Fresh Red Beet Pasta

Fresh Red Beet Pasta

(Skip to Recipe)
Why Bother Making Fresh Red Beet Pasta?
Recently I developed a recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese, which was absolutely yummy.  Of course, I may be a bit biased.  So don’t rely on my word, try it yourself and see how delicious is this ravioli dish!

The red beets in the pasta make the dough a vibrant purple color, which will certainly make any plate look more attractive.  The red beets also add dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will help you and your family remain healthy.  Contrary to common belief, red beets are not high in sugar;…

Read More

Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

(Skip to Recipe)

Why Not a Pumpkin Variation for a New Family Favorite?
During a stay in Kosice, Slovakia at the end of my Journey to Greece, I fell in love with a vegetarian red beet pirohy (pierogi) dish served with fresh spinach and goat cheese.  To discover more about my love story with this delicious wholesome dish, read my recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese.

While I was testing out recipes for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese with one of my Belgian sisters, she started harvesting pumpkins from her vegetable garden.

 

 

As I…

Read More

Banana Muffin Bliss

Banana Muffin Bliss

(Skip to Recipe)

Why will each Banana Muffin bring you bliss?
We all have had bananas become overly ripe on our watch.  No one can blame us for letting their peel become covered in brown or even spots.  Having overly ripe bananas is, however, a test of character or resourcefulness.  It’s what we do with these golden brown gems that truly count.

In my household, we usually make banana bread, often with chocolate chips, because that is what my kids want.   We have several banana bread recipes that we follow.  There’s one with sour cream which has always been a family favorite and then ano…

Read More

Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

(Skip to Recipe)

What makes Sunday family meals so simple yet so special?
After rushing around all week, Sunday rolls around and lets us slow down to enjoy our families and friends.  A meal together, a stroll in the park, or whatever else your family does to reconnect together.

 
Sunday brunch in Los Angeles
While growing up in Los Angeles, Sunday brunch was my family’s main event.  We often enjoyed bagels, lox, and cream cheese along with whitefish, creamed herring and dill pickles. At one time my father made his famous scrambled eggs with everything in it (dried salami, onions,…

Read More

Pumpkin Latke Waffles

Pumpkin Latke Waffles

Why make Pumpkin Latke Waffles?
This Hanukkah season I wanted to create a new kind of latke (potato pancake) with some leftover boiled potatoes and a wedge of fresh pumpkin.  As many of you know, I love using pumpkin, especially in savory dishes.  For more pumpkin recipes follow this link or this other link.

Autumn is also my favorite season of the year.  I adore the various hues of yellow, red, orange and brown everywhere as well as the abundance of harvested vegetables and fruit.  All kinds of squash, nuts, apples, and pears are among my top choices during autumn.  

Adding pumpkin to …

Read More

Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

What is Pastry Crust?
As there are many different names to describe the same pastry crust, it can be confusing to most of us when reviewing recipes.  A new baker may think there are actually dozens of different types of pastry or pie dough.  In fact,  however, the ingredients for a flaky pie crust and a mealy pie crust are mostly the same.

It’s the size of  the fat in the dough that will determine if the dough will bake into a flaky or mealy pie crust.  Larger pieces of fat left in the dough will generally cause the baked result to be more flaky.  So if you want to prepare a more flaky cru…

Read More

Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie for a Special Treat

Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie for a Special Treat

(Skip to Recipe)

(Cliquez ci-dessous pour la version française de la recette)

Tarte au sucre de Tonton Brad

What makes Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie so delicious?

Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie recipe is one of Belgian Foodie’s favorites.   It’s been made loads of time by Uncle Brad, always with much success.  I’ve prepared this pie for neighborhood potlucks, friends’ home for dinner, and for serving at home.  

It’s the buttermilk in the recipe that makes Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie so delicious.  It offsets the normal sweetness of this pie.  I’m personally not fond of anyth…

Read More

Matzo Brei: Passover or Anytime

Matzo Brei: Passover or Anytime

Why not make Matzo Brei for breakfast all year round?
It’s the first morning of Passover so of course I made a simple version of Matzo Brei.  As Matzo Brei is made by mixing eggs with matzo, much in the same way as you mix eggs with bread to make French Toast, it is a simple dish to prepare for breakfast or brunch.

The number of possible additions and variations for this otherwise very straightforward dish is endless.  I opted, however, to start off with a basic recipe with a small addition of wild garlic, which is in season and in abundance in my local area at this time of year.

Feel f…

Read More