Sunday, July 9

Gooolassssoooo- A World Cup tribute to Germany and Italy

Ever since our trip to Italy last summer, it has a cemented place in my heart. There wasn't one city, one moment that I didn't love about being there. My husband worked for a German company and spent 50% of each month for three years over there. That said, the World Cup caused a bit of a situation for us (well for him).

He's really into the World Cup and I'm not. But, when my team played, whew, was I ever the fan. So to pay tribute to our two favorite teams, I created a menu that would celebrate both.

The menu

Rouladens d' Beef
German potato Salad

My dad loves Rouladens and I have a few recipe's, one from Rachel Ray and another I found from an old Army Brat's recollections; I chose the latter. It was great. The recipe says to put a whole pickle in the wrap, but I can't bring myself to do that, so I dice all the ingredients and I think the texture in the finished recipe is more desirable. On this round, I also added horse radish to the spicy mustard in the filling.

Now for the Tiramisu, I searched for a recipe and the one that took the cake (pardon the pun) was a traditional recipe found on I read through the reviews and noticed that most of them said that the lady fingers were a little runny. I tried to adapt and use only 1 c. coffee with 3 T. Fangellico. As I was soaking the lady fingers according to the recipe, I thought that there wasn't enough liquid. By the time I worked my way through 20+ lady fingers I had to add more coffee.

Well, here's my lesson learned. Soak the lady fingers less, thereby using less coffee, thereby a less soggy tiramisu.

Whew! all that cooking didn't lend itself to getting much laundry done. I don't know if you know this or not, but those clothes don't fold themselves. Sometimes when life is sooo yummy it can be so unfair.


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