How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies

How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies
(Skip to Recipe)Seasonal Traditions Help Mark Time My family has several recipes that help us celebrate the passage of seasons and holidays.  We feel bound by tradition to make theses dishes each year.  For instance, we prepare Speculoos cookies for Thanksgiving and St. Nicholas Day.  Below are other seasonal traditions in our home: In the winter, we prepare French Onion Soup and Belgian Bee...
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Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta

Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta
(Skip to Recipe) How an Accident Became a Favorite Dish Sometimes it's hard to find inspiration for meals when you're cooking for yourself.  Why spend a lot of time to prepare a dish that you're probably going to eat quickly? Well, this past year I've made Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta several times.  It started off as an accident.  One day I wanted to make a meal that required little eff...
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Salmon Lasagna With A Butternut Squash Option

Salmon Lasagna With A Butternut Squash Option
(Skip to Recipe) Salmon Lasagna for a Special Family Meal Mother's Day Last Mother's Day, I invited my family to my home for lunch.  I planned to make roasted baby back ribs, one of my mother's favorite dishes, along with cole slaw, and baked beans.   Unfortunately, my father became hospitalized so we postponed our family lunch.   A Daughter's Visit Planning the Meal Recently my da...
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English Toffee Made at Home

English Toffee Made at Home
(Skip to Recipe) What's the Difference between English Toffee and Almond Roca? English toffee and Almond Roca are pretty much the same thing.  While English toffee describes a hardened caramel topped with chopped nuts and chocolate, Almond Roca refers to a brand name for the same treat. Brown & Haley Co. from Tacoma, Washington has been making  Almond Roca since 1914. In the United States...
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Trustworthy Sourdough Bread at Home

Trustworthy Sourdough Bread at Home
(Skip to Recipe) Sourdough Bread is My Favorite Type of Bread Over the past twenty years I've made dozens of loaves of bread.  Quick breads, yeast breads and sourdough breads.  Not all breads have turned out perfectly.  Yet, the process of making bread is always enjoyable. As the name suggests, quick breads do not require time to rise.  Generally you add baking soda or baking powder to the reci...
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Healthy Vegan Protein Granola Bars

Healthy Vegan Protein Granola Bars
(Skip to Recipe) Why Should You Make Granola Bars? Choices on the Market It's amazing how large the choice is for nutritious food bars in the United States.  Almost any grocery store, drugstore, hotel lobby, fitness center, or other establishment selling snacks will have a variety of food bars for sale.  For instance, there are fruit bars, nut bars, protein bars, granola bars, fitness bars, a...
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A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide

A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide
How Much Commitment Do You Need to Create and Maintain Your Own Sourdough Starter? You've probably heard it takes a lot of work and care to maintain a sourdough starter. Or you've read that you have to feed your sourdough starter at least once daily.  It's true, some bakers feed it two to three times per day.  Ok, a baby or a dog requires about the same amount of care and attention, you might ...
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Korean-Style Green Chili Pepper Pickles

Korean-Style Green Chili Pepper Pickles
(Skip to Recipe) Why I love Korean Food Best If there's one Asian cuisine I love, it would have to be Korean food.  Korean dishes have a distinct flavor and spice. The variety of their side dishes is also great!  So many to choose from! Not only can you use the side dishes as appetizers, but you can also eat them alone or with a little rice.   One Exceptional Side Dish My favorite...
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A Guide For Making Bread at Home

A Guide For Making Bread at Home
Is Making Bread a Chore or Passion? I've been making bread for more than twenty years.  Not continuously, yet periodically in long spurts over the years.  As you might have noticed from my other recipes on this site, I love making all kinds of dough for pastries, pasta and bread. Friends often ask why I bother to make my own bread.  Isn't it time consuming and difficult?  Yes, I respond, it ta...
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Beet Dandelion Pesto – Nutritious and Tasty Greens

Beet Dandelion Pesto – Nutritious and Tasty Greens
(Skip to Recipe) What Inspired this Beet Dandelion Pesto Recipe? Recently I shared with you my recipe for Dandelion Pesto, prepared primarily with dandelion greens.   My trusty Dandelion Pesto recipe inspired me to make this new Beet Dandelion Pesto.  Yesterday I purchased some lovely organic beets and needed a way to use the beet greens.   How to use Beet and Dandelion Greens I ofte...
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Traditional Matzo Kugel for Passover

Traditional Matzo Kugel for Passover
(Skip to Recipe) What is Matzo Kugel? Matzo Kugel is a pudding made often during the Passover holiday.  Although most people eat a sweet version of Matzo Kugel, prepared with fruit, eggs and nuts, they can also eat a savory version featuring vegetables.   Why do we eat Matzo during Passover? During the eight days of Passover, observers should avoid eating five types of grains which r...
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Healthy Tofu Vegan Pancakes for Breakfast

Healthy Tofu Vegan Pancakes for Breakfast
(Skip to Recipe) How to Make Vegan Pancakes even Healthier   Family Tradition My son is visiting me from Belgium.  This morning he asked for pancakes for breakfast. Pancakes are probably my kids' favorite dish of mine for breakfast. When they were small I would often make them on Sunday mornings.  I always tried to make them healthy(ish) by using whole wheat and rye flours along with a...
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Bumbleberry Pie – Mixed Berries and Apple

Bumbleberry Pie – Mixed Berries and Apple
(Skip to Recipe) What is Bumbleberry Pie? At first I thought Bumbleberry Pie was a sweet baked good featuring bumbleberries.  Little did I know that a Bumbleberry Pie is actually a pie made with mixed berries (usually three types of berries), and sometimes includes apple or rhubarb. My brother asked me to make a raspberry pie for his birthday.  He then added if raspberry was not possible, h...
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Heart-healthy Cinnamon-baked Pears

Heart-healthy Cinnamon-baked Pears
(Skip to Recipe) Is there such a thing as a heart-healthy dessert? Surprisingly there is. Sweets and treats need not always focus on large contents of sugar. If you choose the ingredients carefully, you can prepare healthy desserts for your entire family. Ingredients with high fat content, such as heavy dollops of cream and butter, contain saturated fats, which can increase cholesterol leve...
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An Easy Quiche Recipe Made Simple

An Easy Quiche Recipe Made Simple
(Skip to Recipe) A Quiche Recipe for all Occasions Quiche is sometimes overlooked as a dish to serve guests.  I don't understand why.  I love quiche for informal gatherings, especially accompanied by soup or salad.  It's an easy weeknight supper with my kids.  Leftover quiche is also super easy and yummy the next day, warm or cold. Since I started this blog, I've made quiche more than a dozen...
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