Kugelhopf, My Grandma’s Way

yellow batter

It's hard to say where this kugelhopf originated from. While other kugelhopfs start from sweet, yeast-risen dough, I grew up eating a rich cake-like version my grandmother made. With its distinct rich taste and buttery texture, this moist cake is the perfect complement to your morning coffee and manages to hold its own after the main course with … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 2/15/10

Tara, Mandi and Shaina

The Olympics are underway (and curling starts Tuesday). We spent tonight glancing at the games while putting together a fondue feast for 8. My sister and her boyfriend Matt celebrated with us, and everything went off without a hitch. One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat … more

General Tso’s Chicken, Takeout From Home

soy sauce to cornstarch for chicken

Along with the wontons, this was my first attempt at getting in touch with the takeout box I so longed for. Fried chicken pieces, sticky sauce. General Tso's Chicken. Why General Tso's and not orange chicken, sesame or even sweet and sour? To be honest, I never really liked sweet and sour. There was always something a bit too sweet for me. … more

The Monday Menu: February 8, 2010

kugelhopf

I'm back from Blissdom, and I have to admit, as much as I am thrilled to be here with my kids and my husband, I'm sad it's over. I had a fantastic time, met so many wonderful women, and I learned a lot too. I also completed the two missing pieces of my...cake?...and was able to spend some time with my friends Mandi and Tara while I was there. … more

Blog Aid: Recipes for Haiti

Blog-Aid-Cover

I am here at Blissdom this week(end), but I have to tear myself away from the wonderful presentations and amazing people to tell you about something I have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of. When Julie from Dinner with Julie posted just after the Haiti earthquake about her vision to raise money and funds to donate, I knew I wanted … more

The Art of Folding Cream Cheese Wontons (my methods)

joel folds wontons

When Ole and I first got married, we ate on the cheap. I worked for a nonprofit (and after that for myself), and he was finishing his graduate degree. It was during this time that we started experimenting with the art of bringing the restaurants to our house, specifically of the Americanized Asian variety, to our kitchen table sans the white … more

The Monday Menu: February 1, 2010

curling

Five things I learned about curling last week: Each rock weighs 40 pounds. The last rock thrown in an end is "the hammer." The scoreboard is hard to read until someone explains it to you. The handle on the rock is called "Eye on the Hog." Inexperienced players wibble wobble, but none fell down. I was waiting, though. And just like that, … more