Monday, January 31, 2011

Quick and Easy Apple Tart

I found the a nice recipe on the Food Network website. How can you go wrong with Paula Deen’s recipes. I made this apple tart using her crust recipe. We loved it.


1 1/4 cup flour
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoon sour cream
1 vanilla sugar

3 medium apple, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoon apricot preserve
1 vanilla sugar


Preheat oven at 375F.
Put all ingredients for the crust in a food processor and pulse until the dough comes together. Continue to pulse until the pastry forms a ball.
Remove from food processor with lightly floured hands and place it in a removable bottom tart pan. Press out dough on the bottom and up the sides and bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and arrange apple slices slightly overlapping, in concentric circles over the top of of the crust. Since apple will shrink, make a well-packed circle. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake for 30 minutes.
Brush the apple slices with apricot preserve and bake for another 30 minutes. If the apricot preserve is very thick add a little water or orange juice to make it spreadable.
Carefully transfer the tart to a cooling rack and allow to cool.
Just before serving, remove the tart from the pan and dust with vanilla sugar.
Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Chocolate Fondue

10 ounces milk chocolate, grated
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla exract

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the heavy cream and add vanilla extract. Continue to heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is smooth.
Add more liquid if the sauce seems too thick.

You can use dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate.

Serve with apple slices, strawberry, marshmallows, banana slices or any fruit you like.

Layered Cabbage - Kolozsvari Kaposzta - Varza a la Cluj

1 pound ground pork
1 cup water
1 pound sauerkraut
pinch of dry thyme
1 cup of cooked rice
smoked sausage or ham
1 cup sour cream
1 large onion, chopped
1½ tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
2 tablespoons oil
black pepper

Hungarian Pea Stew

This is how my mother makes this dish and I have to tell you it is sooo delicious. Give it a try.


1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound green peas (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
black pepper


In a saucepan add oil and sautee onions until translucent, on a medium heat.
Add water and peas and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
In a small bowl mix together milk and flour until smooth, add this mixture to the peas and stir it to avoid lumps. Bring it to a boil. Season with salt and pepper, add garlic if you want (I love it with garlic). Cook for about 5 minutes stirring often.
Serve with schnitzel, meatballs, sausage or fried eggs.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Cheese Fondue

Try this recipe for a “Cheesy” Valentine's Day"

1 clove garlic
1/4 lb. Gruyere cheese, shredded
1/4 lb Emmenthaler cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
fresh ground pepper


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pasta with Cheese and Bacon

This was one of my favorite things when I was little.
hmmmm.... this is how my mom used to make it:

300 g pasta squares
500 g farmers cheese, crumbled
sour cream


Cook the pasta in a generous amount of salted water, according to package directions. Do not over cook. Drain well.
While the pasta is cooking, cut bacon into small pieces. In a large pan fry bacon until crisp. Discard some of the grease, reserving about 2 tablespoons
Add the cooked pasta to the bacon, turn off the heat and than add the crumbled cheese. Mix well. Season with salt.
Serve hot with a little sour cream.

4 servings
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Grilled Pork Chop Sandwich

When it comes to sandwiches, we all have a favorite way to prepare them. We love our sandwiches.

Today my brother decided to make grilled pork chops.
Soooo, this is where the idea came from. Sandwich :-)

What we need:

thin pork chops
black pepper
garlic powder
olive oil
french bread cut in half
tomatoes, sliced

Season chops with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder on both sides. Place in a hot grilling pan, cook about 2 minutes, turn 45-90 degrees and cook for another 2 minutes. Flip them over, grill and rotate the pork chops just like you did before to make perfect grill marks.
When your pork chops are done, place them on a plate and cover with foil. Let them sit for 10 minutes.

To assemble the sandwiches, spread a tablespoon of mustard on the bottom half of each bun. Arrange tomato slices on the bread, place a layer the meat on top, add mayo and ketchup and voila.

You can make it with your favorite toppings, add some salad leaves, use your imagination.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Egg, Ham and Cheese Salad


2 cups fully cooked ham, chopped
1 cup cheese, chopped
1 hard-cooked egg, chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
2 medium size pickle, chopped
3 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
black pepper


Combine mayo, sour cream, mustard and black pepper. Add the rest of the ingredients and mi well.
Serve on crackers.

