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Braised beef, mushrooms and olives

by viviana on April 11, 2013 in Mains

Beef is easy to cook if you know one trick: how to tenderize the meat using baking soda! So, here is a new beef recipe for all cooking enthusiasts :).

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Baked stuffed eggplant (“Little slippers”)

by viviana on April 3, 2013 in Mains

This is one of my favorite posts ever because my Granny loved cooking this dish for me and she used to call it “Little Slippers”. As you know by now I learned how to cook from my dear Granny, Victoria Paladi. I helped her in the kitchen for a long time, and then roles changed and she started helping me cook – in all, 33 years of sharing the pleasure of cooking together. I miss my Granny every second of my life and I feel she still lives with us. I feel she watches over me and she loves me still. I will always love my Granny.

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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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Potato stew (easy recipe)

by viviana on September 27, 2012 in Mains

I made potato stew in the past, and it was always very tasty. However, I was determined to try it again, and prepare it faster. So here is the simplified version of my potato stew, with less ingredients, less effort and more love!

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Rice vermicelli pasta with beef and tomato sauce

by viviana on September 24, 2012 in Mains

I love rice vermicelli pasta because of its immaculate color and light taste. Here is a tasty dish you can cook in less than an hour: pasta with beef and tomato sauce.

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Veal sour soup (2)

by viviana on August 8, 2012 in Soups

I am so glad to be able to post a new slightly changed recipe for “Veal sour soup”. Here is the first recipe. It was equally good, but a little bit more difficult to prepare, so try this one if you are in a hurry.

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This recipe breaks a few rules, so don’t expect the regular directions for grilling vegetables. I always take the liberty to try new things in the kitchen, although I always follow what my Granny has taught me since I was 6. All these adjustments are aimed at cooking healthier and tastier food for my daughter.

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Vegetable stew and sausages

by viviana on June 4, 2012 in Mains

This is just another quick and easy 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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Baked turkey leg

by viviana on April 26, 2012 in Mains

I can still remember the first time I came up with the idea we should cook an entire stuffed turkey (as I learned about Thanksgiving from a book). I told my Granny we should cook turkey the way the Brits do, and we did! It was grand!

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