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Jurga

Streit Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe is a haven for fans of music, food and great times. As fans for many years ourselves, Tim and I decided this would be a unique and lively Great 8 Dinner theme. We hosted this dinner 10 years ago and had fun organizing the invitation, the food and the ambiance for our very own Streit Rock Cafe. First, the invitation. Remember LPs? Well, we had some in our attic, so we chose a few that we…

Chicken Parma Aussie Style

On a recent visit to Australia, we were searching for the quintessential local comfort food and discovered a unique Melbourne institution called Mrs. Parma’s. Since we had already feasted on our fair share of fish and chips during our stay, our palates were craving something new. The pub was only a few doors from our hotel, and the sign on the door read “Best Parma in the World.” Needless to say, we had to try it out. But…

Kombucha Whiskey Sour Cocktail

As I was growing up, my parents occasionally made a traditional Lithuanian drink called “gira.” I remember it as a sour, vinegar-like taste, not exactly appealing to young taste buds. However, our parents told us that “gira” was a very healthy drink that would not only give us lots of energy but would also help us grow taller and stronger! As the shortest of all my classmates, I dreamed of one day towering over my…

Risalamande (Danish Rice Pudding)

One of my favorite desserts of all time is rich and creamy rice pudding. I hadn’t made this pudding before, so when I was asked to make Risalamande for Anna and Vince’s Christmas dinner, I was excited to try this new dessert recipe. Risalamande (riz à l’amande) is probably the most famous Danish Christmas dessert and is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. The name comes from the French, meaning “rice with almonds.” The base of this dessert…

Tangy and Tasty French Apple Cranberry Pie

The holiday season is here, and it’s time for some traditional baking of cookies, breads and pies. Here in our home we love this French Apple Cranberry Pie. It’s a festive, colorful twist on the traditional apple pie, perfect for a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah table. This recipe is easy to make using just a single pie crust, some apples, cranberries with seasonings and a scrumptious buttery crumb topping. There’s no need to struggle…

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