Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

If anybody remembers my grilled blue cheese pizza, then this burger may sound familiar. I've had such rave reviews of the pizza that I thought I would adapt those pizza toppings to a burger. And I gotta say, I think the burger is better. Quite simply, I took a 100% all-beef patty, seasoned with veal … Continue reading Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Coffee & Cognac Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Meringue Buttercream Frosting Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake? I suppose "good", being the operative word here, depends on many factors. How sweet, how rich, how moist or dry, how much frosting in proportion to cake, and the list goes on. Let me rephrase the question -- … Continue reading Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Hungary for Something Warm?

Goulash & Saffron Spätzle This isn't exactly a "rev up for summer" sorta dish, but when you live in Northern Europe you just gotta have a warm comforting recipe in your back pocket for those (un)expected cold rainy days. And this week is no exception. Goulash is just the type of dish that wards off … Continue reading Hungary for Something Warm?

Heating Up the Grill

BBQ Pizza Though the concept is not new to me, the practice of grilling pizza is relatively new. I suppose since I have only had a BBQ for just under a year, I was bound to get around to it eventually. In my last pizza post I focused more on the restaurant styles of typical … Continue reading Heating Up the Grill

Frühlingsfest

German Bratwurst & Instant Sauerkraut Frühlingsfestival is the little sister of Oktoberfest that runs from April 17 to May 3, 2015 in Munich, Germany. And since the season of grilling is upon us, I thought I'd work on my sausage making skills to get in shape for the main event this September. To make your … Continue reading Frühlingsfest

Time to Make the Donuts

Boston Cream Donuts & Apple Fritters At the age of eighteen, I took a year off of studying to work. That post-high school moratorium of "I don't know what to do with my life!" So I decided to work in a bakery for Canada's number one coffee and doughnut chain. For one full year I … Continue reading Time to Make the Donuts

Using Your Noodle

Cold Ramen Salad & Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Anybody who has ever had a great bowl of ramen knows how addictive it can be. In most of the western world ramen is nothing more than cheap dry noodles and a packet of sodium rich flavoring. Nowhere in the vicinity of true Japanese ramen. So for anyone … Continue reading Using Your Noodle

Killing Me Softly

Brownies with Toasted Coconut Caramel Frosting Let's talk about brownies for a moment. This part cake, part cookie, part fudge and fully and completely sinful dessert originated in the U.S. by the end of the 19th century. Though it's claimed that brownies were the result of a carefully crafted and intentional dessert, I don't buy … Continue reading Killing Me Softly

Mint Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

My ultimate comfort summer treat is the ingenious ice cream sandwich. Whether the simple vanilla ice cream wedged between two chocolate wafers, or something with a little more razzle-dazzle, it’s all yummy to me. Today I wanted share my recipe for mint Oreo ice cream sandwiched between two soft chocolate cakes/cookies. Individually, both components are … Continue reading Mint Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches