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My name is Cristina. For as long as I can remember I've loved food, not just eating or cooking but also the politics, history, and learning about or experiencing different culinary traditions around the world. I'm Romanian born, Toronto raised, and lived in Michigan for 3 years before relocating to Amsterdam recently with my husband and dog.

Butternut squash season is here and I couldn’t be happier. This is by far one of my favourite meals. I make different iterations of it quite often, especially for brunch on lazy Sundays (and more than once for dinner on lazy weeknights). I’ve varied my protein selection quite often (corned beef, bacon, ground beef, ground turkey) but I’ve generally stuck to regular white potatoes as my main starch. I didn’t even…

I find it really hard to eat breakfast but I’m realizing lately that I need to make it more of a priority. What better way to convince myself to eat than to make breakfast really flavourful and nutritious. There’s nothing like eggs and black olives. Also, if you’re gluten free, this would also go well on a brown rice cracker or as a salad. Likewise, for a paleo or whole30 version (maybe served stuffed…

Frijoles borrachos is a Mexican soup recipe also affectionately known as drunken beans. In spite of the dubious name, this is one of my favourite soup recipes. I’m always surprised by the rich aroma and flavour just a few ingredients can produce. I think one of the most important components is the beer. Once the alcohol cooks away it leaves a very well developed soup. I made the mistake once…

No matter how many times I eat this eggplant spread it still brings back memories of long summers spent in Romania. You know how they’ve found that the very process of recalling your memories also permanently alters them? Well making this spread is like recalling a memory that doesn’t seem to ever change. In Romanian it’s called salatã de vinete or eggplant salad, a common name for this type of spread…

One Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago we woke up and had quite a few things to do around the house. We’ve been so busy over the past few months that it was one of the first weekends we had available to just be together at home. So after shuffling around for a couple hours and sort-of kind-of doing some things, we decided it was time to relax and needed…

We were invited to a holiday party and of course it was the perfect excuse to bake something exceedingly decadent (that we wouldn’t have to eat on our own). I’ve wanted to make eggnog cheesecake since I first experimented with cardamom creme brûlée cheesecake bars a few months back. There’s something about the combination of sweet creaminess and spice that elevates dessert to another level of complexity. This cheesecake is made with my…

This is the easiest and most delicious way I’ve made chicken breast EVER! It takes about 30 minutes start to finish and you can use the resulting chicken to make these beautiful tacos or any one of a number of delicious recipes. Each serving of chicken is also under 100 calories with 13 grams of protein! ….or anything else you can think of like nachos, burritos, taco bowls, served over…

Around week 2 of our Whole30 Bogdan and I started getting really sick of eating plain old eggs every morning. We were also getting even more sick of having to make plain old eggs every morning. So one afternoon I made these egg muffins so I wouldn’t have to worry about breakfast the next morning. I separated my eggs and beat my whites to stiff peaks in order to make a…