Mango Bread

This week, we had a Tanzanian dinner for our country night. As a result, I ended up with about 2 cups of extra mango. So, I decided to use my zucchini bread recipe and replace the zucchini with mango. The results were fabulous.

Mango Bread

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Recreating Italy

There were certain dishes I ate in Italy that I knew I had to replicate. So, I decided on a menu of Melon Salad, Gnocchi alla Romana, and Chocolate Gelato for this week.

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The Food of Italy!

Sorry the the delay – I know you’ve all been dying to see the delicious food of Italy!

During our stay in Italy, we tried a variety of pastas, pizzas, and sweets. Here, I have selected my favorite appetizer, meal, and dessert to share with all of you. Hopefully, when we have a working dishwasher next week, I can get into experimentation mode and find out how to make some of these delicious foods, so I can also share a recipe with you! For now, you’ll have to make due with the pictures.

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Sweet Delights of Switzerland

Unfortunately, as Swiss restaurants apparently want an arm and a leg for a meal (really, it was 25-45 dollars a plate), we only ate at tiny cafes and cake stores, and made dinner at our hotel. So, I will focus on the absolutely delightful cakes that we ate while in Switzerland.

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The Galettes of Bretagne

Currently, we are staying in Rennes, which is in the Brittany region (Bretagne) of France.

In Bretagne, one of the specialties is galettes, which are buckwheat crepes. Luckily, there are also many vegetarian galette options (though no vegan ones). Here are some of the more delicious galettes (and one dessert crepe) that we have tried.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

One of my Valentine’s Day gifts this year was a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker (This one) Now that summer is here, I am craving ice cream more, so I combined some recipe techniques to come up with this delicious and easy ice cream.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Award-Winning Sweet Potato Dessert Pierogies

Sweet Potato Dessert Pierogies

Naturally, all Pittsburghers know what a pierogie is. For those of you who are not in the know, a pierogie is a filled dumpling of Eastern European descent. Generally, the filling is potato-based, with a variety of add-ins, such as onions, cheese, jalapenos, and so forth.

I never tried my hand at making pierogies until about 3 years ago – I was perfectly happy with Mrs. T’s. However, I had begun doing a cultural exchange through recipes with a Japanese friend who was living in Pittsburgh, so I decided I should learn to make pierogies so I could teach her (and then she could spread the love to all of Japan!)

Shortly after my first attempt, I decided that it would be pretty amazing to make dessert pierogies – something I’d never had before. While brainstorming, I came up with the idea of putting my mom’s sweet potato casserole into a pierogie and serving it with ice cream. It was a very good idea. Apparently, I am not alone in thinking this – I won Theo’s Prize for Experimentation in the Pittsburgh Dumpling Experiment a few weeks ago.

So, without further ado, let me guide you through the process.
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