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Friends, I’m going to share a super easy and flexible weeknight recipe for beef stroganoff not only because it’s creamy, carby, hearty and delicious goodness in 30 minutes or less, but also because it’s so representative of the beauty of improvisation in the kitchen. When I got home from work today I had no idea what to do for dinner. I played around with the idea of a riff on Thai beef but I wasn’t…

I want to start by saying that this meal was wholly improvised and I’m quite proud not only of the result – a comforting and healthy homeland staple reminiscent of my childhood – but also because of what it represents – the spirit of using pantry and fridge odds and ends that may have otherwise ended up in the bin. This dish is called mancare de mazare in Romanian, which literally means food of peas.…

On Wednesday last week I didn’t have lunch so I walked over to the Albert Heijn by my office to grab a salad. I decided for some reason that it would be a good idea to get three bags of groceries and haul it all home on my hour long bike-ride. Don’t know if I’ll be repeating lunchtime grocery shopping anytime soon. But anyway on this ill-fated grocery trip I did manage to find a…

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