Picking Blueberries in Hudson, Florida

Earlier this week I accepted an invitation to visit a blueberry farm in Hudson, Florida, and pick my own. It was my first time doing this, although it’s a popular draw this time of the year for many.

We visited Owen’s Blueberry Farm on a bright, warm, sunny morning. My friend, a repeat customer of the farm, explained that they did not use pesticides on the blueberries, something I was very impressed by. She said they use “cannons” to scare the birds away sometimes, so be prepared in case PTSD might be a problem. Fortunately, there were no cannons that day. read more

Silver Springs State Park, Florida

Glass-bottomed boats aren't the only thing wonderful about Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, Florida. Family-friendly and entertaining, this longstanding park has educational programs, public art, natural surroundings and cold springs.

Kallitypes and Czech Pickled Sausage Salad (Utopenci)

This cold, pickled sausage salad is a staple in Europe. The Germans have a similar dish called Wurstsalat. This is a Czech family recipe given to me when I lived there a few years ago, and you can find it in my book ATFT: Collected Czech Family Recipes. It makes a great snack, light meal, game day nosh or potluck dish.

My Newest Book, “A Travel for Taste: Germany”, is Now Available for Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American peeps! And just in time for Black Friday, my newest book is available for sale online! I’m hoping that it will save you a shopping trip or two since you can buy it with a couple of clicks.

Here’s what it looks like on the outside:

Isn’t it handsome?? I’m so proud of it. In addition to the recipes and cooking tips, it’s filled with travel stories, culture and history I’ve come to know by living in Bavaria. Plus I’ve got many of my photos in there, too. I especially dig the photo of the potatoes on the back cover (pun intended). read more