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Homemade Waffles

Homemade Waffles

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Cobb Salad – Happy Birthday America

Cobb Salad – Happy Birthday America

For this year’s Independence Day I made one of my family’s favorite salads, the Cobb Salad. I know it’s not in the patriotic red, white and blue colors, but it’s a classic American salad and it goes perfectly with any 4th of July BBQ.

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Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette

Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette

The Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette is a new recipe for me, and I’m sure glad I found it. It screams summer, and it screams deliciousness even louder. It’s really REALLY good!!! Can you hear me screaming that??

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Baked Crispy Chicken With Citrus Teriyaki Sauce

Baked Crispy Chicken With Citrus Teriyaki Sauce

No deep fryer needed here because this chicken is 100 % baked! That’s right, it’s made in the oven and it comes out crunchy and crispy every time. It’s perfectly paired with a Citrus Teriyaki Sauce that is great for dipping, or even better just poured right over the chicken.

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Spanakopita – Remembering Spinach (CWF: Nadja and Esmee)

Spanakopita – Remembering Spinach (CWF: Nadja and Esmee)

Do you remember spinach? You know, that green superfood that kinda got pushed to the sidelines when foods like kale and chard started taking center stage as the new trendy superfood? Lucky for you I’m here to remind you how tasty spinach can be, that it’s still packed with a wealth of health benefits, and that there is a popular Greek dish called Spanakopita, or spinach pie, that will make you fall in love with spinach all over again.

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Mango Guacamole – A Winner

Mango Guacamole – A Winner

Every summer I used to have a contest with my nephew to decipher who could make the best guacamole. He was convinced he had the better recipe, and naturally I was convinced otherwise. Our families were always (more…)

Tabbouleh Salad With Quinoa – Chop Chop

Tabbouleh Salad With Quinoa – Chop Chop

Tabbouleh Salad (or tabouli) is one of my favorite Mediterranean dishes. It’s tart and tangy with an abundance of herbs, veggies and the healthy craze of quinoa (pronounced ‘kin-wha’). A typical tabbouleh is made with bulgur wheat, but I choose to make mine with quinoa because it’s gluten-free and vitamin-rich.

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Italian Pasta Salad – Make It Your Own

Italian Pasta Salad – Make It Your Own

I fell in love with Italian Pasta Salad the first time I tried it. It’s my favorite kind of pasta salad. I can eat it non-stop and I never seem to get full from it.

Italian Pasta Salad is not known here in the Netherlands, and neither is (more…)

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

The combination of watermelon and feta cheese may sound a little bit unusual, but you need to trust me on this one and try it. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory, and it’s going to be your favorite salad this summer. (more…)

Banana Bread – All Year Round

Banana Bread – All Year Round

Whenever I go to the supermarket I always buy bananas. Everyone in my family loves bananas. We definitely eat a lot of it, but in my house bananas means more to us than just a fruit.  It’s a quick snack that’s already pre-packaged and ready to go into the kids’ lunch bags, it’s a natural sweetener for our morning smoothies, it’s that (more…)

Tomato Crostini With Whipped Feta

Tomato Crostini With Whipped Feta

I’m going to help you out with your next dinner party by giving you the best appetizer recipe. It’s called the Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta. It’s fresh, really delicious, and the recipe is very forgiving (meaning it will come out unbelievably tasty every time (more…)

Spaghetti with (or without) meatballs

Spaghetti with (or without) meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic Italian-American dish.  It’s believed by many Americans, me included, as being an authentic Italian dish, but it’s actually an adaptation of Italian cuisine that has immigrated to the American culture. During my (more…)

Penne Alla Vodka – A husband favorite

Penne Alla Vodka – A husband favorite

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Myth or not, I am always happy to make meals that my husband loves and enjoys.  Penne alla vodka is no exception. Personally it never appealed to me, but apparently my husband loves it and I didn’t even know it. (more…)

Penne with Cherry Tomato Sauce – Can You Say ‘EASY’?

Penne with Cherry Tomato Sauce – Can You Say ‘EASY’?

If you’ve never made tomato sauce from scratch before, then the Cherry Tomato Sauce should be your first. It is unbelievably SUPER EASY, using only fresh ingredients.  In this recipe the cherry tomatoes are cooked just (more…)

French Toast Bake – Happy Mother’s Day

French Toast Bake – Happy Mother’s Day

The French Toast Bake is knock-it-out-of-the-park delicious and it comes out perfectly every time. I am deliberately posting this recipe a few days before Mother’s Day so that you your kids, husband or partner have NO excuse (more…)

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes – A  Good Start to the Day

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes – A Good Start to the Day

What is my trick for a guaranteed good start to the day? Pancakes! When pancakes are for breakfast everyone seems to be in a better mood. I’m convinced there is a certain link between pancakes and being happy. Could it be because pancakes are (more…)

