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Brandon Kinder: The Right Regrets

Brandon Kinder: The Right Regrets

  Brandon Kinder’s two albums are part of my “pandemic” playlist. Last year I asked Brandon to perform where I live, in Wiesbaden. He said if I found a venue he would add Wiesbaden to his European tour. I did. And Brandon was true to 

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Wiesbaden: Where Hope Springs Eternal

Wiesbaden: Where Hope Springs Eternal

A lot has changed over the course of my 15 month absence from Wiesbaden – including me. While my exterior may be a bit tattered and disheveled (Germany’s lock-down hasn’t allowed for salon visits in months.), my heart and mind over the course of a 

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Escoffier

Escoffier

“I wouldn’t consider a program to be serious if it didn’t teach Escoffier, or classic French techniques” Julia Child  (The following is a memory from 2016.) Nicknamed “King of Chefs and Chef of Kings”, Georges Auguste Escoffier’s list of loyal followers included royals, writers, movie 

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My German Gingerbread (Recipe)

My German Gingerbread (Recipe)

This cake is pure comfort and purely comforting. Be prepared, it will ensconce your home with the soothing aromas of Autumn. Enjoy. ½ cup white sugar ½ cup apple sauce 1 egg 1 cup molasses 1 ½ cups spelt flour (*See Note) 1 cup all-purpose flour 

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Frankfurt for Cooks: My “Root” to Happiness

Frankfurt for Cooks: My “Root” to Happiness

“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.” ― Brillat-Savarin One cooking class, two cooking classes, three cooking classes, four… Cooking with Anna was a lifeline I didn’t see coming. Her Instagram tutorials and 

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Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard Inspired)

Bubbly Blueberry Cobbler (Hildegard Inspired)

Ingredients 3 cups fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ⅓ cup orange juice ⅔ cup all-purpose flour (I use half spelt flour) ¼ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup white sugar 1 egg 1  teaspoon vanilla 

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On the Heels of Hildegard of Bingen (Recipe)

On the Heels of Hildegard of Bingen (Recipe)

We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to 

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Mary Gauthier: Mercy Now (Music Review)

Mary Gauthier: Mercy Now (Music Review)

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Rosa Lewis: The Queen of Cooks & Cockney

Rosa Lewis: The Queen of Cooks & Cockney

 The lady from Leyton was notoriously elusive, especially in death.  My only means to get close to the woman newspapers hailed in the 19th century as, “the greatest woman cook in the world” were three parchment remnants.  Two books accompanied me on this journey, The 

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Château de Malmaison: Napoleon & Josephine

Château de Malmaison: Napoleon & Josephine

Many tourists traveling to Paris look for a dose of sugar coated history by heading to the Palace of Versailles or the Palace of Fontainebleau. Both famous residences are dripping with opulent eye candy, but there is a hidden gem waiting patiently to be unwrapped by 

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Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

Persian Rice (Karl Müller & Co)

This Persian rice is meant to be a side dish, but it really doesn’t need an accompaniment.  It’s savory, sweet and filling.  The combination of pistachios, currants and mint transport taste-buds to the Middle East, without the hassle of packing and jet-lag. Preparation is easy: Saute 

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