Dinner Stew in a Hurry

AKA "Winter Vegetable Stew" So the story behind this very quick and simple vegan recipe is that it is actually based off of a recipe that my dad found in one of Rachel Ray's 30-Minute cookbooks. He modified the original recipe slightly, adding and subtracting ingredients, and it quickly became a family staple as well …

Easy Traditional Spaghetti Sauce

AKA "Omi's Most Famous & Often Requested" My German grandmother made the most amazing Italian spaghetti sauce. So this recipe is now my father's - and mine! We have however, altered the ingredients a little bit (such as adding red wine) to make the sauce a bit meatier and more fragrant. Omi's frugal nature meant …

Quick and Easy Sauerbraten

AKA "A Quick Trip to Germany" We have a family tradition of going out to our favorite local German restaurant, Edelweiss German Bierhaus, for special family celebrations. The best dish they serve is a juicy sauerbraten plate which just biting into instantly transports me to back to my ancestral home, ze Deutschland. This is my …

Classic German Red Cabbage

AKA "Omi Knows Best" The word "Omi" in German means "grandmother". When I hear this word I immediately think of the strong matriarch of my family, caring and loving who always made sure that you never went home hungry, may she rest in peace. When I sit back and think about my Omi, I can't …

Penne Pasta with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella & Prosciutto

AKA "The Old Standby" This recipe is an old family recipe which my father calls 'Klodt family comfort food'. Whenever one of us is having a tough day, this is what we crave for dinner. It's easy to make, requires only one pot, and contains all of the basic food groups. In fact, double this …

Home Made Cherry Tomato Focaccia

Ingredients Topping 1/4 cup shelled roasted pistachios 1/4 cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.) 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved Focaccia 3 1/2 cups bread flour 1 Tbs. sugar 2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast 2 tsp. salt Olive oil, for greasing baking sheet Instructions To make …

Artistic Hand Crafted Pretzel Bread – Challah

Ingredients 3/4 cup warm water 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (one packet) 1 tbsp white sugar 1 tbsp vegetable oil (I use canola) 1 1/4 tsp salt 1 large egg 2-3 cups flour 4 quarts water 1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup dark brown sugar Corn meal for dusting the baking sheet Course or …

Hand-Made French Sourdough Baguettes

Ingredients 1 1/4 cups (283g) lukewarm water 2 cups (482g) sourdough starter, ripe (fed) or discard (see "tips," below) 4 1/2 to 5 cups (539g to 602g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 2 1/2 teaspoons flake salt 2 teaspoons sugar 1 to 2 teaspoons instant yeast, depending on the vigor of your fed starter* 4 teaspoons vital wheat …