I remember the second time I visited my husband’s home country of Czech Republic, it was over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. New Year’s Eve we stayed up almost all night. It was early in the morning the next day, and we were hungry, and only certain “hospodas” (places to order Czech beer and maybe a snack or typical meal) and other joints were still open. Hubby told me that the selection of foods would be quite limited that morning, but they were sure to have one traditional New Year’s food — lentils. Lentils have long been known to symbolize good luck in the New Year, and especially prosperity. I guess I can understand the “prosperity” part because lentils sort of look like coins, in a way. Before that day, the only time I ever ate lentils was in lentil soup. At the restaurant we found, the lentils were cooked with some vegetables and chunks of ham, and then topped with a sunny-side up egg. Pure comfort food! The opposite of an extravagant meal. When I got home, I recreated the simple dish, and even found that it could be made quite diet friendly.
Growing up in Czech Republic, my husband ate soup almost every day. Though I didn’t eat it that often in my family (in the USA), when I had it, it was a wonderful treat. My mom was very good at making soups, and made a wide variety, always from scratch. Some were to warm us up in the winter (like the ones below), others were to use summer produce. Continue reading →
Do you often make recipes that are posted on the internet, at sites like www.allrecipes.com, www.foodandwine.com, or https://cooking.nytimes.com/? I love cooking new things, and when I have a few special ingredients on hand I get curious about the possibilities for new dishes. Other times, I like to look at different approaches to old recipes I’ve made, to maybe improve on them, or make them with a new twist. Many of these recipes are rated by home cooks everywhere. Obviously some of us have different tastes and expectations for food than others, but generally don’t you look for the recipes with the highest ratings? Continue reading →
My husband just LOVES apples! You’ve probably heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, he certainly eats at least one apple every day. Maybe even two, or sometimes three. Actually, last weekend we went to a local apple orchard, and I swear he ate five. Honestly! September and October is certainly apple time in our part of the United States. Every year we can’t resist going to the orchard when they are in season, and picking two big canvas bags worth. The price was good, but because of the weight, we spent almost $50 total for those filled sacks. Good grief! What are we to do with all of the apples? Even my hubby can’t manage to eat them up too quickly.
My husband has his clear favorite apples varieties (Jonathan and Macoun), but the orchard we go to has several types, some ready to pick earlier than others. What is your favorite type of apple? Continue reading →
I thought I’d dedicate a post to foods that might not be familiar to some people in my home country of the United States, but are commonly used in some countries outside of the US. There are also some foods available in my local stores, that even I’ve yet to try, mostly because I’m unsure how to use them. Continue reading →
Are you planning to make a big meal, either for guests, or even just your family? First time? Or if not, have you made big meals in the past, but found some hot dishes went cold by the time they got to the table? Or dishes that need to be cold or frozen went room temperature? Here are some tips to synchronize the completion of dishes so that each dish gets served at just the right temperature at the right time. It takes practice and strategy to master this, and some good time management skills. Continue reading →
Last week I went down to the basement to browse through some old photo albums. Do you all remember them? Albums that contain printed photographs? LOL! Nowadays photos seem to only be kept electronically. Having physical photo albums ages me a bit. Well, I guess I certainly have aged.
It’s been a while since I posted a culinary-related post, and given all of the stress I’ve been under lately a light topic is all I can muster. Plus, it happens that dairy-based foods and drinks tend to be my comfort foods. Continue reading →
What do you base your food portion sizes on? Or do you bother? Have you ever realized that there is conflicting information about portion sizes out there or lack of real guidance? For example, in the United States, the new American Food pyramid (changed over the years) shows the following: Continue reading →