About Jo


Oh hi there! Grab a cup of coffee and have some fun while surfing through my blog.

Many moons ago my family and I moved to Canada from Romania. I always enjoyed cooking and baking as a kid and I was always in the kitchen with my mother helping her out. That’s where I learned how to make most Romanian dishes that you will find here. I’m not a trained chef, I just enjoy being in the kitchen and trying to cook new recipes. I try out all my recipes on my poor husband, who is quite a picky eater and has no choice but to try my food.

Through the development of this blog, I have discovered not only my passion for cooking but my passion for food photography. All the pictures you see here on jocooks.com have been taken by me and by my husband.

I wanted to create this blog to share my love for food with friends and family, because life should be delicious and there’s nothing better in the world than cooking with friends and family and watching your loved ones faces light up as they enjoy your food. These are the recipes that my family and I have enjoyed over the years, so share them with your friends and family as you choose. Romanian food is not a very well known cuisine, so I hope to change that here and hopefully turn some foodies onto enjoying Romanian cuisine. Please leave your comments if you have tried any of the recipes and have enjoyed them, I love reading to see what people think.

Although I love my Romanian recipes, those are not the only recipes you will find on this blog. I love to try cuisines from all over the world, so here you will find a lot of different recipes, from healthy to really bad for you, from sweet to spicy or any of the above.

Occasionally, I will bore you with pictures of my dog, whom I love dearly and is just my best friend in the world. Her name is Mia and she is a 10 year old beagle, who is the cutest beagle in the world. She is the biggest fan of my cooking and will pretty much eat anything you put in her plate. She watches me cook every single time and awaits anxiously for food bacon to make its way on the floor. You never have a dirty floor with her around, that’s for sure. She’s a great cleaner upper.

If you’re looking for a recipe you may not find easily, please use the search bar in the top right hand corner or click on Recipe Index in the top menu.

Feel free to email me at info @ jocooks . com with any questions, or post a comment here or on any of the recipes.

If you love my recipes, feel free to use my images however you want. You do not need to email me for permission. The only thing I would appreciate back in return is to give me credit  for any work of mine that you would use, and ideally, link back to the original. 

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  1. says

    Hi Jo,

    I came across some of your delicious looking recipes on Pinterest and cannot wait to cook your recipes at home for my family! I am a part of a new venture Fit Life Tea, a global tea wellness company. Our mission is to inspire healthy living and happiness throughout the world. We are in the process of developing our eCommerce website, which will launch in January with three tea products to start and we’ll be increasing our product line shortly thereafter. We will have a Lifestyle section which will include fitness tips, videos and recipes to promote a healthy, active lifestyle to our community.

    We would love to share your recipes. I know you gave permission for use of recipes and photography on your site, but I just want to confirm and let you know we want to partner with Jo Cooks! :)

  2. Valentina says

    Buna Jo,
    “Jo” vine cumva de la Ioana?!
    Nici nu-mi vine sa cred ca am gasit asa retete bune si apetisante! Nu-s o gospodina desavarsita, incerc si eu… insa acum cu cu siguranta voi “fura” din retele tale, abia astept! Ce sa facem, ne inspiram de pe unde putem, noi cei plecati departe de casa!
    Salutari din Australia!

  3. says

    I just got glued to your blog! Your recipes and pictures are beyond any appreciation – they are just soooo good! I will surely try Romanian recipes as this is a new place for me to venture out and will definitely let you know how I performed! Thanks a lot for offering such an wonderful food blog to a ‘food-blog-fanatic’ (Yes! That’s me!)!!!!

  4. says

    Hello Jo,

    I am very happy because i sow a lot of romanian receipes on your blog, you are a good ambasador of our traditional food(from Romania). A collegue of mine found your blog, and we are very happy to see all. Also i am blogger, but with not so much time to attach all the time, my blog name is reteteleluisupernico.blogspot.com.

    I wish you all the best,

  5. Sue W says

    Just came back from Cluj Napoca (& Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov) and loved the food. Delicious, fresh and wholesome. The smoked meats and cheese, wild berries and mushrooms, sour soups, preserves. In particular, am in love with sarmale, cabbage a la Cluj and papanasi so am looking forward to giving your recipes a try. Definitely think I will need another trip to Romania! Enjoying your website, very inspiring.

      • Rachel says

        Love love love Cluj :) My family came from Negresti-Oas, and my husband is from Arad. I love my motherland and its traditional foods:))

        • says

          Wow that’s great. My husband is from Bucharest, and actually we have family pretty much all over the country. Romanian food is great, I just don’t think people know enough about it, so that’s why I love to share those recipes here! :)

  6. rachna says

    Thanks Jo :) beautiful pictures and awesome recipes . I tried the meatball recipe and my family loved it except i could have added more chillies .

  7. says

    Jo, I need a Romanian soup recipe. Take a look at my blog. I am relating a food story. I have written 3 short parts for Beer and Jalapeno Nachos. If you have time to read it, you will see why I need a recipe. I will of course give you full credit. I don’t want pictures—just the recipe and the okay to use it. If you are game, email me. If you don’t want to, which is fine, could you let me know that too. I will have to start rooting around somewhere else. Smiles—–Carol

  8. Amy Lomas says

    Hi Jo,

    I’m trying to figure out how to add recipes to a recipe box, but I don’t see the little heart icon to like them.

    Also, I did the chicken enchilada rice bake last night, with a few more veggies added and it was SO good.


    • says

      Hi Amy,
      You need to click on the save button under the image in the recipe, and that will save the recipe to your recipe box. Glad you liked the chicken enchilada rice bake, can’t go wrong with that dish. :)

  9. Cristian Ilisiu says

    Foarte bune si apetisante retete ai aici Jo.
    Ma bucur ca am dat peste site-ul tau.
    O sa incerc pizza breakfast.

  10. Ana Munford says

    I am so glad I found your blog Jo, I love your recipes and how your explain them so well. All the best for you. Sincerely, Ana.

  11. Donna Traverse says

    I found you on Pinterest with Crockpot Chinese Port and it looked so delicious I followed you home..lol. I am newly single so looking for new things to try. I love seeing Canadian blogs for recipes simply the ingredients are easy to find. You have so many choices I’m not sure where to start. I have made cabbage rolls with the sour cabbage but something was missing, so I am hoping our local grocery store in Port Hardy BC, will have them again. Keep up the great food. Thanks for the great ideas

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