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July 29, 2017

Asian Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with a flavor like
an egg roll.

June 29, 2017

Plank Roasted
Cheese Burger Stuffed Peppers

In the summer you can avoid heating up the kitchen by cooking home cooked meals on the BBQ. Here I did these peppers on a wood plank using offset heat on the grill.

May7, 2017

Dandelion Greens and Kale Stew

Spring is the time for dandelion greens. There are so
many things you can do with them, one being
a stew.

Feb 10, 2017

The History of the Reuben Sandwich

A truly American sandwich that you would think
would be German but is truly American.
Explore the roots of this classic and the original recipe


Feb 9, 2017

The History of Buffalo Wings

Why are they called Buffalo when they are from chicken?

What is the original recipe?

Jan3, 2017

Lentil Soup with Frankfurter

Lentil soup is the perfect winter meal.
The German's enhance it with a frankfurter in the center.


Nov 3, 2016

Birnen Bohnen and Speck

This is a classic German dish, that uses non-ripe pears, and simmer them whole in a pot with a good stock simmered with speck,(german bacon) and then add some potatoes and green beans, I substituted a pork shank and streaky American bacon with this.

Nov 1, 2016

Pork Rouladen Cuban Style

This German specialty is a take on the Cuban sandwiches that are very popular in the U.S. that include ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickle.

Oct 30, 2016


This is the time of year for this tradition
A pizza style or Quiche style onion and bacon delicacy that goes well with Federweisser
(or new wine) that is still bubbly.

Sept. 29, 2016

Pork Geschnetseltes

This is a great German dish similar to a stroganoff with thin strips of meat and a nice sauce. A great dish to make on the spot when you haven't planned anything.

It is also a comfort food popular by most all picky tastes

March 22, 2016

Streusal Kuchen

This is the German version of your basic coffee crumb cake
made with a sweet dough.
The key is the Streusal topping.

I experiment with 3 different Streusal toppings with
this basic great classic.

Feb 12, 2016

The History of the Steakhouse

The big sizzling steaks, garlic mashed, creamed spinach
upscale restaurants with superb quality and service
have an interesting history including the bizarre
"Beef Banquets" in the mid 1800s.

Feb 10, 2016

Tomahawk Rib Eye Steak

To Sear or Reverse Sear?
How to cook a 3 inch steak on the grill, like a
French trimmed long bone in rib eye steak
that looks a bit like a Tomahawk.

Feb 8, 2016

German Pumpkin Fritters
(Kurbis Krapfen)

This is a simple fritter or donut hole that is a popular style
in Germany and everywhere. This recipe features
the option of making it with whole grain whole wheat flour
and had excellent taste and texture.

Jan 30, 2016

The History of Carnegie Deli

The famous Jewish deli across from Carnegie Hall
in New York famous for the overstuffed sandwiches

Jan 17, 2016

Stuffed Pork Chop

with Apple Pumpernickel dressing

Now that bone in pork loin roasts are available at the grocery there are some fun things you can do.
One is to cut a big thick chop and stuff it.

Jan 11, 2016


The Swabian area of Germany is famous for their
Spaetzle. This dish becomes real comfort food
when you add Emmentaler cheese and caramelized onion.

Check out this style of Macaroni and Cheese

Jan 8, 2016

Hazelnut Macaroons

there are several types of macaroons that you may have heard of, the French Macaroon that is like a meringue sandwich and the coconut macaroon, more like shredded coconut piles. This is a German recipe made with a base of nuts, egg whites and sugar.

Jan 5, 2016

Chicken Corn Chowder

This is great winter comfort food. I made this recipe simmering a whole chicken breast then shredding it. I will add other recipes this week.

Chicken Corn Chowder has an interesting 2 fold history.
Read about it here


Dec 21, 2015


Making the famous German Style Christmas Bread that
is the perfect breakfast treat toasted with butter.

This is so good when you try it. There is so much history behind this Christmas tradition.


