comfort food

Chili Bowl

Of course we’ll eat chili bowl tonight! After having spent almost five years in the States I have come to fully embrace this spicy and flavorful tradition on Super Bowl Sunday. Every year I try to make a different version. This year I used ground beef instead of beef chuck, and I must say, it […] Read more…

Penne alla Vodka

Some say it originated in NY, others say that this pasta dish with creamy vodka sauce is just another pasta from Italy. Well, whatever, fact is that this pasta is extremely popular in the States, far more popular than in my home country the Netherlands. We don’t sell ready made jars Read more…

Berliner Buletten

Today we’re cooking flattened meatballs, a traditional German snack. Like a lot of German dishes, different names are used throughout the country. In the north, the Heimat of my favorite pilsner (Flensburger), these meatballs are called Frikadellen. In Berlin, we call them Buletten. Read more…

Meatless Shepherd’s Pie

It’s time for Shepherd’s Pie again! This is an old recipe from a vegetarian cookbook we wrote together a few years ago (nope, we are not vegetarians, just don’t want to eat meat every day). It’s made with brown lentils instead of meat and mashed potatoes with mustard. Very comforting! It’s still one of our […] Read more…

BLT Avocado

Every now and then I make everybody in the house very happy with this BLT. It’s one of the easiest sandwiches to prepare and absolutely in my top 10 of favorite American dishes. Provided, of course, the sandwich is properly made, ‘cause sadly enough I’ve had a lot of lousy BLT’s in my life: wonder […] Read more…

Roasted Mini Squash with Gruyère & Sage

I think fall is my favorite season here in DC. The sunlight that filters through the colored leaves of the trees…I could just stare at it for hours. And it’s pumpkin time! I love the wide range of pumpkin varieties offered at my farmers’ markets and my grocery store. We don’t have such a large […] Read more…

Königsberger Klopse

“Don’t listen to him please, there should not be any anchovies in it.” “With cream? How dare you even suggest!” Nothing beats conversations about food: that’s why we love to share food with our friends at our kitchen tables. While starting dinner with some Berlin friends, Read more…

Soljanka

Soljanka, an old-fashioned Eastern European soup is almost as famous as Borscht, the Russian beet soup. It’s a hearty, sweet, spicy, and sour soup with red pepper, tomato, and chopped Sauerkraut. Back in the days of the DDR you could find this soup on every East Berlin menu, and it never really disappeared. There are […] Read more…

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