About Jo

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Hello and welcome to my food blog. Grab a cup of coffee, a cookie and have some fun while surfing through my blog.

I was born in Romania in the 70s and in the 80s my family and I moved to Canada. I always enjoyed cooking and baking as a kid, 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.

I wanted to create this blog to share my love for food with friends and family, because life should be delicious and because I need a place to store all my recipes. These recipes are 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.

All the pictures on this blog were taken by myself or by my husband with our Canon 7D DSLR camera.

I like to try all different kinds of cuisines, I love Indian food, Thai food, Chinese food, etc. I love to experiment and try all these recipes myself.

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 9 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.

Please do not use my pictures or recipes on your website without asking me first. My rule is that you can use either the recipe or the picture and link back to my blog, but you cannot use both.

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

Comments

  1. Holly says

    Hi Jo, I love hot wings with blue cheese dressing but for some reason I cannot get the preparation instructions for your recipe that is on the Yummy website to pull up. Could you send it to me?
    Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Holly,
      I’m revamping some recipes on my blog and that’s one I removed and was going to post later. I believe you just mix the dressing ingredients together, it’s really simple to make. :)

  2. JuneC says

    I have been subscribed to your blog for awhile now and have made one recipe with delicious results, and I plan to make quite a few more. My one complaint is the search feature. I can never find a recipe again, even if I know the exact name. I wanted to look at the recipe for the strawberry, banana cookies and it took me a very long time to find it. I like to post my results after I have tried a recipe. If I can’t find the recipe then I can’t ask questions of give my results. It may be months before I actually make a recipe I have printed.

    I don’t see a place to check for follow ups on posts. I posted a question about a recipe, you answered it, but I received no notification that a post had been done to the thread, is there a place I should have checked so I could have been notified when a new post is made in a thread I did find your answer but it took more time than it should have

    • says

      Hi June,
      There is a search, if you look in the top right corner, you’ll see 3 tabs, connect, subscribe and search. You just have to click on search and then enter the name of the recipe just like you typed it strawberry, banana cookies and you’ll see the cookies come up in the search results. I also have the recipe index where you can browse by category. I’ve also installed a new plugin to email you when there are replies to your comments. Hope this helps. :)

  3. graeme hedley says

    Just found your site Jo .Cant wait to make your chocolate magic cake.I will let you know how it goes.I will be trying a lot more of your recipes also.So excited.

  4. Jane says

    I WAS CRUISING THE WEB AND STUBBLED ON THE 2 INGREDIENT LEMON BARS. I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE THEM.MY HUSBAND WILL EAT ALMOST ANYTHING I PUT IN FRONT OF HIMAS LONG AS IT IT FOOD. I’M UNDER DR’S ORDERS TO LOSE 60 LBS.HUSBAND HAS HIGH CHOLESTREOLAND NEEDS TO LOSE AS WELL.HOPE I CAN FIND SOME RECIPES WE BOTH LIKE. I CAN’T EAT GARLIC,ANYTHING SPICY AND OLIVE OIL DOES NOT AGREE WITH EITHER OF US.HE LOVES IT WHEN I BAKE THE GOODIES.

  5. Gladys says

    Hi Jo, I am so excited to try as many of your recipes. Your recipes are so very refreshing to read & I will be trying your scone recipe today, using blueberries & lemon juice & lemon zest. Your website is a keeper in my favourite’s files :).

    Thank you for having an awesome recipe website. I am so happy you moved to Canada. My ancestors came to Canada from Ukraine & Poland in the earlier 1900′s. Have a wonderful day :)

  6. Ginny says

    Jo,
    So glad to find your blog, I have been on Weight Watchers for a little over a year and have lost 80 pounds and I’m happy to find some more “light” recipes. Will be trying several of them soon.

  7. Chantal says

    “Jo” looks a dutch name to me, so I tought you came from Europe, my husband name is also “Jo” (we are Belgians).
    I saw your food blog and want try out some of your recipes, they look yummy!
    Too funny you wrote: “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.”

  8. says

    I literally stumbled across your website by accident. May daughter calls me am a “food nerd” because my leisure reading is cookbooks – lol! I am always looking for new, interesting and inspiring recipe/food blog websites. I am SO impressed with yours. Am planning on making your Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken this weekend! I am really excited to try your recipes.

  9. Daphne says

    Hi Jo, I too found you through the Magic Cake recipe on Facebook. I can’t wait to try all 3 versions. I was so excited to see your quinoa recipes. My husband (unlike yours!) loves the stuff. I’m always looking for healthy recipes to try to improve our diet. Like you, I love to cook, but baking is my passion. I just can’t lay off the sweet stuff!

  10. georgia says

    Hi Jo, Just found your blog and I am loving it. The recipes look delicious and can’t wait to try some of them. I am always looking for healthy, delicious recipes that show nutrition info. I cannot click on your Popular Healthy Recipes. Would love to see what you have under this section. Thanks
    Georgia

    • says

      Hi Georgia, Thank you so much, if you click on recipe index here or in the top navigation scroll down a bit to Healthy Recipes you will see them there, and then just click on See More for more recipes. :) Hope this helps.

  11. Lynne says

    How big are the portions for the Magic Cake’s nutritional information. In a good world, it would be the whole cake!! How many pieces are you cutting that 8×8 cake into?

  12. Janette says

    16/2/14 ~ I cooked the Cuban Style Pork Tenderloin for Sunday dinner & it was delish. The very strong ingredients all blended during the cooking into the most tasty sauce which complimented the pork perfectly. I usually make an apple, Calvados, cream sauce with pork but this dish was edgy & I will definitely use it again, you said ‘Enjoy’ & we all certainly did…
    Thanks

  13. CAROL OLIVIER says

    JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG A FEW MINUTES AGO, ALREADY HAVE DINNER PLANS FOR TONIGHT!!!!
    I’M SURE I WILL BE BACK SOON, VERY VERY SOON, YOUR RECIPES LOOK GREAT

    BYE FOR NOW FROM SUNNY SOUTH TEXAS, ON THE GULF COAST, CURRENT TEMPERATURE 78 DEGREES, EXTENDED FORECAST 76-80 daytime h ighs, low 59-60 nighttime,….. just saying :)

  14. Lorein says

    Hi Jo,

    congrats on the blog! Like many others, I got here via your magic cake recipe from Pinterest. I must say that many recipes got my eye :) Right now my whole house smells like the magic cake, can’t wait to try it!

  15. Fiona Mitchell says

    Hi Jo, a friend on Facebook posted a magic cake recipe of yours and linked back to your blog. It’s fantastic. Thank you so much for taking the time to compile it for the rest of us to enjoy. I am from Australia and love to cook. I also had a beagle called Eddie for 15 years and he was a dearly loved part of our family. I now have a Border Collie who does not sniff or eat anywhere near as much!

    • says

      Hi Fiona,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment. So I have a question for you, do you miss the sniffing? :) I love my beagle, couldn’t imagine my life without her, it’s amazing how attached we get to our animal friends. :)

  16. nnnnn says

    Am dat de blogul tau oarecum accidental (stateam la calculator mancand niste poale-n brau de la covrigaria din oras si ma gandisem sa caut o reteta asa ca se la pot face si eu), dar trebuie sa spun ca m-am bucurat enorm cand am vazut cate delicii ai tu pe-aici. E foarte frumos (si util!) ceea ce faci, deci o sa tin minte sa mai trec pe-aici cand mi se face pofta de ceva mai special.

    Salutari din Romania…!

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