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Healthy and fun recipes.

Panna Cotta

The pure desert that looks astonishing: the white with a purple dash.

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Big Bear Barley Mix

Big Bear Barley Mix

In Big Bear Lake we have for most breakfasts barley, prepared in many variations depending on what we have in the house or just what we like.

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Borscht Soup

Borscht Soup

Borschtsch is a soup traditionally made with beetroot and widespread in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Basic Rolls

Basic Rolls

A basic rolls recipe – today we used spelt flour, but regular flour also works. In German they would be called "Dinkel Brötchen."

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Brownies

Brownies

Rich and chocolaty brownies recipe without flour but with lots of chocolate and nuts. This is a Swiss recipe that is simple and tasty. When bringing something to an invited event, brownies are always a welcome treat. It's like serving smiles :)

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Austrian Apple Pie Apfelschlangerl

Austrian Apple Pie Apfelschlangerl

An authentic Austrian recipe for "Apfelschlangerl" a particular type of apple pie roll with cinnamon and raisins.

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Buendner Gerstensuppe Barley Soup

Buendner Gerstensuppe Barley Soup

Traditional barley soup with a pinch of saffron.

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Swiss Tart  With Berries - Waie

Swiss Tart With Berries - Waie

In summertime when the berries are ripe, in Switzerland we have tarts for dinner: first a savory tart followed by a fruit or berry tart.

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Potato Salad

Potato salad is a common side dish for any BBQ in Germany and Switzerland.

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Gnocchi Alla Romana

Gnocchi alla romana is of Latium origin. It's name is famous in international cuisine to identify round gnocchi that is prepared with milk and enriched with butter, cheese and egg yolks; these delicious gnocchi are then baked with butter and cheese.

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Risotto Chanterelles

Risotto Chanterelles

Risotto can be made with mostly any vegetable or mushrooms and flavor – use 'Arborio' rice and hot water or broth to add to the rice, simmer on low flame while stirring – that's all!

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Pollo Tonnato

A light summer antipasto (appetizer), Italian style.

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Spaghetti Amalfi Cetara

Spaghetti Amalfi Cetara

A very unique specialty from a small village called 'Cetara' on the Amalfi coast in Italy. 'Colatura di alici di Cetara' is produced from anchovies and gives this meal it's distinguished flavor.

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Basmati Rice

What to say about Basmati Rice? Somebody mentioned ones that 'rice is fattening' – no, actually rice is easy to digest and according to the Canadian Diabetes Association has a 'medium' glycemic index (between 56 and 69), thus making it more suitable for diabetics as compared to certain other grains and products made from white flour. Some basic and exotic recipes:

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Cracked Cereals Delight

Cracked Cereals Delight

Another inexpensive, yummy and healthy breakfast – cinnamon and cacao flavored.

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House Bread

House Bread

A nice every day white bread.

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Magic Oat Muffins

Magic Oat Muffins

Making a basic 'magic wheat free oat muffin' that does not fall apart when you try to butter it has been the holy grail sought by wheat intolerant people (such as myself) for years. As wheat intolerance seems to be on the rise, I decided it was time to play around with some ideas to see if it was possible to make an oat muffin that does not fall apart.

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Cooking is What Makes a House a Home

Cooking for beginners – getting started.

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Smoothies

From green smoothies to berry smoothies, smoothies are fun and can even be considered a fast food meal.

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Oil and Fats

Oil and Fats

Cholesterol has long been known to be a risk factor for heart disease. The American Heart Association and other health organizations all over the world tout the importance monitoring LDL also known as bad cholesterol, and maintaining high levels of HDL, which is considered the good cholesterol. Vegetable oils can be the best source of Omega-3 and healthy HDL's.

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Dr. Lustig's Book

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.

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