors can easily be incorporated by adding ingredients such as grainy Dijon mustard, sun-dried […]

Sorbet, Granita and Sherbet Differ How? Here’s the Scoop.

So what’s the difference between sorbet, granita and sherbet? Here’s the scoop: Sorbet and Granita Both are technically ices. They are semi-frozen dairy-free treats often served between meals to refresh the palate. Generally, they are thought of as being fruit but can also be made from vegetable purées, juices, champagne, or infused tea and include […]

Wurstsalat - German Sausage Salad

Wurstsalat – German Sausage Salad

My favorite Schwaber was traveling in South Germany this week, and so upon returning I thought I would surprise him by keeping that South Germany feeling going (North Italy as he calls it) by presenting him with homemade “Wurstsalat”. Common in southern Germany, it’s one of those dishes you often see served in beer gardens, […]

Why I Drink Tap Water? Tap Water versus Bottled Water

Years ago, I was told by a natural health practitioner that it is advisable to drink tap water over “manufactured” bottled water. Over the years, I have floundered between phases of lugging liters upon liters of water up to my top floor apartment only to eventually give up after having to deal with the endless […]

Homemade Chicken Broth

This is an easy and flavorful homemade chicken stock that’s perfect for any recipe calling for chicken stock or chicken broth. Fresh chicken broth is magical for making soul-warming soups and unparalleled sauces. It makes a huge difference in enhancing any dish, especially risottos. Once the broth has been prepared, you can decide whether to […]

Papaya Avocado Salad in a Lime-Mint Dressing

Now that my favorite Schwabe has come to the realization that papayas are powerfully healthy, he’s been on a bit of a papaya fix. At the market last week we bought a whoppingly huge one for 13€. Bigger than an eggplant but smaller than your average watermelon, that thing was huge! So what ensued was […]

Orzo Risotto with Peas, Prosciutto and Pine Nuts

To my relief a great family meal. One child wants rice, the other noodles. What to do? Okay, peas are a hit. Bacon too. I don’t like bacon, but I love prosciutto. Okay. Solution. Orzo. Abundant in Greece. Risotto too. Aahh relief. Orzo risotto. Yes, a family vacation with culinary possibilities despite only have 3 […]

Fresh Salmon Tartare

The fabulous thing about salmon tartare is there’s no cooking involved, just a little bit of chopping and adding some ingredients for a light and healthy dish. This is an excellent meal when it’s hot outside and you don’t feel like cooking and want something more than just a summer salad. Be sure to ask […]

Lemon and Parsley Couscous with Pomegranate

Lemon and Parsley Couscous with Pomegranate

Lemon and parsley couscous makes for a quick and easy side or a refreshing afternoon meal. It’s the perfect way make use of fresh and abundant herbs during the summer months and allows you to make something light but still substantially filling enough without enough without having to spend a lot of time in the […]