Carrot Cake – Celebration of Life

Carrot Cake – Celebration of Life

It’s spring break (meivakantie) here in the Netherlands, hence my excuse for this delayed post for my carrot cake recipe. I’ve been meaning to post it for quite some time now, at least before it was King’s Day, as it was my way of getting into the King’s Day spirit. (more…)

The Kimchi Burger

The Kimchi Burger

Being a Korean-American  living in the Netherlands, you can’t blame me for stopping in my tracks when I came across a recipe for Kimchi Burgers. I mean, how Korean-American can you get? I must admit it’s an unusual combination and not a typical way of eating kimchi, and kimchi is obviously (more…)

Homemade Buttermilk – Unbroken Promises

Homemade Buttermilk – Unbroken Promises

Do you ever make a grocery list only to realize later when you are already at the supermarket with your shopping cart ready that you left your list on the kitchen counter? My husband and kids know this very well about me because I often call home to ask them to take a (more…)

Entrecôte Steak Sauce – A Reason To Share (CWF: Albertien)

Entrecôte Steak Sauce – A Reason To Share (CWF: Albertien)

A few years ago my husband came back from a business trip in Paris and he couldn’t stop talking about a Parisian bistro called Le Relais de l’Entrecôte. The uniqueness about this place is that there is no menu. Aside from the dessert everyone in the (more…)

Spring Rolls – The Magic Spell (CWF: Sylvia)

Spring Rolls – The Magic Spell (CWF: Sylvia)

I grew up calling them egg rolls, and then into my adult years started calling them spring rolls. I think somewhere in between I even called them summer rolls. I know there is a difference in the wrapping, filling, size, and whether they are fried or not, but which is for which? Does anybody know? I live in (more…)

Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce – Penny For Your Thoughts

Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce – Penny For Your Thoughts

When I think of Thai food I always have to think about Penny’s Noodle Shop in Chicago. It was there that I had my first Thai food experience. I was just out of college and worked nearby, so it was a popular lunch destination, one where my co-workers and I visited often. And when I think (more…)

Blueberry Muffin – A Muffin With My Coffee

Blueberry Muffin – A Muffin With My Coffee

I never knew coffee was such a big part of the Dutch culture until I moved to the Netherlands. Just about everyone drinks coffee here, and not just one cup. Actually on average the Dutch consume 1.84 cups/day (6.7kg/capita) according to an article published in Worldatlas. This ranks the (more…)

Orzo Salad With Roasted Vegetables – A Nephew’s Request

Orzo Salad With Roasted Vegetables – A Nephew’s Request

When your 18-year old nephew actually takes the time to write you an email, out of the blue, to ask you for the Orzo Salad with Roasted Vegetables recipe, you know it’s a gooooood salad. So good that i wasn’t surprised that he asked for the recipe. (more…)

Baking Outside The Box – Strawberry Cake

Baking Outside The Box – Strawberry Cake

Before I moved to the Netherlands in 2010 I never imagined baking a cake from scratch. I thought it was normal to bake a cake out of a box. All the dry ingredients perfectly measured and provided for you. All you had to do is add some eggs, butter and water. My cakes always came out perfect. (more…)

Ranch Dip – An American Thing

Ranch Dip – An American Thing

I have a ranch dip story. It happened in my first week living in the Netherlands. I was at the supermarket and when I realized I forgot to get a bottle of ranch dressing i asked my husband to quickly go get it while I stand in line. He came back empty-handed. He said he couldn’t find it. (more…)

Ramen Noodle Salad – My Secret Snack

Ramen Noodle Salad – My Secret Snack

I think the first thing I ever ‘cooked’ was Sapparo Ichiban original flavored ramen noodles. There was always a big box (a box included 21 packages!!) in our kitchen pantry. It was one of my favorite meals as a child. (more…)


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Spanakopita – Remembering Spinach (CWF: Nadja and Esmee)

Spanakopita – Remembering Spinach (CWF: Nadja and Esmee)

Do you remember spinach? You know, that green superfood that kinda got pushed to the sidelines when foods like kale and chard started taking center stage as the new trendy superfood? Lucky for you I’m here to remind you how tasty spinach can be, that […]

Entrecôte Steak Sauce – A Reason To Share (CWF: Albertien)

Entrecôte Steak Sauce – A Reason To Share (CWF: Albertien)

A few years ago my husband came back from a business trip in Paris and he couldn’t stop talking about a Parisian bistro called Le Relais de l’Entrecôte. The uniqueness about this place is that there is no menu. Aside from the dessert everyone in […]

Spring Rolls – The Magic Spell (CWF: Sylvia)

Spring Rolls – The Magic Spell (CWF: Sylvia)

I grew up calling them egg rolls, and then into my adult years started calling them spring rolls. I think somewhere in between I even called them summer rolls. I know there is a difference in the wrapping, filling, size, and whether they are fried […]