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Happy Cinco De Mayo-Authentic Mexican Recipes Ideas

Happy Cinco De Mayo-Authentic Mexican Recipes Ideas

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Many of you around United States and Mexico celebrate today Cinco de Mayo. For the ones who do not know what Cinco de Mayo means, the day is a celebration of the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16. However, the day is a source…

Easter Sunday Celebration- Recipes To Enjoy

Easter Sunday Celebration- Recipes To Enjoy

Easter is celebrated in many countries and if you are like me, you will cook like a storm for this wonderful event. Food connects me with my birth place, Romania, a place where traditions are still very strong. As I miss family and friends around holidays, I tend to cook traditional foods that help me connect emotionally and spiritually with my ancestors and my loved ones back in my native country. Do you know that in Romania, Easter is celebrated…

My Experience Casting For Master Chef US

My Experience Casting for Master Chef US

Auditioning for a reality television series is not something I had ever dreamed of or planned on doing. But last year, I found myself, among other hundreds of contestants, waiting in line at Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis for a casting call of Fox's cooking competition series Master Chef US. I found out only with a week before, after a friend of mine posted it on my Facebook page encouraging me to participate. I was very reserved at the beginning, because I never liked…

10 Culinary Books I Cannot Live Without

10 Culinary Books I Cannot Live Without

Culinary books I cannot live without...this is a subject I have wanted to write about for a long time. You see, I have been collecting culinary books for years. I feel that even when you have it in your genes, the passion for cooking and baking needs to be improved every day, by learning and discovering new techniques, ingredients or flavors. My interest is in simple, made from scratch recipes from around the world. I am interested also in old cooking books…

Flavor Your Life With Extra Virgin Olive Oil #MomsMeet

Flavor Your Life With Extra Virgin Olive Oil #MomsMeet

Do you use Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your kitchen? I personally use it all the time and it is always part of my pantry. I cook and bake with it and make dressings for salads all the time. As a matter of fact, I never have store bought salad dressing in the house. Like, never! I do not like the taste of it and I think a simple salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice is enough to make a…

I Love Farmers Markets- What About You?

I Love Farmers Markets- What About You?

Growing up in Romania back in the 70's, 80's and 90's, I was used to always shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market. It was a way of life. We couldn't buy fresh produce anywhere else during the summer and canning these fruits and vegetables for winter was crucial for survival. We did not have supermarkets back in the day, so we relied a lot on the products we were able to find at the farmers market.…

Perfect Sunday With Friends And Family

Perfect Sunday With Friends And Family

Perfect Sunday... In the last 7 years since my mom passed away, I tried to get home to Romania every year. I still have family and friends who I deeply care about, so I try to spend time with them as much as possible while I am in the country. Getting together with friends while in Romania is very important to me. Being home, the country where I grew up, and being together with people I love, replenishes my emotional energy…

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