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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…

Classic Chuck Roast With Vegetables

Classic Chuck Roast with Vegetables

It is still cold in Minnesota even if Spring is coming, so last night I decided to make this classic recipe of chuck roast with organic vegetables in the slow cooker. Living in the Midwest and with the harsh, long winters we have, the Slow Cooker or the CrockPot is a great tool to put warm, hearty food on the table for busy families. This is a recipe that I am sure a lot of people know about, but everyone…

Traditional Hungarian Goulash

Traditional Hungarian Goulash

This traditional Hungarian goulash is a beef stew cooked with lots of onions, Hungarian paprika, tomatoes and sweet peppers. Very popular in Hungary but also in other parts of Eastern Europe, this stew can be served with bread, pasta, like spaetzle, boiled or roasted potatoes and pickles. It is a very hearty dish that works best for chilly days. It feeds a crowd, it is nutritious and very easy to make. It is a very comforting meal, perfect for your…

Andouille Sausages With Peas Potatoes And Leeks

Andouille Sausages with Peas Potatoes and Leeks

This is a beautiful recipe for a quick dinner in the family. Sausages, potatoes, peas and leaks are the base for this delicious dish. I used Andouille sausages which gave the dish a "spicy attitude", but you can use any kind of sausage you like, mild Italian sausage for example. A little bit of white wine will give the dish an elegant finish. A great recipe for a quick dinner or a simple meal at the end of the week!…

Roasted Chicken And Potatoes

Roasted Chicken And Potatoes

This recipe is an old one. My grandmother would serve this dish on a Sunday family meal, together with a good soup and a great simple dessert, like crepes or doughnuts made from scratch. Relatively cheap and easy to put together, this dish is handsome and delicious. It can be done on any day of the week, but it is more awesome over the weekend! When you bake chicken and potatoes together on the same baking sheet, you allow the…

Romanian Stuffed Grape Leaves-Dolmades

Romanian Stuffed Grape Leaves-Dolmades

Today I made stuffed grape leaves. Out of the world, if you ask me! I don't make them very often as I should, and I do not know why because we really like them. If you never had them before, you are here for a treat. I am sure you heard of them before. The English world knows them as "Dolmades". The stuffed grape leaves with meat, rice or other ingredients can be found in many cuisines around the world,…

Roasted Lemon Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Roasted Lemon Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

This simple recipe of chicken will save the dinner during the week. You only need about an hour to make it and meanwhile, you can prepare a salad or some vegetables to go with it. Perfect! HOW TO MAKE ROASTED LEMON CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS: Preheat oven to 375F. Place all dry ingredients in a big Ziploc bag. Add oil and lemon juice, mix well, then add the chicken and massage it well, so it gets coated with the ingredients. Bake it…

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