Traditional English Scones

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 10/28/2016 - 16:17
Traditional English Scones

The English are famous for their afternoon tea with traditional scones.

“I’ll put the kettle on” are usually the first words you’ll hear when visiting a friend or relative in Britain. Tea is more than a drink in the British Isles; it’s a traditional way of socializing, a comfortable setting with friends, a soothing amity during grief or bad news. It has become a way of life and can be quite an art depending on your social status.

Rapini Baked Pasta with White Sauce

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 10/22/2016 - 14:28
Rapini Baked Pasta

Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. Pasta is integrant part of Italy's food history.  Wherever Italians immigrated they have brought their pasta along, so much so today it can be considered a staple of international cuisine. Unlike other ubiquitous Italian products like pizza and tomato sauce, which have a fairly recent history, pasta may have a much older pedigree, going back hundreds -if not thousands- of years.

Italian Fruit Salad

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 10/18/2016 - 08:23
Italian Fruit Salad

Every country in Europe has its unique roadside snack stands along the motorways and street food in the markets.  In France, you will find delicious warm French soup stands, crepes and baguettes with assorted cheeses. In Denmark you will find French hot dogs and Danish pastries, Germany of course will serve brats and pretzels.  In Italy, many Auto Grills serve rustichella and Italian fruit salad, it’s refreshing, tasty and healthy food on the go! Perfect for the Italian hot summers.

Dutch Butter Cake ~ Boterkoek

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 10/14/2016 - 09:48
Dutch Butter Cake

Boterkoek is a traditional Dutch recipe, that reminds me very much of a soft buttery shortbread. The key ingredient of course is butter, that means in order to make the perfect butter cake it needs good quality European butter, like Kerrygold, Plugra, Lurpak etc. It’s a simple, straight forward recipe and very rich so you only need a small piece but goes perfect with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

Dublin Coddle

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:47
Irish Dublin Coddle

Dublin coddle, a warming meal of sausages and potatoes, dates back to the 1700s, and is traditionally thought of as a city dish eaten in the winter months. Its popularity has been attributed to the fact that an Irish wife could go to bed and leave it simmering on the stove for hours, so that it might be ready for when her husband arrived home from the pub.

Tuscan Tomato Pie

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:57
Tuscan Tomato Pie

If you love the combination of tomatoes and cheese then you will love this Tuscan recipe! It reminds me of a Caprese Salad only in ‘quiche’ style.  It’s packed with flavor and so easy to make. 











Tuscan Tomato Pie is the perfect brunch dish!

Bee Sting Cake ~ Bienenstich

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:38
Bee Sting Cake

Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake is a German dessert made of a sweet yeast dough with a baked-on topping of caramelized almonds and filled with a vanilla custard, Buttercream or cream.

The cake may have earned its name from its honey topping: according to one legend, a bee was attracted to it, and the baker who invented the cake was stung.