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Holy crepe-ola Batman!  Nutella crepes

Holy crepe-ola Batman! Nutella crepes

On my very first trip to Paris so long ago, my tour group and I were standing in front of the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame and our guide pointed out a polished brass circle about 20 yards from the cathedral’s main entrance.  While he informed us […]

How ’bout them apples? Chicken Normandy

How ’bout them apples? Chicken Normandy

Admittedly, I’ve become cranky in my old age. On my last few vacations, I’ve found nothing to be more annoying and unpleasant than being in the same place at the same time as a large group of high school students on an international tour.  I […]

Creme de la Creme:  Crème Brûlée

Creme de la Creme: Crème Brûlée

When my brother and I would get sick as kids, my mom used to make baked custard.  I think mom figured custard was a good enough way to get something somewhat nutritious down and into the tummies of two cranky, snotty kids. Smooth and creamy, […]

Know your Onion: French Onion Soup

Know your Onion: French Onion Soup

This afternoon my friends and I went out for a very delicious, indulgent and gut-busting brunch.  That left me little inclination to make or eat anything for the rest of the evening.  However, to keep on schedule, I kept it light with some French Onion […]

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Northern France

Northern France

Now, on to the good stuff. When I think of my favorite foods, I never really put France on the top of my list. Although, after looking through recipes for the next few weeks, I may have to rethink.  While I had initially broken France […]

No waffling on theses waffles:  Belgium’s finest

No waffling on theses waffles: Belgium’s finest

I’ve been to Belgium a handful of times. It’s a lovely country and the fact that it is known for mussels, chocolate, fries and waffles is no farce.  I love the food there so much and could very happily eat my way across the country, […]

Waterzooi!  Gesundheit!  Belgian Fish Stew

Waterzooi! Gesundheit! Belgian Fish Stew

Waterzooi, a Belgian fish soup with leeks, carrots, wine and eggs Other countries name their soups really cool names. Or maybe it’s just the language thing.  My current example is Waterzooi– a Belgian soup with Flemish roots.  It’s origin in the East or West Flanders […]

Plum Bread:  Sort of Luxembourgian

Plum Bread: Sort of Luxembourgian

    Poor Luxembourg. Being a relatively small country and sandwiched between Germany, France and Belgium, the culture and cuisine are heavily influenced by all three.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but as such, the country as a whole seems to lack a […]

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!:  Dutch Hare Stew

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!: Dutch Hare Stew

Growing up, every year for my birthday and Christmas, I asked for a dog. My favorite movie was “The Shaggy Dog,” and I wanted nothing more than to own a big shaggy sheepdog.  One Christmas morning, I woke to find two baby bunnies under the […]

Benelux: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

Benelux: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

The Benelux region where I am this week is the food of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.  Given the location of these countries, their food is strongly influenced by the sea, and the surrounding environs of Germany and France. I’ve been to this region a […]