Encounters with Beauty and Grace

Author: jmerhar

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 […]

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

( “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Étienne Liotard )   Café Maldaner is often crowded and customer service is hit or miss. I still believe it’s worth a visit, or in my case, a dozen. Spinning through the turnstile doorway transports you to a bygone era […]

For The Love Of Blueberries, Blueberry Comfort Bread

For The Love Of Blueberries, Blueberry Comfort Bread

  This blueberry bread will fill your home with a comforting aroma.  The ingredients are healthy, with the exception of sugar 🙂  This recipe hits on a few of my favorite foods: yogurt, oatmeal, applesauce and blueberries.  It’s dense, moist and filling. Just one slice […]

A Meal Worth Falling For: Bobbeschänkelche

A Meal Worth Falling For: Bobbeschänkelche

  The woman’s lithe figure moved with ease from tables topped with flickering candles and vases cradling stems with pink petals.  A ribbon of white satin framed a neckline that would leave swans envious.  Her black apron was starched, stain-free and blended seamlessly with the […]

Water to Wine: The Cellar of Bacchus Speicher

Water to Wine: The Cellar of Bacchus Speicher

  Wine is sunlight, held together by water – Galileo Galilei   Antonie and Andreas Pietsch are cultivators.  Soil embedded under rugged fingernails, skin bronzed by the outdoors and cheeks rosy from external elements.  Like the 2.2 hectares of gnarled vines the couple tends and […]