Monday Meal Review: Liechtenstein

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THE SCENE: The timer's high pitched chirp let's me know; time to serve the King's Cake. While I'd rather curl up in bed and wait for the fever to subside, the bright scent of orange zest and warm, sweet raisins lure me onward. I pull the hot rolls from the oven and brush them with three coats of apricot glaze. They take on a glossy shine and begin to smell like a fruit orchard in autumn. Then comes the sugar - a snowfall of crunchy, sparkly turbinado goodness. It sticks easily to the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Triple Cheesy Pasta with Sweet Onion (Käsknöpfle)

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When I told Keith, a.k.a. Mr Picky, what was for dinner this week, he said "Bless you." You try saying it - Käsknöpfle - and see if you get the same response. Some words just sound like a sneeze, I guess. But don't let that fool you. This week's Käsknöpfle is ... ahem... nothing to sneeze at. This wonderful, cheesy pasta dish enjoyed in Liechtenstein is like mac and cheese, but all grown up ... a meal that has had a few years to explore the world and came back refreshed and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Wooden Spoon Applesauce (with poll)

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Sometimes I buy fruit and it just... sits there. Life takes over. I go for hikes, I play catch with my daughter, I eat the candy from my stocking, and... before I know it, I just forget to eat them. I do this a lot with apples because they last so long and are so forgiving. Eventually, the time comes when they lose a bit of shine and a few bruises pop up. If this should happen to you, applesauce is the way to go. I didn't realize how easy it would be to make until I did it this week. … [Read more...]

Recipe: A Cake for 3 Kings (Dreikönigskuchen)

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Epiphany. People use the word to say they had a great idea. Like the proverbial lightbulb going off over one's head. But we're not going to eat lighbulbs today. Nope. Epiphany is the time of year that Liechtenstein, as well as many other countries around the world, celebrate "little Christmas." This national holiday is celebrated on January 6 and is a nod to the late arrival of the 3 kings to the very first Christmas party... afterall, they did hike quite a ways to get to Bethlehem. Calling … [Read more...]

Menu: Liechtenstein

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Let's make the best of this thing called "winter." Let's wear our favorite slippers, snuggle up to a cheesy bowl of pasta, homemade applesauce and the most epic King's Cake around. With a menu like this, there's really no reason to get out of bed, let alone leave the house. Especially if you get to be Queen for the day. Congratulations, mom! So go ahead, bite into this vegetarian meal from Lichtenstein... (and if you're looking to make the King's Cake for Epiphany, the recipe will be up … [Read more...]

About the food of Liechtenstein

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What's 16 miles away from you right now? The grocery store? Your favorite museum? Perhaps the beach you like to splash around in during the summer? What about your mother's house? Or the mountains? Now imagine this: Liechtenstein is exactly 16 miles long (and 4 miles wide). No more, no less. You could cross the entire country in the time it takes you to go to that special place. She's teeny weeny and, yet, there are still five other countries in the world smaller than … [Read more...]