Monday, December 29, 2014

Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine - Warm and Aromatic Holiday Drink

This sweet, spiced red wine infused with oranges and cranberries, releases warm aromas of cinnamon and cloves

It's this time of year, that we bring dear friends to out kitchen table a little more often, sharing with them delicious treats and flagrant drinks such as cranberry orange mulled wine. With a welcoming perfume that greets guest when entering our home, during holidays, this sweet, spiced red wine infused with oranges and cranberries, releases warm aromas of cinnamon and cloves.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gingerbread Cookies - Merry Christmas!

Warm holidays flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, molasses and cloves will tingle your taste buds in this gingerbread cookie recipe

Merry Christmas everyone! Since many of you are surrounded by dear family and friends I will keep this short and sweet. I just wanted to wish a magical holiday season and thank you all for reading. Warm holidays flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, molasses and cloves will tingle your taste buds in this gingerbread cookie recipe. Fill your home with the Christmas spirit with one of my favorite treats!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Herb Roasted Chicken with Potatoes - Christmas Dinner

For both its simplicity of cooking and flavor, a delicious roasted chicken is perfect for Christmas dinner especially when served with rosemary potatoes

For both its simplicity of cooking and flavor, a delicious roasted chicken is perfect for Christmas dinner especially when served with rosemary potatoes. It's comforting and satisfying with an wondrous aroma that just fills your kitchen. This is an elegant main course recipe that is sure to impress your guests gathered around the Christmas table.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pecan Swirl Bread Loaf - Taste of Christmas


Pecan swirl bread is a traditional Romanian recipe that has become a staple around holidays

The today's recipe is very dear to my heart because it brings out many wonderful memories. Every time I think about my childhood, I remember my kind grandmother and her delicious recipes. This pecan sweet swirl bread, also called "cozonac" used to be something we would always bake together around the magical Christmas. There was always snow and so much joy. 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Hearty Cabbage Rolls - Taste of Romania

Stuffed cabbage rolls is a traditional Romanian recipe that very popular in my country during this beautiful holiday where they are also known as sarmale

Around Christmas, I always want to prepare something that brings me back to my mother's kitchen, something comforting and something warm that reminds me of cold winter days and beautiful snow, from when I was a child. Stuffed cabbage rolls is one of those recipes that warm my heart. They are tender and nearly melt in your mouth as the slow cooking brings out subtle aromatic flavors.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Cinnamon Kringle - Wonderfully Aromatic

Kringle is an Estonian pastry flavored with cinnamon that is usually baked around holidays or other celebrations

Kringle is an Estonian pastry flavored with cinnamon that is usually baked around holidays or other celebrations. It's a twisted sweet yeast bread shaped in circle with a soft interior and crusty top that will fill your kitchen with a lovely warm flavor. It's also rich, wonderfully aromatic and brilliant gold in appearance, perfect for the Christmas morning brunch along with a cup of coffee while opening the presents under the tree.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Cranberries - Holiday Inspired Birthday Cake!

Three layers of soft gingerbread are stacked with a thick cream cheese frosting

Twenty-seven years ago I was born in a little village from Romania to a warm-hearted mother and a kind father. When I was a child, I could never imagine spending my birthday apart from my family as nothing could replace the proud look on their faces as I blew the candles. I am for sure looking forward to the birthday that I will be able to spend back home with my family again. But because now I am far from them and because I love baking, this year I prepared my own birthday cake with all the flavors I enjoy the most: cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, maple syrup, cream cheese frosting and candied cranberries.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mushroom Cream Soup - Velvety Texture, Delicate Shades

This cream of mushroom soup is rich, thick and flavorful

A bowl of warm mushroom soup is the perfect antidote to the cold weather and nipping wind during winter months. Its velvety texture and delicate shades are a comforting reminder of childhood. Fresh, firm and plum mushrooms such as portobello and champignon, soaked in milk and cream, spiced with aromatic thyme and bay leaf and a dash of freshly ground pepper and nutmeg. Serve it with garlic rubbed crostini for a delicious warm dinner.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate - Cozy, Warm and Delicious

Simple ingredients like chocolate, milk and homemade caramel sauce are combined in a delicious comforting drink

What better way to celebrate the beginning of December if not with a steaming cup of homemade caramel hot chocolate? As the winter chill sets in, this sweet, creamy and aromatic drink will warm yourself and your guests in this cold weather. Simple ingredients like chocolate, milk and homemade caramel sauce are combined in a delicious comforting drink.