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Finnish Fruit Tart (Rahkapiirakka)

My first and very favorite fruit tart recipe, Finland's traditional fruit or berry tart, called rahkapiirakka [RAH-ka-PEE-rah-ka] in Finnish. It was my very favorite dessert when I lived in Finland as an exchange student many years ago and was such a treat again just last month when we visited Finland and my Finnish "sister" served it to end a traditional Finnish meal in her home. The Conversation: To learn a new language, start with food words, easy to identify and remember. It's how I learned to speak Finnish, one bite at a time. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ This recipe is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes published every summer since 2009. Watch for new "summer easy" recipes all summer long! With a free e-mail subscription , you'll never miss a one! Learning Finnish At Home. Conventional wisdom says that the Finnish language is virtually impossible for non-natives to

Best Recipes of 2002

In late 2002, Kitchen Parade was brand new, at least to me! That's because my mom started Kitchen Parade back when I was a baby, I took over a ew months after she passed away. Almost two decades later (as I write now) I love that these three "best" recipes of the year remain favorites, ones I still make! Best Recipes of 2002 (hover with a mouse for a description; otherwise click a photo to view the recipe) ~ All 2002 Kitchen Parade Recipes ~ More "Best of the Year" Favorite Recipes from Kitchen Parade ~ Kitchen Parade's Best-Ever "Most Useful" Recipes 2002 – Present ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2015 (I owe this to you myself & my sense of order) ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2014 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2013 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2012 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2011 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2010 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2009 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2008 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2007 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2006 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 2005 ~ ~ Best Recipes of 20

Frosty Christmas Trees

My long-time favorite cut-out cookie, with an easy-to-handle dough and lovely gingerbread flavor - with just a touch of chocolate. Plus, how to host a cookie exchange, a favorite tradition at Christmas. COMPLIMENTS! "Totally delicious!" ~ momof3 "This is by far [my] most requested recipe ..." ~ Brooklyn Chick It’s a family tradition: the annual cookie exchange. My mother hosted one for many years. Afterward we would all swarm into the kitchen to sample the goodies. Her friends were good bakers and those cookies didn’t last long! I started hosting my own cookie exchange some years ago. Now my friends count on this annual event to simplify their holiday entertaining and as a source of homemade food gifts for family and neighbors. Think of a cookie exchange as “instant baking”. The premise is simple: each person bakes many of one kind of cookie, then swaps these for many different kinds made by someone else! Here’s how we do it. Invite a doze