Apple cranberry chutney

A spicy and savory Chutney for your Christmas Table

One of my favorite condiment or side for my Christmas dinner table is an Apple Cranberry Chutney that will go with Beef, Pork, Poultry, or whatever you like.
Also see my Horseradish sauce recipe
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Frohe Weihnachten from my Dinner table to yours! Continue reading A spicy and savory Chutney for your Christmas Table

Italian Basil Pesto Sticky post

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

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

Semolina flour cakes, Griess Schnitten with tart cherries

Grießschnitten – Semolina cakes

Grießschnitten could be a snack or appetizer. I remember that my mother fixed it for us after school. We ate it with apple sauce or a berry compote. Sometimes we had it as a dinner with a potato soup beforehand Continue reading Grießschnitten – Semolina cakes

Griessknockerlsuppe, Semolina dumpling soup

Griessnockerl Suppe, or Semolina Dumpling Soup

As an Austrian dish originally, I am familiar with this soup from my childhood. Semolina flour is not easily found in the stores, it can be ordered on Amazon The secret of this recipe for the semolina dumpling is that the butter needs to be room temperature, only then stir in a bowl until frothy. Season with salt and a small, delicate pinch of nutmeg. Add … Continue reading Griessnockerl Suppe, or Semolina Dumpling Soup

Lentil soup, Linsen suppe

Lentil Soup with a twist

Throughout Germany, Lentil Soup has achieved the status of soul food. In this soup recipe, vegetables and smoked ribs enhance the flavor. It is in the tradition of the ten thousand year history of the lentil, a number one protein supplier that has always been the determination of the star among legumes from a nutritional point of view. The Wiener Wurst with the lentils is … Continue reading Lentil Soup with a twist

Pretzel dumplings with Mushroom sauce, Brezelknoedel

Brezelknödel or Pretzel Dumplings

Ironically, I ate my first Pretzel Dumplings in Leipzig at a Bavarian Restaurant (Bayrischer Bahnhof). This old train station has a 170 year old history, where the first track was built between Leipzig and Altenburg. The Knödel had a distinctive taste, and I tried to recreate it at home. It’s similar to the Semmelknödel, just a bit darker and more hearty. The Mushroom gravyThe Mushroom gravy … Continue reading Brezelknödel or Pretzel Dumplings

Creamy garlic-leek soup

Creamy Garlic-Leek Soup

Yesterday I was craving some comfort food. Plus I had a sick person in the house, so I thought about this soup I ate in Austria. When we were in the Wachau at the Danube, we stopped at a Restaurant for lunch. We had a large breakfast at our B&B, and I just wanted something small. It was the creamiest soup I have ever tasted, … Continue reading Creamy Garlic-Leek Soup