Grilled cheese with cheddar, jalapeno, lime, garlic, and sage

November 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm (A (4 stars, love, favorite), Alma's faves, Derek's faves, My brain, Necessarily nonvegan, Peter Berley, Quick weeknight recipe, Yearly menu plan)

I don’t remember the last time I made a grilled cheese sandwich.  But we finally found cheddar that we like here in Saarbruecken, and I decided to celebrate by making grilled cheese.  I didn’t want to make just a regular old boring grilled cheese, though, so I pulled out various flavorful additions I had in the fridge:  jalapeno, sage, garlic, and lime. Read the rest of this entry »

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Honey-cardamom almonds

November 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm (B_minus (2.5 stars), Derek's faves, Other)

Years ago my friend Katrina gave me a little cookbook called “Party Nuts!”  Derek always makes the same recipe out of it:  hot candied walnuts.  He wanted to make them again last night but we didn’t have enough walnuts.  Second choice were the holy mole pecans, but I didn’t have corn starch.  So we chose this recipe instead.  This recipe is simpler than many of the others in the book–it requires only honey, sugar, spices, and a skillet.  No baking needed!  The head notes says that the almonds are slightly sticky, slightly peppery, and slightly sweet, and that it’s almost impossible to tell what the spices are. Read the rest of this entry »

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Berlin 2010 trip report

November 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm (Restaurant review, Trip report)

Two weeks ago Derek and I spent four and a half days in Berlin.  We were starved for good non-Thai ethnic food, and tried to seek some out some great, low-key restaurants in Germany’s modern, international metropolis.  Unfortunately, I didn’t write this blog post quickly enough and many of the details have faded from memory.  Below are my somewhat fuzzy recollections. Read the rest of this entry »

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