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alps map

Our last night before joining the land-tour group was spent in Germany, in the resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


On the way there, from Munich, we stopped at Ettal Abbey, a beautiful Benedictine monastery.

Ettal Abbey

One thing I noticed was that the monastery gift-shop sold not only wine but also beer. It was a pretty great gift-shop!

hotel zugspitze

We stayed at Hotel Zugspitze, which is named after the highest Alps peak in Germany.

cog wheel

I really wanted to take the cog-wheel cable up to the peak, but at 49.50 euro per person (about $126 total) … on second thought… no thanks!

hotel dining

I can just image how packed this sweet hotel must be during the popular ski season.

hotel fresco

Just as in Oberammergau, many of the buildings are covered in beautiful frescoes.


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August 9, 2016   No Comments

Germany and Austria

Linderhof ticket

As I mentioned in the last post, before we joined up with the land-tour portion of our river cruise, we were on our own. First in Munich with Hope & Nick and then in a rented car as we traveled toward Switzerland.

Linderhof Palace2

We visited two of the three castles of King Ludwig, king of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886.

Linderhof Palace

First we toured through the Rococo-style Linderhof Palace.

Linderhof Palace fountail

The grounds were especially beautiful with a breath-taking fountain.

Sleeping Beauty's castle (1)

Next we went through the fairy-tale Romanesque-style Neuschwanstein Castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle

It honestly looks like Sleeping Beauty’s castle!

Neuschwanstein kitchen4

Not surprisingly, my favorite part of this castle was the kitchen.

Neuschwanstein molds

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Neuschwanstein kitchen1

I’d love to get my hands on all those copper pots and the vast variety of vintage molds!

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August 8, 2016   3 Comments

Munich (München)

Hi there! I had planned to be posting all along our #europeanvacation. Now, more than ten days in – it turns out that I should have taken advantage of the opportunity while I had it. That opportunity would have been during our stay in Munich or during the Switzerland land-tour portion of our scheduled Rhine River Cruise. The problem was, I really didn’t have a moment of down time. I assumed that I’d have plenty of time and great internet access while we cruised down the Rhine River.

bad internet

Wrong! The internet access has been spotty, at best. That red sad-faced icon is what I mostly see. We are now docked in Mannheim, Germany and Dave is off for a look around the city, while I’ve stayed behind. I decided this was my chance, maybe my one and only, to get a post put up.

scenic pearl

Time is limited, so it will be a pictorial, for the most part.

We flew British Airways from Phoenix to London, changed planes and arrived in Munich the next day. We were greeted at the Munich airport by Dave’s cousin, Hope. I’d never met Hope and Dave hadn’t seen her since he was a teenager. Luckily, they’d connected on Facebook a few weeks prior, so at least they recognized each other.


Hope took us to our hotel, The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, in the heart of Munich.

anticipation bike

The hotel is beyond lovely and the included daily breakfast is “just beyond!” I knew it would be when I spotted this adorable bicycle at the entrance to the restaurant!


hot dishes


more hots






The next morning, we were off and running with Hope and her charming husband, Nick. Hope, Nick and their two sons, Dylan and Owain, have lived in Munich for the last nine years. We could not have found better or more gracious hosts and city guides.

hope and nick

Their knowledge of the city and country were more than we could have ever wished for. Nick and Hope showed and shared with us EVERYTHING! We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.


Our one…

nick and dave

and only…




is that…

munich city gate

we did…

mother and child


monk with beer or bible


may pole

and spend…

mary's square

more than…


three days…

lucky lion

in Munich!

fancy b is ss


heavenly sky

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July 28, 2016   4 Comments

Sweet Salvage March finds

I’ve been busy nursing my dad back to health so this is the first post since last week. I returned my dad to his home on Wednesday afternoon, after a nearly 2-week stay with us. He is healing well, so it was time for him to get back to doing things for himself and time for me to get back to my own needs and routines.


Need numero uno was to go to opening day at the March Sweet Salvage event and did I ever find something SWEET! It may not look all that fabulous from this side…


…but turn it around and this huge 2-sided sign is downright fantastic, especially in the shadow of my fig tree.


And even more spectacular under the actual blooming tree! I am not yet certain where the sign will hang, but it will definitely be somewhere in the back yard – AKA “Linda Land” as my dear friends, Steve and Tram, call it.


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March 18, 2016   1 Comment

Liver & Onions for Dad

liver and onions

Do you like liver and onions? I do not! But my dad and Dave are fans, so every now and again, I treat them. Valentine’s dinner was one such occasion. Although I enjoy pâté and a few other liver dishes, the bad taste of liver and onions has stayed with me from childhood, when we were forced to eat it.

Oh, the stories I could tell about how I would “dispose” of the food I disliked from my childhood. The various methods I used to get rid of my oatmeal, on nearly a daily basis every winter, are genius by my account and legendary in my family.

Liver was more difficult to avoid, the dogs were my only saviors and my parents picked up on that one early and the dogs were put outside during the dinner hour when liver or other undesirables were served. My list of undesirable food was long; lima beans, sauerkraut, all cereal (cold and hot but especially oatmeal) spinach, most vegetables (they were all canned) with the exception of corn, and the list goes on.

Liver and lima beans were at the very top of the list. So the fact I even make liver for others is a testament to my love for them.

