Monday is May Day, another celebration of Spring. I know I’m really pushing this Spring thing. The idea of May Day is believed to have begun with the agricultural rituals of the Greeks and Romans. So in honor of May Day I’m making one of my favorite Greek dishes, Spanakopita or Greek spinach pie. Continue reading “Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)”
April 24th is Sechseläuten in Zurich and I thought with all of the beautiful Spring weather we’ve had we should partake in this Spring festival even though we’re not in Zurich. And you know me what better way to celebrate than with food and what better than a classic Swiss dish like Cheese Fondue. Continue reading “Easy Cheese Fondue”
Did you spend a day boiling eggs? Then another day painting and dying eggs with the kids? Now are you looking around wondering what to do with all those eggs? Here are a couple of simple ideas so you can say Bye bye Leftover Easter Eggs.
Blintzes are a decadent sweet European dessert filled with a delicious sweet cheese mixture or fruit. It’s extremely rich and delicious and even though it’s decadent it isn’t hard to make. This cheese blintz with raspberry sauce is the perfect Easter dessert. Actually, it’s the perfect anytime dessert.
St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and I wanted to make something different to celebrate the holiday. I always make corned beef and cabbage so that was out. Then I remembered the Irish Pub hubby and I went to while we were in Maine. We ended up in a conversation with another couple and I remember the husband saying that he was happy with a dish as long as the potatoes were good. That’s right the cornerstone of any good Irish dish is the potato. And you can’t get more pure than a potato galette. It’s straight up potatoes and butter. Which means it’s so delicious.
Monday is Holi the Hindu Spring festival in India. Holi is also know as the festival of color because during the celebration people throw paint at each other. There’s music and food and dancing during the celebration. It’s a wonderful time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make it to the celebration (the New York celebration is serious) so I thought it might be nice to celebrate in our own way. So we are making pakoras. Pakoras are fritters with lots of Indian spices. One of our favorite types is gobi pakora or the cauliflower fritter. Gobi pakoras were served at last year’s celebration so it’s fitting that we make them for our mini Holi celebration.
Valentine’s day is coming and we’re making white chocolate cranberry hearts. Yay, chocolate. We try to teach our littles that gifts should come from the heart. It should show people you are thinking about them. So, for valentine’s day (and other holidays) we make our gifts with our hands and from our hearts.
This Saturday is Chinese New Year. Holidays present the opportunity to embrace different cultures and food. Hence, New Year, New Food. 2017 is the year of the rooster and this Chinese New Year I’m introducing Asian barbecue ribs. We’re also going to try our hand at some origami.
As the new year approaches I am thinking about my goals and the future. Looking forward to a long life and new food adventures. So why not hedge my bet with a bowl of noodles. Noodles signify longevity and what could be better than that. Of course, even if I wasn’t looking for those noodles give me a little good luck I would still love Cold Sesame Noodles. It’s a carb thing.
This time of the year is when the ovens turn on and the cookie sheets come out. Even with the worst bah hum bug fever, cookies make everyone feel a little more chipper. Especially, when you can smell the sweet buttery cookies as you walk the door. This is a present I’ve received from my co-worker and one I’ve given often. My mini me loves to make cookies, so I know it’s a gift other moms appreciate. Though titled holiday cookie gift jar, I love this gift idea because there are several others treats (both savory and sweet) you can fit in a quart sized mason jar.