Gaufre de Liège (Liège Waffles)

Ingredients: 3/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon instant yeast (I used LeSaffre Saf-Instant Yeast Gold) 12 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 2 3/4 cups flour 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 eggs, at room temperature pinch salt 2/3 cup Belgian pearl sugar Directions: About 3 1/2-4 hrs prior to when you […]

Carbonnade Flamande aux Spéculoos (Flemish Beef Stew with Speculoos)

Ingredients: 3/4 cup caramelized onions * 1 tablespoon butter 1 3/4 lb cubed sirloin 1-pint dark beer (preferably Belgian) 1 small slice country white bread spread with strong mustard (like Dijon or Ghent) 2 spéculoos cookies** 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon brown sugar salt freshly ground black pepper (beef stock if […]

Cast Iron Skillet Roasted Mussels with Endive & Celery

Ingredients: 4 lb mussels 3 sprigs’ worth thyme leaves 1 endive, sliced thinly 1 onion, halved and sliced thinly 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced (with leaves) 1 large clove garlic, halved and sliced thinly 3/4-1 cup dry white wine or seafood stock freshly ground black pepper sea salt Directions: Preheat […]


Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 3/4 cup dark brown or dark Candi sugar 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature 1 egg, at room temperature 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 […]

Pommes Frites with Two Dipping Sauces

Ingredients: 2-3 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch wide, 3 inch long pieces canola oil frites sauce #1 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons capers 2 tablespoons parsley 2 anchovies frites sauce #2 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard freshly ground black pepper Directions: frites sauce #1: […]

Mussels with Fennel & Chorizo

Ingredients: 2 lb fresh mussels, cleaned 1/2 lb fennel, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1 small onion, diced 1 cup Belgian beer 1/2 cup diced Spanish-style chorizo 1 tablespoon canola oil Directions: Heat the oil in a large pot with a lid. Saute the onions, fennel and chorizo until the […]