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Königin-Pasteten (Vol-au-vent) with a Creamy Veal and Mushroom Ragout

Königin-Pasteten (Vol-au-vent) with a Creamy Veal and Mushroom Ragout

As a main meal or finger food, it’s representative of a traditional German or French dish made for special occasions or to celebrate a festive time of year. Armed with this information, and a festive occasion (my birthday), that was my wish. Königin-Pasteten with a creamy veal and mushroom ragout. It was a Monday night […]

Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelet) Recipe

Tortilla Española (Spanish Potato Omelet)

I was first introduced to a traditional Tortilla Española by a Spanish student that was staying with me a few years back. She demonstrated exactly how it should be done and of course the result was first class, but I have to admit I was alarmed by the amount of oil she used (and the […]

Raspberry Rhubarb Maple Crisp

Raspberry Rhubarb Maple Crisp‏ is everything you might think the name implies: perfectly sweet, slightly tart, fruity, nutty, crunchy, delicious. It’s packed with fruit smothered in pure maple sugar and is studded with oats and crunchy pecans. Plus there’s a good measure of bourbon vanilla, a little cinnamon, and mascobado cane sugar to lend it […]

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares (So Delicious!)

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares (So Delicious!)

This recipe is thanks to my dear French friend Magali from Geneva. One of her friends has a strong allergy to gluten (he actually went to the hospital a few times due to bad reactions before he was told about having an intolerance), so her daughter Gaelle made him these apple squares with gluten-free ingredients […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Sage

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Sage

Easy eating at its best! This is one of those no nonsense recipes that is quick, requires little effort and turns out delicious. Tender chicken breasts are seasoned with salt and pepper, sprinkled with lemon zest and wrapped with fresh sage and salty prosciutto, then sautéed to golden brown perfection. Sounds easy doesn’t it? It […]

lentil stew

German Lentil Stew with Spaetzle (Spätzle)

Once again, my adventures with my favorite Schwabe have led me to eating traditional southern comfort food. Lentils and Spätzle. Which, by the way, is actually the national dish of the Swabian region in southern Germany (which some people, one in particular, who I happen to live with, likes to refer to as North Italy […]

German Ham and Egg Noodles (Schinkennudeln)

German Ham and Egg Noodles (Schinkennudeln)

This is a super quick, super simple classic kid-centric German recipe. One that only requires scrounging a few staples together. Noodles. Eggs. Ham. It’s almost like having breakfast for dinner. Whether you are looking for a tasty kids meal, are eating solo or just want to deliver something quick and easy, this recipe definitely fits […]

Baked Tortellini with Italian Sausage (Salsiccia)

Baked Tortelloni with Italian Sausage (Salsiccia)

Do you ever get a craving for lasagna, and start thinking of the different steps involved in putting it together and remember how much effort it really is? Okay, truth by known, I belong to the camp of people who still pre-boils the lasagna noodles and likes to make a proper Bolognese for the sauce, […]

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

I’ve been told a bolognese cannot be called a bolognese at all and that a true and authentic bolognese is actually called tagliatelle al ragù because Italian chefs insist that it should be served with a flat pasta rather than thin spaghetti because the meat clings to it better…AND like all ragùs, it’s characterized by […]

Banana and Raspberry Muffin

Banana and Raspberry Muffins

Here’s another perfect on-the-go any time of day snack. This batch of beautiful, healthy banana and raspberry muffins are made with yogurt, homemade apple sauce (easy as pie, by the way) and sweetened with a little bit of natural cane sugar and a smidgen of honey. I used half all-purpose flour and half whole grain […]

Pesto Genovese Pasta

Pesto Genovese Pasta

My friend Magali writes that with chilly winter temperatures in Geneva so she has been enjoying a lot of pasta these days. Yes, don’t we all do that? Cold day, forget a salad, let’s go for something a little more heartwarming and satisfying, right? So from Geneva with love: Pesto Genovese Pasta. Traditionally, it’s prepared […]

Ginger-Orange Beef Stir-Fry

In my 20’s I didn’t eat red meat at all, just the occasional chicken breast and a whole lot of fish. Being a “Westcoast Girl”, fresh fish and seafood (sushi among all!) was a mainstay of my diet. That, along with my love of a good, fresh salad. These days, with my favorite Schwabe having […]

Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce, Red Wine and Tomatoes

Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce, Red Wine and Tomatoes

This stew definitely has the umami things going on. I’m not usually one to cook a lot of hearty meat based meals, but with hungry boys telling me they are really craving some kind of dinner with meat, rice and gravy –- which sounds terrible, by the way –- I decided to give this stew […]

Ragù (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

This homemade recipe for spaghetti meat sauce is a traditional dish that never tires. It’s a wonderful sauce on all kinds of pasta and is best served with freshly grated parmesan cheese. It also makes the perfect filling for lasagna! Anyone who has kids knows that there is no such thing as life without spaghetti […]

Wiener Schnitzel

Traditional Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Veal Cutlet)

The true origin of Wiener schnitzel may very well not be Vienna but the Viennese are indeed proud to say that it belongs to one of their best known culinary specialties. A true Wiener Schnitzel is a breaded cutlet of veal served with a lemon wedge to add some extra zing and if you’re luck […]

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

This is an easy, breezy sort of recipe that is cozy and familiar as an old pair of jeans. Classic comfort food full of kid-approved flavors and ingredients, making it perfect for a family meal. I used Gemelli (Italian for “twins”) noodles for this recipe. They are corkscrew-shaped, resembling two thick strands of spaghetti twisted […]

Super Easy, Super Yummy Brownies

This is my absolute favorite brownies recipe. It’s simple, irresistibly delicious and always a hit. Thís recipe will make you wonder why you never made them from scratch before. Add walnuts or pecans for a nutty variation. I really think what makes this brownie recipe extra special is the the high quality chocolate, natural brown […]