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Aioli sauce, mediterranean dip
Greek
Italy
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Southern Europe
Spain
Spreads

Aioli, a Mediterranean dip

Last time I was at the Freiburg Münsterplatz I visited their large International Market and had fried Calamaris with Aioli sauce. That was the first time I tasted this sauce, and I have been bragging about it ever since. This spread or dip is used with the cuisines in Spain, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and eastern Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia. Also in France (Provence) and Italy, Sicily and Liguria and Calabria.

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Egg Liquor cake, Eierlikörkuchen
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Egg Liquor Cake or Eierlikörkuchen

Many people already know about Eierlikörkuchen from a German grandma – who, of course, has made the world’s best. Incidentally, those cakes are often made with oil, which creates a very special moisture. In the classic version, it is baked in a Gugelhupf form. But even in the spring or larger pound cake pan, this […]

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Hot Egg liquor Punsch, Eierpunsch
Drinks, mixed
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Eierpunsch or Eggnog Liquor Punsch

Made with Eggnog Liquor and White Wine. It is something you would not expect to taste this good. It can easily become your favorite drink at the Christmas Market. Eggnog Liquor (by Evan Williams) or the more expensive Verpoorten should be available in the US at least 6 weeks before Christmas at the Liquor store. […]

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Topfenknoedel, Austrian dish
Austria
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Austrian Topfenknödel

A typical Austrian or Bavarian dish I ate in Mittenwald, South Bavaria. These are called “Topfenknödel“. Topfen means Quark, and can be substituted with Greek Yoghurt. The dumplings could be be filled with Plum or Apricot pieces, and covered with puppy seed instead of bread crumps. While preparing the Topfenknoedel, you can make the Vanilla […]

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Sauerbraten Recipe, German Dish
Germany
Main Course
Recipes

Sweet-sour and tangy Sauerbraten

A Sunday meal I remember growing up. That sweet and sour, tangy taste and smell you won’t forget. Some have to develop tastebuds for it. Sauerbraten can be a big hit a the dinner table, you can’t go wrong cooking for a big crowd. Plan for it way in advance, the marinating takes several days […]

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Doener plate, Turkish food
Allgemein
Germany
Main Course
Recipes

Döner, a popular street food

A Döner is the Turkish version Greek Gyros. When in Germany, I order my Plate with a slaw, cucumber, tomatoes and fried garlic potatoes. It’s my other favorite street food while in Germany. The true Döner was discovered 1867 by Iskender Efendi (Master Alexander), the original family restaurant is located near Istanbul (Bursa), Turkey, where […]

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Zürich Geschnetzeltes
Germany
Recipes
Southern Europe

Zürich Geschnetzeltes, a classic Swiss Veal Dish

This tender Veal dish in a creamy Mushroom sauce is a classic meal I ate while visiting my friend in Zürich. If veal is not available, you could use beef or pork instead. I had to re-create this dish at home I prepared this dish in the Instant pot. See recipe description. Served with my […]

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German Meatloaf Leberkäse
Germany
Main Course
Recipes

Leberkäse, a German street food

I grew up on Leberkäse and I could eat it as breakfast. I also call it German Meatloaf, but the name is a misnomer, it does not contain cheese, mainly pork. Therefore some people call it Fleischkäse. You can buy these sandwiches at most Butcher shops as a snack. It is generally cut very thick. […]

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Apfelschlipfkuchen, Sunken Apple cake
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Recipes

Apfelschlupfkuchen (Sunken Apple Cake)

I remember my very first cake I baked when I was eight. It was a Sunken Apple cake and I was so delighted. I remember carrying the apple cake outside to the garage to show to my dad. A proud moment I will never forget. 

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German Plum Cake, Zwetschgenkuchen
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Recipes

Zwetschgenkuchen or Plum cake

Perfect to accompany an afternoon coffee is the Zwetschgenkuchen. You can find or pick plums from June till late September when they are ripe. In the US you can buy this oval purple fruit in some stores, they are called Italien plums. This recipe is made with a yeast dough on a rectangular sheet cake […]

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