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Crêpes

Crêpes

Ingredients: 18 oz (550 ml) Milk 3 eggs 2 Tablespoons oil 1/2 lb (220 gr) flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender. Make Crêpes in a Crêpe pan at med - high heat.  Use a soup serving spoon to add the batter to the pan.  ...

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Coleslaw

Coleslaw

This is a very simple, very light version of the classic  side-dish. Ingredients: 1 small cabbage 6 carrots - finely grated 1 lime - juice 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt pepper to taste Directions: Add the salt to the finely chopped ...

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Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

Still cool enough to make Fondue one more time, although we even used to make Fondue in Venezuela -   I  remember once eating Fondue at the Beach after bringing the air conditioner to the max, so it would be cold enough to survive eating such a meal in the tropics!!  Not very environment-friendly, ...

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Rosemary Potatoes

The rosemary adds a really nice touch to the potatoes.  It's a great side dish when making a roast! Ingredients: 2 lbs (1 kg) potatoes 1.5 teaspoons salt 1 rosemary stem 2 tablespoons olive oil pepper to taste Directions Wash the potatoes thoroughly. Slice the potatoes in ...

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Carbonara

Carbonara

I think I learned how to make this dish in the US - I guess that's why I add cream to it...  I'm still categorizing it as Italian, although the original should not have any cream in it! Ingredients: 7 oz (200 gr) bacon - diced 3.5 oz (100 gr) ham - diced 1 onion - finely diced 2 ...

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Chupe andino

Chupe andino

This is one of my favorite Venezuelan soups.  It is really nice to make when expecting guests that are traveling and are not sure when they arrive, because it is a main dish, and you do not have to worry about any last minute cooking! Ingredients: 1 whole chicken or 6 legs (thighs & ...

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Swiss salad dressing

This salad dressing I learned to make in Switzerland.  It is really so easy to prepare, that my kids are the ones in charge of making the salad dressing! Ingredients: 2 teaspoons mayo 1 teaspoon dijon style mustard 1/4  teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder pepper to taste ...

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Geschnezeltes

Geschnezeltes

This dish I learned with my grandmother (father's side). I remember watching her make it when I was a kid, and I was truly amazed to see that you could make a sauce by just adding cream to a pan after frying the meat.  It is an obvious thing as an adult, but for me it was magic! Ingredients: ...

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Rösti

Rösti

Ingredients: 6 medium potatoes (peeled and shredded) salt and pepper to taste oil butter Directions: Put a little bit of oil in a large pan.  Add the shredded potatoes, and fry for about 10 minutes on medium heat.. Shake the pan occasionally to make sure that the potatoes ...

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Filet with peppers

This dish I made up once because I wanted to make something similar to my mom's roast beef.  It is really easy to make! I'll post the roast beef eventually, but I must warn that it is a little bit more complicated to make but it's really worth it. Ingredients: 1 pork filet 2 red peppers ...

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Tafelspitz

Tafelspitz

This is a typical dish of Bavaria (Germany). Ingredients: 2 lbs (1 Kg) tri-tip (bottom sirloin, tafelspitz or punta) 2 carrots 1 stalk celery 1 Tablespoon salt Sauce: 2 Tablespoons horseradish 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 3 Tablespoons of the broth you boiled the meat in. ...

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Guacamole

Guacamole

Now this is the original mexican guacamole. My comadre Wendy - from Mexico - made it, and was happy to share the recipe with us! "Comadres" in spanish is what  godmother and the mother of a child become after the christening -  "Compadres" refer to the father and godfather. Ingredients: 2 ...

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Hungarian Salad

Hungarian Salad

This is a nice alternative to coleslaw. Ingredients: 1 small cabbage- thinly sliced 2 onions - thinly sliced 2 peppers - thinly sliced 1 large cucumber - thinly sliced 1 tablespoon salt 2 laurel leaves 1/4 cup vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup water pepper to ...

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Salsa

Salsa

My Comadre tought me how to make this recipe. It's much tastier than the commercial salsas, healthier, and you can make it as hot or mild as you want.  Since I learned how to make it, I refuse to buy the ready made alternative! Ingredientes: 3 tomatoes - chopped finely 1 pepper - chopped ...

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Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash

In Venezuela my family had many friends from Hungary, so once in a while my Mother made this dish... I think you are supposed to eat Goulash with gnocchi, but pasta or rice also taste good with it. Ingredients: 2 lbs (1 kg ) beef in cubes 3 peppers (red or green or both)- chopped 2 ...

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Chili

Chili

I like to make chili on a "lazy" day - a day where I know I'll be at home, and I do not want to spend too much time preparing something, but don't mind the cooking time.  It takes long to cook, but the preparation time is short, and you only need to keep an eye on it. 1 lb (500 gr) ground beef ...

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Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush

This is very similar to the Hummus, but made with roasted eggplants. Ingredients: 3 large eggplants 2 Tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed paste) 1/2 lemon (juice) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (if you are in Germany, buy the cumin for this recipe at an Asian Market – German cumin tastes ...

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Hummus

Hummus

This is a dish we learned to make in Venezuela, but the original recipe came from a Lebanese family.  I have made some minor changes in order to be able to make it quickly... Ingredients: 2 cups canned chickpeas (drained) 2 Tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed paste) 1/2 lemon (juice) ...

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad

This salad I learned to make with Chris, a dear friend of mine from Cyprus, while going to school at Indiana University. Ever since, it has been a favorite of mine, specially at large gatherings, for its ease of making, and because it is a salad that you can make a few hours in advance. ...

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Bolognese

Bolognese

This is my version to make a Bolognese sauce very quickly!  It needs lots of time to cook, but the "putting together" does not take long at all. For those of you who make it the "old fashioned way", just give it a try... Ingredients: 1 lb (500 gr) ground beef 1.5 lb (750 gr) pelati ...

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Pesto

Pesto

This is a very simple yet delicious pasta sauce. Ingredients: 3 cups basil leaves 1 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves 3 Tablespoons olive oil Directions: Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Serve with your favorite pasta and add lots of parmesan cheese.  You can ...

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Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

A very simple recipe, but always a favorite! 1 - 2 Baguettes Butter Garlic powder Salt Dried parsley Directions: Cut the Baguettes in half lengthwise. Spread with butter. Sprinkle some salt, garlic powder and dried parsley. Place in oven at 350ºF (189ºC) for ...

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