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Clementine im Glashaus: Dine Like A Princess

by Jane Wangersky May 29th, 2015| Restaurant Destination
Clementine is the name of both a restaurant (one of them) at Vienna’s Palais Coburg and a princess who lived in the palace long before it became a hotel. Sound romantic yet? As Clementine’s website puts it, “It’s not easy being a princess. But hey, if the crown fits!
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Strawberry Cream with Gingered Honey

by Jane Wangersky May 28th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Since my recipe last week was so loaded with sugar, I challenged myself to make this week’s without any. Strawberries on their own don’t really need any sweetening, but since I had also decided to use sour cream I knew I’d need something to sweeten the mix. Mānuka honey
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Grilled Italian Chicken

by Elizabeth Skipper May 27th, 2015| Chef Recipe, Recipes
Grilled marinated chicken is delicious, but brining the chicken beforehand allows the flavors to more fully penetrate the meat. I’ve included sugar as an option in the brine ingredients although I probably wouldn’t use it myself; it’s just there to assist in browning. You can also use this brine
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Brining Chicken

by Elizabeth Skipper May 26th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I’ve read that brining chicken keeps it moist when grilling. Some of the recipes seem to have a lot of salt, and I don’t want to have chicken that is too salty. Is there a specific ratio of water to salt and sugar that I can follow?

With very little
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Strawberry Feta Pizza

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 25th, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
When we chose strawberries as one of our theme ingredients I was determined not to use it only as a dessert. After last week's chicken salad recipe, I thought I might switch gears and utilize these berries as a sweet treat. However, as Tapas Monday drew near, I had
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Bamkraxler, the Family-Friendly Beer Garden

by Jane Wangersky May 22nd, 2015| Restaurant Destination
To us in North America, a “family-friendly” restaurant means one that caters to children. The friendliness to the adult members of the family consists of keeping the kids content enough not to disturb and/or embarrass them. In Europe, things are different -- at least at Bamkraxler in
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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

by Jane Wangersky May 21st, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It’s strawberry time, at least in California and other warm places, and -- for those of us who live further north -- in the produce department. Strawberries are grown near where I live, but our local strawberries don’t travel well and mostly get made into jam and other products
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Strawberries for Dipping

by Elizabeth Skipper May 20th, 2015| Chef Recipe, Recipes
It seems like cheating to call this a recipe, but I’ve never come across a better way to serve strawberries that’s different, elegant, delicious, and so little work. This idea first came to my attention when I was in cooking school, and it seemed bizarre at the time. The
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Dips for Strawberries

by Elizabeth Skipper May 19th, 2015| Ask the Chef
With strawberries coming into season soon, I wanted to find a way to serve them as a finger food at get-togethers. I know it could serve them plain, but I would like to offer a dip. Any suggestions for something not too sweet?

Strawberries – good, ripe ones – are
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Chicken & Strawberry Salad Sandwich

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 18th, 2015| Recipes, Salads, Sandwiches
At our house we are huge fans of chicken salad sandwiches. In fact, they make a regular appearance in our summer menu. For us, chicken salad is an individual item. So, on chicken salad nights, there are chicken breasts, binding ingredient (mayo, yogurt, etc.), and an assortment of add-ins
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Hotel Sacher for Girls’ Night in Vienna

by Jane Wangersky May 15th, 2015| Restaurant Destination
Anna Sacher would have been interesting to take along on a girls’ night out, even though she probably would’ve lit up a cigar at some point (she probably would’ve brought along one or two of her dogs also). Frau Sacher died in 1930, but the business she managed for
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Crispy Fried Asparagus

by Jane Wangersky May 14th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Last time, I wrote briefly about some of the options for asparagus besides the recipe I gave you then. Well, I hadn’t actually tried everything I wrote about -- fried breaded asparagus, for example. And I found I kept thinking about it, so for this week I decided to
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