Budinca de Dovlecei – Zucchini Pie

Budinca de Dovlecei is a traditional Romanian dish that is similar to crustless zucchini quiche. The difference is less eggs, more vegetables, and a lot more cheese.   In order to pack a lot of zucchini into the recipe, the vegetables are shredded. Excess water is squeezed out of the zucchini and then mixed with … Read more

Romanian White Cabbage Salad – Salatǎ de Varzǎ

Romanian White Cabbage Salad with Dill

Romanian cuisine is particularly known for its meaty dishes. Roasted pork knuckle, a variety of sausages, cabbages stuffed with pork, or savory meatballs (chiftale) are on the top of the menu.  Alongside such dishes are often very simple salads, which are meant to offset the heavy entrées. Romanian White Cabbage Salad (Salatǎ de Varzǎ) is … Read more

Chiftele – Romanian Meatballs

Romanian Meatballs - Chiftele

These traditional Romanian meatballs, called chiftele, are pretty unique, as well as being absolutely delicious. Most cuisines have their own version of ground meat rolled into a ball, but there are many regional differences in meatballs The ingredients and the spices in meatballs are a great indicator of the flavors that dominate a region’s cuisine. … Read more

Zacusca – Romanian Eggplant and Red Pepper Spread

Eggplant and Red Bell Pepper Spread

Zacusca is a slow cooked eggplant and red pepper spread. This traditional Romanian dish is made in Autumn when its main ingredients, eggplants and gogosari peppers are in season. Gogosari peppers very similar to red bell peppers, which is what I use in this recipe. During our time in Romania, we came to enjoy having … Read more

Beetroot Salad with Horseradish

Beet Salad

If you love beets, beetroot salad is another way to enjoy this healthy delicious vegetable. Best of all, the recipe has only a few simple ingredients and is very easy to make. Beyond the beetroot, our favorite part of the salad is the addition of horseradish. It gives the salad a spicy kick and makes … Read more

Georgian Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

Georgian Salad

Dishes from the country of Georgia, which is situated above Turkey between Europe and Asia, tend to be on the heavy side. Fans of comfort food will find plenty to enjoy during a visit to this beautiful Caucasus region of Eurasia. Georgian tables are often filled with dishes meant to share, such as freshly baked … Read more

Georgian Chicken in Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce

Georgian Cuisine

Savory Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce was one of the first sauces we tried when we arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia. For those that are unfamiliar, Georgia (formally the Republic of Georgia) is a post-Soviet country nestled between Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Black Sea. Before we arrived, we knew about the cheesy bread (khachapuri) and the … Read more

Hungarian Egg Noodle Dumplings – Nokedli (Spaetzle)

Hungarian Nokedli Egg Noodles

Nokedli are fluffy Hungarian egg noodle dumplings that are commonly used when making one of the country’s favorite dishes, Chicken Paprikash. The dumplings are also often used in German Cuisine where they are known as “spaetzle“ or “spätzle.” The primitive shape of these homemade Hungarian dumplings give an idea of how long they have been … Read more

Authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

chicken paprikash Recipe

This Chicken Paprikash Recipe is a staple dish in Hungary. Make sure to use the freshest Hungarian Sweet Paprika you can find in order to get the full authentic flavor of this dish. One taste and you’ll understand why this is a favorite dish in Hungary – classic comfort food at it’s finest! Serve over … Read more

Georgian Chicken Cooked in Milk and Garlic – Shkmeruli

Georgian Garlic Chicken Shkmeruli

Shkmeruli (chicken cooked in milk and garlic sauce) was one of our very favorite dishes when we traveled to the country of Georgia. It has very few ingredients, which are traditionally combined together and baked in a traditional Georgian red clay baking dish, or ketsi. While the whole recipe is relatively simple, after tasting it, … Read more