The Bell Kitchen

The Christmas Stollen: Holiday Baking Traditions from Dresden

“Glancing out the car windows as the northern villages quickly ticker-taped by, the hamlets’ holiday lights radiated a blur of December gray-blue hues. The morning fog was opaque and waxy as we cut northbound on the Autobahn with a speed that promised to get us to Dresden in less than an hour . . .”

Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake: A Taste of Home

“Lazy weekend mornings in winter – a human form materializing from under the 3 layers of Scandinavian down at 8 a.m. – the first waking 5 minutes to loiter in starched white bed sheets with a phone, with the December sun . On weekends I am sunny-side-up, positive, and anticipating . . .”

Caramelized Garlic, Spinach, & Cheddar Tart — “The Dinner Party”

“I sat with my back against the drafty Victorian window, my gray wool sweater being lapped through the pane by Long Island Sound’s November winds and my ears like a beach, caressed by waves of conversations swelling in the kitchen . . .”

Warm Up: Creamy Mushroom, Chicken, & Wild Rice Soup

“When it comes to soups, I have to admit that I haven’t always been the first in line. It’s not as if I had a childhood barren of the stuff as for every grilled cheese sandwich Mom made up there was also tomato soup to boot. Warm and rich tomato soup with fresh cracked black pepper and oyster crackers . . .”

Sweet Autumn in Prague: Honey Brûlée

“I always get a bit anxious when the plane begins to land; the rumbling hydraulics of the landing gear extending out below us, the wing tailcoats firing upwards to slow our speed, and my personal conviction that we are almost always landing too fast. Last week was no different as the non-stop. . .”

Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Forest Blackberries

“I recently came across a few European olive oil recipes specific to baking the last few weeks and wanted to give them a go. In the past, I have really enjoyed savory Italian breads with sundried tomatoes but haven’t explored into continental cakes or the quintessential sweet loaves. Baking with . . .”

Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

“Ready to take the regular chocolate chip cookie to the next level? Let’s go. Cookie recipes cram the internet like the metro at rush hour. But here’s the deal – not only are we moving away from the regular ole chocolate chips but going with chopped chocolate chunks, those rocky melting chunks of. . .”

Summertime Escapism: Insalata di riso

“There are two things true about living in the city; either it’s incredibly easy to stay in-shape or exceedingly difficult. You can take the former route, with the countless metro steps and chasing after trams, forgetting lunch in favor of Outlook, or cocktailing post-workdays and putting dinner plans on snooze. With the . . .”

Summer Lunch on the Go: The Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

“Eggs. Soft-boiled eggs, fried or poached eggs, take them scrambled, bake them au gratin, butter them with an omelette, or present the billowy egg-whites in a majestic French souffle, but however you take yours we can surely all agree that eggs truly are amazing. What transformative little gems, too, wouldn’t you say? . . . “