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Friday, October 30, 2015

APPLE SQUARES , TOPPED WITH MERINGUE (my chilhood most loved fall dessert)

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cup   all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

 My mother's recipe book:

5 lb. apple, cored, peeled and thin sliced +
2 tablespoons sugar

4  egg whites +
1cup sugar +
1teaspoonlemon juice +
 (optional) 1 cup sliced walnuts. 


In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
 In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats. Add raisins and walnuts, if using them.
At this point you can either chill the dough 2h, up to next day.


Next day, on a greased oven pan 10”/13” roll thin dough having a little margin up.

Add apple prepared for strudel (5 lb. sliced apple, add 2 tablespoon of sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon).

Add meringue on top: 4 egg whites, one teaspoon lemon juice and 1 cup sugar, well whipped. One can add 1 cup walnuts, sliced, in the meringue after is whipped. 

Bake 275F for an hour. 

Cut in squares, as it is warm.

Bone Appetite, or as we say in Romanian "pofta buna!"

Sunday, August 24, 2014



It is summer in FLORIDA!!!! Is not all the time? No! Summer means hot, hot, hot and humid, humid, humid!!! You don’t want to be outside…You don’t want to go around!..... 

All you want cold drinks, a dip in the pool and ice-cream…..It is all you think about!
For a nice party some ice cream towers are a blessing! You can make it before hand, or everybody can be creative!

It is not so much to prepare, but there is some preparation beforehand!


1.     Thin cookie.
There are ready made or you can bake your own.
 I found that “MORAVIAN COOKIE” is pretty good choice, many kinds, in all groceries store, thin and right size: lemon, ginger, cinnamon, chocolate.
There is some thin cookie at the baker’s counter, that are good, plain and with nuts.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meatloaf , THE BEST


Meatloaf 101

MY NOTE: My twist, to Mrs. Kostyra's meatloaf, Martha Stewart's mother


  • 4 slices white bread, torn into pieces
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

MY NOTE:I was using the muffin's pan for my meatloaf mixture, it is a very nice shape to bring it to the table!

Sunday, May 25, 2014



        100g/3½oz amaretti biscuits (crunchy)
        30g/1oz unsalted butter
        1kg/2lb 4oz red plums, quartered if large, halved if small, stones removed
        2 tablespoons sugar
        ½ lemon, zest and juice

For the crumble topping

        150g/5½oz plain flour= 10tbls
        1 tsp baking powder
        100g/3½oz cold unsalted butter, cut into small dice (one stick minus one tbs)
        3 tablespoons sugar

ROMANIAN "COZONAC"/.italian PANETONE/ best recipe for bread machine, or oven (your choice)

 Romanian "cozonac" is very similar to Italian "panettone" but is not the same. I was looking for a recipe to be successful, fluffy, eventually bread machine and I was trying many, many recipes, from cook books, my mother, my friends....

This recipe I found from internet from a Community of Romanians in Manitoba, and it exactly as I would like to be a perfect "cozonac": fluffy, light weight, very tasty as I remembered as child growing up in Romania.


• 2 teaspoon yeast

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 1 cup warm, (scalding) milk

• 3 cups all purpose flour

• 3 yolks room temperature

• pinch salt

• 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  NOTE: all these 4 spices we use in Romania, but you can use the spices that you like.

• 1 teaspoon rum  (optional)  

• 2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

• 1 teaspoon ORGANIC   lemon zest (optional)

• 1 teaspoon ORGANIC  orange zest (optional)


MY NOTE: First gather all the ingredients: all the quantity and all requirements of ingredients:  example: eggs and butter should be at room temp, let it sit on the counter few hours before starting;  zest of an ORGANIC lemon and an ORGANIC orange, and so on.