French Onion Soup in 45 Minutes

French Onion Soup in 45 Minutes

Memories of French Onion Soup Past
I tasted my first real French Onion Soup at Cafe Figaro on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood as a teen.  My friends and I thought Cafe Figaro with its French bistro-style cuisine was so cool.  It had a good menu, reasonable prices and a European atmosphere.  Taking a date here helped gave me an air of sophistication.  Or at least I thought.

I must have tried French Onion Soup before hanging out at Cafe Figaro with my friends, yet do not have any earlier memory.   Unfortunately Cafe Figaro disappeared almost 20 years ago.  Its French Onion Soup, however, re…

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Authentic Greek Pasticcio

Authentic Greek Pasticcio

What makes this Pasticcio Recipe Authentic?
Pasticcio is prepared in Greek restaurants all over the world.  Not surprisingly, it’s also made by families and in taverns all over Greece.  Most families follow a recipe passed on to them by a dear family member and then adjusted over time to satisfy personal taste.

 
What is Pasticcio?
Those unfamiliar with Pasticcio may wonder what is this romantic-sounding dish.  The easiest way to describe it would be as a Greek version of lasagna bolognese.   This is not entirely fair as a comparison.

In Greece Pasticcio is customarily prepared w…

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4 Vegan Tomato Soups

4 Vegan Tomato Soups

4 Vegan Tomato Soups to Sustain you through Winter
During the winter I enjoy a hearty soup that will nourish me, warm me up and keep me satisfied for hours.  Something about adding tomatoes to a soup gives it an extra earthy flavor.  It’s also a wonderful way to add a shot of vitamins and fiber to your diet.

I love making soups all year round with fresh and canned tomatoes and other vegetables, grains and beans.  In general, soups are inexpensive to make, take little time to prepare and remain available for serving over a couple days.

Here are 4 Vegan Tomato Soups from among the recipes…

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Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings

Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings

What makes Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings a Fall Favorite?
A couple years ago when I started my Vegan Before 6:00 diet I was looking for new fun ways to prepare vegan main dishes.  Around that time I was practicing how to make homemade dim sum.  I kept trying new dim sum recipes so I’d get the techniques down.

As many of you know, I love pumpkin during the fall, especially in savory dishes.  So creating a new fall favorite with pumpkin put a smile on my face.  When a friend came over for lunch I prepared these Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings and instantly fell in love!

The filling is quick and simple …

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Belgian Beef Carbonnade

Belgian Beef Carbonnade

Belgian Beef Carbonnade Made Easy
Belgian Beef Carbonnade is known by many names:  Flemish Carbonnade, Belgian Beef Stew, Beef and Beer Stew, are among the most common.  Although recipes for Belgian Beef Carbonnade generally include beef and beer, there are many variations.  Some families spread mustard on bread and add it to the pot for thickness and to reduce the sweetness of this dish.  Many use dark abbey beer to give a deeper flavor.  Depending on the beer used it may also add sweetness.  I prefer a blond Abbey (light ale) beer instead since it lends a more subtle flavor that blends perf…

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Speculoos Pie Crust

Speculoos Pie Crust

What are Speculoos Cookies?
If you are wondering what the heck are Speculoos,  they are a traditional Belgian and Dutch spice cookie eaten all year round yet primarily made for Saint Nicholas day (6 December in Belgium and 5 December in the Netherlands) and the winter holidays.  In some Anglo-Saxon countries, these traditional cookies are known as Biscoff.   In the Netherlands, they refer to these cookies as Speculaas.   In Germany, where these cookies also have deep roots, they are known as Spekulatius.  Many countries in Europe and the Americas follow their own favorite version of a spice c…

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Belgian Foodie® Winter Salad

Belgian Foodie® Winter Salad

How can you create a Winter Salad?
Winter salads bring color, vitamins and fresh tastes to brighten up your plate and keep your palate alive.  In many ways I prefer winter salads to salads at other times of the year because the ingredients are often more crispy and full of flavor.

The key to making an exceptional winter salad is to blend colors and tastes.  Don’t be afraid to use bitter vegetables like Belgian endives, radicchio and escarole, all of the chicory family.  Bitter tastes can be offset by adding sweet ingredients like sliced apples, dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, figs, and …

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Braised Belgian Endives

Braised Belgian Endives

Why learning how to braise Belgian Endives is so important?
Everyone in Belgium needs to learn how to braise Belgian endives, commonly known as chicons or witlof in Belgium, at some point in their life.  It should almost be a requirement of citizenship. Many people are a bit intimidated to cook Belgian endives because they are easy to overcook or often fall apart while cooking.  Yet, braising Belgian Endives is actually fairly simple.

All it takes to braise Belgian endives is a pan, some olive oil or butter, garlic, a touch of nutmeg, a sprinkle of sugar and a little water.  From start to …

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Italian Bean Soup: Vegan

Italian Bean Soup:  Vegan

Short in time?  Looking for new ideas?  Is it the end of the month?
This vegan Italian Bean Soup is the answer!
A big pot of vegan Italian Bean Soup will keep you and your family happy for at least 2 days, depending on the size of your family.

Taking only about 30 minutes to prepare, this Italian Bean Soup soon become one of your family’s favorites.  Not only is it yummy but it is also healthy and inexpensive, suitable for any household’s budget.

This Italian Bean Soup is also ideal when you are trying to lose weight yet need to eat to maintain your energy. You can eat this soup severa…

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