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Claudias West Hartford Rezepte

Juni 8th, 2009 Posted in Unser Amerika

Claudia will go back to Germany soon. So her friends decided to give her a personalized cook book with recipes we wanted her to have, which we cooked together or at least enjoyed together. On June 5th 2009 we were invited to a last *sob!* breakfast at Claudia’s. So we took the chance to give her our present. And this is how it turned out.

The cover was a cooperation of Diane, Dunia and Inken.


The collage of impressions of West Hartford is the back of the cover page and was designed by Laura (thanks again Laura, great work!) as well as the collage on the inner back page, which shows the signs of some restaurants Claudia and her family liked.

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Friends in Germany and the US were contributing to the book. Although in the end I got a little nervous about the schedule, everything went out right. And I had a fun morning together with Dunia when we glued, cut, ironed and decorated the pages from Germany (any complaints concerning chosen colors or the layout should be addressed directly to our legal department, thank you!).

Because we are (more or less) young (more or less) urban (total) professionals, there is an index of the recipes to make sure, Claudia finds what she is l(c)ooking for:

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And now the recipes follow. I added the names of the authors. So if anyone wants a copy of a recipe and can’t read it on the picture (click the pic to enlarge it!), please get in contact with the person issuing the recipe!!! I only have a few available as files, which I am happy to send to everybody who wants them. But to complete the collection, proceed as described.

Niki Rotter and Carsten Schönhoff: Sesami Wasabi Crusted Yellowfin Tuna with Asparagus (recipe available as file in English or German)

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Marjan Rosic: Chilimalanders (Chili, a different way) – Drunken Chicken (aka Beer Can Chicken)  (recipes available as files in German)

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Katja Dunn: Pho – Vietnam’s National Soup

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Inken Schuster: Goulasch (Beef Stew Hungarian Style) – Semmelserviettenknödel (Bread Dumpling) – Marillenkuchen (Apricot Cake), (recipes available at Inken’s in German or English)

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Azra Steurer: Gefüllte Kartoffeln mit Pfefferminze „Dum Aloo Chutney Wale“ – Filled Potatoes with Peppermint

Azra, I had to copy the front of your page after ironing and trimming it a bit. So the handwriting on the front is mine… I promise that I copied it 100% correct!

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Joan de Natale Green: Mediterranean Rice Salad – Pumpkin Bread

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Diane Kurp: Diane’s Müsli Bircher Style

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Susanne Hogger: Mango-Cocos-Curry with Gambas – Nutella-Birnen(Pear)-Muffins (recipes available as files in German)

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Silke Riegler: Claudia’s Philadelphia-Cream-Dip Bavarian-Style-Cheese – Rosemary Roasted Salmon (recipes available as files in English)

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Jutta Pröstler: Spinatspätze in Weißwein-Käserahmsoße mit Champignons an Lachs Würfelchen (Spinach Spaetzle in Whitewine-Cheese-Cream Sauce with White Mushrooms and Salmon Dices)

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Petra Anis: Ground Buffalo

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Kathy Schwartz: Grilled Veggie Burgers – White Chicken Chili

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Sabine Schnitzler: Lebkuchenherzen (Ginger Bread Hearts) (recipe available as file)

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Agnes Hillmeier: Pierogi z miesem (Piroggen mit Fleischfüllung – Meat filled Pierogis) – Walnußbrownies (Walnut Brownies) (recipes available as files in German)

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Sabine Schlegl: Kartoffelsalat (Potatoe Salad) – Südfranzösische Kartoffelsuppe (Potatoe Soup from Southern France) 

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Monika Forstner: Veredelung von Kartoffeln – Kartoffelgratin (Refined Potatoes – Potatoes au gratin)

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Katrin Edwards: Lauchpfanne und Kartoffeln (Leek with Speck, creme fraiche and Potatoes) – Apple Crisp

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Steffi Paul: Saltimbocca alla Steffi – Rosmarinkartoffeln (Rosemary Potatoes) – Tiramisu (recipes available as file)

The Tiramisu recipe is originally mine, but tested and accepted by both Steffi and Claudia and their families…

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Sabine Frank: Klare Fischsuppe (Clear Fish Soup) – French Toast

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Melanie Morgan: Melanie’s BBQ Recipe – Melanie’s Seafood Chowder

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Dunia Fink: Dosenhuhn – Beer Can Chicken

