Coffee Chat · cooking-through challenge · Random

Coffee Chat: Thoughts on Creamed Chicken, the Fifties Housewife & other things

Long time no chat.  Hi there!  Let's just jump right in with todays chat,  I hope you have a cup (or pot) of your favorite beverage nearby.  Today, I'm drinking ice-cold sparkling water with a slice of cucumber.  It's HOT! I mean, Africa hot!!  Its 28 degrees (that's 82 in farenheit) in my kitchen right… Continue reading Coffee Chat: Thoughts on Creamed Chicken, the Fifties Housewife & other things

Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook · Recipes · Sauces

One basic white sauce for a variety of recipes and creamy sauces.

This key recipe I learned before the arrival of my precious Betty Crocker cookbook.  White sauce, roux, whatever you call it can be the basis for so many recipes.  My mom taught me how to make macaroni and cheese using this white sauce, which surprisingly takes about the same amount of time as opening a… Continue reading One basic white sauce for a variety of recipes and creamy sauces.

Breads · Germany

A Bavarian Staple – The Pretzel

In Bavaria, you are apt to see this as a side dish to just about everything.  The Pretzel  (Bretzel, Bretzen or Brezn it's all the same) has been around Southeastern Germany since the 1400's and it may be surprising to learn the fat and calorie breakdown of this Bavarian staple.  These shown above,  I made… Continue reading A Bavarian Staple – The Pretzel

Coffee Chat

Coffee Chat – Peonies, Hansi, capsule wardrobes & a forgotten blogiversary

This morning I decided to drink my coffee outside after I got Happily Mr. of to work.  The weather here has been hot for May, which is crazy as 3 weeks ago we had snow and very cold temps. I enjoyed waking up to my beautiful peony bush.  Its doing great this year. Let me… Continue reading Coffee Chat – Peonies, Hansi, capsule wardrobes & a forgotten blogiversary

Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook · cooking-through challenge · Dinners · salads

Betty Crocker’s potato salad & what we ate for dinner

There are hundreds of different variations to potato salad but today I'll be sharing one specifically from my Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook; part of the cooking-through challenge. Interestingly enough, the French Dressing I just happened to try a few weeks ago, so it was quite easy to whip up a batch. Potato salad is such… Continue reading Betty Crocker’s potato salad & what we ate for dinner

cooking-through challenge · Manners & Etiquette · salads

Is there really such a thing as Salad Etiquette?

Why, yes there is! If you have been following along this month,  you  might remember  that Salad is the category as we make our way through the Cooking-Through Challenge. In the spirit of the 1950's housewife, I am immersing myself into many aspects of this era.  As promised, it's time to share with you a… Continue reading Is there really such a thing as Salad Etiquette?