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Aquavit & Tonic for Winter #WarmUpDrinks

Happy New Year and welcome to the fifth installment of the Winter Warm-Up Drink Series hosted by Ellen of  Family Around the Table ! I missed last week due to a crazy schedule, but there's one more that I have planned. Can't wait to share. Cheers. Sips to Warm You Up Aquavit & Tonic by Culinary Adventures with Camilla Cinnamon Cookie Butter Latte by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks Peppermint Bark Hot Cocoa by A Day in the Life on the Farm Vanilla Coffee by Our Good Life Vietnamese Coffee by Palatable Pastime About Aquavit I am sharing an Aquavit & Tonic because, while I love a good Gin & Tonic, aquavit has become my new favorite spirit. And since I just posted a recipe for Gløgg (Danish Mulled Wine) , pictured above, I knew I needed a new recipe to share. But I wanted to start with a quick primer on aquavit. Despite how long Scandinavians have been making and drinking aquavit, it's largely unknown outside of those countries. It's such a

Recipe Testing: (Untraditional) Zasmażana Kapusta

Every now and then I come across a photo of a dish with - maybe - nothing other than the name or a few scribbled words. Oddly, I used to clip food photos out of magazine without the recipe. Why?!?! I have no idea. That was the case with this dish. I did, however, write down: "sausages, sauerkraut, apples, potatoes." So, I set about trying to create  Zasmażana Kapusta without the slightest idea of how it was made. Okay, I could probably have Google'd it and come up with some instructions. But, heck, the challenge is the adventure part, right?! I will say that after I made it, I posted a photo and asked if I knew anyone who had actually had the dish. Turns out my version didn't use the correct sausages (I used uncured bratwurst), I should have sliced the sausages, and many people didn't agree with the potatoes on the top. So, I will be re-doing this recipe with some of those changes in mind. My family actually liked the potatoes on top, and the photo I had

Pebernødder #OurFamilyTable

Today we are sharing some recipes for Valentines' Day...which is quickly approaching. There weren't any real guidelines from our hostess Heather at Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks . Just 'Valentines'! Okay. Before I get to my recipe, check out the loved up line-up. Double Chocolate Caramel Cookies  by The Freshman Cook Fennel, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad  by Karen's Kitchen Stories Pebernødder by Culinary Adventures with Camilla Red Velvet Brownies  by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks Shrimp with Champagne Butter Sauce  by Our Good Life Smoked Gouda Fondue  by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures Splenda Chocolate Cupcakes   by Palatable Pastime Stuffed Country Chicken Breasts  by Cindy's Recipes and Writings Sweet & Salty Valentine's Day Popcorn Mix  by Books n' Cooks Valentine Cookie Pops  by Family Around the Table We share  Recipes From Our Dinner Table !  Join our group and share your recipes, too! While you're at it, join our  P

Frisky Whiskey Chocolate Cake #NationalChocolateCakeDay

Today, National Chocolate Cake Day, is cause of celebration. So, I invited all of the Festive Foodies to create a recipe to tell chocolate cake how much we love it! Dear Chocolate Cake, You may come in a variety of forms: molten, fluffy, mousse-y, frosted…but we love you all the same. Thank you always for making our tastebuds groan in delight. Sincerely, All the Chocolate Cake Lovers of the World The Chocolate Cake Display Amy of House of Nash Eats: One Bowl Chocolate Cake Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Frisky Whiskey Chocolate Cake Cindy of Cindy's Recipes and Writings: Spicy Sweet Chocolate Cake Erin of The Spiffy Cookie: Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Jaida of Sweet Beginnings: Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake Jolene of Jolene's Recipe Journal: Old Fashioned Fudge Cake Lisa of Bloggehtti: German Chocolate Bundt Cake Kate of Kate's Recipe Box: Chocolate Poke Cake Nichole of Cookaholic Wife: Italian Love Cake Sue of Palatable Pastime

