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Ode to Easter Memories, on to Kale and Hawaii



Tasty Bites Newsletter April 11, 2014

It has been a while since I have sent out a newsletter. I have been working other tasks at the Desert Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs, along with my general BBQ duties. Thank you for your patience and support through the years. I want to continue to share what I learn and research in the field of food, and food history.

I know this was a month ago but did you have some corned beef left over from St. Patty's Day? What did you make with them?
Yup, I bet one of the first thoughts is a Reuben sandwich, if you are in America. Have you ever wondered why it's called that? Check out the history and the original recipe. For those outside the U.S. you may be wondering what a Reuben sandwich is. Read on!

I made a German style French onion soup that was stunningly good.
Do you think 2.50 is good for an Heirloom tomato? I think they are..... Let's get to the recipes and history.

your host Stephen Block










April 20, 2013

Some Spring Recipes




April 8, 2013

Dumpling that Saved a Town and A Spring Food Winner, Rhubarb

Spring is here and so it is time to think about the first seasonal fruit and Veg. I am still making some dumplings from my big project with dumplings, many of them Dumplings from my German heritage.

Since I just got done with dessert dumplings I wanted to share one of my favorites, the Dampfnudel. there are both sweet and savory Dampfnudels and it has the coolest history of any food. The stuff you could make a movie out of. The town of Freckenfeld, Germany was saved during the 30 years war by none other than the Dampfnudel!

Rhubarb is a sour choice for so many folks but is one of the sweet signs of Spring when you see it coming up in the garden. It is very healthy so a real great choice to add more recipes to your culinary repetoire.



March 22, 2013




March 7, 2013

Brining your own Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day


Feb 1, 2013

Talking Frittata

Nov 14, 2012

In Defense of One of Our Thanksgiving Favorites, Mashed Potatoes

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Oct 26, 2012

Letting your Halloween Imagination Go in the Kitchen

Also Kids Love making "Off Beat Treats!"

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Oct 6, 2012

Taxes are done, and I am ready to do some Fall cooking!

Made a German Style Cheese cake called a Käsekuchen for my Dad's 90th birthday party. Check it out below.

Fall is in the air, colored leaves, crisp mornings and beautiful big orange pumpkins are stacked at the grocery stores. I dream of driving by fields of pumpkins.

Some Recipes for Pumpkin, also Facts and History




Aug 22, 2012

Gazpacho, More Kale Recipes, Make Your Own Spiced Rum,
Magic One Ingredient Ice Cream


Aug 8, 2012

Kale, the Upcoming New Superfood?

Also Some Different Styles of Kale Recipes


Aug 2, 2012

Some Tips from the University of Rice and a Different Tater Salad


July 16, 2012

Cooking Brown Rice and Turning into a great Spanish Rice


July 8, 2012

Just a little Tibit Idea for Grilling

I have been at the families house in Reno, Nevada and had a propane
BBQ but didn't have a kettle BBQ to do a dish that was defined by the smoky flavor of
briquetts and wood. So figured there must be a way.



June 26, 2012

Green Beans for Salads!

June 4, 2012

Getting Reacquainted with Brussels Sprouts


May 12, 2012

Some Nice Desserts and thoughts on Mother's Day

Cheese Strudel
A simple variation on a Cheese cake, simple to make with Filo dough from the frozen foods section in your store.

Raspberry Cheese

The same recipe as the cheese Strudel with the addition of fresh raspberries.

German Strawberry Torte
a nice Spongecake base layered with cream cheese filling and topped with glazed fresh strawberries.

Thoughts on Mother's Day

The national holiday in the United States called  Mother's Day was spearheaded by one woman in particular that dearly loved and respected her mother who devoted most of her life to great causes.

The story of this lady Anna Marie Jarvis is an interesting one. She was a career woman and not even a Mother herself.

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April 18, 2012

More Cool Tips on the King of Vegetables, Asparagus


April 4, 2012

Some Basic Asparagus Cooking Techniques


March 12

Irish Soda Breads


March 6

Making your own Corned Beef


Feb 28, 2012

A family Favorite,

Flank Steak Dijon

so pardon me .....what is it about this Dijon Mustard,
that is so special. What is the history of Dijon mustard?

vintage Grey Poupon Mustard Bottle



Feb 2, 2012 Newsletter

Reconstructed Pork Chops?



Making Dishes from Bone in Pork Loin

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Jan 23, 2012

Philly Steak San
History and Techniques that made it Become Such a Sensation

Then using them to make your own Signature version.

The Cheese Whiz that is so popular on a
True Blue Philly Cheese Steak, so on my
signature cheese steak I am working on
I am going to see what it tasted like with a
family favorite.....Fondue. So we investigated
a real Swiss authentic fondue.

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Jan 13, 2012 Newsletter

A New Style of the American Dish Buffalo Wings,
add some German Engineering.

perhaps a good idea for super bowl or Soccer


Dec 6, 2011 Newsletter

No Knead Bread, Germany's Gingerbread, Butterhorns, Mom's Home made Casserole

November 16, 2011

Sweet Potatoes , History and Recipes



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