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Cornish hens dinner table
Allgemein
Main Course
Recipes

Balsamic glazed Cornish Hens for a small gathering

As the holidays are approaching, there will be a question: What should I cook for only a small group of 2 to 4 people with little effort. While still young and small, only weighing less than 2 pounds, it is known that one Cornish hen is suitable for a single serving.

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Schaschlik, Kebab in grill
Main Course
Recipes
Sauces

Schaschlik Kebab with a Curry Tomato sauce

This Schisch Kebab or Schaschlik recipe brings back memories of Christmas or New Years eve of my childhood. An easy dish we had prepared on skewers sometimes a day before, and then cooked on low in a curry-tomato sauce in the oven. We ate this meal often at small gatherings. I especially remember this Kebab […]

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Zwiebelkuchen, Onion tart
Appetizer
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Angie’s Zwiebelkuchen

Zwiebelkuchen is a popular German onion pastry. It is served with Federweissen (a new fermented wine). Those two just go hand in hand You could just use a regular yeast dough, I prefer Puff Pastry, and the dough can be found in the freezer aisle (Pepperidge Farms or at Lidl US). The puff pastry dough needs […]

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Weisswurst, Bavaria, Munich
Germany
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How the Weisswurst was born (Recipe)

The Viktualienmarkt is a Biergarten in the middle of Munich. There you can buy the famous Weisswurst. It is the custom that you eat the hot Weisswurst with a grainy sweet Mustard and Pretzel. Originally it was served before noon, now all day, in a covered soup bowl submerged in hot water.

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German Goulash (Gulasch)
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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German Gulasch (Goulash)

When growing up, my mother used to make Goulash on a regular basis – it’s one of those dishes that I fondly remember. She always made this dish in a pressure cooker. I was extremely suspicious of this pot, somehow I always expected the thing to suddenly explode. When I moved out and was now responsible for the goulash myself, I used a normal pot and let the dish simmer for several hours. Goulash is now our family tradition for large gatherings and holidays. I prepare two large pots for my daughter and family, and also for the visiting neighbors and friends.

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Schinken, Speck, Prosciutto
Allgemein
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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Homemade Schinken or Prosciutto

I pride myself to have mastered the art of smoking a German Schinken, a type of Prosciutto. The difference is that Schinken is cold smoked and dried, versus Prosciutto is hung/dried for about a year. I watched many YouTube clips and joined Social media groups about smoking meats. I held on to this recipe for a very long time, and since I am traveling more, I thought it is time to pass it on.

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Kaiserschmarrn with berries, Austrian dish
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Main Course
Northern Europe
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Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

While strolling through the cobblestone streets of Vienna, Austria, we stopped for lunch at Café Central (est. 1876) for some original Austrian food. The waiter highly recommended this Austrian dish Kaiserschmarrn is an original Austrian sweet dish, made from Palatschinken (pancake) dough. It was created for Kaiser Franz Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) in 1854. He […]

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Austrian Cheese Spaetzle, Käsespätzle,
Austria
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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Side dish

Käsespätzle, or Cheese Spaetzle

While on vacation in Sankt Gilgen, Austria I had this typical Austrian dish called “Käsespatzen”. It consists of Spaetzle noodles and grated hard cheese that is alternately stacked and garnished with fried onions. The Cheese Spaetzle are pushed into the hot oven after they have been layered, so that the Spaetzle does not cool down and the […]

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Tafelspitz, Krenfleisch
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Tafelspitz, or Franconian Wedding Dinner

Also called “Fränkisches Hochzeitsessen”, or Franconian Wedding Dinner. Beef boiled in spices and vegetables, it was a staple at our dinner table when growing up. Can be eaten with potatoes or wide noodles. Besides Horseradish sauce in recipe below, the condiment of my choice is Cranberry Chutney. I have not found “Preiselbeeren”, so this is […]

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Spaghetti Carbonara, Italien dish
Italy
Main Course
Recipes
Southern Europe

Spaghetti Carbonara has a long history

According to a widespread legend, this dish goes back to the Italian Carbonari, who made charcoal in the Appenine mountains. It is said this Spaghetti dish was cooked over a fire in a cast iron pan during their breaks. The Carbonari (Italian for “charcoal makers”) were an informal network of secret revolutionary societies active in the Italian mountains from […]

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