Mimi Kriele

Not your regular pumpkin pie – Pear tart with Chestnut Cream

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        Chestnuts are popular in Europe, even more so than they’ve become here in the US.  When the weather gets colder, in many cities in Europe you can buy hot roasted chestnuts on the street, they come in a paper cone and you enjoy them al fresco – a quintessential taste of […]

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Halloween here, there, and everywhere

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        Image Source: Chateau de Breze (Loire Valley) Halloween has caught on in Europe for the second time in recent decades.  Because of course the origins of Halloween are in Europe to start with.  But then old traditions died down and nothing much was said or done about it until 20 or […]

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Pastiglie Leone – Famous in Italy since 1857

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        Absinthe – also known as the ‘Green Fairy Elixir’ Growing up in Italy, one place every person goes to regularly is the tabaccheria.  Not just for tobacco of course, but also for candy, stamps, and all manner of things like comics, magazines, newspapers and more. A fixture in most of them is […]

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October 1 is Vegetarian Day. We love veggies any day!

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        Roasted artichokes – one of our favorite appetizers (source Pinterest) Officially, World Vegetarian Day is October 1.  But if you follow any of our Pinterest boards, you’ll see our vegetable recipes one is quite well furnished with lots of inspiration (there are also vegetarian options in other boards we have, like […]

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The French Riviera in High Season – WOW

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        When my sister told me she was going to be doing an intensive class in Nice, France during July, I shook my head.  The French Riviera in High Season is not necessarily my idea of a cool place to be.  And it wasn’t cool – it was very, very hot. But […]

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