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Italian Basil Pesto – a tasty sauce for your Pasta

When I have Basil in abundance in the summer, I prepare one of my favorite dishes, which is Cheese Tortellini with a fresh Pesto sauce. It taste best with pasta, but is also delicious with crackers or baked potato It is known that the traditional Pesto comes from Liguria, Italy, and was apparently first documented in mid 1860’s as follows: “You take a clove of … Continue reading Italian Basil Pesto – a tasty sauce for your Pasta

Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian

Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Born and raised in North Bavaria, it was natural for us to wear the traditional costumes or “Tracht” at least once a year to a festival. Sometimes I wore my Dirndl to the “Kiliani” Festival in Würzburg. Wearing the Tracht to the Town Festival or Biergarten is becoming popular in other parts in Germany, not only Bavaria or Austria Many people (especially non-Germans) imagine the … Continue reading Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Auberginen Boote, a Greek dish

Greek stuffed Eggplants

Have you seen those purple Eggplants in the grocery store, but were not sure what to do with them? There a several Mediterranean recipes, like fried Eggplant slices or the Moussaka casserole dish, just to mention a few. I especially like these Greek stuffed Eggplants or “Auberginen Boote” and prepare them several times a year. Serve with my Tzatziki recipe Continue reading Greek stuffed Eggplants

Moussaka Greek dish

Moussaka, a Greek Casserole

I love most southern European cooking, and I haven’t made this dish for a while. It’s a little time consuming in preparation, many steps need to be followed. But don’t let that hold you back . because there is multi tasking involved. IMO, it would be a great meal to invite friends over, open a bottle of red wine and involve them into the process. I can see lots of laughter and good conversation preparing this meal. Continue reading Moussaka, a Greek Casserole

Pantheon in Rome

The Pantheon in Rome

After we settled in our hotel, we did a sight-seeing tour with some friends and found the Pantheon. Hidden behind the facades of this masterful building is the oldest and largest Dome or Coppola of the world. It is built of ancient Cement, which was a Roman invention 2000+ years ago. My favorite and most beautiful ancient building in Rome is the Pantheon, a place … Continue reading The Pantheon in Rome

Tzatziki, Greek white sauce

Tzatziki Sauce for Greek Dishes

Goes great with Bifteki or Greek Beef steaks, Gyros, or simply just with a toasted Baguette. Also great as a dip for Vegetables, like carrots and celery Goes great with the Bifteki, Greek beefsteak recipe, or Gyros Continue reading Tzatziki Sauce for Greek Dishes

Straw sculptures Noah's arc, Berchtesgaden

Straw Sculptures driving through Berchtesgadener Land

The best way to explore South Bavaria or Austria is driving through the countryside away from the Autobahn. The plan was to drive to the Königssee, then we got lost. On a hidden path we saw the most incredible things, besides mountain peaks We ran into this “Arche Noah” or Noah’s Ark made out of straw. I believe it was a school project of kids … Continue reading Straw Sculptures driving through Berchtesgadener Land