Rikke's Brunkager

I am still catching up on posting recipes from our trip to Denmark during the holidays. But, I'm not a whole month behind - yet! -, so I'm saying I'm still good.  These were some delicious cookies that Rikke baked while we settled in and played games in the evening. When I asked her for the recipe, this is what she sent me. Can't wait to try them. And I'm leaving it as written, in metric, and will convert when I post my version. I want to experiment with the dough and see if I can shape it different. I am pretty sure I can. We'll see. Soon.  Ingredients 250 g butter (salted) 180 g sugar 1 1/2 deciliter dark syrup (is this perhaps what you call molasses?) 50 g peeled/chopped almonds 50 g peeled pistacchios (unsalted) 500 g flour (wheat) 2 t ground ginger 2 t ground cinnamon 2 t ground cloves 1 t ground cardamom 1 t baking soda Procedure Melt the butter with the sugar and the syrup. Bring to boil while constantly stirring

Rabbit Rillettes + Contratto Millesimato Extra Brut 2012

I love starting dinner with bubbles. Sparkling wine, that is. Besides, this was a celebration dinner for a friend's birthday. So bubbles were a must. I had decided to host a Game-y Night dinner. So we were set to play all kinds of games and eat game meats. Think rabbits, quail, pheasant, and wild boar. I ended up just doing rabbit and wild boar; I saved the quail and pheasant for other nights. When I can get rabbit locally, I do. But, when I can't, I order it from D'artangnan . As part of our cheese platter course, I decided to make rabbit rillettes. Rillettes are savory meats or fish that have been braised or prepared as confit. The first time I made rillettes was with wild boar that my friend had killed. Then I've made them with lamb and with pork . Using rabbit was a first and, I think, my favorite!  And a quick note about this salt. I noticed this canister in the store when I was shopping with my friend in Denmark. "Oh, that's a special salt

Chocolate as Currency #LitHappens #FoodieReads

This is Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm 's pick for our Lit Happens Book Club. I wasn't sure what to expect from The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris*, but Wendy and I have been blogging friends for years. And lucky enough to have met in real life as well! I knew that our reading preferences often collide, so, I was excited to dig in. Let's just say that I was more than captivated. I didn't get out of my pajamas for an entire day, ignored my family - except to cook and eat - and read it all in one day. Then I headed into the kitchen to make a recipe. But I'll get to that shortly. On the Page As a reader, I was immediately drawn into the story and the character of Lale. He is a young Jew from Slovakia who finds himself employed at the Auschwitz concentration camp as the tattooist. He is the man responsible for marking the prisoners' arms with their numbers. Brief side story: when Jake and I were planning our wedding, we were in th

Lettuce Wrapped Sweet and Sour Pork with Spicy Peanut Sauce #NationalPeanutButterDay

Today - National Peanut Butter Day! - Jolene of Jolene's Recipe Journal has gathered the Festive Foodies to celebrate. Here's the line-up... Veggie Pad Thai   by A Day in the Life on the Farm Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip  by Blogghetti Jamming Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches  by Cindy's Recipes and Writings School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars  by Creative Southern Home Peanut Butter Banana Protein Donuts  by Crumb Top Baking Lettuce Wrapped Sweet and Sour Pork with Spicy Peanut Sauce by Culinary Adventures with Camilla The Best Double Chocolate Buckeyes  by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice Creamy Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Crust   by Family Around the Table Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies  by House of Nash Eats Peanut Butter, Honey and Pear Open Faced Sandwiches  by Jolene's Recipe Journal No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream   by Karen's Kitchen Stories Peanut Butter Apple Breakfast Wraps  by Kate's R

Tangled Up Linguine Alle Vongole + White Wine #FoodNFlix

Here we are at the kick-off for 2019's Food'N'Flix . And this month, my friend Evelyne of  CulturEatz  is hosting. You can read her invitation  here , but she's invited us to watch Book Club.*  I had heard of the movie and even had the chance to watch it on a trans-Atlantic flight from London to California earlier this month. In fact, I think I clicked on it, read the description that the book club reads Fifty Shades of Grey,  and clicked right off onto another movie. I might be alone in this, but I do not get the appeal of Fifty Shades of Grey . It certainly didn't appeal to me as a love story much less a love story worthy of three books and three movies. Ugh. But, had I known that Book Club was our January movie pick, I would have watched it on that plane ride. But, alas!, I didn't see the invitation until I had returned home. Then add jetlag, the launch of the new robotics season, and a general blur of post-holiday days, and I completely blitzed on