Category Archives: Recipes

Please enjoy these recipes that I’ve gathered from my travels!

Zucchini Cookbook Treasure

There are two things in life that relax me more than anything else – perusing thrift and antique stores and reading old cookbooks. When I find some cookbook treasures that lovingly contain notes, comments and private family recipes scribbled throughout the book…well that’s the thrift store jackpot! I found one such culinary personal masterpiece in […]

Peeking into an Italian American’s Kitchen

If you had a Nona or Mama that taught you everything you know about cooking, or perhaps you are just a great cook who loves Italian food, I will bet your pantry and refrigerator looks like this… The pantry There are always at least two types of olive oil.  One for cooking, the other for […]

Italian Torta di Noci-Italian Walnut Cake recipe

Italian Torta di Noci 1/2 lb walnuts 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature 2/3 cup Sugar 1 Egg 2 tablespoons Rum, or or 1 teaspoon rum extract 2 teaspoons Lemon zest  1 cup Flour 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder Method Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5-7 minutes, taking care not […]

Dresdner Stollen German Fruitcake

Dresdner Stollen German Fruitcake This is one Fruit Cake worth the effort.  Great with a German hardy beer too! Raisins or currants — 1 cup Candied citrus peel — 1 cup Active dry yeast — 2 (1/4-ounce) packages Lukewarm (110°F) water — 1/2 cup Flour — 5 cups Milk — 1 cups Butter, room temperature […]

Buche de Noel-Traditional Christmas Yule log recipe

Buche de Noel  Une petite recette pour la bûche de Noël. Recipe for Traditional Christmas Yule log. Cake 1 cup white or cake flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cocoa 1/3 cup water 1 tsp vanilla confectioner’s sugar Mocha Cream filling 1/2 pint whipping cream 1/4 […]

Wonderful Warm Cinnamon Wine from Austria

 Wonderful Warm Cinnamon Wine from Austria Ingredients: For 1 litre of wine: 1 l of dry red wine (quality) 3 sticks of cinnamon 5 cloves Zest of one orange Zest of one lemon Sugar according to taste Preparation: Heat slowly over 1 hour then let steep for at least another half-hour. Add sugar to your […]

Chestnut Soup

While traveling in Rome earlier this year, we came across these beautiful roasting chestnuts.  The aroma was heavenly!  It reminded me of this delicious recipe for Chestnut Soup that is just perfect for the chilly days of winter ahead. Chestnut Soup 4 TBL butter 1 medium onion, chopped 1carrot, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 1 […]

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 […]