Franciacorta sparkling wines

All sparkling wines are champagne, right? Wrong! There is the methode¬†champenoise¬†or methode traditionelle, but there are also other methods. Crucial is the 2nd fermentation in the bottle that adds the bubbles. Some additional sugars and yeast are added to the wine after its regular fermentation (hence the second fermentation). Different is how long this 2nd…

New dates announced

I’ve gone ahead and picked the dates for ChrisTonite for the rest of the year. By popular demand, I’ve added some Sundays as well. It is understandably harder to arrange for things on a Monday so I’m trying to accommodate those with children and busy schedules. You can stay informed of new dates and the…


Treated myself and 2 guests to quick Italian treat for dinner!

ChrisTonite: Beef

For next time there is beef on the menu. One of my favorites and a very versatile dish. I want to make some great beef dishes from fresh bouillon to beef salad or a rump roast. Or perhaps the elusive Chateaubriand. Boeuf Bourguignon! Or what would you like me to make for you…? Make your…

ChrisTonite : Portugal

I have 2 reservations for the next ChrisTonite on Monday next week. So there is plenty of room if you’d like to join us. My first guest had the honor of choosing the theme for the dinner. He chose Portugal. So I am searching for good combinations of dishes to make a 4 course menu…

ChrisTonite: Thai menu

Although short notice, next week on Monday I will hold the first dinner in a long time. It will be a Thai themed menu again, as I’ve had before. It will be familiar and give me a chance to bring myself up to speed again. Please use my reservation page to reserve your space and…

ChrisTonite has a Facebook page

ChrisTonite has Facebook page Just created a Facebook page for ChrisTonite. Of course, I’ve had a Google+ page for ever, but having both is a good idea either way.

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This weekend, I will be at event in Beesd where we’ll pick up our rescued Parmigiano cheese. After this year’s devastating earthquake, some people got the idea to sell the damaged cheese cheap and give the small farmers some money that can be used to rebuild, instead of wasting an entire harvest.

Smoked eel experiment

I did a little experiment with smoked eel, an old traditional fish in the Netherlands and largely gone due to overfishing and environmental issues of smoking fish. Smoked eel on toast is a delicacy here and a treat to those of us old enough to remember it. I wanted a little variety so I decided…

Kaiserschmarren and icewine

Made a dessert for Marianne on her birthday to go with the second icewine from Canada. Austrian Kaisersmarren. Bit of improvisation but the result was excellent!