Goat Cheese and Eggs in Bacon Baskets

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Happy New Year!!! I can't believe 2011 is over, time is really flying. I start a new role at my work  in the new year and I'm really excited. It will be something totally different for me, but I'm ready for a change. I have the perfect breakfast for you to bring in the new year. This breakfast has unbelievable ingredients, eggs, bacon, salami, shiitake mushrooms, and goat cheese. It really will make your morning breakfast special. We all know how bacon makes everything better. Well bacon … [Read more...]

Blackberry, Raspberry and Pomegranate Cheesecake


My favorite dessert in the whole wide world is cheesecake. I love any type of cheesecake. And I have to say I make a pretty damn good one at that. Normally I make it with cherry topping, but my husband has been asking me to make something with the pomegranates we've had in the fridge for a few days now so I thought they would be perfect for a cheesecake topping. I also used blackberries and raspberries because I had some in the fridge and they made a lovely combination. I used to make … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Sheet Cake

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On Christmas Eve we had dinner with my sister and her family. It was wonderful, especially seeing my nephew. Food was delicious as always. I was in charge of dessert so I decided to make this gorgeous red velvet sheet cake. I've never made red velvet cake before, only red velvet whoopie pies which were just wonderful. But I came across this red velvet sheet cake across Pioneer Woman's website and I thought I'd try it. This cake turned out so gorgeous and so elegant looking. I was really … [Read more...]

Cheese Sticks (Saratele)

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Merry Christmas! It makes me real happy to be able to share these recipes with everyone. I've grown up with these dishes and I absolutely love them. I'm so glad that I married a Romanian man because we have this tradition in common. But even if you didn't grow up with these holiday dishes you can still enjoy them. Especially these cheese sticks, who doesn't love a good cheese stick? Although we usually make these during the holidays, they really are good year round, for any occasion or just … [Read more...]

Romanian Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale)

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Traditional Romanian Cabbage Rolls are made with sour cabbage stuffed with pork and beef and little bit of bacon, the best cabbage rolls you will ever have. Here's my tried and true cabbage rolls recipe that is a must have for every Christmas. First of all, the big difference between Romanian cabbage rolls and others are that we make them with sour cabbage.  You can find sour cabbage at pretty much all grocery stores, here in Calgary, we always find them at Safeway or any Polish store. With … [Read more...]

Walnut Bread (Cozonac cu Nuca)

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Sweet Walnut Bread known as Cozonac cu Nuca is a traditional Romanian sweet bread made with raisins and walnuts or pecans enjoyed at Christmas and Easter. Oh let me tell you this is a treat. This is a favorite at every Christmas or Easter in Romania and you will find it on everyone's table wherever you go.  This is my mother in law's recipe and it is the best. It may be a bit of work, but trust me when I tell you it is worth it.  It will take you about 4 hours to make and that includes the … [Read more...]



I finally did it! I made baklava! I've been wanting to make it for a long time but have always been scared of making it, thinking it is really difficult to make. Well I was wrong, baklava couldn't be easier to make. Oh and it turned out so good, I can't stop eating it. I was thinking of taking it to work on Monday, but I'm afraid there won't be any left by then. I don't think it's a Christmas dessert, probably has nothing to do with Christmas, but it's such an elegant dessert, that it's bound … [Read more...]

Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

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Happy Holidays everyone! I love love this time of year. I have baked so many cookies recently but recipe, I think is special. Dates, chocolate and pecans, well that is a great marriage. They are amazing, my husband was so reluctant to try these cookies but once he tried it he loved it. They are fairly easy to make but requires some finesse and patience. The first time I made them, they did not turn out so pretty, they were actually quite a big mess. Although they looked pretty bad, they were … [Read more...]

Lasagna Soup

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  I've been posting lots of cookie recipes lately, so I though it was time for something savory. And what better way to this than with this lasagna in a bowl. If you've never had lasagna soup, this is something you must try. It is literally like eating lasagna, except it's a lot easier to make. It's really good. My husband was mumbling and grumbling as usual as I was making it, then when he tried it he got all quiet and finally admitted that it was a great idea and he loved it. I … [Read more...]

Chocolate Rumballs

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I've been making these chocolate rumballs for quite a few years now, about 10 years. I can't remember the name of the book, but my friend had this book full of desserts made from cake mix and this recipe comes from this book. There is no holiday at my house without these rumballs. Any potluck I have at work, I bring chocolate rumballs. We absolutely love them. Let me tell you why. The secret is the rum, and I love to add a bit more rum. In the recipe I say 1/4 cup of rum. But not me, I add 1/2 … [Read more...]

Apple and Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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I made these apple and pecan cinnamon rolls a couple weeks ago and did not get a chance to post them until now. They were good. They were fabulous. I mean who does not love cinnamon rolls. They're gooey and sweet and simply delicious. They're to die for. The perfect weekend breakfast. And when you add pecans and apples, well it's a marriage made in heaven. I dare you to make these and then come and tell me you don't love them. It's impossible. You will fall in love with them. I could eat these … [Read more...]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Yes, cookies again! Christmas is coming so it's time to make cookies. Now these cookies, I can honestly say I have no idea why they are called Mexican Wedding Cookies because they just look so festive to me. They look like a Christmas cookie. If you are a fan of pecans, you will love these cookies. They melt in your mouth. Ground pecans, butter, powdered sugar, yum! Together it's the perfect marriage, they work together very well and creates magic in your mouth. They are very easy to make. … [Read more...]