Basic Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette
Salad dressing is one of the things I learned to make early in my life. This vinaigrette is what my grandma and mom would "whip up" for every type of salad known to womankind. It is great for potlucks and picnics because it is vinegar based, and it can be remixed with nearly any type of ingredients you care to use. It is foolproof! The basic version is also easy to remember.
Basic Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette
Okay, I'll freely admit this isn't a traditional French vinaigr...
Grilled Asparagus with Smoked Salt
I will only eat asparagus two ways ... grilled and roasted. Asparagus was one of my least favorite vegetables when I was a kid. In fact, I wouldn't touch it ... and gave a couple cans of it away to the food pantry once, much to my mother's dismay (apparently it wasn't cheap!).
Today, however, grilled asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. Even my husband and daughter love it ... which fascinates me. Neither of them are particularly fond of any vegetable.
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Potluck Vegetable Salad Recipe
A simple combination of vegetables, sugar and cider vinegar, this colorful salad recipe is the perfect addition to potluck or picnics. The recipe was given to me by a close family friend about 10 years ago and it's been a favorite ever since. It's also healthy ... baring the sugar, I suppose ... but an easy way to get a big dose of vegetables.
I love cider vinegar. I use it for pickles, relishes, sweet and sour green beans, salad dressings, marinades, and anything ...
Salted Caramel Applesauce
This was the view at Flamm Orchards in Cobden, Illinois last weekend! The Flamm family has owned this orchard for over 120 years ... six generations! It's one of two of our "go-to" spots for fresh fruit and vegetables during the summer and fall seasons.
Mom, Noodle and I stopped at the fruit stand on our Saturday adventure to our favorite museum and "junk store". Staff were busy unloading bags upon bags of apples, while others were busy bagging the apples! F...
I only remember Mom making sauerkraut a few times when I was growing up. We loved to eat it, but we didn't love to smell it every time we walked through the kitchen! Mom used to talk about the "old German women" on her street when she was a kid (old was probably my age to a little girl!). There were three: one on each end and one right in the middle. They all canned their sauerkraut on the same summer weekend ... and it "stunk up the neighborhood", according to Mom.
Alas, that's what ...
German Green Beans
My German grandmother made them ... and my mom made them ... and I can't even remember when I first ate these German Inspired French green beans. Yep, you read that right! They're multi-cultural! Honestly, I'm not entirely sure if a can of "French Green Beans" is really the long thin variety or our American snap beans cut to look like it. Either way, I always use the French cut style in this recipe. It makes for a creamier texture.
This is my all-time ...
I am going to admit something. I strongly disliked cranberry sauce when I was a kid. I always pressured Mom into buying jellied cranberry "sauce" in a can to put on the Thanksgiving table. I can still vividly hear the "swoosh thump" sound it makes as it slides slowly out of the can and lands jiggly on the plate. I still love it and bought some for this year!
As I've grown older ... not grown up, mind you ... I've discovered a fondness for cranberries that I've never had. ...
Spaetzle with Onion and Mushroom Sauce
I'm continuing with my spaetzle (spätzle) adventure! After a bit of research on how this dish is typically served in Germany, I decided to mix the variations and ... well ... do my own thing!
After you make your spaetzle, melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and add your spaetzle, turning to coat. Add about 1 cup of shredded Butterkäse. If you can't find good German butter cheese, Havarti or Farmer's cheese will do just fine.
Let this ...