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

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 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

Salad with Fruit, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

fruit and nut salad with feta cheese

I first made this salad when trying to figure out what to do with a fig flavored balsamic vinegar that I received as a gift. Since then it has become a household favorite, even when I only have regular balsamic on hand. The fresh bright flavors make a wonderfully refreshing appetizer or light meal, especially … Read more

Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

Apple Harvest Salad with Edam Cheese, Green Apple, Caramelized Carrots and Red Bell Pepper and Fresh Grated Horseradish

This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also … Read more

Watermelon Orange and Onion Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Watermelon Orange Onion Salad

Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling … Read more

Cold Curried Rice and Shrimp Salad

If you are a fan of yellow curry, then this recipe belongs in your collection. This cold rice salad pairs together spicy yellow curry with crunchy cauliflower and sweet poached shrimp.  It’s an ultimate make-ahead recipe because the flavors combine together and taste even better after spending a night in the fridge. Serve it as either a main … Read more

Poached Chicken Salad with Fennel and Mint

Chicken Salad with Fennel and Mint

Looking for an alternative to your standard chicken salad recipe? Or are you looking for something to do with all of that fragrant fresh mint growing in the garden. This quick poached chicken salad recipe a great alternative. No mint? Try a few tablespoons of dried tarragon leaves, they also pair well with the slightly … Read more

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion, Tomato and Fresh Herbs

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion and Tomato

I ran across this dish on a month-long visit to Istanbul. Eggplant was in season at the time and we were able to sample quite a few dishes that were new to me. I love traveling to places that aren’t afraid of variety, spice and flavor – Istanbul is one such place. This dish is served … Read more