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Lemon ricotta cookies

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This cookie is special because it is a little crunchy from the outside and soft inside. The lemon’s flavor is fantastic in there. This cake is well part of the Christmas cookies variety.

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Cherry –almond butter sponge cake

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The cherry gets a real nice taste from the vanilla and the cinnamon. Of course I was not using white flour this time either and replaced sugar by xylitol. I experience the following since I do not eat sugar: I do not crave so much for it since I do eat it, only very seldom. I do not keep chocolate in our home, so if I wanted to have some sweets, this cake will do, will not even have to count calories.

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Parsley cream soup with home-made garlic croutons

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I have bought some spring parsnips that was full of parsley. This gave the idea to cook a cream soup out of it. The fresh characteristic taste of the parsley was well compensated with the butter and the cream. The garlic crouton harmonizes well with the soup.

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Home-made dumplings with eggs and fresh salad

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I have not even realized that my neighbor has chickens until he has come over and gave me some fresh eggs. I told him that in the future we shall buy the eggs from him and not from the store so we can be sure to always have fresh eggs. In the happiness of having fresh eggs, I decided to make for dinner one of favorite childhood dishes, homemade dumplings with eggs and fresh salad. We used to eat this dish around May when I was a child when you could already buy fresh salad at the vegetable shops. My mom has made this dish all the time so I learnt from her how to make dumplings that are not sticky. I had nice memories coming back when I prepared this dish. And the view that you have when the eggs are scrambled is not comparable to store eggs, they were beautiful yellow. Attention, this dish you must serve when it is ready, as it is best eaten immediately.

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Coleslaw – American cabbage salad

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In the US it is a must to have coleslaw coming with your burger & fries order since it is well balancing the heavier dishes with its acidity, freshness and colorful look. On top of all, it is an excellent source of vitamins. Coleslaw is an exciting side dish or salad. The choice of the cabbage depends on our taste. I recommend to make it from two different types and colors, from red and white. We can as well add some savoy cabbage too if we like.

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Beef hunter-style with caramelized vegetables and fried potato dumplings

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Beef hunter style used to be one of my childhood’s favorite dishes and it did stay so, because my dad used to make it always very tasty. I wanted to show you with the platting that from this dish you can make out a real festive dish. My hunter style beef is different from others in that I serve also caramelized vegetables (the same as there are in the sauce) with it.

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Lemon-mascarpone sponge cake with fresh strawberries

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There are a few small tricks that is worth to stick to if we like to bake a high-rising sponge. We should definitely bolt the flour and not only once. We should do it only with the flour and then bolt it with the flour and the baking powder too. The egg white should never have egg yellow inside when we separate them because otherwise we cannot make a hard whip that we need. We should always add a pinch of salt to the egg white before we start to beat it. When we pour the sponge mix in the baking pot we should shake it with a fast movement so that the air can leave, and our sponge is not airy. We should never open the oven door during baking our sponge because otherwise it will not rise. We can either bake it in a cake form or a square pot. Anyways, we can create a great light-tasting holiday cake from this even for Easter. I have decorated my cake with strawberries but we can decorate it with some other fresh fruits too (berries mostly).

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Cottage-cheese scones (salty)

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This is not a low calorie snack but its advantage is that it can keep another day without getting dry. I recommend it for Easter for finger food for your family and guests. But of course we can prepare it any time we like. To make the dough is quite simple, and while you are baking it, you will have an inviting smell in your kitchen.

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