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Mustard Pickled Vegetables- A Winter Delight

Mustard Pickled Vegetables- A Winter Delight

Canning seems to be a forgotten skill in the modern times and few people enjoy doing it or finding it necessary. With the abundance of fruits and vegetables all year long in the supermarkets, there is no need to can anymore as our ancestors used to do it for survival reasons. People used to eat in season and if you did not can over the summer and early in the fall you had no food for the winter, which was…

Mexican Chipotle Mushrooms

Mexican Chipotle Mushrooms

Mexican Chipotle Mushrooms is a wonderful recipe that I like a lot and make quite often. It is a very different, refreshing side dish that goes well with any type of meat. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, these mushrooms would go well on pasta or rice. You can also make great tacos. To make the recipe you need only few ingredients. I like to  use chipotle in a can but if you don't have that, we will discuss it in…

Tomato And Zucchini Summer Soup

Tomato And Zucchini Summer Soup

I love easy summer recipes that do not require a lot of time in the kitchen. This soup is what I wanted for a while now. The weather is crazy hot and humid these days in Minneapolis, so there is not much desire to be right next to a hot stove or oven. The tomato and zucchini soup is a delicious vegetable soup that can be served cold from the fridge or just warmed up a little bit. Very refreshing…

Baked Zucchini Tomato And Mozzarella Casserole

Baked Zucchini Tomato and Mozzarella Casserole

You got zucchini from the Farmers Market and don't know what to do with it? This recipe is for you. I love zucchini and this is such a summer item that needs to be cooked while still in season. The recipe is very simple and can be made in no time. You just need some fresh tomatoes, garlic(yum!), few slices of mozzarella and a little bit of cheddar cheese to sprinkle over. Bake and eat! Quite simple, if you ask…

Stuffed Peppers (Ardei Umpluti)

Stuffed Peppers (Ardei Umpluti)

Stuffed peppers are a favorite meal in many parts of the world. They are easy to make and delicious. Perfect for lunch, or for a great family dinner, stuffed peppers can be served by themselves or right next to mashed potatoes or other vegetables. The recipe that I am going to share with you today is coming from Romania and it is a recipe I grew up with. I know there are many recipes out there and everyone uses different…

Mititei- Romanian Grilled Sausages Recipe

Mititei- Romanian Grilled Sausages Recipe

When in the mood for partying and the weather is fine, Romanians go out for picnics. One of their favorite food out there is "Mititei". Mititei are small skinless sausages made with ground beef, lamb or pork meat, garlic and other spices. The sausages are grilled on charcoal hot grill and served with mustard, fresh bread, French fries and cold beer.  It is a meat dish encountered only in Romanian cuisine. This picture was taken at a summer festival in…

Romanian Meatballs (Chiftele)

Romanian Meatballs (Chiftele)

This recipe of meatballs or Chiftele   is a traditional Romanian one. The "Chiftele" are basically meat patties made with ground pork or mixed with ground beef and then deep fried. The mixture has also bread crumbs, spices, garlic and eggs. In some regions of Romania, a shredded potato is also added. Neither my grandmother or my mother added potato to the meat, so my recipe today is the basic one, the one I personally grew up with. The slightly flat shape…

Pork Chops With Roasted Vegetables

Pork Chops With Roasted Vegetables

This recipe is great for the middle of the week when you have to come up with a fast dinner for your family. You don't need a lot of ingredients, it is easy to make, healthy and also very delicious. Serve it with a green salad and you are here for a feast. Leftovers are great too. Preheat the over to 475F. Yes, I know, it is super hot, but you want dinner fast, right? So, stay with me! In…

Cheese Straws With Feta And Poppy Seeds

Cheese Straws With Feta And Poppy Seeds

If you take a look at my blog's appetizer section you will notice some other recipes for cheese straws. I grew up with them and always loved them. The cheese straws, especially the homemade ones, are perfect for appetizers or just snacks and go perfect with cold beers. If I would have to choose between store bought cheese straws and homemade, I would definitely choose the homemade. They are very easy to make, the ingredients are usually found in most…

Feta And Black Caraway Pastries

Feta And Black Caraway Pastries

I posted some while ago another recipe for pastries made with farmers cheese. Today, I thought that you might like to try another beauty and favorite around my house, so I present you the feta and black caraway pastries. If you visit Romania and especially Bucharest, where I grew up, you will find those at every corner of the street. There are so many bakeries and pastry businesses that you cannot even imagine. However, there is nothing better than homemade…

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