winter

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate & Walnuts

We’ll celebrate this Thanksgiving with our dear American friends, just like we did last year. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this explicitly American holiday! This year my friend Maren and I decided to cook some of the dishes together, like the turkey and her mother’s delicious cranberry chutney. She will take […] Read more…

Maren’s Cranberry Chutney

What I like about Thanksgiving is that people start cooking several days in advance. The day before yesterday my American friend Maren called me and invited me over to prepare some of the traditional dishes with her. There’s nothing better than cooking with friends! We made one of her mother’s recipes: a delicious, spicy cranberry […] 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…

Pumpkin Bread

My two daughters are too old for trick-or-treating, but they’ll surely love a nice treat while watching a scary movie. I make this Pumpkin Bread every year for Halloween, it has become kind of a tradition in our house. I think it’s one of my favorite classic American sweet treats. I’m not really a dessert […] Read more…

Celery Root Soup with Apple and Walnuts

Let’s talk about a happy marriage: celery root and apple. They complement each other, balance each other out, and bring out the best in each other. What else can I say? This classic combination works especially well in soups and purees. Well, there was still a celery root sitting in my fridge when my youngest […] Read more…

Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Cake)

Treasure hunting at the local food market: I came home with a bag of dark red onions. They were very fresh, small and not as tasteless as some of the larger ones you often find at the supermarket. Red onions, I love ’em, and the smaller the better. Here in Berlin we love to eat […] Read more…

Pumpkin Soup with Carrot, Orange & Ginger

Those chilly days! I really like fall, it’s a beautiful season not only because of all the pumpkins you can buy. Here in Berlin, the most common pumpkin is the orange hokkaido, which is a good one to cook with because it doesn’t need peeling if you buy an organic one. And fresh ginger root […] Read more…

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