December 30, 2013

My Favorite Holiday Recipes

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and a very Merry Christmas!  I love the holiday season because it’s the perfect excuse to showcase your favorite holiday recipes, from the simplest to the most elaborate, and enjoy them with your friends and family.  For us Romanians, the holidays represent a baking and cooking extravaganza, and although Christmas has already come and gone, I still want to share with you my Christmas and New Year’s favorites.  And they are all here at Simply Romanesco ready for you to try this holiday season and beyond.  Happy New Year!  


·         Homemade Pretzels
·         Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts


·         Hot Mulled Wine – fun and festive, warm and comforting, this spiked drink is perfect during the cold and snowy nights


·         Double-Chocolate Layer Cake – a delightful chocolate overload!
·         Maple Sweet Potato Cake – although it’s not really a traditional Christmas cake, I love that it’s a cinch to make, it’s absolutely gorgeous and delicious, and goes well with coffee or tea while you open presents on Christmas morning; and let’s not forget that sweet potatoes are ever so popular this time of the year


·         Brazilian Chocolate Truffles
·         Nutella Filled Cookies (Ișlere) – a Romanian classic and a staple in our family during the holiday season

Main Dishes

·         Herb-Roasted Pork Loin – during the winter holidays the pork consumption in Romania goes through the roof; and pork brings luck in the New Year! 
·         Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale) – Christmas is not Christmas without them


·         Boeuf Salad (Salată de Boeuf) – perhaps my favorite salad and the one I look forward to every Christmas

Side Dishes

·         Creamed Corn
·         Sweet Green Peas  


·         Chicken Sour Soup (Ciorbă de Pui) – Grandma Vicki always makes this sour soup with pork as the chief ingredient on New Year’s Day

Poftă Bună! (Bon Appétit!)


  1. So many delicious recipes. I made Ina's pork loin for Christmas dinner and your stuffed dates for an office holiday party -- they were a hit! Thanks and happy New Year to you! :)

    1. Hi Katy and Happy New Year to you too! So happy to hear that you loved the pork loin and the stuffed dates! I love these recipes as well :)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy New Year to you too! :)

  3. Your recipes, stories and pictures are amazing and I hope to visit Transylvania and Romania some day! Happy New Year and I hope you have a delicious 2014 :) Laura

    1. Happy New Year, Laura! And thank you so much for your always wonderful comments, support and readership! I'm so honored and I truly appreciate it. I think you would love Transylvania and Romania and really hope you'll get the opportunity to visit someday :)

  4. My wife and I love your food blog and your recipes! Happy New Year! Joshua

    1. Happy New Year to you and your wife as well! I feel really honored for your support and readership. And thank you so much for your lovely comments :) I truly appreciate it!

  5. Lovely and delicious selection :D
    Belated Happy New Years!


    1. Thank you so much, Uru! And belated Happy New Year to you too :)