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Kitchen Musings – “Just write about it!”

No recipes here. Just writing about the perfect kitchen appliance, a unique source for a favorite ingredient, traditional table settings or where to locate the elusive replacement part for “vintage” kitchen gadgets. It’s all here. You know – when you just have to write it down.

Thoughts, resources, where to find authentic ingredients, how-to.

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These articles feature all types of cooking related information!  Years ago, I was jokingly told to write about it. 

“Why don’t you combine the travel, the adventures and the food we eat every day into a favorite family recipes blog ?”   De’s Home Style Food Crafting gives me a platform to write about all those musings!

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Documenting Our Family Culinary Adventures

I write about the recipes, the ingredients, favorite kitchen gadgets, vintage or new appliances of all kinds and how to prepare certain dishes.  You will also find articles about we set our Holiday tables.   

For Thanksgiving, tradition lives on in the table settings as well as in the recipes.  Great-grandma’s silverware, a great uncle’s favorite wine glasses, Grandma’s large oval platter for the turkey combined with my favorite Woodland Turkey® tableware.

Tradition continues when setting the table for a milestone birthdays, Christmas dinner and a very French Réveillon

We spend hours around the table eating, recollecting and catching up on everything from the finer points of winning volleyball games to the latest aches and pains.  Might as well set a beautiful tablescape with a collection of your favorite things 🙂

Kitchen musings - No recipes just info about kitchen appliances, unique source for favorite ingredients, where to locate the elusive replacement parts.

Kitchen musings – Un peu de çi, un peu de ça!

As I document our favorite family recipes,  related articles develop.  When I transcribe all those recipes into blog posts,  memories are included.  For family members, friends and fellow foodies.

It’s one thing to have the ingredients, the method and the directions memorized but a totally different prospect when comes time to illustrate preparation, cooking process and accurately describe the steps to preparing a family recipe.  So don’t hesitate to write it all down.

Many of these recipes are slightly adapted because (years ago when we lived across the globe) the original ingredients were not available locally.  Every effort is made to come as close as possible to the authentic flavors we can still taste when we close our eyes.  But…I’m making a concerted effort to find authentic ingredients and make a list of resources.

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Eight Hundred Recipes & Five Hundred Menus

Family members still measure the flavor quotient of Minestrone to the warming bowl of soup we ate in Trieste one night back in the late 50’s.  We had just driven more than 500 kilometres from Beograd.  It was midnight and we were positive dinner, at such a late hour, was just wishful thinking.  It seemed not a restaurant was open.  

Luckily, a waterfront ristorante was still open and willing to serve us as the only customers!  I can still picture it and taste it.  The best soup ever!

Beyond the Minestrone, our quest is to share the recipes we prepared over the years and make sure that they all taste as authentic as possible or better yet – just the way Grandma made it!

Of course, we’ll also continue to add to our #KitchenMusings

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