Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

The classic combination of Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon is a festive flavor sensation. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or a dinner party with friends, these mini cabbages with their nutty, very distinct flavor are a perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, poultry in particular.      

Old-Fashioned Cornbread (recipe courtesy by Paula Deen)

I have to admit that it took me a little while to appreciate the good old southern cornbread. Mostly because many of the cornbreads I have tried were simply not that good; they were either dry and crumbly or sweet and greasy. But a few months ago my mother-in-law gave me one of Paula Deen’s…

Southern New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

I wasn’t familiar with black-eyed peas until I have married into a Southern family. Those small, creamy-flavored beans with a ‘black eye’ where they were joined to the pod are a Southern good luck tradition for New Year’s Day, one with deep roots in African-American culture. People in the South will tell you that the…

Gingerbread Cookies

I didn’t plan to bake any Christmas cookies this year since we are spending Christmas abroad, but my kids just wouldn’t stop talking about baking gingerbread and kids can be VERY persistent.    

Christmas Roast Goose

A Christmas goose is the epitome of a Christmas dinner and Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas roast goose is a fantastic choice! I didn’t change anything in the recipe, except for skipping step 8 (browning the skin in a frying pan, before putting the goose in the oven). The Chinese Five Spice Powder – a blend of…

Kefir Rolls

Soft, fluffy, and impossible to resist; I just had one for breakfast.

Fundraising by selling Christmas cookies.

I started Christmas baking a little early this year. The German School of Union County in New Jersey will have a Christmas Cookie Bake Sale on Sunday, November 18, at the Deutscher Club of Clark’s annual Christkindl Market. I’m contributing my homemade Zimtsterne and Vanillekipferl. All proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the school.

Polish Szarlotka with Meringue

Apple cakes are among the most popular cakes in the world. Probably every country has its own version of that delicious dessert. I already published a recipe for a German apple cake (Apfelkuchen) and – just a few days ago – the recipe for a French apple tart (Tarte aux Pommes). Today I would like to…

White Bread with Oats

An incredibly soft bread with a rather mild flavor and a large portion of healthy oats.      

French Apple Tart (Tarte aux Pommes)

Few things say “autumn” more than apples. Well, maybe pumpkins—but they’re not as much fun to pick or as easy to eat. A few weeks ago we went to Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania.   It was wonderful to see my daughters having so much fun picking apples and walking the hills of…