Archive | 2014

Laura’s Rules of Entertaining

Considering that the holiday season is now winding down, I probably should have published this post sooner but, like many of you out there, I was very busy the past week with houseguests (my husband’s old room mate), entertaining (Christmas Eve dinner) and general holiday shenanigans (consuming lots of wine, playing Cards Against Humanity).  We […]

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Thyme and Gruyere Gougeres: Impressive yet easy party appetizers

Last night I attended a party with the spouses club.  The spouses club is an unofficial group that formed out of a need to develop friendships with like-minded people and we try to have one outing a month, usually at a restaurant in town. “Why spouses only?” you might ask. The fact of moving overseas […]

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Stuttgart Weihnachtsmarkt: The food of a traditional Christmas Market

One thing I have learned while living here is that Germans love their festivals. Fests happen all throughout the year and are usually centered around two things: food and alcohol. During this cold and dark time of year (really, I haven’t seen any sun in over a week, just white/grey skies) the twinkling lights of a […]

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Moving to Stuttgart, Germany: The Prologue

I feel like I need to start this post with two disclaimers, so here they are: This is not a food-focused post. But I moved to Europe and that’s interesting (right?) I am happy here, there will be some complaints in what follows but my overall attitude is positive. I got the idea for this […]

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Happy Friendsgiving: Celebrating Turkey Day in a Foreign Country

For pretty much all  of my life, I lived around Washington D.C. and loved it.  This past July, I boarded a plane with an unhappy cat and a one-way ticket to Stuttgart, Germany to start a new life in Europe. I will detail more about my first months in Germany in a following post, but […]

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Returning Soon!

I’ve moved to Germany, I’ve eaten some wurst, I’ve cursed at the tiny oven that won’t fit my roasting pan.  Now I’m ready to start blogging again.

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French-ified Shrimp and Grits

To my North Carolinian in-laws: proceed with caution–a Northerner is attempting/messing with one of your classic dishes. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? When my father-in-law first discovered that I loved to cook he would often say that he would love to see me “make a grit.” Now, I had eaten grits before […]

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Rosemary Potato Chips

As I’ve mentioned on here before, my husband is obsessed with golf.  And if you know golf, then you know that this is a very special weekend.  It’s Masters weekend. In my house this means a lot of golf on the TV and a lot of giggling on my part as Thomas waxes poetic about […]

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Charred Asian Green Beans

Some people go to Chinese restaurants for the General Tso’s, chicken wings or hot and sour soup. The thing I often get most excited about is the vegetables; I love the way they are treated in Asian dishes, quickly cooked, crunchy and coated in yummy sauce.  My two favorites are broccoli (the way it absorbs […]

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Lacquered Skirt Steak

I love steak but it can be a little expensive so one thing I sometimes do is buy skirt steak to satisfy my craving. You are probably already familiar with this cut of meat if you’ve ever had fajitas; it has a great meaty flavor and is actually one of my favorites. When cooked well […]

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