Although I already live in the big ATL, urban getaways are still on the top of my list. Last weekend I got the opportunity to spend a few days in Nashville, TN and I was all in. If you think about Nashville and think nothing but country music, you have no idea what you are missing out. For sure Nashville is called Music City not without a (damn good) reason but this city also offers an amazing wide range of restaurants with outstanding Southern cuisine, trendy shops, thriving neighborhoods, cozy coffee shops and of cause honky tonks with all day and night live music. But this here is not a tourist guide, this is about the great dinner I had at City House which inspired me to this pan-fried kale, cannellini beans with salami. Imagine one half of your parents is from Italy and the other from the Southern US and you have a knack for cocktails, this is what dinner at City House looks like.
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Last weekend a cold front from Canada had approached and lived up to its promise for snow in the Appalachian Mountains and yet unusual cold weather for us in Atlanta. I wouldn’t dare to say this out loud, but I had been waiting for that. I should mention to my defense, I am not getting excited about cold feet and icy cold wind. Not at all! On the other hand how does wrapping up in a blanket, hot tea and a good book sound to you? Cozy and comforting! That’s what I am talking about. There is just one thing missing to complete the picture, hearty food the way my mum makes it. I had stuffed cabbage on my mind for weeks, indeed I had been eagerly anticipating cooler weather. Stuffed cabbage may not sound that sexy but they look promising on your plate and they are very satisfying in your belly. This recipe takes a little more effort than the usual dinner preparation but it’s just two more steps and its not complicated at all. Read more >>
Routines are important, especially in the early morning of a working day. Where would I be without routines? I am afraid nowhere, most likely never leaving my bed or rushing out of the door without having brushed my teeth and forgotten most of all the other important things, like breakfast. That’s the reason why someone invented routines and I am grateful for that. One of my Sunday night routines is making a truckload overnight steel-cut oats, enough for Mr. F and me for the upcoming week. It takes just five minutes to accomplish a healthy breakfast for several days to come. Overnight steel-cut oats are as simple as my breakfast routine can get. I know what you think, oats every morning all week, sounds boring. It’s actually not, because my oatmeal tastes different every day. I am not going to tell you how many various kinds of fruits, seeds or nut butters you can stir into your oats, that’s up to you and would miss today’s subject. But consider it stirring into Greek yoghurt, that’s one of my favorites recently. Read more >>
The plum season is almost over and I didn’t dare to hope finding damson plums on the farmers market this year. But voilà they had been sitting in a wicker basket, just a few of them. I assumed they had been waiting for me. Read more >>
Pork tenderloin doesn’t get as much attention as it should. I am also guilty as charged, I rather enjoy a leaner piece of meat than a fat dripping pork belly -uh- makes my stomach sick and sits in my belly heavy like a stone. But I used to prefer chicken breast or turkey burger and omit the pork tenderloin. Not on purpose and then again yes, no excuses. I think I had just too much of those overcooked and dry shoe soles, best case scenario served with a thick sauce or garlic butter. Beside being extra lean, pork tenderloin is also very versatile and used in many kitchens all over the world and doesn’t have to be dry and though at all.
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Obviously I took a little summer break from my website and just as well from my kitchen – rather unintended due to the heat. Sorry I kind of sneak out without telling you, the days before my trip had been crazy and the time afterwards had been worst. Where does all this laundry come from? Clean clothes are the least of my problems. Did I mention post vacation days are more than crazy?
I visited my family in Germany and I had a jolly good time. I planned and anticipated this trip for many good reasons, particularly spending time with my family and being spoiled with mom’s home cooked meals. There is nothing out there, that beats home cooked food, especially child hood favorites. Being the list-maker I am, I filled pages in my notebook with things to do, things to eat (this one for my mom obviously), things to bring to Germany and things to bring from Germany to Atlanta. On the other side, I didn’t plan what to eat during my stay in Berlin, my vacation while on vacation. I spend a couple of days with my parents and my two sisters in Berlin and would love to share some of the eats and drinks I enjoyed during my stay. They are all snapshots, please be forbearing! My family is not known for being patient in front of a plate and I had to hurry to get some pictures. Read more >>
A certain sign and kind of proof that I drift from adolescence into adulthood is the change of my taste. Obviously also a change into bad humor, as I should rather say: senility lies in wait. Growing up nothing could be sweet enough and I had been able to eat bags of candies. Nowadays the very thought of it, hurts my stomach and gives me toothache. My first experience with coffee or even wine went along with a sugar high, both had been judged as too bitter and I improved with tablespoons of sugar. All this had altered, I still appreciate donuts and cupcakes but prefer less sweeter fruit tarts. If it comes to wine, it has to be at least a dryer version of semi-sweet and that also reflects the kind of sangria I prefer. Forgotten are those bottles labeled “Sangria” in colorful letters, which also translates in “headache”, containing a potpourri of red wine from the bottom of barrels from all other the world. Homemade is the best, and that’s also true for wine and fruit based beverages. In summer times I prefer white to red wine, for it’s light and crisp taste. Read more >>
Is it okay to talk about soccer on a food blog? Especially me as someone usually total uninterested and clueless person when it comes to sports, but to my defense I truly enjoyed watching the world cup. And you know why, because Germany won that golden thing! That might be old news for you, but some fun facts are: it’s said the trophy is hollow and the winning team just gets a replicate with platted gold to take home. So even I figured out, winning the world cup is not all about the glory and the fake trophy, it’s about getting people together – actually nations – to share tears of joy and sometimes frustration. And also play soccer, needless to say… Read more >>
This cake is long gone, its life span had been cut short – literally cut in pieces – and is countable in hours, certainly not days. The minute I moved it from the oven to a rack to cool, I almost attacked it with a knife. I could hardly pull myself together to wait long enough to take a few pictures. I am that marzipan nutz. As soon as the raspberry-marzipan coffee cake made its appearance on the kitchen counter, everyone passing by cut one piece after another, and this goes without saying every time it had been just to taste a bit (e), until all was gone too fast. My only regret is that I haven’t been able to wait until the full flavor develops, it’s even better the next day. Read more >>
Some moons ago we celebrated Mr. F’s birthday at Holeman & Finch Public House. We always enjoy their food, in fact they score high on every best burger list nationwide. Today we are not here to talk burger, unfortunately I would love to lay my hands on their recipe… Read more >>