Beef Goulash Znojmo Style (Znojemský guláš)

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Not the prettiest dish, but it tastes so good! Pictured with Karlovy Vary bread dumplings.

Goulash is very popular throughout Central Europe, and is a real comfort food, made at home and offered at some restaurants and pubs. Its origins are from Hungary, but the recipe takes on many forms, depending on where it is made. In this post, I’d like to share a goulash from the city of Znojmo in the South Moravian Region of Czech Republic. Continue reading

Czech Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) Bread Dumplings – Karlovarský knedlík

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Sliced Czech dumplings go well with saucy entrees or with sauerkraut

Dumplings (Knedlíky)! The Czech people just love them, and they come in various forms and flavors, for various purposes! Dumplings are often served with meat dishes (usually with sauces or sauerkraut), may appear in some soups, or even have fruit or other sweet fillings Continue reading

Week 7 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

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I hate airports and jet lag!

TGIF! I’m happy to report that I’m finally tracking my eating again, after not doing so during the full course of my recent two-week vacation, and four days after my return.  Those following my updates saw that I gained much more than expected during my time away from home. Stress eating and illness unfortunately played a part. Continue reading

Week 3 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

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~7.4 lbs (3.36 kg) of products (my total weight loss after 3 weeks)

I just finished week three of my fitness and weight loss journey! I’m so proud that I’ve remained committed to this endeavor. Actually, after getting past the first two weeks, tracking and staying on plan is getting easier. It’s like less effort, and comes more naturally. Though I know not all weeks will yield weight losses, so far I have lost weight every week since my journey’s start. See this week’s results below, followed by reflections, a statement of my updated interim goals, and a link to my plan details (for those who’ve not read them). Continue reading

The Obsessive Overuse of Garlic in Modern Day American Cooking?

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When I was a little girl, my mother noticed I was getting rashes on my arm and behind my knee. She took me to my pediatrician who recommended I go to an allergist. I went, and the results of the allergy testing were pretty sad for me. He said “No peanuts, no chocolate, and no oranges or orange juice.”  So every Easter, I’d get the white-colored bunny rabbit and various jelly beans in my basket. Yuck! My siblings had the delicious-looking chocolate ones, plus Reese’s peanut butter eggs, and other chocolate goodies. Imagine the envious look on my little face?

I wasn’t the only one in my family that seemed to have an allergy. It was discovered early on that when we ate something containing garlic, my brother became nauseous and red in the face, and would even throw up. Continue reading

Four homemade soups you can make in an hour or less (two vegetarian)

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

What does that taste like? Foods the cashier might be unfamiliar with.

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

Ambitious meals – How to get all food courses on the table at the right time and temperature

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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

Long live dairy! A few of my favorite dairy-based recipes

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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

Yummy! Strawberry Dumplings (Jahodové knedlíky)

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Bohemian Strawberry Dumplings

Most of my posts are mental health-related, but I have kept my promise and written about other interests that enrich my life. One of my many loves in life is cooking. I’ve written a couple of food-related posts in the past. Today I’m sharing my Czech (Bohemian) mother-in-law’s Strawberry Dumplings (Jahodové knedlíky). They are indulgent yummy balls of paradise. We ate them last night for dinner. Czechs usually eat them as a lunch, with 6-8 dumplings per person, but most people outside of Czech Republic may consider them a dessert. Three to four dumplings would be plenty for that. Continue reading