Baked Red Snapper

2 whole red snapper (about 1 pound each)
coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
fresh rosemary sprigs
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2-3 cloves garlic


Friday, January 21, 2011

Brine for Chicken

The secret to juicy chicken is: brine before cooking.

Remove the giblets from the neck cavity and the neck from the body cavity, trim away fat and rinse chicken.

To determine how much brine you need, place the chicken in a large pot, cover with water, than remove chicken and measure the water.

For 1 gallon of brine you need:

Valentine's Day Ham and Cheese Platter

Here is a great idea for Valentine's day.

Slice ham, cheese and tomatoes.
Cut the cheese and the ham with a heart shaped cookie cutter.
Arrange tomato slices on a plate or cutting board, add ham and cheese hearts, olives and crackers

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Linzer Tarts

500 gr flour
250 gr unsalted butter
200 gr sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking powder

On top:
1 egg white
walnuts or almonds, ground
vanilla sugar


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quick and Easy Bread


400 gr flour
225 gr warm water
4 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Braised Beef Bottom Round

3 lb beef bottom round
1 celery stalk
1 medium onion (I used red onion)
1 medium carrot
1 cup wine
1 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon thyme
black pepper
garlic powder or other seasoning you like


Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Serves:  4
5 – 6 medium baking potatoes (about  – 3 lbs)
2-3 cloves garlic, mashed
1 cup low fat milk
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 cup parmesan cheese


Friday, January 14, 2011

Hungarian Cheese Spread - Korozott Juhturo


1/2 pound Liptauer or farmers cheese at room temperature
4 ounces (1 stick) soft unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1/2 teaspoon pounded caraway seeds
1 small grated onion or 3 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon mustard
Black pepper
Worcestershire sauce (few drops - optional)
Makes about 2 cups

Put cheese into a medium bowl. With an electric mixer beat in butter. Add remaining ingredients, combining thoroughly. Adjust seasonings. Refrigerate at least 2 hours for flavors to marry. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Serve on fresh bread, use it in a sandwich or cut the ends of pepper, remove seeds and stuff pepper with the cheese mixture. If you put it in pepper, refrigerate the stuffed peppers for 2-3 hours and slice with a sharp knife. Sprinkle with capers or caraway seeds.

If the farmers cheese is very dry and the add a little sour cream until the mixture is creamy.
If you want to turn this into a veggie dip, add 1/3 cup sour cream.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bell Pepper Egg in a Hole


4 eggs
4 slices of bread, toasted
4 rings of bell pepper - 1/2 inch thick (any color)
black pepper
Pam spray, olive oil or butter


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tomato Onion Salad


3-4 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced and separate into rings
Parsley leaves, chopped (optional)
Black pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette


Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wings

Want fast and fantastic wings? Believe me, these are way better than deep fried wings. And the sauce... awesome.


2 lb chicken wings, cut at the joint (discard the wingtips or save for stock)
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Wings Sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Preheat grill to a medium heat.
Mix together the cayenne, black pepper, garlic powder and salt in a small bowl.
Season wings with the mixture.
Grill chicken wings for about 45 min, turning occasionally.
Baste them with sauce, close the lid and grill for about 5 minutes. Turn wings and repeat the last step.
They should be nicely charred and fall off the bone tender.
Serve with celery, carrots and ranch or blue cheese dressing.

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Quick Asparagus Gruyere Tart (with pizza crust)


2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 1/2 pounds medium or thick asparagus
Black pepper
1 pizza crust


Hawaiian Pizza


1 large pizza crust
1 can Dole sliced pineapple, drained
Canadian bacon
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup pizza sauce


Roasted Vegetables

Recipe coming soon

Grilled Salmon Fillet

Recipe coming soon

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Garlic Rosemary Roasted Chicken


1 (3 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed
black pepper
2 teaspoon paprika
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
5 tablespoons butter, divided
1 stalk celery, leaves removed
2 sprigs rosemary


Friday, January 7, 2011

Feta Cheese Appetizer

4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Cottage cheese or greek yogurt (optional)
2  teaspoons green onion, chopped
1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
1/2  cup  chopped fresh dill

or other fresh vegetables

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pan-Fried Rainbow Trout with Yellow Cornmeal


Rainbow trout, small without head
Ground black pepper
Yellow cornmeal
Butter or margarine
Lemon wedges


Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Cheese Mushroom Frittata


1/2 lb. button mushrooms
2 tbsp butter or margarine
2 teaspoon dry thyme
4 eggs
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Red Beet Salad

