German Send Off


My husband Will is leaving for me for three months to further his brewing skills in Chicago and GERMANY!  Needless to say I am super jealous and I will miss him dearly.  I was watching Food Network this past weekend and ran across my girl Sunny Anderson.  She was cooking a twist on a German style dinner and she has the credentials because she lived in Germany for years.  I am hoping to try this entire meal this weekend and I will update you on the results.


Sunny’s Honey-Dijon Chicken


Easy Grilled Honey-Dijon Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for grill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges



In a small bowl, add the honey, mustard, 1 tablespoon of oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well and put the mixture into a large plastic resealable bag. Add the chicken, seal the bag and shake to incorporate. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.


Preheat the grill to medium heat.


Remove the chicken from the bag and arrange it on a well-oiled grill. Cook until a nice crust forms on both sides, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Let the chicken rest on a serving platter for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with lime wedges.



Tangy Tater Salad

Sunny's Tangy Tater Salad

  • 4 pounds red potatoes, washed and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 strips bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar



Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water by 2 inches.  Salt well and bring the water to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes until soft, about 15 minutes.  Drain the potatoes, reserving 1 cup of water in a separate bowl.  Return the pot to the stove top over medium-high heat.  Add the bacon and fry until crisp, then remove it to a paper towel lined plate.


Carefully remove all but 3 tablespoons of bacon fat and return the pot to the heat.  Add the garlic, scallions, jalapenos,paprika, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.  Cook over medium heat until the scallions and jalapenos are tender, about 3 minutes.  Add the flour, and stir until the vegetables are evenly coated, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the sugar, vinegar and reserved 1 cup of water.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until thickened and slightly reduced, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the potatoes and the crispy bacon.  Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.



Black Forest Cupcakes

Sunny's Black Forest Cupcakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 4 1/2 ounces
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped, 4 ounces



  • 2 cups marshmallow cream
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings
  • 12 maraschino cherries on the stem



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake tray with paper liners.


Sift the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, butter and vanilla, set aside.


Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment and beat until the mixture is thick and forms ribbons, about 5 minutes.  With mixer on medium speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture, until just incorporated.  Fold in the flour mixture until just combined, then fold in the chocolate chips and cherries.  Fill the cupcake tins 3/4 full with the batter.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 15 to 17 minutes.  Remove the cupcakes from the tin and cool for 10 minutes.  Put a good-sized dollop of marshmallow cream on each cupcake, sprinkle with chocolate shavings and top with a cherry.  Serve immediately.


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  1. I made all three this past weekend and all were great, but the potatoes were AMAZING!! I am not a fan of potato salad bc of mayo but these were spicy and vinegary!! Definite do again. I enjoyed the cupcakes, but Will did not like them at all so I will have to find better cupcakes for the picky eater in our house.

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