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Recipe: Ajvar Chicken

Ajvar. It sounds like eye-var and is a wonderful condiment/sauce common in Serbian cuisine. It’s made from roasted red peppers, garlic, and eggplant and can be smooth like a slightly thickened tomato sauce or a bit chunky like a salsa. Either way, it’s delicious. Look for it in Middle Eastern grocery stores, other specialty food […]

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Recipe: Asian Pork Sandwiches

It may seem frightfully obvious to most, but planning meals based on old cooking magazines, then grocery shopping based on those meals are really great ways to 1) save money on groceries 2) waste less food and 3) try some new things. Clearly, I’m a bit daft sometimes. The truth is that my cooking sort […]

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Hungarian Meatballs – recipe

As the weather gets cooler, I’m looking for big hot bowls of hearty, full-flavored comfort food that hits the spot and leaves no leftovers.  Well, I take that back.  With this recipe, I want leftovers.  I double it at least and enjoy it for lunch until it’s gone and then I think about making more. […]

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Sicilian CousCous

Marilena Cammarata is from Marsala, Italy down in the western part of Sicily.  Before moving to Germany she had her own pasta shop. She can cook anything but I’ve never seen her use a recipe.  She uses her senses and feels everything with her hands working doughs for pizzas and pastas by hand and even […]

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Hungarian Beef Stew – A recipe

There’s a new kid on the block in my neck of the woods.  She’s beautiful, exotic, and has these flashy hazel eyes that dance a bit mischievously from her frame of red hair.  I met her not long ago and knew instantly that we’d be friends.  She’s Hungarian, like my grandfather, loves to cook, like […]

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Sicilian pasta: busiata e gnoccoli – receta italiana

busiata gnoccoli arancini cuscusiera it’s poetic, isn’t it? And I feel just a little bit prettier when I say them. Italian. As delicious to say as it is to eat. Which will be put to the test tomorrow when I cook up my busiata e gnoccoli for my famigia. My amazing Italian friend just taught […]

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Tiramisu

My morning was Spanish and my afternoon was Italian. Marilena came over so our girls could play together and we could cook together. I taught her how to make pie crust and a very nice apple pie and she taught me how to make the most delicious tiramisu ever. The secret to the tiramisu is […]

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Noemi’s Madalenas

This was one of those wonderfully relaxing sunny “Spanish mornings” when we just sat and talked, drinking our coffee, munching on Noemi’s Madalenas, and sunning our pale legs outside on her patio. It was the first time I’d been to Noemi’s house which surprised me in its modern decor and the beautifully organized bookshelves with […]

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