Wood Stove Cooking and Romantic Candle Light Dinners

Trying to cope with Hurricane Sandy's Recovery I can truly say we are fortunate to have this wood stove. It has kept us warm and we were able to cook on it, too. You might laugh, but in these trying times, we had some romantic candle light dinners.  Before I write anything else I want to thank everyone including my friends and family members for all the well wishes we have received during and after Hurricane Sandy. For all of you who didn’t read my last post about the hurricane recovery with rice pudding this one is a follow up. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Waking up at 45 degrees … [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...]

Slow roasted salmon with curry mushroom sauce

A starch free dish - no rice or potatoes. Yes, that's what seems to work to lose those unwanted pounds. At least for my wife. She feels good after a light dish such as this one, but I have to be honest, I added some mashed potatoes to mine. I love my potatoes, however I would like to devote this recipe to all those who want to keep their weight in check. The three main ingredients are one of my favorite: Salmon, mushrooms and spinach. I know they are very popular and probably over used. However, this recipe is really simple and just plain delicious. Well, at least that's what my wife … [Read more...]

Grilled Diver Scallops with Grilled Veggies

Scallops are one of my favorite seafood. They will adapt to most flavors you will use them for. Scallops can be grilled, sautéed, roasted or even poached. The varieties to prepare scallops are endless. When purchasing scallops make sure to buy from a reputable seafood market and ask for their heritage. The last thing you want are scallops, which have traveled all over the world. Ask for scallops harvested from American coastlines. Most seafood markets have already removed the scallops from there beautiful pinkish shell. There are two types of scallops: bay and sea scallops. Bay scallops are … [Read more...]

Baked Spicy Tilapia with Thyme Garlic Sauce

      This recipe is for those guys who never have time to put a dish on the table, myself included. I should have created a blog with dishes under 20 minutes. At least once a week I scramble and think what can I cook in less than 25 minutes. However, I love to cook really nice dishes, too. Those of course take far longer to cook, but are a lot more enjoyable. The following dish is served without starches, since my wife is cutting down on starchy foods like rice and potatoes. Here we have a tilapia filet which is marinated with a few spices, placed over lightly blanched vegetables … [Read more...]

Herb Garlic Marinated Seafood Kabobs

Soon it's time to celebrate Father's Day. This is the second recipe of a series of three in honor of Father's Day and one of my favorites. I love seafood and I like it even better when it's grilled. The kabobs are marinated in herb garlic oil, which gives them an incredible flavor. Your taste buds are being heavenly rewarded when the seafood kabobs are married with a chipotle tomato mayonnaise. Combine that with a Riesling and it will truly make your day. I know Father's Day is mainly about grilling steaks and ribs, however I find this dish a welcome change. Here is what we need, a … [Read more...]

Sauteed Shrimp with Turmeric Fennel Sauce

Here is another favorite dish of mine. If you plan to surprise your spouse or companion with a nice dinner this is a great dish. It's a very light dish although I have to admit I used more butter than the recipe suggest. The starch in this dish is brown rice and the vegetable is organic baby kale. This dish reminds me when I used to cook in the Caribbean. Although it has nothing to do with Caribbean cuisine it fares well in a hot climate, since it is so light. It is not only healthy, but what I really like is the anise flavored sauce. I love anise whether it is the spice or in drinks such as … [Read more...]