Glorious Bone Broth

My elderly neighbor recently asked me to make her a soup, the type of chicken soup her mother made for her as a child in the 1930s – chicken soup made from bone broth and vegetables. I was delighted to see the sparkle in her eyes return after she had been consuming the soup for…

Valentine’s Day Bites

Some moms are great about turning even minor holidays into a celebration, with decorations, themed food, crafts and fun traditions. I, on the other hand, usually forget about Valentine’s Day until my kids are already at school and my Facebook feed starts filling up with pictures of heart-shaped pancakes and adorable handmade cards. Aaahhh! While…

Gifting Granola

I love receiving homemade granola, aka toasted müesli, during the holidays, because unlike cookies and candies, I don’t feel quite so guilty eating as much granola as I like, any time I like. I have, on occasion, eaten it three times a day, for breakfast, afternoon snack and an after-midnight treat. I’ll eat it plain…

Cooking with the Kids, Indian Style!

Learning to cook up a few fantastic dishes can help your kids read, do math, and hone their motor skills in a fun and productive way! You simply need to make sure that the instructions are clearly typed in an easy-to-read size and format. See that you are equipped with the proper measuring and cutting…

Jump on the Juicing Bandwagon!

Juicing is all around us! A few months ago I stumbled upon the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” It’s about an Australian man (Joe Cross) who was once obese and suffered from a skin condition. He was miserable and tired of the strong medication he was taking, so he decided to try a 60-day…

A Rösti by Any Other Name…

  As much as food changes from culture to culture, some dishes remain practically the same. Every culture seems to have a flatbread: Italian pizza, Indian naan, Greek pita, Mexican tortillas, Chinese bing, to name a few. Pancakes are another cross-culture favorite, though they vary widely in form and accompaniments. Take a look at this…

Birchermüesli on the Trail

I love the outdoors, but I hate packing our picnic lunch. I could make some lovely salads or dips or other “perfect Pinterest picnic” items. But after cleaning up dinner on Friday night, I’m exhausted and I want a break on the weekend just like the rest of the family. So instead of spending hours…

Super-Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

Got a party in an hour? No problem! These cupcakes taste yummy, aren’t fussy and require no special ingredients or equipment. Simply dump all the ingredients in a bowl, stir and bake. They’re good enough for a party and simple enough for a play date. Super-Easy Chocolate Cupcakes 200 g all-purpose flour 300 g sugar…

Oranges in Lime Syrup

Winter can be a bleak time both outside and in the kitchen, with the gray skies and the limited variety of winter produce. Happily, citrus fruits are in season, offering much needed color and freshness. Oranges (and their many citrus cousins) are practically perfect just as they are. But if you’d like a little something…

Grittibänz – Christmas Bread Man

Now that Christmas season is here, you are sure to see the traditional  Grittibänz or Christmas bread man all around town. Every bakery and grocery around town has their own Grittibänz style and it’s fun to go on a little walking tour to see the variety. Many children will receive a Grittibänz from Samichlaus when they…