Berry Meringue Slices

It’s been over a dozen years since I first had this perfect summer dessert while researching my KAFFEEHAUS book in Vienna.. Hans Diglas’s cafe-restaurant is one of the most enjoyable spots for traditional food (including pastries), and it has the advantage of being around the corner from St. Stephen’s cathedral. It was there that I first […]

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Viennese Sachertorte

Sachertorte has been famous almost since its conception almost 200 years ago. It made its inventor so famous that he was able to build a hotel, one that is still one of the premier establishments in Vienna, a city renown for its elegance.  But I will warn you…Sachertorte isn’t for everybody, and it takes a discerning […]

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Sunday Night Spaghetti and Meatballs

(Photo by Ben Fink.) When the weekend arrives, the “fast and easy” recipes are filed away, and I look forward to a meal that has been leisurely simmered on the stove, filling the house with comforting aromas.  Spaghetti and meatballs is the kind of dish whose excellence is related to the time it spends quietly […]

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