February 15, 2010

A New Chapter!

More specifically, a new home in a new country.

There's one problem though; these changes will require my absence for a short while.

To explain the situation better, I have answered a few questions that I thought some of you may have. Sort of like an anticipatory FAQ :)

Here goes...

Q: Why are you leaving Washington DC? I thought you liked it here?

A: I do like DC and I'm going to miss it very much. However, an exciting opportunity has come up in Europe for my husband and I.

Q: Europe? Where?

A: The German state of Baden-Württemberg. Neither me or my husband have lived in Germany before, so this a big first for both of us!

Q: When do you leave?

A: We were supposed to be leaving today! However, due to complications caused by the recent snowstorm, we will now be leaving next week.

Q: What do you mean by absent? Are you going to abandon your blog?

A: NO! Not at all! Well maybe for a little while. Here's the thing:

The entire contents of my kitchen, along with the rest of our stuff, are packed and will soon be making their way across the Atlantic ocean. We have been told the shipment could take up to 90 days to arrive! During that time, we will be searching for somewhere to live. This is where the possibility of a temporarily neglected blog comes in. I won't have the equipment I need to cook until we find a home and our belongings have arrived. All I'll have is a suitcase full of clothes, my laptop, my camera equipment and my husband.

Q: So you might not be able to cook for three months?

A: Nope. Unless our stuff arrives sooner and we find a home quicker than expected. Or perhaps the hotel we stay in let's me use their kitchen ... unlikely! :)

Q: Are you going to miss cooking?

A: Definitely! Don't get me wrong, I love to eat out. Especially in different countries, but not every single day for 3 months! No doubt I'll enjoy local food and hotel room service for a while. But before long, I'll be begging for the day our stuff arrives and my new kitchen is up and running!

Q: Will you keep us updated?

A: Absolutely! As often as I can. I have recently set up a Facebook page that I will update frequently. I'll fill you in on all the German / European cuisine I come across. I'll visit farmers markets, cafés, restaurants and vineyards. And when we're settled I plan to explore the culinary wonders and delights that all of Europe has to offer. Paris and Rome here I come! :)
My camera and I will share these adventures with you every step of the way.

Thank you for listening, for your support and your understanding. I'll catch up with you all soon.

Goodbye for now.



  1. Jennie, I hope the transition goes smoothly. This is a significant change in your lives, and I'm looking forward to following your new journey.

  2. What an awesome opportunity!!! I have spent time in Germany and you will enjoy the experience.
    Hope everything goes well. We will all be here when you return to blogging after a short absence. I hope that you will blog about your experiences. :-)

  3. It is very splendid that you hoped for new possibility.

    Germany. It is a wonderful country. The administration of justice, legislation, medical others...
    Germany is a teacher of the modern Far East about all of them.

    Your kind of grand cooking will be expanded still more in Germany. It is pleasant.
    I am slightly lonely. However, the later happiness will become bigger.

    If there is German wonderful scenery near your cooking, I am pleased very much.

    God bless you.

    From the Far East.
    Best regards.

  4. Best of luck in the move. Sounds very exciting moving to a new country and all. I hope the transition is a smooth one.

  5. Jennie, it sounds like a great adventure. As much as you like the Washington DC area, Germany will surely offer a lot of interesting post on your blog.

    So, until you post again, save travels and best to you both.

  6. Good luck with the move! I'm sure it will be so exciting for you and your husband. I can't wait to experience all of the food that Germany has to offer through your lens :P

  7. I'm sad. I just discovered your blog. I hope you get settled soon. Your recipes look amazing. I will definitely follow on FB.

  8. All the best foe the move, how exciting! you be closer to home too :)

  9. Sprechen sie Deutsch?
    I hope you have a wonderful time! Scott and I have enjoyed your blog - hope you do continue it!

  10. Really glad for you and your husband. Enjoy Germany. I will be looking forward your updates.

  11. Hi Jennie, Will miss you and I wish you good luck with the move. Hope to hear from you soon :)

  12. Safe trip, looking forward to seeing some German recipes, eventually.

    http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/index.php?showforum=97 - Should be very useful, if you haven't already come across it!

