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 . . .”

Umbrian Bread: Baking Inspirations from Central Italy

“Cooking “a l’Italienne” in summertime is one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy these warmer months. With mouthwatering images from the World Expo in Milano this year, it is harder than ever to avoid all that Italy is sharing with the world community . . .”

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. . .

Italy: Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Bread

There is a lot to look forward to this summer; the sprawling Berlin flea markets, the thermal mountain spas of Marienbad, sun-washed castles in Salzburg, and the historic . . .

Going International Tomorrow: A Culinary Rendezvous

Hi all — sorry it’s been a week! TBK is going on the road tomorrow and I have been busy planning the last travel details. Stay tuned for a ton

Wild Mushroom Risotto: Foraging Your Own in the Czech Republic

Putting our car into reverse and backing out of the cottage yesterday, I turned and realized the back seat was covered with mushrooms. The cushions were actually rendered invisible in

Ratatouille a la Niçoise

After almost 1,000 kilometers, I have finally returned to the city homestead; Prague. A birthday rendezvous on the sun-blanched shores of Croatia, dappled with Germans and Italians and pastel umbrellas.