Crackle Chocolate Cookies

Ugly cookies are delicious… and they’re actually pretty. It is the first time I am making this type of cookies, even though I’ve been planning to make them for years now.  I try not to bake unless I have a reason, which this time was Saint Nicholas day, and share the sweets immediately after I…

Culinary Epiphany

Introduction I used to be PicktheCook, but now I am Culinary Epiphany. If you find it pretentious, you are reading it in a wrong way, it’s more of a “culinary epiphany… (cough)”. More of a: “Remember I made that recipe a while ago, I wonder what ingredients I used and how I did it…” That…

Stuffed Peppers

Hello, hello! I am actually doing this! Look at me, I am posting a recipe! Also, I am trying to learn to take decent pictures and to write decent looking recipes… I also need some decent intros to my posts (mental note). Ok, so today we are cooking stuffed peppers. Why? Because I haven’t had…

Turnip Greens with Wild Rice and Chorizo

  I don’t have a story for this one because I never cooked turnip greens before. It just happened to be one of those days when I buy something out of impulse.. like a bundle of turnip greens from the local Asian store because who knows when you’re gonna them. I was impressed really, I…

Risotto is King!

  Summer is over, as far as I’m concerned. I’m back to my small kitchen, my pots and pans and my daily routine. It’s never easy coming back here after spending summer with family and friends. The first couple of months are a little sour and all we talk about is what we’ll do next…

Romanian Vegetable Sour Soup * Ciorba de Cartofi

    Christ is Risen! After all that delicious and a little heavy Easter meal, we all need something to wash away our excesses and to help us start over on the healthy/ lighter culinary path. We eat a lot of sour soups in Romania, I never, in so many years, made one without meat…and…