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Apple Pie Bars- Romanian Slab Pie

Apple Pie Bars- Romanian Slab Pie

October is here and apples are in season and a little bit cheaper, which means that it is time to bake an apple pie, Romanian style. I have to confess that writing this recipe, as easy as it looks like, it kind of kicked my butt. With my recipes, I always try to do the best work I can when it comes bringing my own culture into the American one. American apple pie is not the same as the Romanian version,…

How To Preserve Herbs In Salt For Winter

How To Preserve Herbs In Salt For Winter

If you grew up like me in a place where people used to eat in season and also canned fruits, vegetables and meats for winter, you might know already how to preserve herbs for the cold season. Most people today would dry or freeze their herbs, but do you know that there is another way of preserving these beautiful aromatic herbs? Click here to PIN this tasty recipe so you can make it later! Preserving in salt: This is an…

German Plum Kuchen- Pflaumenkuchen

German Plum Kuchen- Pflaumenkuchen

I love this recipe. While plums are still in season, this recipe should be on the list of everyone who loves baking bars and using seasonal ingredients. The recipe comes from Transylvania and it is specific to the Saxon(German) cuisine. Easy to make and incredible delicious, the German Plum Kuchen is a little treasure, great for a lazy Sunday afternoon snack, or dessert. Click here to PIN this tasty recipe so you can make it later! Tip: The dough can…

Authentic Mexican Chicken Fajitas-Fajitas De Pollo

Authentic Mexican Chicken Fajitas-Fajitas De Pollo

Today we are going to prepare a delicious authentic Mexican chicken fajitas, or fajitas de pollo. One of the easiest dishes of the Mexican cuisine are the fajitas that are usually made with chicken, beef or shrimp. You can serve them on a sizzling cast iron plate (like in the restaurants), or you can serve them on a regular serving plate next to guacamole, limes, salsa and warm corn or flour tortillas, as tacos.  In Mexico, this dish is popular…

Authentic Mexican Picadillo

Authentic Mexican Picadillo

I love this recipe because of the simplicity of it and the fact that it makes a great lunch or dinner, Mexican style. The flavors are great and also authentic for Mexico. This beauty will bring on your plate the flavors of "canela" or cinnamon, the sweetness of "pasitas" or raisins, and the acidity of a white wine added to the mixture. There are many recipes out there and everyone uses different ingredients based on the availability or the region of Mexico.…

Roasted Eggplant Salad- Romanian Style

Roasted Eggplant Salad- Romanian Style

Many European and Middle Eastern cuisines use eggplants in their recipes. From baking to roasting and grilling, the eggplants are versatile vegetables that can be cooked in many ways. In Romania, one of the most traditional foods you can find around is this eggplant salad/spread that is made mostly in the summer and served with bread, fresh tomatoes and Feta cheese. I noticed that people are sometimes intimidated when it comes to cook eggplants, so here it is an easy…

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…

German Peach Kuchen

German Peach Kuchen

This is a very popular recipe in the Saxon cuisine of Transylvania, peaches and custard baked to a chewy, gooey perfection on a tender cookie crust. Can be made all year around  with canned peaches, but try the fresh ones in the summer first. Served hot with ice cream or alone cold, the recipe is so popular that I even found a version of it in a Saxon Cook Book published in 1955 by the Transylvanian Saxons immigrated to United…

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…

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