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Sour Cherries Sweet Cornbread4

Sour Cherries Sweet Cornbread

Romanian cuisine uses simple, cheap ingredients. One of those is cornmeal, which we also find in the Mexican or Italian cuisine. If you know a little bit about the Romanian cuisine, you already know that polenta is not only an Italian staple, it is also very Romanian. In the villages, corn was a staple and still is for many people. There are multiple recipes that use cornmeal and this sour cherries sweet cornbread recipe is  one of them. The recipe…

Scalloped Potatoes With Hard Boiled Eggs1

Scalloped Potatoes with Hard Boiled Eggs

I love potatoes. In any form or shape. I have to confess that I like them more than I like pasta or other forms of carbs. I grew up eating lots of them, especially in the winter. I still own a Romanian book from the '70s that has no less than 365 recipes made with potatoes, from appetizers to desserts. Basically, there is one recipe for each day of the year. I love to open that book once in a…

Classic European Chocolate Ganache Meringue Torte Recipe

Classic European Chocolate Ganache Meringue Torte Recipe

Chocolate ganache meringue torte is one of my favorite tortes out there. Easy to make, delicate and elegant, this cake is definitely a good choice for any romantic dinner, birthday or other celebrations. I used the term "torte", but I do understand that not everyone knows what a torte is. Well, a torte is a multilayered cake that can be filled with different things, like buttercream, jam, whipped cream, mousse or chocolate ganache in our version. The term comes from…

Authentic Traditional Turkish Coffee

Authentic Traditional Turkish Coffee

This authentic traditional Turkish coffee recipe is my favorite one when it comes to drinking coffee. Back in Romania, we used to drink Turkish coffee every single day. It was not a treat, it was a way of living. The exceptional taste, body, aroma, and preparation makes Turkish coffee far superior to any other coffee out there. You might want to challenge me on this one, but unless you tried it and you did not like it, you should just trust me.…

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Easy Chicken Breast Schnitzel

I grew up with a German grandmother and schnitzel was something she made quite often. My mother always made it any time meat available. Chicken Breast Schnitzel is something I also made all my adult life. I usually have to make a bunch of schnitzels as my family never gets tired of them. There are also very easy to make and much better than any chicken nuggets or breaded chicken you ever had in your life. You can also follow…

Garlic Green Beans Salad4

Romanian Garlic Green Beans Salad

Garlic Green Beans Salad is a traditional Romanian summer salad. An easy way to eat green beans, this salad makes a great addition to your meal. It is served cold and stays well until the next day. I love green beans cooked in many ways. In the winter, I use lots of frozen green beans, but in the summer I love going to the Farmers Market and buy fresh ones. I cook them with meat and tomato sauce and sometimes…

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New Potatoes With Dill And Butter

I love new potatoes, especially when they first come up in spring or early summer to Farmer Markets in Minnesota. This is the perfect time when you can bake, fry, steam or boil them and make wonderful dishes with them. This recipe of new potatoes with dill and butter is one of the oldest recipes I can remember from my childhood. I am a big fan of potatoes, they are versatile and a great source of vitamin B6 and potassium. Growing up…

Tomato Cucumbers Feta Salad Recipe

Tomato Cucumbers Feta Salad Recipe

Summer is my favorite season and if you grew up in Romania, you probably know that this salad is one of the most popular ones around. In fact, at my table, this salad is a regular not only in the summer but all year round if the weather is not too cold. It is refreshing, low in calories, low in carbs and absolutely delicious! And, can we call it vegan also,  if we don't add the cheese, which is always…

Romanian Homemade Chocolate Bars2

Romanian Homemade Chocolate

This recipe of homemade chocolate is coming from Romania and it was probably created during the communist era (1946-1989) when food was scarce and real chocolate was a luxury. The recipe is close to the popular American fudge, except that the ingredients are quite different. I have to say that the recipe is quite creative and uses very basic ingredients that most people had in their pantries if they were lucky enough to find them in the stores. During these…

Romanian Oriental Potato Salad

Romanian Oriental Potato Salad

I have lots of memories about food while growing up. Most memories are related to my both grandmothers who were wonderful cooks. I like to think that I inherited the love of cooking and baking from them and I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to watch them work in the kitchen. This recipe, though, is one of the recipes my mother used to make quite often. I don't think there is a Romanian alive who doesn't know about…

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