Falafel

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Have you ever wondered how would your life look like if you lived somewhere else? Different country, city or just another neighborhood……………
I was born and raised in Poland so I often think how would it be to live in my home country again. I’ve gotten so used to the American lifestyle (as I spent majority of my adult life over here) that I wonder if I could find myself in Poland again…..I know for sure that one of the things that I would miss the most about America, specifically New Jersey, is the diversity in the food and culture. Continue reading “Falafel”

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Guacamole

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Holly Guacamole!!! Where have you been my whole life??? I’m so glad I finally discovered you 馃檪 This is a story of how I fell in love with GUACAMOLE聽and avocado on its own.

Jeszcze do niedawna wydawa艂o mi si臋, 偶e nie lubi臋 awokado! Przekona艂am si臋 jednak do tego owocu i teraz nie moge bez niego 偶y膰.聽

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Italian Style Stuffed Mushrooms

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Today I prepared a simple but delicious appetizer. I like appetizers because they聽make a good snack or a perfect start to the meal.聽聽The stuffed mushrooms I made are very easy and quick to prepare. There are many ways to prepare stuffed mushrooms but聽I like this one because it’s simple, does not require much time to prepare and tastes very good.聽The key to make it delicious is using all fresh ingredients. All you need is:

10-12 medium sized mushrooms

陆 cup of fresh breadcrumbs

陆 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

陆 cup of cilantro leaves

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. of salt and 1/4 of tsp. of pepper or聽to taste

First, I clean the mushrooms with a paper towel. Mushrooms absorb a lot of water so if you wash them in the water they will become soggy. They do have a lot of sand on them though so the best way to remove it is to use damp towel and clean them carefully. Once I clean the mushrooms, I remove the stems and scoop out the inside of the聽mushrooms. I try to take out as much as possible without breaking the mushrooms. I find that melon scooper works best for that.

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I leave the mushroom caps on the side and prepare the stuffing. First ,I chop the scooped out parts of the mushrooms and transfer it into a ball.

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Then I add chopped cilantro. If you don鈥檛 like cilantro you can substitute Italian parsley. The key is to use fresh herbs instead of the 聽dried once.

Then I add one clove of minced garlic and freshly grated parmesan. (I don鈥檛 like to use the parmesan that is already grated and packed in the box).

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I also prepare fresh breadcrumbs I cut one thick slice of ciabatta bread and process it in the food processor.

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I add the breadcrumbs to the mixture. I always use fresh breadcrumbs because聽it makes a huge difference. They become nice and crunchy on top and give a nice texture to the stuffing. I also like to add crushed red pepper flakes to make the stuffing a little spicy. Finally, I add olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper and mix it all together.

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I mix everything together and start stuffing the mushrooms.

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Then I bake the mushrooms in a preheated oven聽at 375-400 F for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!!!!

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