Tomato Tarte Tatin

I love garden fresh tomatoes. That hit of warmth and sweetness when I bite into them fresh from the vine. Every year I plant 20 different varieties, mostly heirloom and in a mix of colors, shapes, sized and textures. Some of the seeds I plant are from tomatoes I brought back from Italy and every […]

Sicilian Caponata

This year’s hot and dry weather has caused the garden to explode earlier than it usually does. When I returned from picking everything that was ripe, I realized that I had all the ingredients for caponata. Caponata is a Sicilian dish similar to the Provençal dish ratatouille which also features eggplant and tomatoes as the […]

Wild Garlic Spätzle

Towards the end of winter, I start yearning for greens. I start to tire of potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables and want something fresh and vibrant on my plate. Although winter isn’t completely devoid of greens, I eat my fair amount of kale and bitter greens such endive and radicchio, I still miss the […]

Sauerkraut Strudel

A couple of years ago, we were at the Christmas market in Ludwigsburg and sat down for lunch at one of the stands. There on the menu was Sauerkraut Strudel and I ordered it immediately. It was delicious and I’ve been thinking of it ever since, even though it is remarkably easy to make and […]

Aglio e Olio

As much as I love cooking and baking elaborate things, every now and then I want to make a quick dish packed with flavor and be in and out of the kitchen quickly. Enter this simple and classic dish which is delicious anytime. As the name suggests, there is no need to scrimp on the […]

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet potatoes, only distantly related to potatoes and not in the nightshade family, are high in fiber and some vitamins. They are easy to grow, hence the reason we plant so many in our garden. This year we had a fairly large crop of orange skinned/fleshed and purple skinned/white fleshed sweet potatoes. I’ve been mostly […]