Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Red Onion Chili Marmalade

Buffalo sauce and blue cheese smothered faces. Big guys becoming kids again - so it seems. Chips are clinging to the children hands and everywhere on the carpet. The room is filled with laughter and occasional screams. Well, maybe more screams than laughter depending on who is winning. Sounds familiar?  Yes it's Super Bowl time again. Even though the big game is upon us I didn't feature chicken wings on my blog (this time).  Well, because everyone else does it, so I thought lets cook something out of the ordinary. Don’t get me wrong I love chicken wings, chips, rips and all the other goodies. … [Read more...]

Rack of Lamb with Pinot Noir infused Honey Rosemary Sauce

Try this easy to prepare Rack of Lamb in less than 60 minutes. It's ideal for Valentine's Day. I had this dish for New Year's dinner. I know it's a bit late, yet I didn't plan to post it on my blog, either. I love the taste of a grilled rack of lamb.  It can can be cooked in so many ways,  the possibilities are endless.  Lamb never gets boring, that said if you like lamb. Well I guess you wouldn't be reading this if you don't like lamb for that matter.   Ideal for Valentine's Day If both of you are meat lovers than this dish is great for Valentine's Day. It's easy to cook and assemble … [Read more...]

Caribbean Black Cake to Bring Prosperity and Luck

My cousin-in-law Roseanne was grateful enough to reveal her Guyanese black cake recipe to me. As you know by now I have acquired a passion and love for Caribbean food and have come to enjoy many of their culinary traditions. Mainly due to the fact that I have lived and worked in the Caribbean and second because of my beautiful wife Denise, whom I have met there, while, working as a chef. Now, 20 years later, I have two big sons who love our culinary traditions. We always wanted to make sure that our kids grow up knowing both cultures. So over the Holidays I usually cook popular German foods … [Read more...]

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

I can't believe it is this time of the year again. Not too long ago I packed all my Christmas decoration away - it seems.  Well, I think Christmas is  the best time of the year. Beautiful childhood memories reminding me of the Christmas Holiday preparation.    Grandma's Cinnamon Stars Were The Best Just the smell of freshly baked cinnamon stars reminds me of my Grandmother baking during the Holidays.  There was something magical to it.  I was fortunate to have spent a lot of time with my Grandma watching her baking Christmas cookies,  that is cinnamon stars in particular.  I was just … [Read more...]

Recovering from Hurricane with Coconut Rice Pudding

It has been 15 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and left us with no power, water or heat. I would like to apologize for not posting lately, but it was just impossible for me to get power. I have to admit I have seen better days. Sandy flexed her muscles and showed us that Mother Nature is still in charge. No one really wanted to believe that this storm would hit this community so bad. In the end it was a 15 foot coastal flood wave which basically rolled over our sea town. It didn’t end there; the 36 hour tropical storm that followed the flood, blasted with 95 miles per hour winds and finished … [Read more...]

Matjes with Dill Sour Cream & Bratkartoffeln

During my trip through Germany I had the pleasure of eating all my favorite foods again. I don't know if it's just me, but I always have a field trip when I visit my homeland. I guess it's with everyone else the same, too.  Visiting my family made it even better, since everyone wanted to cook for me. (Lucky me) From vanilla rice pudding, Salmon baked in foil to Matjes with Bratkartoffeln (sautéed potatoes) and not to forget - plum cake with whipped cream - I was the lucky son. And my mother was the happiest of all of them. Since she get to see me only every 2 or 3 years it's kind of tough for … [Read more...]

Apple Plum Cake – A Favorite in Germany

  Plum cake, it's either you like it or you don't. That's my experience. Not everyone likes plums. During my trip through Germany, I tasted quite a few pieces of plum cake and was able to bake my own, too. I was lucky to get some great plums since the season was almost over (in Germany). These plums actually called Zwetchgens or Quetsch plums here in the USA. Zwetchgens or Quetsch plums are only available during August through October. Other plums might be available through imports during the year. If you have never eaten plum cake, give it a try. Let me know if you liked it. Yeast … [Read more...]