Dec 15, 2015


This is an interesting recipe by Roy Denman that creates this nice base and mushroom top, from an old family recipe


Vanilla Cupcakes
Dec 6, 2015

Have you noticed how many baked goods will lead with “Vanilla” but the cake, cookie, etc. tastes completely bland and doesn’t have the signature flavor of pure vanilla? If so, you will really enjoy this recipe. Not only does vanilla flavor come through loud and clear, the Mascarpone frosting is so good you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful right from the bowl!

Nov 20, 2015

German Chili

This award winning chili uses 3 different meats
and a Hungarian spice mix.

Nov 8, 2015
German Appetizer Tray

This is something that you might get in a huge Oktoberfest tent in Munich. It includes Chive Bread (Schnittlauchbrot), A bacon style spread (Griebenschmalz) Obatzda or cheese dip, radish and pretzels.

Nov 5, 2015

Bavarian Style Cheese Dip

The Bavarians have a traditonal cheese dip served with soft baked pretzels called Obatzda . I made a modified version so I call it Bavarian Style Cheese Dip. Also a
Simple Cheese Dip, that is quick for parties and great for folks in the USA.

Aug 21, 2015

Gefullte Paprikaschoten

Stuffed Bell Peppers with a
meat and rice filling done with a bit of a German style.

June 19, 2015

What was the origin of real BBQ.

I don't mean
grilling but North Carolina wood fired whole hog

June 3, 2015

Nice Thick Sweet Purple Asparagus

Coming to a store near you. Not just a designer Asparagus
these beauties have purple skin but are larger and
the variety has 20% more natural sweetness.

April 9, 2015

Asparagus Wrapped with Westphalian Ham

Westphalian Ham is dry cured similar to high grade prosciutto
only it is smoked over Beechwood coals for a nice delicate
smoky flavor.

April3, 2015

Saffron Easter Bread
(Safran Osterbrot)

Saffron Easter bread is served in some areas of Germany. Saffron has been a symbol of gold and wealth for centuries and gives a wonderful intense flavor as well as color. Easter is a time of celebration and historically also a time of hope for a good bountiful year on the farm.

March 29, 2015

German Style Shepherd's Pie
(Jäger Eintopf)

This delicious dish, uses the great vegetables like celery root and leeks that gie a great depth of flavor. I also cut down some of the carbs by using cauliflower in part of the mash.

March 24, 2015

Hot German Potato Salad

I tried the opposite of what I felt was the best way to cook potatoes for this. I thought boil them in their jacket was best then cut. I tried cooking raw cubes and it turned out fantastic.

March 13, 2015

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
with Fruit and Nut Dressing

Gefüllte Schweinebraten

Want to be creative? Unrolling a Pork Tenderloin is
not as hard as you think and stuffing it stretches a 1 lb pork Tenderloin into 4-6 servings.

March 8, 2015

Purple and White Cabbage Kraut
with Carrot and Garlic

This is a nice counter fermented kraut with great flavor
packed full of pro biotics

March 5, 2014

German Chocolate Käsekuchen (cheesecake)

This is an American dish with a German moniker so people think it is German. The German comes from using German's brand chocolate (invented by Sam German from England) from the "Bakers" brand. It is a very delicious cake standing the test of time, one reason is the coconut pecan topping. 

Feb 27, 2015

The History of The Bloody Mary Cocktail

This is a most interesting history of how
a popular beverage and an up and coming spirit came together to make one of the world's most
favorite cocktails.

Bloody Mary Recipes in History

Feb 17, 2015

These are like a Beignet and often used
for Fasching festivals in Germany as we may use a
Beignet to celebrate Fat Teusday.
Sometimes plain and sometimes filled with cream filling.

Feb13, 2015

Love Foods in History

Throughout history, lovers have depended on love potions enhanced with charms of enchantment for those hearts stubborn to Cupid's arrow.

Jan 28, 2015

Sauerbraten History,

The Basics and
Different Styles around Germany

Jan 8, 2015

Morrocon Shrimp Stew with Cous Cous Casserole
Cooked in Tagine

I improvised on this recipe that origonally used red potatoes and substituted cous cous. The effect I wanted was to have the cous cous that is usually served separate to be simmered with the stew like a Jambalaya or Spanish Rice dish.

