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Patatas Bravas (or Papas Bravas) are a popular Spanish Appetizer. The name translates literally to “spicy potatoes” and once we discovered them, we’re always on the hunt for the perfect “Bravas” whenever we’re traveling through Spain.  These crispy little potato bites come either smothered in a sauce, which can be a spicy tomato sauce, or …

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Brussels Sprout Slaw is an easy salad and a great alternative to traditional slaw. This is also a slaw without mayonnaise, making it, in my opinion, a little more refreshing.  I’ll be the first to admit that, for many years, Brussels sprouts were not my favorite vegetable. As with most vegetables that I didn’t appreciate, …

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These homemade pickles with habanero and garlic will change your view on pickles, regardless if you are an aficionado or merely tolerate these crunchy snacks.  Store-bought pickles come in all sorts of flavors and varieties, but in my opinion, most don’t come close to the homemade version. These spicy pickles remind me of the “half …

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Romanian White bean dip (Fasole Batuta) is a frequent part of a traditional appetizer platter. Romanians love their platters to be piled high with cold cuts, rustic meatballs (chiftele), assorted cheeses and often several kinds of dips or spreads.  White Bean dip, along with a simple spread featuring eggplant (salata de vinete), and a colorful …

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Salate de Vinete, a Romanian eggplant dip, is a very simple traditional Romanian dish. It is similar to the Middle Eastern dish, Baba Ghanoush, but without tahini (toasted sesame seed paste).   Our version of Romanian Eggplant Dip also includes green onions for a little extra color and flavor.  Salate de Vinete (or Aubergine dip) is …

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This White Cabbage Salad is easy to make, and it is a delicious and healthy no-mayonnaise coleslaw recipe that is very popular in Romania. Traditional 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 …

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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 are very similar to red bell peppers, which is what I use in this recipe.  During our time in Romania, we came to enjoy having …

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