Fruit cakes are synonymous with Christmas and ever since my mom sent me Carol Field’s ‘The Italian Baker’ I’ve had my eye on the ‘festive’ breads section. There are a number of recipes for holiday sweet breads in it, including…fruit breads. While thumbing through it the other day I came across a fruit filled breadContinue reading “A Twist on Fruit Cake: Pan del Marinaio (Sailor’s bread)”
So I’ve been making good use of the smoker this summer and one thing I feel you always need when barbecuing is a good sauce to accompany the meat. Steaks have marinades and chimichurri but one condiment which I think goes great with cured and smoked meats is this apple onion chutney.
I know, I know, not another bread recipe so soon. But seriously, this has to be the best raisin bread you can make. It is so chock full of raisins the dough can barely contain them. How chock full? Well the amount of raisins in the bread is equal to the amount of flour used. Continue reading “The Best Raisin Bread Ever! Pan Tramvai!”
Ok, back to summer salads! This particular couscous salad is Cheryl’s favorite. I’m not sure if there’s a special ingredient in it she really likes or if it’s the combination of everything, but whatever it is she gets very happy when I make it. As with most of my summer creations, this couscous salad isContinue reading “Couscous Salad (don’t worry, summer’s almost over)”
Way back in October Cheryl and I attended a hands-on strudel making demonstration at Dank Haus (German-American cultural center here in Chicago). When we lived in Washington DC Cheryl used to get strudel from Heidelberg Pastry Shop in Arlington (they’d also have grilled sausages on the weekends which were great after my men’s league soccerContinue reading “Strudel – The Old Fashioned Way!”