Hearty Baked Pumpkin Soup

When I was a little girl, my father decided he wanted to try out this recipe because it had been recommended to him by a colleague. I had always known that my father had a soft spot for any food with a ton of butter and/or cream in it, so it came as no surprise…

Teriyaki Skewers with Garlic Bread

To be honest, I haven’t been cooking regularly for very long. It all started about a year or two ago with a discovery. My father had invited me for dinner to the most amazing restaurant he knew in Rapperswil-Jona (Villa Aurum). The second course was a duck liver pâté with dried pears and melted chocolate.…

Tortilla Soup

For this issue’s theme of “journeys,” I wanted to bring you a recipe that has journeyed with me from California to Switzerland and is one of our family favorites. Incorporating recipes from your home country can be a wonderful way to connect with your roots, and some recipes just remind you of a place or…

Homemade “American-Style” Pancakes

One thing I want to establish in my family is fun little traditions that we can look back on and remember the fun times we had together. Not just special traditions on holidays, but making the everyday just as fun! I imagine in the future, my son remembering these silly traditions and looking back with…

Homemade Applesauce Fruit Rollups

Your child is sure to be a star at snack time with these yummy homemade fruit rollups. Unlike their grocery store counterparts, these rollups are 100% natural, with no preservatives or unnecessary sugars. Plus, they are a perfect way to make use of all the apples swamping the trees in Switzerland right now. You can…

Spinach Tart, a.k.a. Spinatwähe

  This spinach tart is called Spinatwähe in Switzerland and is a huge hit with my kids. The traditional day to serve Wähe – cheese or sweet tarts – is on a Friday. This is because in many Catholic regions one does not eat meat on a Friday. In America and England many call this…

Popsicles to Beat the Summer Heat

Picky eating is an all-too common stumbling block in the parenting journey. After he turned two, my toddler went from eating everything that was laid on out on a plate before him to refusing to eat anything green. I resorted to disguising his greens by creatively combining them with his favorite potatoes, lentils and meat.…

Ready, Steady, Go! Three Fun Summer Cocktails To Quench Thirst and Delight

Ready, Steady, Go! Three Fun Summer Cocktails

Three Fun Summer Cocktails To Quench Thirst and Delight It’s that fabulously hot time of year again – time to put up those hard-working feet, settle in with a long, refreshing drink, and bask in the art of doing very little. Go on, you know you’ve earned it! But while cocktails are always fun, sometimes…