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Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite Autumn treats. It warms your heart and soul, and the pleasant aroma is just enchanting. I did not grow up with sweet potatoes. The first time I tried sweet potatoes I was 18 or 19 years old. […]

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge

Sweet Pumpkin Porridge is one of those perfect comforting foods during cooler weather. Ah, don’t you just love the smell of cooler weather approaching, beautiful Autumn scenery and comfort food? Alright, perhaps we look forward to comforting holiday food more than anything else, but fall […]

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In my opinion, Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are one of the most addictive, but tasty snacks that we could ever munch on.

They are a labor of love, truly. We do need several steps to prep them, a drop of patience and love but they are totally worth it.

I still vividly remember autumn and wintertime in Belgrade. Well, I could not wait until school is finished so I could walk by my favorite street vendor and buy a newspaper cone of pumpkin seeds as well as chestnuts.

It keeps you warm as much as satisfied while you wait until a trolley or a bus gets you. Fun memories!

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

To move to the present time, pumpkin carving and taking the seeds out has been a family affair. An amazing activity for the kids.

We got these two huge pumpings. I was so happy to see that we had so many seeds. I really love this addictive snack.

What are some of the Fall or Winter activities that you do with your family or just with your kids?

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Anyhow, what I wanted to point out that this was the first year that I was soaking seeds. To be frank, they came out much better, so I encourage you to follow the steps that I wrote in my recipe.

I would love to hear how you make pumpkin seeds?

My husband and I can’t stop eating. In the last few days, more than half has been gone. We pulled out 6 cups of seeds. Unbelievable! I am telling you, these pumpkins were amazing.

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Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Yield: Makes 2 cups

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Soaking Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 51 minutes

Easy, tasty and healthy snack idea.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • A drizzle of oil for each batch

Instructions

Clean the seeds

  1. Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water.
  2. After cleaning, which is the hardest part, soak in 2 cups of cold water. Soak for at least 6 hours. Drain.

Boil the seeds

  1. Boil the seeds for 10 minutes in salted water.
  2. All you need is 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Boiling before roasting is very important because you will cook the seeds so when you roast them they will be cooked through.
  4. Drain and leave them in the colander to cool and air dry.

Dry the seeds

  1. Do not use paper towels because the seeds will stick. I would recommend a clean cotton towel.
  2. Dry well, and then preheat oven to 350F.

Season the seeds

I used a drizzle of oil, then a sprinkle of sea salt and rosemary. You may use any other herb.

Roast the seeds

  1. Keep seeds in the single layer. I made 3 batches just to keep them in a single layer.
  2. Depending on your oven, but do check them at 18 minutes. I take them out at 21 minutes.
  3. Set a timer at 10 minutes, and shake your baking sheet. This will prevent seeds from sticking and they will roast beautifully.

Store

Allow the seeds to cool down completely, then store in the ziplock bag.

Notes

  • Taking the seeds out of the pumpkin is not included in the prep time.
  • Nuts and seeds have enzymes to help prevent them from sprouting prematurely. However, those enzymes can make pumpkin seeds difficult to digest which is why soaking comes in handy. By soaking them in salted water, you are stripping away the enzymes and making the seeds much easier to digest. source: Wellness Mama

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

Fluffy Cream Cheese Blueberry Pancakes

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Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

I am a sandwich person, and I could eat a sandwich probably every single day. However, when it comes to ham, slow-cooked pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard pressed in the Cuban bread there is nothing better in this world. I love this Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich. […]

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

What a better way to start September than with warm and appetizing sage and brown butter gnocchi. This delightful dish screams comfort food to me. Fall food should be comforting, don’t you agree?

Well, I genuinely love Autumn and everything that comes with the Fall season; Autumn foliage, tasty food and the fragrant air that smells more like cinnamon and spice.

Anyhow, I wanted to let you all knowthat I partnered with Minerva Dairy Butter once againto bring you one more amazing recipe.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

By the way, did you know that Minerva Dairy, is America’s oldest family-owned creamery? They just revamped their brand and packaging this year in honor of their 125th anniversary.

That is impressive, my friends. I absolutely love their story as well as working with a brand like Minerva Dairy.

So, after thinking of some wonderful and yummy ideas, this classic recipe popped in my head. It is sincerely loved all around the world and most importantly my family loves it.

It was a win-win situation here. I post homemade recipes that my family dearly likes.

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

You will never find fake food whatsoever. I style food that I post here, of course. However, after each photoshoot, we devour food that I made. Every so often I need to heat it up but after doing this for nine years, they know the drill.

That being said, we enjoy gnocchi prepared with Minerva Butter. I love unsalted but for savory sauces or any other dishes, I use garlic and herbs to give a bit more character.

