Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” with Thai Chili Sauce

sweetpotatofriesLast night I made sweet potato “fries” because honestly, I had to eat everything before my cleanse so I wouldn’t be tempted. And they are also yummy, so you should make them too!  Continue reading

Mr. S’s Baked Feta

fetaintinfoilI miss summer. More specifically, I miss the feeling of sea-salt scrubbing my mildly sunburned skin, sitting in the shade of olive-trees, squinting my eyes against the glare of the sun on water so clear I can see fish swimming 5 meters deep, the air full with the scent of rosemary and the sound of cicadas. Continue reading

Mr. S’s Veggie Hawaii Toast

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There is nothing Hawaiian about Hawaii Toast. The sandwich was invented by German TV chef Clemens Wilmenrod in the 1950s, and has caused considerable confusion ever since. A German friend once told me that while vacationing on Maui he asked for Hawaii Toast in the hotel restaurant, only to be met with a stony and uncomprehending stare. Nevertheless, this little retro dish is a cultural gem, and it’s great for when you can’t decide if you want something sweet or savory, or when you simply don’t feel like cooking something difficult. Hawaii Toast is normally made with ham, but Mr. S makes it veggie style. You will find this little sandwich delightfully easy to assemble, and refreshingly delicious!  Continue reading

Easiest Nachos and Guacamole Ever (and wedding dress shopping)

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After a long day of shopping and being rained upon, we finally found my elopement dress! I have to tell you this story, there is no way around it, but if you really just want the recipe, it is at the bottom. Otherwise, bear with me. Dress shopping was a nightmare from the beginning, so words cannot describe how relieved I am to have finally found what I wanted all along. As you may have all figured, I am not a conventional lady, and I wanted my civil ceremony dress to be Gothic Lolita. In Germany, it is customary to have two weddings- Continue reading

Kashmir Fusion with Easy Mango Lassi

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If I had to choose a favorite savory cuisine, I would probably choose Indian. Indian food at its best is aromatic, incredibly complex, and viscerally satisfying. India is an enormous country, as you know, so the cuisine varies greatly, and there are so many wonderful options for vegetarians and vegans. Although I have no experience at all cooking authentic Indian food, I have been eating authentic Indian food my entire life. I even dated the host of an Indian restaurant many years ago. Gastronomically speaking, this was a wonderful time.  Continue reading

Delicious Breaded Gouda

Breaded GoudaThere are times, when there is none of it left. Time, that is. In this paradox state, when everything has to happen at once, cooking takes a place on the back burner, so to say. Tomorrow is an audition, and between packing, practicing, getting distracted by kittens and puppies, my love needed me not only to make dinner, but also to brag about it on her blog.
And that, dear reader, marks my appearance as co-author on Devil’s Food. As you might have guessed, I’m “Mr. S”. And I did not say this.  Continue reading

Sweet Potato Latkes with Easy Apple Butter and Crème Fraîche

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Aren’t these flowers beautiful? They are, in fact, sweet potato flowers, and I do think they do their scrumptious roots justice, don’t you? I have been making this recipe for sweet potato latkes for years. Latkes have always been difficult for me, because almost every recipe calls for onions, and as you know, I cannot eat onions, leeks, chives, scallions, or raw garlic. I like them, they just don’t like me. 😦  Continue reading