Jan 2, 2015

Crockpot German Pork Shank
(Eisbein) and Sausage
with Sauerkraut

This is a traditional New Years Meal. Pork is cosidered lucky in many countries, and the cabbage represents money.

To learn more about
Traditional New Years Meals
go here

Dec 20, 2014

Braune Lebkuchen
(brown ginger bread cookies)

This is a German ginger bread type cookie.
Being in the spice route Germany developed these spice cookies. The addition of Hartshorn makes the texture
wonderfully cripsy.

Dec 11, 2014

German Beef Barley Soup

This is a German version of the classic American
comfort soup,

Nov 17, 2014

Cream of Wheat Dumpling Soup

Cream of Wheat is also known as farina or semolina
in the culinary world.
It makes a great dumpling. Soft and easy on the tummy
in a chicken soup broth during cold and flu season.

Nov 14, 2014


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Nov 14, 2014

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How to make Small Batch Sauerkraut
in just a few days, Not much mess at all
no long term fermenting cabbage in the garage for months.

Go Here to make Small Batch Kraut

Nov 3, 2013

Humourous Food?

Back in food history food and medicine were integrated. A chef would also be something like a pharmacist, all foods were in different groups known as "Humors". In the not too distant past there was a reemergence of healthy foods as much of society were overindulged. But tasteless and drab recipes didn’t catch on until now when great culinary and gardening practices have blended healthy and gourmet. it is now “Nouvelle Cuisine”! The Kitchen Project will be going in this direction and working with those in the health care industry.

If you are in the health care sector and you have some time off this holiday after preparing a healthy gourmet Thanksgiving dinner, you can get your online ACLS certification and complete it from home. This will help you be caught up and prepared for after the 1st of the year.


Oct 29, 2014


The History of Oktoberfest

Oct 7, 2014

Soft Baked Pretzels

Here is a simple recipe with step by step pictures of how to make a great dough and roll and shape a pretzel.


Sept 15, 2014

Pork Strips Simmered with Mushrooms
in Sour Cream Gravy

Sept 5, 2014

The History of Bell Peppers

An interesting read about the origin and name of the Bell Pepper, it's colors and the classic dish, Stuffed Bell Peppers down through the ages.

Aug 29, 2014

Saarländische Eierschmeer
Egg and Bacon Spread
On Rye Bread

This can make nice breakfast, lunch or light supper.
An "Egg Spread" made famous in the Southwest
of Germany next to France called the Saarland.

Aug 26, 2014

Stuffed Bell Peppers
Cauliflower Rice

What is Cauliflower Rice? It is grated fine to resemble rice.
The firm texture looks like rice and makes a nice lo carb substitute.

August 20, 2014

Chicken in German Savory Chocolate Sauce

with hand cut Spaetzles

Aug 11, 2014

Making Pizzas on the Grill

I made a bratwurst and sauerkraut pizza with pineapple using a base of just
Mozzeralla cheese. The BBQed pizza dough is a palate for your ideas. Here is the lowdown on doing pizza's on the grill

Aug 10, 2014


This is the German version of our the American "Chef Salad" that you got in
restaurants in the 50's- 80's. There are a lot more versions of this salad though
and you unique ways to serve it.

Aug 9, 2014

The History of Jamaican Jerk Style Cooking

Jerk refers to a way that a meat, be it chicken, beef, pork, goat, fish, vegetables or fruit is seasoned and cooked. The typical cooking style uses a marinade or paste that includes at least pimento, which is often called allspice, and scotch bonnet peppers, also known as habenero.

Aug 4, 2014

German Style Cupcakes
Tassen Kuchen

Using some of the traditional recipes for Kuchen and apple cake
you can transform them into cup cakes

June 20, 2014

Asparagus Recipes

June 20, 2014

Asparagus Crepes with Ham and Cheese Sauce

it's German name, "Crepes mit Spargel, Schinken
und Käsesosse". A great new way to enjoy asparagus and they seem
like the perfect food to wrap a crepe around.

June 6, 2014

(Asparagus tarte)

This is a really tasty fun asparagus recipe using puff pastry as a base
and a light egg and cheese filling.

