Encounters with Beauty and Grace

Recipes

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

This delicious soup is on the Bacchus Speicher website. I bought a bottle of their Spätburgunder  (Pinot Noir), just so I could give this recipe a whirl.  I loved the earthy taste, especially paired with a slice of sourdough!   Chestnut Soup a la Bacchus […]

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

In Wiesbaden, regardless of season, there is a tasty staple at every festival – Flammkuchen. Pizza dough is heavy and requires more effort than its German cousin, flammkuchen.  With a quartet of simple ingredients (water, flour, oil and salt) and the omission of yeast, this […]

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

Schweinepfeffer – Paprika Pork Stew

  Autumn is coming.  In anticipation for my favorite season, I recently cracked open The German Cookbook by Mimi Sheraton (former New York Times restaurant critic).  Thumbing through I found a stew that sounded filling and easy, Paprika Pork Stew.  Like the country that inspired […]

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

  It’s been a year since I received, Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss.  And I’m happy to share, I finally rolled up my sleeves, tied on my apron and stained my first page.  The recipe I wanted to tackle first is found at nearly […]