Czech Houskové Knedlíky (Bread Dumplings)

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In last week’s post I described how to make Svíčková, a Czech beef dish with a marvelous cream gravy. It should be served with traditional Houskové Knedlíky, or bread dumplings. Fortunately, my friend Dalin’s wife Martina showed me how to make her mother’s homemade bread dumplings in the traditional way.

She made them in enameled metal cups inside a large pan of boiling water. I was even more delighted when she showed me the best way to slice them – with sewing thread! Using a knife would smash the light, fluffy dumplings. read more

Svíčková, Tender Beef in Cream Gravy from the Czech Republic

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Since I’m putting the finishing touches on my new book (so excited!) I began thinking about my first one published a few years ago. The whole series is called A Travel for Taste, just like this blog. Each book is from a different country or region. The first book contained travel stories and recipes from the Czech Republic, where I lived in 2005. It’s still available in paperback and Kindle editions through

The second book, to be published later this year, will have travel adventures and recipes from here in Bavaria. It will be much, much larger than the first book, with color photographs and far more stories and dishes. Watch this space! read more

Another Strange and Wonderful Czech Adventure

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Buy my book! For those of you who have not been paying attention, I released the latest edition of my Czech travel/recipe book a few months ago. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, go to my amazon author page and buy one! It’s priced under $10 and makes a perfect Christmas gift. Send me confirmation of your purchase and I’ll give you a free iPhone/iPad app!

On with the shoe!

Back in May I visited my good friend Jana in the Czech Republic. Some of you might remember that I met Jana when I taught English in the Czech town of Liberec in 2005. She introduced me to her photography club, and the rest, as they say, is history. A photo exhibit and a few members of the club came to Florida for an art exhibit in 2007 at the gallery I directed at the time. read more

Not Your Typical Travel Journal – It’s my NEW BOOK – Buy one!

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  A Travel for Taste – Collected Czech Family Recipes

I’m thrilled to announce that today is the official release of my latest book:

A Travel for Taste – Collected Czech Family Recipes!
It is a revision of the first edition which included some non-Czech recipes. I rewrote it to include only Czech recipes. This new one has additional recipes as well.

The best part of the book to me is the fact that the recipes are introduced by stories and photos from my travels. Each recipe has a narrative about how I came to have the recipe. And each dish is an authentic family recipe from Czech friends. read more

ATFT: Czech Recipes Cookbook Available Now on Amazon!

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to announce that my book is ready. There are 24 pages and nine recipes. There are lots of travel stories and photos from my trip earlier this year that journaled here. The price is a mere $12.99 for a hard copy and $9.99 for the downloadable version. I’m so glad I got this out there so you’d have an option to buy it for the travelers, photographers, writers and readers, not to mention cooks, on your holiday shopping list.

You can buy it on
SmCoverRight now you can only buy it online – and I want to assure you that the web site is very secure and very reputable. I did my homework so you wouldn’t have to worry. Later, probably in December, you will be able to buy a copy at the Progress Energy Art Gallery where I work. I will let you know when that happens. For now, check it out online. read more