A Classic Steak Dinner


I’ve been making steak dinners for Chris for over two years, and the main thing I’ve discovered is the only thing you need is salt, pepper, butter, and a good cast iron skillet. Without a grill, the meat makes more even contact and gets a much better crust. I also prefer to serve steak with mashed potatoes since they soak up resting juices or pan sauce better than just about anything. The steak itself also doesn’t need to be an expensive cut as long as it is cooked and cut correctly to avoid chewiness. This dinner all together cost less than ten dollars for 2 hungry people.
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Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce


Chris never seems to like it when I make fish, so tonight I thought I would venture into unchartered territory and make something seemingly difficult: Hollandaise sauce. What I found was this: the only trick is to keep whisking for about ten minutes and serve immidiately! With glass of white wine, this makes a perfect meal!

 

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Aloo Gobi


This is the start of me trying to return to meatless Mondays. I might have cheated a little and made a chicken kabob for Chris, but getting him to eat vegan is like trying to feed Ellie green baby food. It just doesn’t work. I figure if I go meatless a few nights a week, it’ll even out. I find the trick to enjoying a vegan dinner is to have a lot of variety and a lot of color on the plate. I served this indian stew with spinach rice and salted heirloom tomatoes, and it was amazing.

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Orange Spiced Pecans


This recipe came from a place of necessity. A baby shower was held to celebrate our return to the U.S., and I needed six thank you gifts for the wonderful women who threw it. What is great about this recipe is its simplicity and its shelf stability. They won’t keep fresh forever, but definitely long enough to get them in the mail! Recipe makes six even bags which should be about four serving each.

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Thanksgiving Turkey


My family had served deep fried turkey at Thanksgiving for several years until I made this. (You know, the method that causes so many house fires every year.) This recipe is just as good if not better than fried turkey (in my opinion), and you don’t even need a fire extinguisher. The brine makes it super juicy and tender, but the most important thing is to use a meat thermometer and keep an eye on it. The secret to a juicy, tender turkey is to not overcook it!!

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Perfect Stir Fried Noodles


I make stir fry at least once a week, because it’s cheap, full of vegetables, cooks very quickly, and is absolutely delicious. I’ve tried a million different recipes, and I’ve found that a good stir fry is all about the sauce. Some people just add soy sauce until the meat and vegetables are well seasoned, but this way is so much better. You can serve it with rice instead of noodles, but the noodles soak up the sauce much better in my opinion. 

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Schweinebraten mit Semmelknödel (Bavarian Pork Roast with Bread Dumplings)


So since Chris and I are moving soon, I decided I needed to practice some Bavarian classics that I can make at home in the US. This recipe is dead simple, but I will say scoring the skin on the roast is pretty hard. The best tool would be a box cutter, but if you don’t want to bother, just ask your butcher nicely.

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Almond Coconut Candies


Candy is one of those things that is way too intimidating to me. Boiling sugar, thermometers, silicon mats, tempering chocolate, equipment I don’t have…. Did I mention boiling sugar? It’ll be many years before I feel comfortable making candy. But luckily, recipes like these give me the feeling like I’m making my own candy without all the hassle. And Germany doesn’t carry Almond Joys (At least no where I’ve seen), so there you go…

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