Arroz Con Pollo


I have to stop watching the foodnetwork channel. Especially the show Diners Drive-ins and Dives. It's like I'm hooked on that show. The only thing is I can't find the recipes for the foods they show so I have to make up my own based on what I remember, which is great, because I love making up my own recipes. So this is what I did here based on what I saw on the show. First of all I can't resist a good rice dish, seriously. It's one of my weaknesses. But I'll tell you what made me make this … [Read more...]

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

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You all know I love easy and simple recipes. I tried to make this jambalaya recipe as simple as possible. Now I know you might be saying that I'm missing sausages from this jambalaya, but I wanted to make it a bit healthier and so I skipped them. OK fine, I did not have any sausages so please feel free to add a couple. But regardless whether you add sausages or not, this jambalaya was a hit in my house. My picky husband could not get enough, and he's not a rice fan. I know he hates rice and … [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. [easyrecipe id="47" n="0"] Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Tequila Lime Chicken With Cilantro Lime Rice

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One thing I miss about living in Southern Ontario is being close to the Detroit border and going to Mexican Village. I used to love going there and having great Mexican food and the best strawberry margaritas in there world. So every once in awhile I make some Mexican food myself because I just miss it. This is not to say we don't have any Mexican restaurants here in Calgary, because we do, but it's just not the same as Mexican Village in Detroit. Now what's the main ingredient in … [Read more...]

Skinny Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite dishes of all time. However, I've grown up eating these stuffed peppers, which is a traditional Romanian recipe, but I wanted to make a version that's a bit healthier with turkey and rice instead of good old fat ground pork. Don't get me wrong, ground pork that is high in fat is what makes those stuffed peppers delicious, but sometimes we want healthier alternatives. And that's what I've done here. I love stuffed peppers because for me they are a true … [Read more...]

Sausage Chicken and Cheesy Rice

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I woke up at 6:30 this morning, on a Sunday, thinking about this rice dish in my fridge, and wishing it was lunch time already so that I can have some. I've been thinking about it all night. It's really good. It has smoked sausage, chicken breast, cheese and rice. That's cheesy rice my friends. Do you know how good that is? No? I'll tell you. Very good, this is comfort food. This is a dish perfect for a cold winter day. This rice will comfort your soul, make you smile and make you feel good … [Read more...]

Mongolian Chicken

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Although the name of this dish says Mongolian Chicken, none of the ingredients or method of preparation are really Mongolian. Mongolian simply implies that this is an exotic dish. Nonetheless, this dish is so good, you won't be disappointed if you try it. Usually it's made with beef but I wanted to make mine with chicken so chicken it is. Also I used skinless boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breast, but either one will work just fine. I used to be scared to try and cook these types … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Coconut Rice Pudding


This Pomegranate Coconut Rice Pudding has amazing flavors from the coconut, orange zest and the pomegranate. Together they are a marriage made in heaven. This is the best rice pudding you will ever have. Seriously I've been eating this almost every day for the past couple weeks. It may not look like much but this rice pudding is packed with awesome goodness. The flavor in this rice pudding is out of this world. Now I know not everyone is a fan of rice pudding, but you must try this … [Read more...]

Coconut Shrimp Curry


My friends, I have a special dish for you today and I promise you will love this coconut shrimp curry. If you like curry dishes, you will want to make this. In Romanian cuisine we don't use coconut milk or many of these ingredients found in this dish and this is why I like to experiment and try different type of dishes. When I started this blog my husband asked me if I won't run out of recipes. I laughed and said there's no way I will ever run out of recipes. Yes, I'll run out of the recipes … [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...]

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...]

Lemon Rice and Pea Soup with Chicken

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Happy Canada Day and 4th of July everyone! I love long weekends, don't you. I don't like it, however, when I have a sore throat, and today was one of those days, in July I get a sore throat. But I have the perfect remedy for that. This lemon rice and pea soup with chicken will cure anyone, especially with a bit of hot sauce in it, which of course is optional. This soup is so good, good for a cold winter day or when you just need it because you're sick. It's very lemony, and delicious. I love the … [Read more...]