Wurstsalat – German Sausage Salad

My favorite Schwaber was traveling in South Germany this week, and so upon returning I thought I would surprise him by keeping that South Germany feeling going (North Italy as he calls it) by presenting him with homemade "Wurstsalat". Common in southern Germany, it's one of those dishes you often see served in beer gardens, usually with a slice of...
Brombeer-Salat mit Avocado

Blackberry and Avocado Salad

There's a new lettuce in town - it's called Salanova! I discovered it at the farmer's market last week. It was so pretty, I had to ask what it is called. I was told three times "my name is Frank", "no I mean the lettuce, what is the lettuce called"? Salvanova. Just like butter lettuce, it's irresistible. Like sweet baby...
Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth

This is an easy and flavorful homemade chicken stock that’s perfect for any recipe calling for chicken stock or chicken broth. Fresh chicken broth is magical for making soul-warming soups and unparalleled sauces. It makes a huge difference in enhancing any dish, especially risottos. Once the broth has been prepared, you can decide whether to remove the excess fat or not....
Papaya Avocado Salad in a Lime-Mint Dressing

Papaya Avocado Salad in a Lime-Mint Dressing

Now that my favorite Schwabe has come to the realization that papayas are powerfully healthy, he’s been on a bit of a papaya fix. At the market last week we bought a whoppingly huge one for 13€. Bigger than an eggplant but smaller than your average watermelon, that thing was huge! So what ensued was three days of engorging...

Orzo Risotto with Peas, Prosciutto and Pine Nuts

To my relief a great family meal. One child wants rice, the other noodles. What to do? Okay, peas are a hit. Bacon too. I don't like bacon, but I love prosciutto. Okay. Solution. Orzo. Abundant in Greece. Risotto too. Aahh relief. Orzo risotto. Yes, a family vacation with culinary possibilities despite only have 3 pots, and one mini...
Zucchini Lemon Couscous

Zucchini Lemon Couscous

Couscous makes for a brilliant alternative to rice or everyday noodles. It’s versatile and easy to prepare, requiring little more than the addition of hot water and fluffing with a fork. Originating from North Africa, as Morocco’s answer to what the Italians had long enjoyed, it’s also made from durum wheat flour, however rolled into tiny pellets of pasta. This...