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Candace Czajkowski: Friendship Salad

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Jeannette Bühler: Cesar Salad – Yogurette Muffins (Yogurette = Chocolate bar filled with yoghurt and strawberries, preferrably served cold from the fridge)

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Eva Rodgers: Bigos (Sauerkraut)

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Mariangela Sousa: Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Breakfast Bread)

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Carmen López Duke de Merkler: Flan de Coco

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Claudia Itzeck: Berliner Kartoffelsuppe (Potatoe Soup Berlin Style) (recipe available as file in German)

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The Team of Pho Boston Vietnamese Restaurant: Saté Dac Biét

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Natalie Eras: Maronencremesuppe (Chestnut Chowder) – Gravad Lachs (Graved Salmon) – Mormors Jul Pepparkakor (Grandma’s Christmas Gingerbread)

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Anke Gräfe: Anke’s „allerbester“ Zwetchgenkuchen mit oder ohne Streuseln obendrauf (Anke’s very best Prune Plum Cake with or without Streusels on top) – Anke Gräfe’s berühmter Kartoffelsalat – nee, „weltberühmter“ JAWOLL! (Anke Gräfe’s famous Potatoe Salad – no, „world famous“ YEP!)

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Anne Malten: Tom Yam Gung (Hot Vietnamese (?) Soup)

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Nina Holtmann: Schokoladenkuchenblitzrezept (Recipe for a Blitz Chocolate Cake)

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Karen Hammond: American Macaroni and Cheese – Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Marius Fratiou, Max Pfaus und Christoph Brötz: Das Alternative Rezept (the alternative recipe)

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Eva Kroboth: Karottenkuchen (Carrot Cake)

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Brenda Roggeveen: The-Cookies-formerly-known-as-Ginger Snaps aka RebeccaMiriamFavorites – Lemon-Glazed Butter Cake with Hot Rhubarb Sauce

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Augustin Schuster: Schweinefilet in Bier-Rahm-Sauce (Pork Tenderloin in Beer-Cream-Sauce) – Anishuhn mit Kartoffeln (Anis Chicken with Potatoes)

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Brenda Worth: Turkey Burgers – Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

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Mary Schuman: Rice Krispies Treats – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins – Pigs in Blankets (Würstel im Schlafrock) – Spinach Lasagna

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Anne Weiß: Fränkische Gans mit Klößen (Frankonian Goose with Dumplings)

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Alex Friedrich: Halloween-Käse-Torte (Halloween Cheesecake)

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Shirley and Donald Sanders together with Nancy and Jim Caulfield: Baby Back Pork Ribs – Cole Slaw (Krautsalat) – Sausages with French Green Lentils (Linsen) – Skillet Cooked Potatoes and Cheese

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Andrea Albrecht: Lauchquiche mit Lachs (Leek Quiche with Salmon) – Zwei Arten einen Trifle zu machen (two ways to make a Trifle) (recipe available as file)

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Monia Strohmer: Baked Potatoes à la Queen of the Lazy – Lachs Buko Creme (Salmon and Buko Cream, Buko is a cream cheese)

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Rayissa Armata: Baked Blintzes with Blueberry Sauce

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Laura and Mike Hammond: Laura’s Pesto – Mike’s BBQ Ribs

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Antje Hübner: Zitronen-Wein-Crème (Lemon-Wine-cream) – Apfel (apple) Muffins (recipe available as file)

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After all authors sent back their pages and Dunia came over with a dozen different scissors, glue, a hungry son and a whole lot of creativity, the book was finally ready for binding. Well, lamination was ok so far. But HOW DO WE GET THIS FAT BOOK INTO A 1inch SPIRAL? After a few hysterical hours on the road between Staples, Kinkos, JoAnn’s, Michaels and again Kinkos, I decided to punch 3 holes through the pages and then Pfau’s Hardware had the right sized keyrings (if no one can help, Pfau’s can! But this is another story worth to be told…). The result was:


And the next day, Claudia’s breakfast took place. Everybody, well not everybody, but a big portion of it was there.

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After everybody had some coffee or something to eat, Claudia was presented our work of art.

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And then certainly a few tears were spilled…

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Claudia opened the book and couldn’t believe what she saw.

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We hit the mark with our book. And even Jürgen said that we made his wife happy. So once again a big big THANK YOU to all on the team!