Mom’s Potato Salad

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When I think of potato salad, I think of mayo-laden soup. I think of that horrible goo you find in delis where this stuff sits in a metal bin, covered with saran wrap, spoon and all. This is NOT that potato salad. Mom loves mayo – but everything in moderation, dear readers. I suppose I’m… 

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Breakfast Borek, for 2

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High school. College. and Beyond. Slavs in my life. To say they all eat borek is a bit narrow minded – there’s far more to it than that. But it is safe to say that there’s always plenty (too much) of food, rakia and hospitality that will make you eat until you hate yourself. Or… 

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Zelfgemaakte saucijzenbroodje (Homemade Dutch Sausage Rolls)

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Puffed pastry and sausage. I’m ashamed (not really) to be sharing with you this thing, which you can hardly call a recipe. It’s really more like an assemblage of ready-made, store-bought items. Semi-home cooked ? Hey man, there’s a time and place for this kind of stuff. And the day after new years? That’s it…. 

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Singapore – in Instagram

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In 2010, I was a really different person; A bit of a human tornado with little foresight or capacity to plan much beyond luchtime. A delicate combination of fearful, curious, bored and frustrated, I moved to Korea, really, to escape. It opened up some serious questions and gave me space away from family, friends and… 

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My 2014

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I am a really anxious person. Im not thinking 1 or 2 steps ahead; I’m 10. And not in a – I like to plan things out so they’re uber organized. More in a chain reaction, over-thinking, hide under the covers kind of way. I also drink – a lot. Neurosis aside, its safe to… 

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A Sicilia

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Once upon a time, I lived in Italy. I was just a wee thing – we reimmigrated from Washington DC to Rome. Then we bounced between Arezzo, Montagnano and Monte San Savino. Then back ‘home’ to DC. And I spent one summer in Milazzo, the eastern coastal town in Sicily. 25 years later, we trekked… 

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A Ricotta Love Affair, vol. 3

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This love affair involves two great loves – ricotta and bacon. I had an insanely lazy weekend two weeks ago. After delivering a week-long training and my mister’s grave yard shifts last week, we were happy to sit in our warm apartment and binge on Hell on Wheels, together (a favorite show ’round these parts)…. 

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Its time for another  Secret Recipe Club post – where food stories and recipes are shared cross-continent. SRC lets bloggers try something from someone else’s kitchen. This month I got to explore Leslie’s Cocina. She cooks mostly Mexican fare with loads of fresh ingredients – but my eyes and belly wandered to this BBQ chicken pizza. It reminded me of… 

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Nonna Ivana’s Bolognese

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We don’t see this in our kitchen very often. It’s for a few reasons, namely, if we’re eating ground beef, it’s likely to be wrapped in a tortilla. That’s because Mexican food in Holland is a proverbial WOMP WOMP sound. I called in the troops for this one. By that, I mean I skyped my mom… 

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Triple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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We recently had some very VIP guests – friends of mine from high school and Great Falls, my hometown back in the States. They’re expecting their first babe in February, so this trip acted a last horrah and final non-parental squeeze. We cheers to old memories and new. 3 days slipped away in an instant…. 

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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There’s nothing worse than having high expectations, craving a nice dining experience, then paying for crap. Like, really, pure crap. Enter most dining experiences in The Netherlands. Sure, there are a handful of really great go to spots that we frequent for awesome food and service, but I think I can count them on a… 

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One-bowl Pumpkin Loaf

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The days are shorter and with both of us starting new jobs as of last week – evening time is precious in our little flat. Pureed pumpkin is also coveted ’round these parts – each time calls for boiling or baking a real pumpkin. Carving and peeling the flesh. Cooling. Pureeing. It’s multi-stepped and belabored…. 

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Chicken Tikka Masala

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Sharing is caring, so I’m back with another SRC post. The Secret Recipe Club is a collection of people motivated by food, stories and sharing. We come together every month to do just that. This month, I got to check out Cook, Lisa Cook’s little space.  Lisa’s blog had so many recipes to choose from,… 

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Persian Beef, Greenbean and Tomatoes with Rice – Lubia Polo

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Vegetables, beef, rice. It’s all there. In one big warm pot. It’s lubia polo; or Persian beef, green bean and tomatoey- rice. Every so delicately fragrant with cinnamon and saffron, the smell wafted throughout the whole apartment and made me feel like I was back in my mother’s house. My biggest issue here is smacking… 

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Spicy Asian Wings

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I never deep-fried meat before this. But Heather Christo, I trust you. Especially after all of this. I know it’s a blanketed statement, but this kind of food always gets me nostalgic for my time spent slurping noodle soups, Singha beers and jesus-christ-that’s-spicy foods in Asia. I was like a deer in headlights with wide… 

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