This is a whipped chocolate pie that is very rich but has cayenne that gives is a nice warm heat finish. It is over the top decadence at its best. It is also fun and different. Cooking time is just chill time for the pie.
This is a perfect crisp pie crust that is off and running in about 5 minutes. The coconut milk does not change the flavor, but it does seem to make the crust more crisp and perfect. I use this for pies needing prebaked crust and I use it for the bottom of fruit pies with streusel topping.
This is based on a recipe from Jaques Pepin. I prefer some different spices and make mine a little bigger so they can be served as an appetizer. There are a few steps but it is a fairly easy recipe. My kids said it reminded them of macaroni and cheese--only it was served as finger food. This recipe does not use potatoes.
This is a very simple salad that is the perfect change of pace. It requires fresh ingredients but is filling, tasty and really good for you! You get a wonderful mix of textures and the flavors were meant to be together!
This is one of my favorite condiments and is a good way to use up some extra zucchini you may have on hand in summer. It seems like a lot of steps but I can do a whole batch in less than an hour and it is so YUUMY!
These are light and delicate while still being easy to make and the recipe only requires 3 ingredients! A friend and I always made these in high school and the recipe is so easy I always remember it off the top of my head.
This is a nice rolled spice cookie that has all the seasoning of gingerbread only without molasses. I rarely have molasses on hand and this makes cookies half way between a good sugar cookie and gingerbread. Light and crisp and they can be frosted or not. They also hold up well in a cookie tin. Yummy!
Meatballs for those who are not confident “seasoners”. I developed this one day when I wanted to make homemade meatballs and wanted to use what I had in my kitchen instead of buying more ingredients at the store. It uses a packets of readily available seasoning mix and bread slices instead of bread crumbs. And it makes a really large batch so there are plenty for a crowd or enough to make ahead and freeze for later. You can also use any extra mixture for meat loaf! Very versatile and a universal crowd pleaser.
These little yummies are THE smell encountered at any Romanian Piatsa (outdoor market). They are the closest thing you find to Romanian street food. They are very flavorful and smell incredibly good while grilling.
This is my favorite condiment! It is basically a chunkier version of guacamole. It is yummy on just about everything. It can be a dip, but it shines as a topping for fish, chicken or eggs. I even put it on our homemade pizza (after it comes out of the oven) to make it more off the beaten path.
This is the recipe for Salata de Vinate that I learned when I lived in Romania in the late 90's. It is DELICIOUS!!!! It is something I still get cravings for and is a nice change from its middle eastern cousins. To get the "real" flavor you must cook the eggplant on an open flame.
A traditional vegetable spread found in Romania (probably in other neighboring countries as well). It is delicious on crust bread or even as a topping on rice for a quickie vegetarian meal. It is also excellent as a sandwich spread. This recipe is for a large batch intended for canning. You can cut it back if you want a smaller batch for immediate consumption.
This is a fantastic way to use a variety of root vegetables! The end result is beautifully colored with each ingredient being its own shade of pink. I also like the way that it has layers of texture. It can be hard to do with root vegetables. If you don't care about the texture you can make it all easier by boiling everything and just dicing it all and mixing it up like regular potato salad. I think doing it this way is worth the effort though.
This risotto is a gorgeous deep rich pink color when finished. It is also incredibly nutritious and wonderfully delicious. It is just all around wonderful. Don't be afraid of the risotto either. It requires a lot of stirring but is easier than you might think!
I find that after hunting I am expected to prepare whatever delicacies the boys have brought home. This recipe can make even the toughest game bird into lean delicious corned lunch meat (like corned beef!). This recipe will do about 8 grouse or ptarmigan about 10 pounds worth. Also works with rabbit!
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