Lemon Garlic Roasted Pork Loin


I want to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's day and I hope you all spend it with your loved ones, eat good food and have fun. Personally, it's Friday, it's Valentine's day, and I have a super long 4 day weekend. Life is great. The month of February is all about love, and I love and appreciate all my readers and to show you my love I have one of my favorite Sunday dinner recipes here for you. Growing up every Sunday we used to have a big meal, nothing fancy, usually roasted potatoes … [Read more...]

Easy Meatloaf


This easy meatloaf recipe here is the only one you will ever need. But first of all I can't believe it's 2014 already, but I have a feeling it's going to be a great year, though not a great winter. It's been a long winter already and I try not to think about it because it literally depresses me. We have probably another good 4 to 5 months of winter left here in Calgary, and no I'm not kidding, but we have had snow in June and July here. Go figure. Why do I live here again? Oh because it's sunny … [Read more...]

Perfect Pulled Pork

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Pulled Pork! Yep, I can honestly say we've never had it before until a couple years ago, when my husband and I were watching Diners, Drive-inns, and Dives on the food network channel and we saw a show where they showed these juicy and sinful pulled pork sandwiches. We knew we had to try it, we love pork, so pulled pork has got to be amazing.  So we did and, yes it was amazing. Pulled pork must be an American thing because I can't say I've ever seen it at a restaurant either or anywhere else. … [Read more...]

Beef Soup (Ciorba de vacuta)


Today I'm going to share with you my husband's favorite beef soup recipe.  This is a very Romanian soup and very traditional.  It's very easy to make, just time consuming because you need to boil the beef for 2 or 3 hours until tender. You could speed up the process by boiling the beef in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes, just make sure you save all the beef broth and add that to your soup. Beef Soup (Ciorba de vacuta)   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 3 hours Total … [Read more...]

Romanian Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale)

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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 sour cabbage you have to be careful because it is pretty salty, so what I usually do is a few hours before actually assembling the rolls, I put the cabbage in a … [Read more...]

Stuffed Peppers (Ardei Umpluti)

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People always ask me what are some of the ethnic Romanian dishes? Well I don't know how Romanian stuffed peppers are, but it's one of the dishes I grew up eating and is very popular in Romania. Now, of course there are many different variations of stuffed peppers. You can practically stuff them with anything, if you're vegetarian you can just stuff them with rice and herbs, but for us meat lovers we usually stuff them with ground pork and sometimes we mix ground pork with ground beef. Again just … [Read more...]

Beef Salad (Salata de boeuf)


Now this is an interesting salad and I can't say I've had this anywhere else or seen it on any menu. But it is the most traditional salad in Romania for all holidays. If we didn't make this, it just wouldn't feel like Christmas, or Easter or whatever. Growing up I was always in charge of cutting up all the meat and vegetables. It was my favorite thing to do. It is very delicious but I would imagine somewhat high in calories because of all the mayonnaise. My mother always used to make it with … [Read more...]

Romanian meatballs (Chiftele)


Forget all other meatball recipes, this recipe is to die for! You can use these meat balls for your spaghetti, you can make a tomato sauce with them, or you can just plainly eat them by themselves with bread.  You can fry these, or if you're watching your weight, you can bake them. I simply just love these. I chose to fry them this time, but many times I have baked them and they are just as wonderful. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:61] Enjoy! … [Read more...]