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Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes W/ Biscoff Buttercream

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes W/ Biscoff Buttercream

Cookie Butter Buttercream Ingredients: -1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature) -1 cup Biscoff Cookie Butter (smooth, not crunchy) -2 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted is best) -3 Tablespoons heavy cream (room temperature) Instructions: In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until […]

Wiesbaden: Where Hope Springs Eternal

Wiesbaden: Where Hope Springs Eternal

A lot has changed over the course of my 15 month absence from Wiesbaden – including me. While my exterior may be a bit tattered and disheveled (Germany’s lockdown hasn’t allowed for salon visits in months.), my heart and mind over the course of a […]

My German Gingerbread

My German Gingerbread

This cake is pure comfort and purely comforting. Be prepared, it will ensconce your home with the warm aromas of Autumn. Enjoy.   ½ cup white sugar ½ apple sauce 1 egg 1 cup molasses 1 ½ cups spelt flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons […]

Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard)

Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard)

Hildegard of Bingen was the inspiration for using spelt.  This 12th century abbess believed this ancient grain was a central ingredient in battling melancholy and exhaustion. It’s 2020 and we’re in the mist of a pandemic, say no more. Sold! The following recipe was a […]

Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

This Persian rice is meant to be a side dish, but it really doesn’t need an accompaniment.  It’s savory, sweet and filling.  The combination of pistachios, currants and mint transport taste-buds to the Middle East, without the hassle of packing and jet-lag. Preparation is easy: Saute […]

A TASTE OF FALL: SMOKY CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATO SOUP

A TASTE OF FALL: SMOKY CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATO SOUP

(Above image of the Wiesbaden Kurhaus, 2019) Where I live in Germany, a slight crisp is in the air.  Plump pears and apples are falling from branches, chimneys puff at dusk and corduroy pants are beginning to rustle. I found a recipe that exudes the […]

EP’s Diva: From Scraps to Splendor

EP’s Diva: From Scraps to Splendor

  “What I like to think, and perhaps it is an adolescent thought, is that anything can happen. As long as you think that anything can happen, it will. We’re all allowed to have our dreams.” ~ Anjelica Huston Like an exotic bird in a […]

Day Trip: Bernkastel-Kues

Day Trip: Bernkastel-Kues

Bernkastel-Kues.  This pretty German town is nestled between the Moselle River and soaring hills covered in vineyards.  If you like to hike, there are dozens of well marked trails catering to both lollygags and adrenaline seekers.  One element shared by whichever path you choose, opportunities […]

Museum Wiesbaden: Where Beauty Resides

Museum Wiesbaden: Where Beauty Resides

Beautiful Art Nouveau collection on display at Museum Wiesbaden including Klimt, Mucha and Tiffany….so good (and extensive), it’s worth multiple visits! Ferdinand Wolfgang Neess has donated his entire collection (over 500 objects) to Museum Wiesbaden. This permanent exhibit is more than paintings, light fixtures, sculptures […]

Spargelcreamsuppe (Asparagus Cream Soup)

Spargelcreamsuppe (Asparagus Cream Soup)

Our first encounter was at the Wiesbaden farmer’s market.  Dumbfounded by their pallid lifeless appearance, I imagined the vampire rabbit Bunnicula showing no mercy and ravishing the market before my arrival, sucking the color and flavor out of the stalks labelled, “Spargel.” I’ve since learned […]