Appetizers/Starters, Savory Snacks, Sides


In all the years of having this year website, I can’t believe that I haven’t posted my Obatzda recipe. What is Obatzda? It’s a very Bavarian cheese spread (similar to pub cheese), served with pretzels (brezn) or bread, and accompanied often by radishes (radi), red onions, and other things like gherkins and cherry tomatoes and so on. There is no *one* recipe for obatzda and certainly no right or wrong recipe. Some people add a bit of horseradish, some people a few tablespoons of beer. If you can’t find quark, some people use cream cheese mixed with a bit of sour cream. All work well.

It’s Summertime. Biergärten. Beer, obatzda and brezn. What I miss about Munich.
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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Blueberry Margarita Cupcakes

Happy Birthday, Jean Jean Jellybean! Today is my best friend’s birthday and seeing she is a cocktail connoisseur and blueberry lover, I thought I would make another one in the series of “Cocktail Cupcakes”. While not a lot of tequila is involved, there is just that hint. Celebrate well, my dear friend!
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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Brown Butter Blueberry Peach Crisp

I highly recommend eating cobbler for lunch. Or crisp. Or crumble. Or whatever you want to call a crustless fruit pie with a oatmeal topping. Even more so, I advocate eating this very specific Brown Butter Blueberry Peach Crisp for lunch. Warm. Right out of the oven. With Ice cream. Trust me, your afternoon will be exponentially better if you eat this for lunch. Trust me. 🙂

PS: This is my entire platform … Pie for Lunch!
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Cookies, Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Red Currant Shortbread Bars

Over the weekend, I went berry picking again. This time for Blueberries and Raspberries, Red and Black Currants. Despite the heat and the horrific bugs, I do love berry picking and seeing it is generally so hard to find currants, I make the most of it. Some of the currants will be frozen, there will be lots of jam (and with the black currants, cassis making) and then a few treats. Here is the first: Red Currant Shortbread Bars. Extremely easy to make, and if you don’t happen to have currents, these can also be made with raspberries or even cranberries. Yum!
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Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Coconut Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies

Cookie inspiration in the summer time can be a little harder. It’s too hot to bake, I don’t necessarily want to use chocolate and cinnamon because those are “winter flavors” (who am I kidding … chocolate is any time!) so when I came across a lime and coconut cookie, I thought that this combo might be a good idea. It’s like some of my other thumbprint cookies, but uses the tropical flavors. Not the prettiest, but they taste damn good.
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