~ "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." ~ "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" ~ "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." ~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."~

Friday, September 5, 2008

About Me




Home Cooking... in Montana!

Hi and welcome to my blog!

I LOVE to be in the kitchen...

My name is Ellie, and I live with my husband in the beautiful Big Sky Country... Montana.
I am a Christian and I love the Lord Jesus Christ....
I was born in Romania, but have lived in the U.S for most of my life. I do, however, love Romanian food! You will notice that I have a special place for those recipes:).

My Blog...

What started out as my need to "clean and organize" my HUGE recipe file, has turned into a real blogging adventure!

My love for cooking/baking...

It started when I was young...

I wanted to be like the chefs on PBS :)... I found myself having the ingredients 'mise en place' before I started cooking...quite funny, actually.

I love to cook and bake. I am always on the lookout for unique and scrumptious recipes. I have a passion for cooking with fresh ingredients. Most of my cooking and baking is from scratch ...things I have around the house. I love to challenge myself to come up with a recipe that can be made in my own kitchen without too many fancy ingredients. I still want the recipe to have the "wow" factor....and that is truly a challenge!

My collection of recipes...

Some recipes are new and some are tried and true! Most of these recipes I have collected over the years. Some I have modified and yet others are just too good to mess with! I hope you can find a recipe or two that you might like to try. Enjoy!


Sharing my recipes...

I am happy to share my recipes with you, hoping to give credit to those who have inspired me as I post each recipe. I will try to post some tips and tricks along the way in order to make the recipe go smoother...

Forever Indebted....

I thank God for giving me such a wonderful and loving husband who encourages me and stands by me even when things don't always go right in the kitchen. My husband is my most valuable critic and I admire him for all the feedback he provides. My husband is kind enough to eat 99.8% of what I make....even if it is a flop!
Most recipes I post here have his stamp of approval...There are a few recipes that have been "perfected" because of his input. My Romanian Cozonac recipe is one of them...
I LOVE Saturday mornings. It is the one day when my husband joins me in preparing breakfast. I cherish our time together...

One of my favorite hymns:

A Christian Home
Barbara B. Hart, 1916
Jean Sibelius, 1865-1957

O give us homes built firm upon the Saviour,
Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide;
Where ev'ry child is taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho' his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho' days be dark and grim.

O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,
The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung;
Where prayer comes first in peace or in disaster,
And praise is natural speech to ev'ry tongue;
Where mountains move before a faith that's vaster,
And Christ sufficient is for old and young.

O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor:
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.

The Kitchen...a warm and cozy place that brings family and friends together.

91 comments:

Ali said...

What a treat to find your blog this morning! I am from Bozeman, MT and miss it very much!

Anca said...

Hi Ellie, eu sunt din Romania si locuiesc in Denver din Noiembrie 2009...am gasit bloggul tau azi cand cautam o reteta de pizza cu Phyllo dough, am gasit-o pe a ta si e delicioasa. Si mie imi place sa gatesc si sa experimentez noi retete mereu. O sa citesc bloggul tau pt ca mi se pare foarte interesant.

Ellie said...

Buna Anca, Imi pare bine ca ai venit si pe la mine si mai ales ca iti place si tie sa gatesti si sa experimentezi:)...ca mine. Ce bine ca iti a placut si tie pizza de phyllo dough...si noua ne place. Iti multumesc ca ai luat timp sa imi scrii... apreciez mult. Sa ai o zi buna.~Ellie

Ellie said...

Ali, Thanks for stopping by...Oh, you know how beautiful Montana is:)!

LDH said...

Hello Ali! How nice to meet you and visit your lovely blog here! I enjoyed reading your "About" page and learning a bit about you. Sweet, God-honoring place and I will be back to visit again!

Kindly, ldh

LDH said...

I am sorry Ellie, that I called you Ali! Two sweet names but I should apply them to the right person! :)

Ellie said...

LDH, Thanks so much for stopping by....it was really sweet of you to take the time to write. Thank you for your kind comment. I do hope you will enjoy your visit here. May God bless you and have a great day~Ellie

Leesa said...

