Monthly Archives: August 2011

expat cravings

Last week’s French Fridays with Dorie hamburger recipe got me discussing expat cravings with a few of my fellow american expats. Though tastes and even regional foods in the US are different, our general list of top foods we miss … Continue reading

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if at first you don’t succeed…

Pie crust and I are not friends. Never have been. Early attempts at making crust ended in tears and I decided that it was simply easier to buy the ready-made crusts from the freezer section of my local supermarket; a … Continue reading

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a french hamburger recipe

On the list of foods which american expats living in europe miss, good hamburgers rank somewhere near the top (usually right below Mexican food). Now, you’ll notice that I specified good hamburgers, because bad and mediocre hamburgers are quite easy … Continue reading

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bacon really does make everything taste better

Blanch some beans, crisp some pancetta, drizzle with walnut oil… what’s not to like!

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cupcakes de chevre

“I thought you said this lady was a baker!” This was my husband’s recent complaint as he noted how long it had been since my French Fridays with Dorie project had yielded a dessert to satisfy his rather notorious sweet … Continue reading

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eggplant caviar

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Eggplant Caviar, was a darn easy sell in my household. I love eggplant, it is one of my favorite vegetables and I am always searching out new recipes for it. Dorie’s recipe calls … Continue reading

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salmon and potatoes in a jar

We Americans have accepted canned tuna, sometimes even sardines and anchovies, but that seems to be about it for mainstream canned fish. German supermarkets, however, have entire shelves dedicated to canned, jarred, pickled, smoked, and cured fish of all colors. … Continue reading

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vietnamese chicken noodle soup

I spent my college days in the middle of the corn fields of central Illinois. At this stage of my life I had absolutely no knowledge of, nor interest in, good food or its preparation. My hands-on cooking experience to … Continue reading

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roast chicken for lazy people

Roasting chicken is generally not something that I would consider doing in August, in fact, I have strict rules against turning the oven on once the temps go over 80 degrees (I know, I’m a wimp). But, while my friends … Continue reading

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slow roasted tomatoes

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to seek out the local markets, and London’s Borough Market remains one of my all time favorites. It was there that I first tried and fell in love with roasted … Continue reading

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