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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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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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Deep fried vegetable dumplings

by viviana on February 13, 2012 in Appetizers,Ovo Lacto

Totally enjoyed making deep fried dumplings for the first time in my life. For some reason you can all understand I felt the pleasure of watching Kung Fu Panda again! My daughter and I love that cartoon (especially the first one) and we both think it is full of good advice for grown ups and kids alike. Well, I for one was thinking of Kung Fu Panda because Panda’s father makes noodles and dumplings, but this is not the main part of the cartoon.

I have been dying to make some sort of stuffed something that looked like Chinese something, and I think that these deep fried vegetable dumplings are delightful! I am going to try to use other ingredients in the future: minced beef, some other vegetables, maybe some cheese paste. Anyway, for the time being take my word: they are wonderful! I ate 15 of them with soy sauce…

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Potato stew

by viviana on February 9, 2012 in Mains

Every time I cook potato stew I think of summer :). My Granny used to cook it on hot summer days. I remember coming back from the beach and smell the stew from downstairs. The secret? Well, add some smoked sausages or rashers of pork ham and the stew will smell and taste like heaven.

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