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Karijalan Piirakka

A staple of the Finnish diet (at least mine every day while in Finland) these simple rice and rye pies from Karelia are served everywhere we went, and I never seemed to tire of them. Although now usually bought pre-made, Finns take pride in making the perfect Karijalan piirakka. Ingredients DOUGH: 2 deciliter water (just […]

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Hugs and Quiches

This is a healthy quiche recipe I have developed over time. I cook this often and it lends itself to many variatio­ns. Instructions Crust: 1 cup flour (white or mixed with whole wheat) 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup light oil Pinch of sea salt Pinch of nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional) Fillings: vary, see below To […]

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Easy Lamb Chops

Thanks to Judy at Fresh Market for cooking tips. Lamb rib chops 3 per person. Marinate in white wine with mustard and mayonnaise, and rosemary if desired. Grill in pan with just a little olive oil and coarse black pepper, both sides, 5 min per side. Add sea salt while cooking. Fry thinly sliced potatoes, […]

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Finnish Pinwheel Christmas Tarts

Pinwheel tarts have been a favorite Finnish holiday tradition in my home ever since I remember.  They take some time to put together, and I remember helping my mother fold the pinwheel shapes when I was a very little girl, as my niece and nephew now do.  They are surprisingly delicious. The recipe supplied by my great aunt, ­Saima […]

Cool Cauliflower with Citrus Cream

The crowning touch of my BBQ after All Star Guitar Night was a salad my friend Anne Roos brought. This recipe won first place on WDCB radio’s Folktastic recipe contest! Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower divided into bite size pieces Marinade: 2 tbsp. tarragon or white wine vinegar 3 to 5 tbsp. canola or light […]

Anchovies or Smelts

When I was in Italy I enjoyed some very simple and delicious country cooking, and got some good tips in the kitchen. When cooking oily fish like smelts or fresh anchovies, layer them with breadcrumbs or thin potato slices to absorb the oils. In a baking pan, start with a layer of fresh Italian bread, […]

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Simplest Key Lime Pie

Ingredients 1 graham cracker pie crust 1 can condensed milk 4 egg yolks, beaten 1/2 c. fresh squeezed key lime juice Fresh whipped cream Instructions Beat 4 egg yolks until frothy; Add 1 can condensed milk and mix well. Add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice; mix well. Pour into graham cracker crust. Bake […]

Tony’s Thai-style Pumpkin Soup

Happy Thanksgiving! This comes from great bassist and friend Nicki Parrott from New York. We spent a lovely day in Nashville visiting with her and her father after the Les Paul tribute co­ncert. Ingredients Cubed pumpkin (butternut squash) Sweet Potato equal amount depending upon (servings) Red curry paste to taste (maybe a heaped tablespoon) Fish […]

Sweet Potato Soup

Here is a recipe for Sweet Potato Soup that my friend Anne Roos made and was so delicious I asked her to share it with us. Ingredients 2 tbsp. oil 1 c. onion, chopped & sauté slightly 1 c. carrots, chopped 4 c. sweet potatoes, chopped 1 rounded tsp. mild Indian curry paste 1 tsp. […]

Phil’s Orchard Sandwich

This is one that Phil Keaggy introduced me to, and here in Tennessee it is best in the short season when the fresh peaches come in from Georgia. At this time of year, the peaches are so sweet that you don’t need any sugar. Ingredients Fresh multi-grain bakery bread (or home-made!) Fresh tree-ripened peaches in […]