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    Amatriciana

    With summer still upon us, we couldn’t help but think about a recipe that doesn’t require the oven, is quick and easy, and uses up some of those tomatoes that keep coming off the vine. It’s one of Maria Elena’s… Read full article

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    The Hugo

    I recently returned from travels to Italy where I pedaled the Dolomites with ExperiencePlus!. I had dreamed of pedaling these limestone mountains for more than two decades. Little did I know how much I would learn about the history of… Read full article

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    Rhubarb Chutney

    As Rhubarb comes in season, we can take inspiration from Sweden where Rhubarb Chutney is often paired with cheese or meat. Variations on this basic recipe are many, you can include a number of different spices with the rhubarb including… Read full article

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    Fragole al Limone – Strawberries with Lemon

    For someone who really doesn’t like fruit salad, Maria Elena has a strange love for this particular simple dessert. It is the perfect easy dish to serve on a spring day with brunch or to take to a BBQ. Ingredients:… Read full article

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    Nadine’s Blitz Salad

    As my husband and I spent a few months in Germany last year, we were living right above an organic supermarket. It was literally our downstairs pantry and we enjoyed easy access to a wide variety of European delicacies and… Read full article

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    Tarta de Santiago

    Strolling down the calles of Santiago, you are bound to be met with a Tarta de Santiago sample as restaurant and cafe owners try to tempt you into their establishment. Almonds form the base of this delicious tarta which you… Read full article

  • Roasted chestnuts

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    Recipe: Roasted Chestnuts

    More than two decades ago I ate roasted chestnuts on the streets of Brussels. It was a week before Christmas. The dark night was frigid and the chestnuts I bought from the street vendor had a magical air about them.… Read full article

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    Zupa Grzybowa – Dried Polish Mushroom Soup

    To complement our recent highlight of Cycling Krakow to Slovakia Plus! Budapest, we went in search of a traditional Polish recipe. After consulting Kathie Dudzinski – she and Paul, who was born in Poland, live in Fort Collins and are… Read full article

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    Dip into Argentina’s favorite sauce: Chimichurri

    We thought this Argentine favorite a great way to show off your next tenderloin, steak, or other favorite cut (of beef, lamb, pork, or tofu) – whether smoked, grilled, roasted, or cooked on slow all day long. We snagged this… Read full article

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    Apple Tart – doo doo doo doo doo doo!

    I am somewhat obsessed with Ted Lasso, so when it came time to give this recipe post a name, I couldn’t help but think of Jamie Tartt’s theme song, which is indebted to Baby Shark. But, I digress. We’re here… Read full article

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    Half and Half – Mushroom and Beef or Elk Burger

    Adapted from this New York Times recipe, I’ve always wanted to perfect the home made hamburger. Especially since I often had elk meat to use which is hard to work with as it is so lean.  You can make this… Read full article

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    Recipe: Gazpacho Andaluz

    Updated in 2021 – this recipe is still one of the best ones I’ve found for Gazpacho Andaluz. This recipe came from my host mother (the family I lived with when I studied in Sevilla in 2003). She was an… Read full article

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    Pasta with Sugar Snap Peas and Asparagus

    We know it’s spring when asparagus and sugar snap peas hit the grocery stores! We have the perfect recipe to combine these two treasures. Ingredients: 1 pound farfalle pasta prepared per instructions. Garlic 2 Tablespoons butter 3 Tablespoons olive oil… Read full article

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    Recipe: Rick’s Pinto Bean Steak Chili

    Rick and Paola (founders of ExperiencePlus! and parents to Monica and Maria Elena) have spent the last few years exploring the Western U.S. in their RV.  They happened to be in Nebraska in the spring of 2020 and ended up… Read full article

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    Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins

    ‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin. One of my favorite applications for pumpkin is muffins.  There is something about that flavor, the spices and the sweetness that makes them so good.  This recipe was borrowed from Pretty Simple Sweet… Read full article

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    Recipe: Zucchini Crusted Pizza

    If you have too many zucchini growing in your garden (or your neighbor is desperately trying to give you more), try out this zucchini pizza crust with your favorite pizza toppings. Ingredients: Parchment paper 2 cups, packed and drained (or… Read full article

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    Light and Filling Salade Nicoise

    Light and Filling Salade Nicoise Of the many interesting salads offered in France, from those with cheese to meat to more complex combinations, this is one of my favorites. It is a light dish that I find very satisfying. The… Read full article

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    Recipe: Aperol Spritz

    If this cocktail doesn’t say summer in Italy, I don’t know what does. Bring a little taste of Italy to your back porch this summer with an Aperol Spritz. Ingredients 2 oz. Aperol 3 oz. Prosecco Splash of club soda… Read full article