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March 2015

Drunken Peach Cobbler

Drunken Peach Cobbler My friend Jackie is the sweetest person I know; she has no mean bone in her body. But, she makes one mean peach cobbler. Jackie has many talents, but the most appreciated one in our office is her baking skill. She is requested to bring this peach cobbler to all office gatherings. She knows how much we love it and she always brings two batches. Since I had peach schnapps on hand, I added it to the…

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Hearty Sauerkraut Soup

This German-style sauerkraut soup is hearty, warm-your-soul good and perfect dish for fall and winter.     My husband’s ancestors are Irish and German yet he doesn’t like cabbage or sauerkraut! If he didn’t look exactly like his siblings I’d think he was adopted. Cabbage was often on the table during the summer months in my childhood home and mom would prepare enough sauerkraut to last us over the winter.   I always liked the process of preparing the cabbage…

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Thursday Favorite Things 182

Thursday Favorite Things 182!   March is such a tease! Last week we had temperatures in the 70’s, and this week we got 4 inches of snow. Not cool March, not cool!   My favorite thing this Thursday are these tulips that keep reminding me it IS spring and the snow will soon melt away. Last fall I have planted over 60 tulips, in addition to the ones I already had, and I cannot wait to see them grow especially…

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How to make Artisan Bread

How to make Artisan Bread I’ve been dreaming of owning a Dutch oven (cast iron pot) just so I could make this bread but that didn’t justify the price of it in my head. I can bake perfectly good bread without the Dutch oven, thank you very much. So, when my daughter surprised me with it for Christmas I was overjoyed. We will ignore the fact that it took whole three months before I actually baked the bread and instead…

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My Mama’s Roasted Chicken

My Mama’s Roasted Chicken Mama never cared for desserts and they didn’t care for her either. She only baked on those rare occasions, when she wanted to surprise us or perhaps to prove herself that she can bake. But she can’t.   You know how some people don’t have a green thumb in gardening? Well, mama doesn’t have whatever the equivalent is in baking. Her cakes always turned into an inedible mass that could probably be used as packing material…

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Thursday Favorite Things 181

Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things 181!   I took Tuesday off work to visit birding site with my husband and we saw a total of three birds, lol. We get more birds in our backyard! Aside from the birding disappointment, it was, all in all, a nice day.   We hiked the Indiana Dunes to a beautiful view of Chicago skyline over Lake Michigan. Then we drove to Michigan City for yummy fish lunch right on the Lake. Not giving up…

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Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio

Venetian Crab Sandwich - tramezzino al granchio | All that's Jas

Venetian Crab Sandwich – tramezzino al granchio After the tiring trip from Rome to Mestre, our GPS had us drive in circles. “Turn right” the female voice kept saying but the street was blocked off with concrete posts. “Turn right, now!” she seemed to get frustrated with us for not turning and then finally gave up: “you have arrived at your destination.” As if.   Thank goodness our faithful BAM (Big A$$ Map, as we affectionately call it) showed us…

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Eggplant Caponata

  Eggplant Caponata There’s nothing like a funny meat quote. There is no meat in my eggplant caponata and I’m sorry to disappoint you, I don’t have a funny meat quote either. But I have a good recipe for all who despise the meat and all who are embarking on a Lenten journey. In Sicily caponata is a popular, picturesque and refreshing summer dish of eggplants and tomatoes a.k.a. “taste of Sicilian passionate kiss of the sun”. With caponata, I’m bringing Sicily…

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Thursday Favorite Things 180

Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 180!   It finally feels like spring is trying to break through. I’m loving the occasional sunny day, warmer temperatures and number of spring birds in my backyard. Hopefully soon, the snow will melt so that I can get my hands dirty planting my vegetable garden.   My favorite thing this week is my Baylie soaking up the sun on one snowless spot she found. Although she still acts like a puppy, she’s a 10-year…

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German Potato Pancakes – Kartoffelpuffer

German Potato Pancakes – Kartoffelpuffer Potato pancakes are associated with cuisines of many European countries but either they were not so popular in Bosnia or my mom didn’t care to make them. Hence, I had my first Kartofellpuffer (a.k.a. Reibekuchen) when I moved to Germany. I was hooked.   I know people who claim that they never had a good German meal. This recipe is easy to follow and I’d suggest they start cooking. Or come over to my house,…

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Thursday Favorite Things 179

Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 179!   It’s party time again and I’m excited to see what you share with us. My favorite thing this week is finding out that I will be a grandma to another baby girl in July. A little sister for my Ava!   Girls rule in our family with a score of 10:3, so far. There’s still one that’s undecided, lol. We have to wait a bit longer to find out. Babies are such a…

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Hell meets Heaven – Sinfully Good Brownies

  Sinfully good brownies made with hellishly gooey, rich cookie and fudge topped with heavenly creamy Baileys Irish Cream frosting will make you feel naughty yet satisfied.   It was time to stop being goody two shoes and do something wicked for a change. I wanted to spoil myself with something extraordinary, be a daredevil, but not to get into trouble. What I did had trouble written all over it. It was still worth it though. So what the heck did…

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35 St. Patrick’s Day Must Haves

35 St. Patrick’s Day Must-Haves Kiss me, I’m not Irish! But how fun it is to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Irish or not! I probably won’t go out drinking because 1. I’m too old, easily buzzed and have to show up at work the next morning, and 2. I much rather stay home making all (well, almost all) of these 35 must have’s. That’s the truth and nothing but the truth. So here’s the roundup of entrees, desserts, drinks, snacks and a few…

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