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Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

It’s extremely delicious. Sea salt Minerva Dairy Butter is very tasty as well. I love smearing on my morning toast. I’m more of savory breakfast or brunch gal.

Nevertheless, I heartily hope youguys like these sage and brown butter gnocchi. They are reallyunbelievably tasty.

Happy Cooking!

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Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi
Yield: 4 Servings

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sage and Brown Butter Gnocchi is easy, tasty a perfect dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound potato gnocchi, you may make your own if you wish
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • Salt, and Black Pepper to taste

Butter Sage Sauce

  • 5 tablespoons Minerva Dairy garlic and herbs butter
  • 6 sage leaves, thinly sliced or leave them whole

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup shaved or grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat. Cook, stirring until the butter develops brown flecks and smells nutty. Watch it closely to keep the butter solids from burning. Turn down the heat and add sage and fry it for 30 to 40 seconds. This takes a few minutes or less so be close by. Transfer the butter and sage to another bowl.
  2. Bring a larger pot of salted water to a rolling boil then add the gnocchi. When it floats to the surface it is done. Allow it for about half a minute more in the boiling water before removing the gnocchi from water.
  3. Scoop the gnocchi from the pot with a spider or slotted spoon, transfer to the skillet and toss until some of the brown-butter flecks stick to the gnocchi. Be careful and stay a bit back.
  4. Pour over brown butter and sage and keep tossing gnocchi.
  5. Add a few tablespoons of the gnocchi cooking water and a gentle squeeze of lemon, about 1 teaspoon or so; toss again.
  6. Remove from the heat and add half of the cheese. Divide among bowls and top with the cheese.
  7. Serve it with a bowl of greens such as Cesar salad.


Notes

You may use any pasta for this dish, even ravioli as long as you have sage and herbs and garlic butter.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma

One more old recipe repost because it is winter season, this is comfort food that we love during winter, and you guys kept asking for this recipe. So here is my stuffed cabbage rolls or as we like to call them, Sarma!

As much as this recipe seems complicated, I have to say it is not so much. Maybe because I grew up eating it, and also I believe the first time when I made it was like 20 years ago, so it is very simple for me.

Traditionally, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma has to be made with a pickled or fermented whole head of cabbage, which tastes like shredded sauerkraut.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma

So, it is a pickling process that many people in parts of the Balkan or Southeastern Europe prepare a few months in advance to have it ready for the holiday season.

What I am showing you today is a much faster version of pickling, and slightly similar to the original and got to say extremely tasty.

If you have already fermented cabbage then you can skip the part where you boil and soak the cabbage in vinegary water with salt.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma

I did not pickle cabbage last fall. So in cases like this when I really crave these rolls I just boil the whole cabbage head in salty- vinegar water, and under the lid. Let it kind of marinade in that boiled hot water for an hour or so.

It becomes a bit tender and slightly sour, but to cut the story short read the recipe with the easy to follow pictures.

When I feel nostalgic this is the version that I am making most of the time because don’t have fermented cabbage all the time or all year round.

This is so delicious and one of my ultimate favorite comfort foods. I know many share the same feeling regarding it because it is loved all over the world.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma

STEP BY STEP WITH PICTURES:

Wash the cabbage and take the middle root by carving it out. Boil the whole cabbage head by putting it in a large pot. Pour over hot boiled water mixed with vinegar and salt. Let it boil again for the next 20 minutes or until the cabbage is softer to the touch

Once the cabbage is softer to the touch, cover it with the lid. Turn off the heat and let it sit in a sour and salty hot water for next 20 minutes or until you are ready for the next step. WASH the cabbage after with a cold water to remove some of the brine.

Combine the meat mixture by adding ground beef, Vegeta/seasoning, shredded onion, minced garlic/or garlic powder, ground black pepper, and rice. I always taste to see if I need more seasoning, but meat is always fresh.

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eparate the cabbage leaves and cut the thick root in the back of each leaf because of the easier folding.

Put cabbage leaves in your palm and add about 2 Tbs. Meat mixture (smaller meatball). Look at the picture for the complete instruction. These instructions are important. If you don’t roll and wrap cabbage rolls correctly, they will open, and meat will get out. Once the wrapping is over, go to the next step.

Boil 2 cups of Beef stock + 3 cups of water with 1 Tbs. Vegeta; set aside.

You may like Sauteed Sauerkraut with Smoked Sausage

In a large pot, add a bit of minced onion, olive oil (or any on your hand), place each roll on the bottom of the pot. If you have meat leftovers crumble on the top, shredded sauerkraut, a few garlic cloves.

Then the rest of the cabbage leaves lay on top and over the cabbage rolls. Put a few slices of bacon or any smoked products, sweet paprika, a bit more chopped garlic and parsley, and about 1/2 tbs. Ground black pepper.

