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A Winter Hike in Germany and Danish Home Cooking

There is something so magical about tramping through the snow in Germany at twilight.

The world seems quieter and everything takes on an ethereal glow.

My family had just met at a local shopping mall in Boblingen for coffee, cookies and a visit, happy to be out of the house after being snowed in for several days. Not eager to drive home through slushy streets filled with Christmas shoppers, my brother Ryan, his girlfriend Melissa and me decided to walk.

We had such a jolly time laughing and talking as we trudged and slid our way through deep drifts and uncleared roads. We linked arms on the slippery parts and waved cheerily at Germans staring at us as we skidded our way through their neighborhood.

Somehow we managed to get good and lost and decided to sneakily follow a random German through a maze of alleys and neighborhoods to see if they could lead us to familiar surroundings. Much to our delight – they did!! The lights of my brother Evan’s house glowed warmly as we stamped up the steps and entered blessed warmth.

The house smelled perfectly heavenly for Mums had been hard at work making us a Danish feast. We sat down to plates laden with frikkadeller (meatballs made with pork and beef), egurkesalat (tangy cucumber salad), red cabbage stewed with brown sugar and currant jelly, and boiled potatoes slathered with rich gravy.

It was delicious!! The perfect hearty fare to warm a body up after a cold, snowy trek. I promise to share all the recipes with you in my cookbook. (Click here to read about this exciting new project!)

After dinner was eaten and dishes done, we sat down for rousing games of Spades, groaning with disgust and cheering wildly as the situation warranted. 🙂

What is your favorite warming dinner on a cold winter night?

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Lindy Taylor - This looks delicious Krista! I can’t wait to buy your cookbook!!

tasteofbeirut -  I was imagining this dinner after a walk in this snowy forest; what a comforting thought!

Krista -  Love that Jamie! I can totally picture it. 🙂 Carby is definitely the best!!

Krista -  Swedish meatballs ARE good, Paradis. 🙂 Thank you so much for encouraging me. I needed that tonight. 🙂 xo

JamiesRabbits - Those pictures make me think either wild beasts are about to appear or Jason Bourne. My favorite warm-up meal is definitely anything carby. Potatoes, pasta, cheez-its. Yum.

Mlle Paradis - oh yum!  this looks like a mum’s made-with-love homemade version of one my guilty secret faves: swedish meatballs at ikea!  (i’m sure your mum’s is wa-a-a-y better!)

what a week you’ve had while i’ve been away.  sorry about your grandad and your friend and much great congrats re: the cookbook!  you keep on keepin on girlfriend.  i can’t wait to see what you’re doing 10 years from now!  brava!

Krista -  Thank you, dear Katie! 🙂 I will definitely keep you posted. It’s a lot of work but VERY fun. 🙂

Katie@Cozydelicious - I am SO excited about your cookbook project!!  And I’m excited to hear how the whole process goes… sounds so fun!!

Krista -  Oh Anna, you are such a luv! Thank you so much for your amazing support and encouragement. 🙂

Anna Johnston -  Cannot wait to read this cookbook.  Sign me up for one before it goes to the presses 🙂

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