Category Archives: Europe

I have been dreaming about the food in the Lombardy Region of Italy since leaving one week ago! It is sheer agony to wake up hungry for Risotto and an Aperol Spritz.

I have been dreaming about the food in the Lombardy Region of Italy since leaving one week ago! It is sheer agony to wake up hungry for Risotto and an Aperol Spritz.

Hungarian Mushroom Goulash

Hungarian Mushroom Goulash Ingredients: 1 lb. mushrooms 2 large onions 2 Tablespoon butter 1 cup water or vegetable broth (could use beef too) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. Hungarian Paprika Directions: Sauté onions in butter for 2-4 minutes Add mushrooms and broth or water with seasonings and simmer for about 20 -30 minutes. Serve with […]

Sour Cherry Soup

This is a Sour Cherry Soup that I made in Budapest at ChefParade Cooking School. It’ a cold soup-perfect for Summer! Ingredients: 6 cups water 1 pound fresh sour cherries, pitted 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar   Preparation: large saucepan; cook cherries with water […]

Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful, inspiring and warm, Budapest, Hungary is certainly worth an investment of time and expense to visit. Hungary’s capital city is full of vast contradictions. Perhaps it comes from being split in half by a natural boundary (the Danube River) or perhaps it is because it has survived two brutal occupations, but for whatever reason, […]

River Cruising on The Beautiful Danube

Last November, I wrote about a wonderful river cruise trip that did not cruise. With record rains in France affecting the medieval bridges on the Rhone River, the cruise was relegated to bus excursions throughout the South of France. You can read the story in its entirety in the February 2011 issue found on www.crlmag.com […]

River Cruising on the Rhone in France

Waiting for my Cleopatra Moment I will openly admit to being fascinated by Cleopatra, her power, her reported beauty and her lifestyle. Having admitted this, you can understand that when I had the opportunity to travel to France for a Rhone River Cruise, the mental image of lying on a sumptuous bed, relaxing and watching […]