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Now that you layer everything correctly; put it on the stove and with previously boiled broth, water, and Vegeta slowly pour over. Also liquid needs to go over the cabbage rolls at least an inch-

Turn the heat on high until it boils again, once it’s boiled cover and turn the heat on a medium-low. 10. Let it cook for the next 40 minutes.

NOTE: If you do not want to make them as a sour, just skip adding vinegar and sauerkraut. I added cause it is reminding me of the way people from my country make it.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma
Yield: Serves 8

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Sarma

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Traditionally made Cabbage Meat Rolls. These rolls are made with fermented cabbage which gives you more of a sour taste, but very delicious. Since we don’t have fermented cabbage all the time, I made my own just by quick pickling cabbage.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of fresh Cabbage You may use Savoy Cabbage as well
  • 1 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • NOTE: I use vinegar to boil my cabbage because I didn't have any homemade sour cabbage. This is only if you do not have a whole head of pickled cabbage (Sauerkraut).

Meat filling:

  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegeta -European spice OR 2 tbsp. Bouillon Seasoning/Beef seasoning etc. To taste**
  • 1/2 Onion minced or shredded (keep some for later use)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced or crushed
  • 1/2 Tbs. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Rice soak it in the cold water for 5 min or so before adding it to the mixture

Additional Toppings

  • 1 Tbs. Oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. Vegeta or to taste bouillon seasoning or salt
  • 2 cups Shredded Sauerkraut If you have homemade, that's the best
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 4-6 sliced Hickory-smoked Bacon or any meat/ sausage that is smoked/or ribs
  • 1/2 Tbs. Sweet Red Paprika
  • 1/3 of cup minced parsley
  • 1/2 Tbs. Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups of stock/broth + water to fill to about 2 inches above it.

Roux

  • 4 Tbsp. Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. All-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Wash the cabbage and take the middle root by carving it out. Boil the whole cabbage head by putting it in a large pot, pour over hot boiled water mixed with vinegar and salt. Let it boil again for the next 20 minutes or until the cabbage is softer to the touch
  2. Once the cabbage is softer to the touch, cover it with the lid, turn off the heat and let it sit in a sour and salty hot water for the next 20 minutes or until you are ready for the next step. WASH the cabbage after with cold water to remove some of the brine.
  3. Combine the meat mixture by adding ground beef, Vegeta/seasoning, shredded onion, minced garlic/or garlic powder, ground black pepper, and rice. I always taste to see if I need more seasoning, but meat is always fresh.
  4. Now separate the cabbage leaves and cut the thick root in the back of each leaf because of the easier folding.
  5. Put cabbage leaves in your palm and add one medium-sized meatball. Don’t pack meatball, make it more lose. Look at the picture for the complete instruction. These instructions are important because if you don’t roll and wrap cabbage rolls correctly, they will open, and meat will get out. Once the wrapping is over, go to the next step.
  6. Boil 2 cups of Beef stock + 3 cups of water with 1 Tbs. Vegeta; set aside. 
  7. You may. Bouillon Seasoning instead of Vegeta*
  8. In a large pot, add a bit of minced onion, olive oil (or any on your hand), place each roll on the bottom of the pot, if you have meat leftovers crumble on the top, shredded sauerkraut, a few garlic cloves, then rest of the cabbage leaves lay on top and over the cabbage rolls, put few slices of bacon or any smoked products, sweet paprika, a bit more chopped garlic and parsley, and about 1/2 tbs. Ground black pepper.
  9. Now that you layer everything correctly, put it on the stove and with previously boiled broth, water, and Vegeta slowly pour over- also liquid needs to go over the cabbage rolls at least an inch-
  10. Turn the heat on high until it boils again, once it’s boiled cover and turn the heat on a medium-low. 10. Let it cook for the next 40-45 minutes.
  11. After 40-45 minutes (if you need more water it is a good time to add more and boil before you add Roux) Mix 2 Tbs. Of all-purpose flour with 2 Tbs. Of Tomato sauce in a bowl. Combine it well and add about 3 Tbs. Of water. Stir until lumps are gone and you are left with a smooth and thin texture. Pour the Roux little bit at the time, but do not stir, kind of do the moving the pot in a shaky motion just to combine the thin Roux with the liquid to make like a thick sauce. If you can see the lumps in the pot use the wooden spoon to mash it. Add 2 more Tbs. Of tomato sauce for the color and taste.
Ground Beef Stuffed Spaghetti Squash – Low Carb

Ground Beef Stuffed Spaghetti Squash – Low Carb

Simple, delicious and low-carb meal. It is Keto Friendly and very delicious.

When it comes to easy meals this one could not be easier. It does take a bit more time to complete it, but nothing hard at all.