The Bell 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 . . .”

Poulet aux Pommes de Terre: Baked Chicken and a Daydream

“As we close out the 3rd week of June (terribly hard to believe) I feel as if I should be making the most of each day and every ray of sunshine that casts itself down on Prague. I can feel myself resisting winter with each day that passes and drags me closer to the gray, central European doldrums like an undertow . . .”

Porc à l’Italienne: Early Summer in Prague

“The summer revealed itself to all of Prague this past week; warming the sidewalks like a kitchen burner, tempering the breeze with the southern European heat, and whitewashing the stucco and Renaissance sgraffito that spirals up the city’s buildings like ivy. The tourists . . .”

Part 2: Preparing Homemade Sausages & Intro to Charcuterie

“And on the morning went and on the sausages rolled out – smaller ones to bigger ones where we tied and strung them up onto the beams. It really was something. I have always been meaning to create my own sausages . . .”

Part 1: Sausages & “Arms” in the Czech Republic

When most people think of the Czech Republic the item that most likely will come to mind is beer — and why wouldn’t they? Czech beer, or pivo, is flavorsome, hearty, and handsome in taste. For me, most people I know are fond not only for said attributes but also their seemingly restorative superpowers . . .

Memorial Day in Vermont: Burgers, Parades & Memories

I laid there, beneath my layered down-feathered blankets listening to the sound of the coffee maker begin to perk. Without my glasses the room radiated a copper-amber hue. The house was church-mouse quiet, unlit fire, no one was up yet. . .

German Geschnetzeltes & Homemade Spätzle

By virtue of living in Prague, the husband and I have the fortune of being based in the heart of Europe. One can access almost any European city within an hour by air and if you travel by car . . .

Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot: Spicy Mexican Goulash

At present, I am reading Thomas Mann’s masterpiece “The Magic Mountain” about a young man from Hamburg who visits his cousin at a tuberculosis sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland . . .

Are you there, meatloaf? It’s me, Adam.

I must confess that I have been quite the lazy writer as of late. Lackluster on the posts and unable to make the time to share with you all that has (or has not) been cooking . . .