Welcome to the Appetizers section on Cooking with Vivi!

Fresh, healthy, easy to make, delicious starters for lunch or dinner, mostly made with vegetables. Incredible designs! Great tips on how to make your life easier in the kitchen.

I often cook stuffed mushrooms. Here, here and here are my other versions of “Stuffed mushrooms”. Today’s recipe is really simple and fast.

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Vegetable and sausage quick lunch

by viviana on February 26, 2013 in Appetizers,Mains

I am not a professional cook and never pretended or wanted to be one. I express myself in many ways (from my teaching style to the way I wear my clothes, from the way I capture life through my Nikon lens to the way I cook for my family) and I put a lot of love and passion in everything I do. My entire life is about passion, caring, love and sharing what I feel and what I’ve learned. “Cooking with Vivi” is my statement about love for my family. I cook for my family almost every day and from time to time I choose to share the recipes and photos with my readers. Most of you are busy ladies who are looking for easy recipes and that je ne sais quoi that makes a lunch or dinner more enjoyable. Today I am sharing a simple recipe of vegetables and sausage that my daughter liked very much. Enjoy and try at home!

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New Year’s Eve (2013)

by viviana on January 2, 2013 in Appetizers,Festive,Sandwiches

I cooked galore on Christmas and it seems that all that excitement drained me a little bit. Still, I found the energy to prepare a nice platter for New Year’s Eve and a nice and simple dinner for January 1st. Check out the photos!

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Butter baked mushrooms

by viviana on November 7, 2012 in Appetizers,Ovo Lacto

We love succulent mushrooms, especially baked in the oven and seasoned with salt and pepper. Here is the simplest recipe possible!

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Among other traditional dishes, mashed eggplant is very popular in Romania. It is usually served with chopped onion and tomatoes. I made mashed eggplant and a separate tomato, cucumber, olive, onion and parsley salad. Here they are!

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Bruschette reloaded (attempt 3)!

by viviana on August 4, 2012 in Appetizers,Ovo Lacto

 

My daughter really likes bruschette. Here are my previous attempt number 1 and attempt number 2 to prepare this wonderful Italian appetizer.

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Today I am sharing one of my daughter’s favorites: cream cheese with yellow pepper, onion and parsley. She simply loves this combination and she never gets tired of it. Sometimes, even after we go to bed, she asks me to make some. In fact, it is the onion – cream cheese combination that she loves! Mothers and fathers who cook for your children, your 11 year old may also like cream cheese as much as my daughter does ;).

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This is the second type of bruschette (here is the first one) we can quickly cook in the evening, when we get home. They take 5-10 min and they are delicious. Check out the recipe!

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My daughter is a bruschette fan, so today a post about them! You know by now that I cook to impress my daughter and to teach her bits and pieces about healthy food and cooking for your family. All I cook is simple and unsophisticated. I like to eat out, and when I really like something I have at a restaurant, I like to try it at home. Sometimes I check Sanda Marin’s “bible” for Romanian recipes, and sometimes I check the Internet for tips.

I have recently discovered I have a “soul sister” in the United States! Mia (@Mia’s Domain) cooks with passion and love and she has learned everything from her Grandmother (see the resemblance?).

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Egg figurines

by viviana on April 18, 2012 in Appetizers,Festive

This is my second suggestion for using the Easter eggs in a creative way. The Oriental salad was a blast, and now I hope that you find the egg figurines appealing. They are definitely fun to make! It took us hours to come up with the ideas, find the right ingredients and make them. Here is the final result:

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