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If you would like any of the updated recipes below, please email me or Pam directly and we’ll send them to you! These will be featured in my upcoming cookbook:

Goulash
Cucumber Pickles
Eggplant Parmigiana
Tuvan Lamb Dumplings
Steak Chimichurri
Sherry Mushroom Noodles a la Tierra Negra
Salmon in Endive Boats
Re’s Rosemary Root Vegetables
Gallettes (Buckwheat Crepes)
Nisu
Karjalan Piirakka
Bruschetta
Quiche Yin Yang
Savory Sweet Strawberry Salad
Baklava
Marvelous Asparagus

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Hot Cross Buns

My mother’s recipe, adapted from 1973 flour bag recipe. Ingredients 1 pkg. yeast 1⁄2 c. warm water 1⁄2 c. sugar 1⁄4 c. shortening 1 c. hot milk 2 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice 1 1⁄2 tsp. salt 1 c. currents or raisins 1⁄2 c. citron or candied lemon chunks 5 c. […]

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Carole’s Wood Oven Pizza Crust

Somehow, I’ve never got pizza crust down, and I appreciate visiting friends who do!  This is from Carole Hibbeln in Silver Spring, MD Ingredients 4 cups of flour 1 tsp of salt 1 cup of water 2 tsp of sugar 1 packet of yeast 4 tbsp of parmesan cheese 3 tbsp of olive oil Instructions […]

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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 […]

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Calvados-Laced Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Bay Leaves

Here’s one that’s too time consuming for me, but if you’d like to make it and serve it sometime, I’d be ever so grateful! Ingredients 2 tbs unsalted butter 2 onions chopped 2 cinnamon sticks broken in half 2 bay leaves broken in half 1 tsp coarse salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 cup […]

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Cranberry / Kumquat Sauce

(Submitted by Anne Roos, passed along to her by her friend Sally.) Ingredients 2 bags cranberries 9 oz kumquats trimmed and quartered lengthwise (1 1/2 C) 1 C sugar (lowered from 1 1/2 in original recipe) 2 T finely chopped and peeled fresh ginger root 2 whole star anis 1/4 teasp. salt Instructions Stir together […]

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Savory Crepe Trio

When I was in Brittany, France I couldn’t get enough of their delicious savory crepes, or “gallettes.” I would go to a creperie every meal if possible, and often peek in the kitchen to see how the cooks made the crepes. When I returned to the USA, I still made them at home and at […]

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, […]

Pair of Pears

Simple as can be, I enjoyed this country dessert at Hal’s parents’ house in Croatia.  It is still my favorite pear dessert. Pick a couple ripe pears off the tree. Put them in a pan in medium oven and a half hour later take out and they are done!

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Basic Bensone-Biscotti-Crostata a la Nonna de Francesco

Ingredients 500 gr Flour 200 gr sugar Yeast for sweets( for 500gr flour) 3 eggs 100gr butter ( at room temperature) 1-2 spoons of oil a few drops of lemon (optional) 1 pizzico of salt Instructions Mix together on a table flour( make a volcano), sugar, yeast, salt, sliced butter, oil, lemon drops and eggs. […]