Author: Julia Holmgren

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Dal Soup

This hearty and fulfilling soup enriches both heart and soul on a cold day. There are many Dal soups from southern Asia, but this recipe hails specifically from central India. The unique blend of spices may seem exotic, but thankfully, are easy to procure. The soup’s flexibility is also a […]

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Pffernüsse Cookies

Pfeffernüsse, which means “pepper nuts” in German, are traditional cookies made in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium during Advent. The name refers both to their unique blend of spices and their small size. While pepper is not common as an ingredient to most sweet treats, the delicate, spicy, yet sweet taste of Pffernüsse is […]

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Autumn has arrived, bringing with it colorful leaves, crisp air, and an abundance of pumpkins. Pumpkins are frequently used in iconic autumnal recipes like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread; however, I have expanded the traditional repertoire to include pumpkin whoopie pies. A creamy frosting sandwiched between the two fluffy pumpkin […]

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Although originally from Hungary, Apfelstrudel or Apple Strudel is a traditional Austrian dessert. Though the combination of spices, apples, and nuts wrapped in pastry dough may sound complicated, the recipe for this sweet, layered pastry is surprisingly easy to make. Apple Strudel can be a tasty snack or served as […]

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Blueberry Scones

As school begins again and summer succumbs to the crispness of autumn, the last blueberries hang heavy on their bushes. What could be better than kicking off the school year with delicious blueberry scones still steamy warm from the oven? This sweet treat presents the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert. […]