Khinkali – Georgian Beef and Pork Soup Dumplings

Georgian Khinkali Dumplings

Khinkali (also known as Chinkali or Xinkali) are stuffed pasta dumplings that are a favorite dish from the Country of Georgia. They are similar to Chinese Soup Dumplings, (Xiao Long Bao), but are much larger than their bite-sized cousins. These hearty little bags of goodness are typically served up on large platters and shared with … Read more

Georgian Spicy Beef Ribs in Ajika Sauce

We like spicy food. A lot. But, we’ve found in our travels that different places in the world have have various approaches to spiciness and heat. In Thailand or Mexico, spicy salsa or Nam Pla are always available to heat up a dish. Other cultures don’t enjoy spiciness as much as we do. We’ve even … Read more

Ajarian Khachapuri – Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread

Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread Ajarian Khachapuri

New visitors to the Country of Georgia will quickly discover that the people of this region have a vast love of bread and cheese. Restaurant menus are loaded with several kinds of fresh baked bread, with the most popular stuffed with cheese. We sampled all kinds during our visit to the Caucasus country, and found … Read more

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

spinach pkhali

This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings … Read more

Georgian Stuffed Mushrooms with Sulguni Cheese

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

When I told friends and family that I planned to visit the Former Republic of Georgia, many admitted that they had either never heard of it and or needed to look on a map to figure out where it was. Georgia is a Eurasian country nestled between Russia, Armenia, Turkey and the Black Sea. It … Read more

Roasted Eggplant with Tomato and Feta

receta de berenjenas rellenas

Roasting eggplant (or aubergine) is my favorite way to prepare it. The more I travel the more I find new ways to cook this versatile fruit.  This recipe, Roasted Eggplant with Tomato and Feta, was inspired by my time in Bulgaria. Bulgarian’s love their cheese! When cheese is added to a recipe in Bulgaria it’s … Read more

Beef Borscht – Beetroot and Cabbage Soup

Borscht with Meat

Borscht is one of those dishes that I honestly thought I wouldn’t like. When I was first introduced to the dish as a kid, the idea of a soup made out of beets just didn’t appeal. At all. Mostly likely because my introduction was likely those canned beets that you find on salad bars. And … Read more

Bulgarian Meatball Soup – Supa Topcheta

Bulgarian Meatball Soup

Supa Topcheta, or Bulgarian Meatball Soup, is a favorite traditional dish and comfort food at its best. The hearty soup is filled with vegetables and meatballs made with a combination of pork and beef. Then it’s thickened with egg yolks and Greek yogurt spiked with fresh lemon juice. The resulting soup is creamy without being overly heavy. … Read more

Hungarian Potato and Sausage Soup

Hungarian Sausage and Potato Souop

Hungarian Potato and Sausage Soup (or Paprik├ís krumpli) is a favorite peasant soup full of flavor and rich hearty ingredients that is a full meal in itself. Serve it with slices of crusty bread and enjoy the creamy texture, mingling with the spicy paprika and smoky favor of the sausage. It comes together very quickly … Read more

Hungarian Goulash Soup

Hungarian Goulash

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian Soup featuring the favorite spice of the regional – paprika. When making this dish it is important to use the freshest Hungarian Style Sweet Paprika you can find. The soup was originally made with lard and thickened with lots of sour cream. Since most of us don’t work on a … Read more