I will admit that this gravy smells darn good though. The addition of Worcestershire sauce is the trick.

It’s difficult to make liver, onions and gravy look good in a photo (all that brown on brown on more brown) so please look beyond that. If you or your loved ones crave liver, give this recipe a try, I’m told it’s excellent. I wouldn’t know, Connor and I had beef tenderloin for Valentine’s dinner this year.

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February 17, 2016   4 Comments

I’m baaaack…

burlap and book pages

My last post, back in mid-May, was nearly six months ago. It, and the seven posts preceding it, were all about Marissa’s bridal shower.  Prior to that, on March 25, I let it be known that after 5 1/2 years of consistent blogging, I’d be taking a break.

Doing so was scary. But it was the right move. I needed the time to focus on my daughter’s wedding and to focus on myself.

Even so, I’ve missed this! And yet, I don’t know where or how to restart.


Honestly, I don’t know if I should just dive in with a recipe.


Or share with you all the changes around here.

color shelves

Or show you little (and big) things I worked on while I was away from my keyboard.

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November 18, 2015   12 Comments



I haven’t been posting much this week for several reasons…

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February 6, 2015   3 Comments

5th Blogiversary Give-Away


To celebrate 5 Years of the Les Petites Gourmettes Blog, we’re gonna have a little “comment contest.” (BTW, the official birthday was August 16th, in case you want to mark your calendar and send me a card next year)

All you have to do to be eligible to win is tell me your favorite recipe that I’ve posted over these past five years (see exact details on precisely how to do that below.) It shouldn’t be too hard, there are over a thousand recipes to choose from.

It can be a recipe you’ve made … I hope you’ve made at least one that you’ve liked!

If you’ve never cooked a darn thing from here or you are new to the site, it can be recipe that looks especially tasty and that you’d like to make or have someone else make for you in the future.

Here is what you’re playing for:

One 7″ Heston Blumenthal stainless steel Santoku chef’s knife
One Ballymaloe red apron

knife and apron

Here is why I have these two beautiful items to give away …

When I signed up for the all-day cooking class at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, I received an email with instructions to bring a chef’s knife, apron and towel for the class.

I forgot.

ballymaloe shop

So, the night before the class, I purchased the required items in The Ballymaloe Shop.

Believe me, the last thing I need is another apron or another chef’s knife. The towel, I’ll keep as a memento from the class. One can never have enough towels!

ballymaloe kitchen

The knife and apron were gently used only one day, by me, at Ballymaloe. (See it there on the counter in the photo above?) The apron has been washed and maybe I’ll get around to ironing it before I give it to the winner… maybe not.

The price tag is still on the knife, 59.95 is the value … and that was in euros!  I don’t recall the price of the apron, but all in all it’s a brilliant prize!

60 bucks

British and Irish people say “brilliant” all the time, I’m trying to incorporate into my repertoire.

Here’s what you have to do to be eligible to win:

Find the post for that favorite recipe of yours and leave a comment on that post. Any comment will do, hopefully something nice, like, “I made this and it was the best thing I ever ate.” Or maybe, “Linda, this recipe is a winner and I want to be a winner too. Pick ME!”

However you’re feeling at the time is perfect.

You may enter up to five (5) times, leaving a comment on up to five posts. NOT five comments on one post, five different comments on five different recipes.

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August 22, 2014   9 Comments


I found a recipe on the internet that I’m going to recommend you do not make.

do not

On Sunday, Father’s Day, I arrived home from the airport at about 3:45 and immediately began to make dinner for my dad, husband and son.  Since I’d already been awake for 12 hours, I didn’t want to have to think too hard about what to make.

the perfect peach

Since I have a peach tree that was full of ripe peaches, I decided to whip up a peach cobbler for dessert.

I wanted to be able to post the recipe so it needed to be somewhat different from the three peach cobbler/crumble recipes I already have posted here. For that reason I turned to the web to find one that I could “make my own” and get it done easily and quickly.

The recipe I stumbled upon first was the Pioneer Woman’s Peach Cobbler. Her version used frozen peaches and since I was using fresh, I figured that would be a perfect recipe to switch up. I made a few other minor changes, with the addition of spices and such and popped it into the oven while I made the rest of the meal.

I’ve tried many of the Pioneer Woman’s recipes before and they’ve always been wonderful. I thought that this too, would be a “sure thing.”


In fact, I’ve loved a couple of them so much that I reposted them, almost exactly as originally written. This Dip recipe and this Poppers recipe are two of my all-time favorites. So please do not take this as a bashing of the Pioneer Woman and her recipes – but this peach cobbler recipe is one that I can not endorse. No way, no how.

Instead, you should make one of the three peach cobbler/crisp recipes I’ve previously posted – one of the ones I should have made for Father’s Day.

Mason Jar Peach and Berry Cobbler


Peach-Blueberry Cobbler


Blueberry-Nectarine Crumble

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June 19, 2014   1 Comment


“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Arizona anymore.”

toto and dorothy

By the time you read this, I’ll be boarding the second flight of the morning on my way to Wichita, Kansas.

My dad is an Arizona native, but his parents are originally from Germany, and came to America by way of Kansas. There is a family reunion that he wants to attend this weekend. Sloane and I are accompanying him.

It is being held in New Almelo, Kansas – population 622.

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June 13, 2014   3 Comments