Monthly Archives: July 2009

Rupjmaizes kārtojums (Sweetened Rye Trifle)

Rupjmaizes kārtojums (Sweetened Rye Trifle)

When I returned to the States from my first two month stay in Liepāja, I brought back not only a taste for Latvian food but also an English-language cookbook by Ņina Masiļūne called Latvian National Cuisine, which has many of the same dishes that Latviešu ēdieni contains, only translated.

So I flipped through this book and decided on an interesting dessert named “Traditional Latvian ambrosia”. It sounded interesting and I had all the ingredients on hand to boot. It was surprisingly good. I didn’t think that grated rye bread would make such a nifty dessert! Rupjmaizes kārtojums (Sweetened Rye Trifle)

When I returned to the States from my first two month stay in Liepāja, I brought back not only a taste for Latvian food but also an English-language cookbook by Ņina Masiļūne called Latvian National Cuisine, which has many of the same dishes that Latviešu ēdieni contains, only translated.

So I flipped through this book and decided on an interesting dessert named “Traditional Latvian ambrosia”. It sounded interesting and I had all the ingredients on hand to boot. It was surprisingly good. I didn’t think that grated rye bread would make such a nifty dessert!

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Potato Salad

American Potato Salad

One of the things I love about summer is potato salad. However, I’ve never really made it myself. I couldn’t tell you why, I just never got around to it, I suppose. It sounded good this week and I saw no reason why I couldn’t get around to it at last, so I started looking for recipes. American Potato Salad

One of the things I love about summer is potato salad. However, I’ve never really made it myself. I couldn’t tell you why, I just never got around to it, I suppose. It sounded good this week and I saw no reason why I couldn’t get around to it at last, so I started looking for recipes.

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Phyllo-ing Adventurous

Baklava Bite

I’ve never worked with phyllo (fillo) dough before. Of course, I’ve never worked with puff pastry either. (Can you tell I’m not much of a baker?) I saw a recipe for an interesting and easy variation of spanokopita, the Greek spinach-phyllo pastry, then one for baklava and thought, “Why not? If phyllo isn’t too expensive, it’s probably worth a shot.”

Turns out a pound of phyllo can be had from WalMart for under $3. The recipes called for less than a half of the package. And it keeps for months. Sounded like a winner to me!

The essentials to working with phyllo dough seem to be as follows: Have all of your components ready to go, have a damp towel and some plastic wrap to lay over the dough while you work on a sheet, and butter is absolutely essential.

Easy Spanokopita TrianglesBaklava Bite

I’ve never worked with phyllo (fillo) dough before. Of course, I’ve never worked with puff pastry either. (Can you tell I’m not much of a baker?) I saw a recipe for an interesting and easy variation of spanokopita, the Greek spinach-phyllo pastry, then one for baklava and thought, “Why not? If phyllo isn’t too expensive, it’s probably worth a shot.”

Turns out a pound of phyllo can be had from WalMart for under $3. The recipes called for less than a half of the package. And it keeps for months. Sounded like a winner to me!

The essentials to working with phyllo dough seem to be as follows: Have all of your components ready to go, have a damp towel and some plastic wrap to lay over the dough while you work on a sheet, and butter is absolutely essential.

Easy Spanokopita Triangles

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Apple Babka

My husband makes breakfast every day because I’m very much not a morning person and because he’s damn good at it. Today, he decided to try a new recipe out of a Ukrainian cookbook we picked up at the library. Delicious!

A babka is similar to a dutch baby but fluffier due to the whipped egg whites. For this apple babka, a tart apple, such as a Granny Smith or other pie apple, is needed to offset the sweetness of the sugar. My husband makes breakfast every day because I’m very much not a morning person and because he’s damn good at it. Today, he decided to try a new recipe out of a Ukrainian cookbook we picked up at the library. Delicious!

A babka is similar to a dutch baby but fluffier due to the whipped egg whites. For this apple babka, a tart apple, such as a Granny Smith or other pie apple, is needed to offset the sweetness of the sugar.

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Rosemary and Roasted Pepper Bean Salad

Rosemary and Red Pepper Bean Salad

My husband absolutely seems to love beans. Last week, he looked at me plaintively and said, “can we have something this week with beans in it?” How could I turn down those big puppydog eyes?

I made a simple, hot bean salad that was quite satisfying to go with our spanokopita meal. I wanted something easy that could be completely vegetarian (this can also qualify for vegan, I think) or expanded to suit a carnivore.Rosemary and Red Pepper Bean Salad

My husband absolutely seems to love beans. Last week, he looked at me plaintively and said, “can we have something this week with beans in it?” How could I turn down those big puppydog eyes?

I made a simple, hot bean salad that was quite satisfying to go with our spanokopita meal. I wanted something easy that could be completely vegetarian (this can also qualify for vegan, I think) or expanded to suit a carnivore.

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Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

This is my favorite way to eat eggplant. I haven’t been feeling well lately, so having this was a comfort, even though it didn’t come out as well as it has in the past (sadly shown by the photo). Every time I make this I always forget that I’d really like to peel the eggplant first because the skin can be tough and bitter (not to mention that neither flour nor egg nor bread crumbs tend to stick to it well). Eggplant Parmesan

This is my favorite way to eat eggplant. I haven’t been feeling well lately, so having this was a comfort, even though it didn’t come out as well as it has in the past (sadly shown by the photo). Every time I make this I always forget that I’d really like to peel the eggplant first because the skin can be tough and bitter (not to mention that neither flour nor egg nor bread crumbs tend to stick to it well).

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Turkey Tortilla Soup with Black Bean Salsa

Turkey Tortilla Soup with Black Bean Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of soup when you don’t feel good? When I was a kid, my mom used to make turkey soup out of Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers, putting quarts away into the freezer for use throughout the year. Turkey Tortilla Soup with Black Bean Soup

Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of soup when you don’t feel good? When I was a kid, my mom used to make turkey soup out of Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers, putting quarts away into the freezer for use throughout the year.

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