1 lb small beets, tops trimmed, washed
1 fresh horseradish root (or from a jar)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup water



Ciorba de perisoare - Meatball Soup

3 medium carrots, sliced
3 medium parsley roots, sliced
1 celery stalk
1 green pepper, seeded
2 Tbsp oil
Water or vegetable broth
Bors - Romanian or Polish (or lemon juice) to taste
1/2 teaspoon lovage
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste


1 1/2 - 2 lb ground meat (pork)
1 handful rice
1 egg
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Add 2 tablespoons of oil into a  5.5 qt pot .Sautee the carrots in  oil on medium heat until the oil becomes orange, add sliced parsley and sautee for 5 minutes until the vegetables are softened. Add the water, whole celery stalk, whole green pepper and leave to boil for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the meatballs.

To make the meatballs, mix well by hand all the ingredients. With wet hands, take a little of this mixture at a time and make walnut-sized little balls. Add meat balls one by one to simmering soup, reducing heat to very low. Cook the meatballs in about 20-30 minutes on medium heat.

Make sure that the meatballs are cooked through, add bors or fresh lemon juice to taste. Season with salt and black pepper. Turn off heat and add chopped parsley and lovage (if you have). Remove the celery stalk and green pepper. Serve with a spoon of sour cream and a slice of fresh bread.

This soup comes in a variety of flavors and variations. You can make the meatballs with ground beef, turkey, chicken; add chopped meat; or use shredded vegetables; if you like the soup creamy you can do this:
In a bowl, mix 2 egg yolks with sour cream until well blended. Remove the soup from the flame and add the egg/sour cream mixture. Do not boil the soup after this or it will curdle.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Roasted Baby Potatoes

Serving: 2
1pound baby potatoes - washed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, enough to just coat potatoes
black pepper
crushed garlic (optional)
chopped rosemary (optional

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking tray.
Cut the baby potatoes in half, coat with a little olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper and arange them on the tray cut side down.
Bake in the oven turning once, for about 25 minutes until golden brown and tender.
You can add cracked cloves of garlic and rosemary for extra flavor.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Greek Yogurt with Fruits and Honey

8 oz. greek yogurt (I used Fage fat free yogurt)
fresh fruit - handful fruit of your choice
2 tablespoon honey
roasted almonds or walnuts, granola, gingerbread cookies or cereals

In a glass, put half of the yogurt, top with fruits, another layer of yogurt and than more fruit on top.
Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with slivered almond or walnut pieces.

You can sprinkle it with cinnamon; top it with cereals, granola for a nice and healthy breakfast; try it with vanilla yogurt - use your creativity.

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Rigo Jancsi

8 eggs separated
8 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoon sifted all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon cocoa
1 liter heavy whipping cream
200 g semisweet chocolate, broken in small pieces
4 tbsp dark rum

1 cup fine granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
7 oz. semisweet chocolate, broken in small pieces


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tepertos Pogacsa – Biscuits with bacon

500 g all-purpose flour
30 g fresh yeast or 7 g instant yeast
200-300 g buttermilk or yoghurt (or half yoghurt half sour cream)
salt and freshly ground pepper
300-350 g
bacon, fried, crisp, chopped in a blender
2 eggs


This is very popular treat in Hungary and Eastern Europe. The authentic recipe for pogacsa requires a little " roll and fold"so they turn out lighter with a lot of layers like a pastry dough.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for "Tepertos Pogacsa".
Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned which takes about 10 minutes.
Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel lined plate.
Put in a blender and mix until creamy. Stir in one teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. If the bacon  is very salty don’t add extra salt.

Mix the buttermilk with yeast in a small bowl.
In a large bowl put the flour, bacon, add in 1 egg (slightly beaten) and a teaspoon of salt. Add in the yeast and buttermilk mixture and knead until you can form a ball. This takes about 3-5 minutes. Add more buttermilk or flour as needed to form the dough into a soft, but not sticky, ball.
Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin. The dough should be about 1 inch thick. Score the top with a sharp knife.
With a round cutter (2 inch in diameter) cut the dough, and put the biscuits on an oiled baking parchment paper. Arrange them on a tray about 3 inches apart.

Beat 1 egg and brush biscuits with it.
Let the biscuits rest for 30 minutes on the baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 425F.
Beat an egg and brush the top with it. Bake them until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

Serve warm. Cover with plastic wrap when they are room temperature so they don’t dry.

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