Category Archives: Culinary Passport

Christmas Around the World: German Sour Cream Twists

Crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle and layers chock full of sugar…I’m talking about German Sour Cream Twists. Like the Swedish Raspberry Bars, I did some searching on what exactly made this recipe “German.” And once again, I really didn’t find any information other than photos of old recipe cards from people’s German grandmothers….

Christmas Around the World: Slovenian Potica Cake

Potica. Potvitica. Orechovnik. Štrudla. Orehnjača. However you say it, it all means Walnut Bread…or nut roll, to you and me. Potica, pronounced poe-TEE-suh, is a rolled yeast bread traditionally made by and loved by Eastern Europeans. (*Note: It’s only called a “cake” because it’s made in a cake pan to give it form.)  If you…

Christmas Around The World: Swedish Raspberry Bars

Ever since I was a child, I have been completely entralled with how other countries celebrate Christmas. Wooden shoes and glittery spider webs? The pickle ornament? Remember the “Pooping Log” episide of No Reservations? Yes. All of this. I love a stranger’s normal when it’s abnormal to me. Of course, food plays a huge role in…

It’s Plum Season: Canning Asian Plum Sauce

Canning season is in full swing around our house! Green beans, potatoes, pie fillings, pickles, applesauce…it’s been one crazy, canning summer. Truth be told…I’m kind of tired of making the same old preserves, the same old jellies. BOR-ING. I mean, we use these items all year long, so they are very practical. However, I want something different….

Culinary Passport: Tuscany…I Want To Be In You – #TTFBC

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Culinary Passport: Mexico

Mexican food. All day. Every day. That’s how my family feels. Guacamole, tamales, tacos, salsas, enchiladas…as long as it fits into the realm of Mexican culture, we’re eating it. You can bet the bank on that. Matter of fact, we love Mexican so much that we decided to take a private cooking class the last…

Culinary Passport: India

As if you didn’t already know, my family loves ethnic foods: Mexican, Indian, Chinese. You name it, we’re up for the trying. Most recently, we were invited out for Ethiopian, which was a first for us all. Mmm-MMM! In my humble (or not so humble) opinion, being open to trying new and exciting foods from…

Culinary Passport: Poland

Growing up in the Midwest, dinner was around the table, food was predictable and there was always enough to feed double the crowd. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, sweet corn on the cob grown in someone’s backyard, Cincinnati chili over spaghetti and picnic potlucks always containing some sort of fruited jello salad and a casserole made…

Culinary Passport: Thailand

Have you started a “culinary passport” for your children yet? Designing a small notebook would be a great summer project to keep your kids busy and food interested. If you want to go above and beyond “visiting” different cultural cuisines, you might even think about a series of goals your children can earn while collecting…

Take Your Kids Around the World: Culinary Passport

When friends realize we are an “organic living” family, they tend to have a lot of questions and concerns. Them: “Where do you buy food?” Me: “At many of the same stores in which you already shop.” Them: “How do you NOT eat fast food?” Me: “I just don’t go there. To be honest, I…