  13. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I'm so glad you brought me to your beautiful blog! I'm so excited to learn of your new adventure in Germany - I'm very much looking forward to your updates on your travels! :-)

  14. Good luck. Catch up with you soon!

  15. Wishing you both the best of luck on your new adventure!! Just think of the different ingredients and expanded approaches to cooking you'll have access to in your new home!

    We'll look forward to your return and until then have a fabulous time!!!!!

  16. Your move sounds very exciting! Please come back to the blog! I love your content!

  17. good luck girl! sounds exciting. we just moved too and I am still exhausted, well after the move we both came down with the stomach flu then the flu flu. nice eh?
    stay safe! new adventures in life are always stressful but remember they will be fun.

  18. Dear Jennie, I hope your trip turns out great. I loved your truffles recipe. You have no idea how much I love pistacchios and chocolate!

    Enjoy Europe,

    Doña Masita

  19. Very jealous you are moving to Germany. It is truly one of my favorite places. Best of Luck with your move!!

  20. What a funny post... In one week, my wife and i are leaving for an appointment in teh US Virgin Islands that will last at least a year. But, I am taking a suitcase full of cooking gear with me.

    Enjoy the experience, great fortune your way!

  21. Hello Jennie... thanks for stopping by my photo blog! As I've just met you, I'll offer my best wishes to you and your husband on your exciting move to Germany, and I hope that the transition goes as quickly and as seamlessly as possible for both of you. I esp hope that all your kitchen goodies arrive as expeditiously as possible! :-)

  22. Cool! Jennie, we are closer. :-))
    I wonder which city in Baden-Württemberg you have chosen to stay..Stuttgart? Heidelberg? Ulm?


  23. What a wonderful adventure! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words. You have so many new ingredients, new culture and new markets to look forward to. Many blessings in "store" for you :) ~LeslieMichele

  24. I hope you will blog about your experience as well! :)

  25. Hey! If you need any tips on cooking with weird ingredients in Germany, just give me a shout. I'm very used to almost everything here. Most important baking advice: Asian Stores have real Brown Sugar, imported from England. And don't forget to pack a great big bottle of Vanilla Extract. You will kick yourself when you don't find it here.

    I wish you all the luck and cannot wait to read your future posts!

  26. Congratulations! Change and adventure are always exciting, good luck with this new chapter of your life!

  27. I hope you have a smooth trip and it doesn't take too long to get settled. Don't forget that Greece is just a short journey away too!

  28. Velva - Thank you, I will! :)

    Ross - Thanks so much for the link!

    Deborah - I will be back! I promise!

    Dawn - Exhausted isn't the word! Can't wait to get settled! Glad you're all set now!

    Angie - We're looking at Mannheim/Heidelberg area.

    A Year On The Grill - I wish you and your wife all the best! Sounds very exciting! Can't wait to read about your adventures!

    Misterrios - Thank you so much for the advice! Unfortunately, I didn't have time to pack Vanilla extract :( However, my mum is pretty good at sending me stuff that's hard to get hold of. I can always send you some too! :)

    Cupcakes.gr - I have always wanted to visit Greece and I have every intention of doing so! I'll let you know when!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments everyone!

  29. exciting! I look forward to the German edition of your blog!

  30. Congratulations on "the exciting opportunity" for your husband and you. Happy moving and happy getting settled into your new life in Germany.


  31. Best wishes to you on your new adventure!

  32. How exciting! So happy for you and wish you all the best during this adventure. I'll miss your posting, but I will come back to check on it in case you're back on sooner than planned. Can't wait to hear of your new life in Germany. You'll have to post pictures of your new surroundings since many of us may never get to visit that part of the world...:)

  33. Wish you all the best in Germany. Got lots of nice food there!

  34. Jennie you will love Germany, it is very nice country. Keep us updated, and actually you may come up with some nice German recipes, lol, all different dishes of potato, lol. Good luck girl! Anna :)

  35. Good luck with the move & cheers to new beginnings!! yeah!!

  36. See you soon
    A kiss from Spain

  37. Hey just peeking if you are back!
    Anna :)

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  39. Nice post germany nice country but dutch language is very hard

  40. I know you've been out of pocket for a while, but I thought I would still pass an award along to you today! It's on my blog! Hope you resume blogging soon!

  41. I love your blog!

    Have a nice time!

  42. best of luck in your new home. sounds exciting. love your photos. Carla