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Lemon Ricotta Cheese Cake

Lemon Ricotta Cheese Cake

I am an introvert. I think my favorite place to be is at home, in front of my computer, in my kitchen, reading cooking books and doing research for my blog. And I think that this dessert is just like me, very simple, homey and quiet. It doesn’t call attention to itself and it isn’t very complicated or fancy. Baking this little lemon ricotta cheese cake on a lazy Sunday is the perfect thing to do, in my opinion. The…

Pickled Cucumbers In Vinegar- Easy Recipe

Pickled Cucumbers In Vinegar- Easy Recipe

Time to pickle beautiful vegetables from Farmers Markets and personal gardens! This is the moment, people, as will not last for ever. From late August to late October, in Minnesota, this is the time when there is an abundance of vegetables at the Farmer Market and the perfect time to preserve different foods for the winter. Now, you might ask me, why are you doing this? Can you just go to the store and buy pickles already in jars and…

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…

Romanian Authentic Potato Moussaka

Romanian Authentic Potato Moussaka

Moussaka is a popular dish that you can find in the Mediterranean cuisine, or Balkans. You will probably find it in every Greek restaurant as it is known especially in United States as being part of the Greek Cuisine and nothing more. However, historically, the Moussaka was found also in every country that was part or influenced by the Ottoman Empire. Even if Romania was never part of the big empire, there are many ottoman influences  in the Romanian cuisine. Therefore,…

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…

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…

Jam Crescent Pastries(Cornulete Cu Gem)

Jam Crescent Pastries(Cornulete cu gem)

I always loved these delicious crescent pastries, popular in many Eastern European countries. I already have on my blog another version of them, made with a different type of dough. There are many recipes out there and I have to say that most of them are great. The dough on the first version of these cookies on my blog  is made with farmer cheese(or ricotta). It is a very old recipe that goes well for a lot of pastries. It uses…

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