May 20, , 2014


This wonderful marinated pork loin from the Idar-Oberstein area of Germany. The marinating technique is simple and unique using bruised onions. It is also used for Schwenkbraten.


May 9, , 2014

Mutterherz Kuchen

Mother's Day Heart Cake
Made from Cream Puffs on a Puff Pastry Sheet

April 30, 2014

Dandelion Green Salad

A sign of Spring is the dandelions that first come up
Instead of a seeing them as a nuisance try making a salad.


April 29, 2014

Emmas Potato Pancakes
I make a lot of different potato pancakes and will be sharing my repetoire shortly, but here is the one I probably like the best overall.

April 14, 2014

Hawaiian Schnitzel

Precise Germanic Fusion is this dish! The crispy thin Schnitzel,
with a Cordon Bleu topping and the fresh grilled pineapple ring gives a nice sweet contrast.


April 11, 2014

Bleu Caprese Salad

Is it worth it to buy that 2.50 heirloom tomato? Here I cut it up and put some Maytag Bleu Cheese with it, put on a bed of greens, basil leaves and reduced balsamic. It isn't cheap but can be as satisfying or more than another splurge like a steak.

Caprese salad was invented by a restauranteur in the 50s on the Island of Capri off the coast of Naples, Italy. The recipe is simple use tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves. A little balsamic makes the perfect dressing.

This salad is really open to creative presentation, and your playful twists.
In this case I used Bleu cheese instead of mozzarella

April 1 , 2014

German French Onion Soup

When German immigrants settled near French speaking Montreal, Canada, they modified the popular locals French Onion soup to make it hearty enough for a hard working farmer. They added rich meat from the leg, short ribs, also other solid beef cuts. The bread and cheese topping was left off. Read More

March 28, 2014

Grilled Caesar with Pears

More Caesar Salad Recipes

The History of Caesar Salad

Mar 22 , 2014

Pulled Corned Beef Sandwiches
On a Potato Roll with Slaw

Great way to use left over corned beef or serve corned beef and
and cabbage a different way.

Mar 19 , 2014

Corned Beef Hash
with a poached egg.

Perfect way to use up your left over corned beef

Jan 11, 2014

These are like a Beignet and often used
for Fasching festivals in Germany as we may use a
Beignet to celebrate Fat Teusday.
Sometimes plain and sometimes filled with cream filling.

Jan 8, 2014

Kassler Rippchen
This is a bone-in smoked pork chop in German cuisine. Kassler was believed to be the man that developed an interesting way to cure the meat.
Rippchen is a German word equivalent to ribs.

Dec 4 , 2013

Braune Lebkuchen

This is a German Gingerbread
The dough is aged which hugely gives it incredible flavor.
This is popular during the Chirstmas holiday season in Germany.

Nov 9 , 2013


In the U.S. we have Ham hocks this looks like a ham hock on steroids
Roasted with crispy skin and butter soft meat on the inside.

Nov 6, , 2013

Beef On Weck

A Buffalo, NY favorite.
What is a Weck???
This is a type of Southwestern German roll that is topped with some caraway seeds.
Then put some nice rare roast beef on the bun, dip the top in Au Jus and crown the sandwich, and serve with horseradish cream.

Sept 27, 2013

Beer Buns
or Bierocks,
Tender sour cream pastry with a ground beef and cabbage filling.
This is a Ukranian style recipe from my friend Judy Lancaster.

Sept 12, 2013

(meat roasted on a spit )

From the Gemstone land of Idar-Oberstein Germany
comes this specialty.

Sept 10, 2013

Radish Salad


This is a nice pair with Steak. The German style of " Schwenking" a steak
is worth trying and perfecting the technique.


Aug 26, 2013

Kalte Ente
(Cold Duck)

This is a nice summer refreshing coctail that originated in Germany.
It consists of a Mosel wine and a sparkling wine, lemon and mint.

Aug 26, 2013

Kalter Hund
This is a very popular German dessert and great for the summer. No baking required and it uses coconut oil, which now is found to be healthy.

July 11 , 2013

A Brief History of Cake

This simple article shows how this delicacy
has come from Bread to Cake.





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