• Basil Pesto

    Basil Pesto

    Basil Pesto for President!!! All summer long I enjoy beautiful homegrown or market bought basil in the form of Pesto. Basil Pesto is the bomb. Seriously! This Pesto is so versatile… It pairs well with a variety of dishes. The recipe is very simple and it is nut-free. Not because I can’t have nuts, I just never added them to the recipe to start and I feel it’s just as delicious without. If you feel so inclined, add a good handful of pine nuts or walnuts to your batch. Have you ever made pesto and it turned brownish and yucky by the next day? Yeah, it’s happened to me a…

  • Creamed Spinach with Eggs

    Creamed Spinach with Eggs

    Me and this Creamed Spinach with Eggs dish, go way back to my childhood in Romania. My mother made this Creamed Spinach with Eggs dish often and I imagine it was due to the fact that this is a very inexpensive meal to make and that it’s quick to get on the table for a family of five. It’s also very delicious and filling. Sorry Mom but, I made this my own with a few added ingredients. 🙂 All you need is some essential kitchen ingredients and cooked greens. I used spinach here, but you can substitute with whatever cooked greens you wish. Like: Swiss chard, dandelion greens, etc. I…

  • Potato and Sausage Stew

    Potato and Sausage Stew

    Potato and Sausage Stew: such a great one pot weeknight meal! Just a few ingredients in one pot, about 30 minutes of your time and voila! You got yourself a delicious Potato and Sausage Stew. A wonderful, quick, and definitely cozy meal. Every good meal starts with a little sautee of onions and other veggies, right?! Next, add the potatoes, the spices, chicken stock, and sausage slices or cubes and you’re done! Easy as that. Wait until the aroma hits your house too. I used Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s for this batch because that’s what I had on hand. Feel free to use any type of sausage you…

  • Butternut Squash Soup

    Butternut Squash Soup

      This soup came together easily and very quickly, on a Tuesday afternoon after a long day at work. I had purchased a Butternut Squash at Trader Joe’s with zero plans for it. It’s the season, it was pretty and I just had to have it. Similar story to a lot of the items I pick up at grocery stores lately. Naturally, this squash was sitting on my counter for about a week. I got home and needed a quick meal, so I decided it would be a soup kinda day. It took less than 30 minutes, and it turned into the best Butternut Squash Soup I have ever tasted.…

  • Hungarian Stew with Noodles-Pörkölt

    Hungarian Stew with Noodles-Pörkölt

    This meal right here speaks to me on so many levels… Because it reminds me of my childhood. In case you didn’t know from following me on Social Media and this blog, I am Hungarian born in Romania. I am very lucky to have grown up enjoying the wonderful cuisines of both of these neighboring countries. Many of the dishes are the same and some are completely different and special in their own ways. This Hungarian Stew recipe is inspired by all the variations of stew that I grew up with. What’s so special about this stew? It’s that Hungarian paprika and the memories it brings. Paprika is a staple…

  • Red Lentil Soup

    Red Lentil Soup

    Hello, Spring? Where are you? I love winter, but definitely don’t love winters into April. I guess soup season is still in full swing, so warm up with this Red Lentil Soup. It’s a good way to end soup season; on a high note! The spices in this recipe will take over your kitchen, in a wonderful way, and they will warm you right up. Trust me! I used Turmeric, Coriander and Cumin Seed from Spice Islands, Chipotle Chili Pepper from McCormick, Fenugreek Seeds from Frontier Co-op, Bay leaves from Private Selection and Black Mustard Seeds from Amazon. I made this batch and my husband and I ate it fresh that evening, topped with crunchy…

  • Harissa Chicken and Carrot Salad with Yogurt Sauce

    I came home from work today without any dinner plans. I opened my fridge and had chicken thighs out that needed to be cooked. Here’s what I came up with: I was going for something easy, flavorful and light. I am a huge fan of chicken thighs and this marinade is perfect for them. The cast iron skillet gives them a nice flavorful crust too. Yum! The carrot salad is refreshing. The ACV, tarragon, garlic and the cayenne pepper make a great mix. Add the red onions and the carrots and you got yourself a nice crunchy bite. The garlicky yogurt sauce brings everything together very nicely.  The addition of…

  • Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers

    Some of you expressed interest via private messages and comments for the recipe of these stuffed peppers. Thank you all for being so awesome and for helping me expand on this little hobby of mine. So about this recipe… It is fairly easy. It does take a little time but it is a perfect weekend kind of meal. Or, if you have the time during the week, by all means, treat yourself. It can also be easily prepped the night before and popped in the oven the next day. Whatever works for you.

  • Sesame Salmon with Zoodles

    Sesame Salmon with Zoodles

    OK so this recipe is the easiest recipe in the world. I purchased everything for it at Trader Joe’s. And when I say everything, I mean the three main ingredients it takes to make it to your plate. Get to it, and make this Sesame Salmon with Zoodles. I started with the salmon. I cut a larger filet in two. I seasoned it with salt and pepper then seared it in a little bit of olive oil, skin side up. Then, I cooked it for approximately 4 minutes then turned it skin side down and cooked for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. I removed it from the pan, sprinkled it with…

  • Healthy Steak Salad

    Making this salad was the highlight of my Sunday afternoon. It takes little time and you can prep some of the items way ahead of time. I cooked the beets earlier in the day and refrigerated them until I was ready to plate the salad. I also cooked the marinade and got that set in the fridge with the steak early on in the day. When it came to dinner time, my husband grilled the steak while I build the rest of the salad. It’s all about team work, folks. It makes things so much easier. Give this a try. You will love it. It’s clean. healthy and delicious!!