Hi Ellie,

I just found your blog, by chance, while doing searches on googles for piping tips for frosting! I had to write to you to tell you how wonderful your blog is... I do a lot of cooking and baking myself and I just LOVE your recipes/pics etc...
Just wanted to stop by to tell you that!
Have a great weekend...
Leesa

Ellie said...

Aww.... Leesa, You made my day...I really appreciate you taking the time to write....it was especially kind of you. It is people like you who encourage me to share my passion for cooking with others.

So glad you like to cook and bake ...hope you can find a recipe you might like to try. Have a wonderful day!~Ellie

Lincoln said...

I just wanted to chime in and say your blog is awesome. It's clear how much you love your husband and love the LORD, which is sadly a very rare trait in America. I bookmarked your pizza swirl recipes and can't wait to try them out on my own (I'll have to wait until the weather is cooler though). God bless you!

Ellie said...

Lincoln, Thank you for your sweet comment!...it really made my day. I do hope my blog would be a blessing to those who read it. So it means a great deal to me that you took the time to comment. I especially pray that the Lord be honored through this blog.

Glad you found a recipe you would like to try. We really enjoyed the pizza swirls...

Again, thanks for stopping by and may the Lord bless you!~Ellie

adoptive mommy said...

Hi Ellie. I'm glad I found your blog. I am from Romania also, in US since 1992. I am a Christian as well and I love to cook so it looks like we have a lot in common. I just wrote a cook/autobiographical book that talks about my life in Romania, growing up there, going through the 1989 revolution, coming to America, etc. and how food and cooking was always at the center. It is set to come out in February 2011. I love your mititei and salad boeuf recipes. I have my own but I do confess I never endeavored to make mititei. It is a hard, very involved recipe even for the die-hard Romanian cook so I commend you for your courage and patience. Also, finding out what is the equivalent here for cimbru was brilliant! I googled it and it translated as thyme but the flavor just didn't add up. It was not what I remembered. Also, interestingly enough, I would love to live in Montana! My husband and I live in Texas right now and from what I've seen of Montana, the mountains, the rivers, the forests, it just looks like the perfect place to live and raise a family. I would like to connect maybe through e-mail but I don't really know how the blog thing works so I am reluctant to write down my e-mail address. Maybe you have a suggestion. I'd love to connect and share stories and recipes. Laura

Ellie said...

Hi Laura, Thanks for stopping by...you can easily contact me through email. My email is homecookinginmontana@yahoo.com. I would love to chat with you...Ellie

adoptive mommy said...

Hi again Ellie
Just wanted to let you know I sent a response to your e-mail a while back, just in case it ended up in spam mail again... :) Laura

Hope said...

Hi, Ellie,

Thank you for sharing your recipes! I was looking for a way to make homemade cheddar crackers, and stumbled upon your blog. I am trying to get into making more of my food and buying less processed foods. I think your blog is going to be a blessing!!!

Ellie said...

Hope, Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!
I so hope you will enjoy your time here. Hopefully you can find some inspiration:)~Ellie

AncaT said...

great blog!! gotta say u r a great cook!!! I'm bookmarking this!!

Ellie said...

Anca,
Aww.. you are too sweet! Thank you so much...very kind of you.

I hope you can find a recipe you might like to try.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!~Ellie

ILEANA G. said...

draga Ellie,Eu sunt din Romania, am venit aici, in Boston,ma acum 25 de ani si am inceput si eu un blog cu retetele din familia noastra pentru copii nostri care traiesc pe aceste meleaguri
M-am uitat pentru o reteta de cozonac si am dat peste blogul tau, care e foarte interesant.Cozonacul cu nuca aratsa foarte bune si o sa fiu si eu un "folower" al tau....
As aprecia foarte mult daca "folow" my blog, care este tot in google/ M-as bucura sa tinem legatura gastronomica....ileana

http://ilibili.blogspot.com/

Ellie said...

Ileana, Multumesc ca ai venit pe la mine. Sper sa iti placa si tie cozonacul.... si poate alte retete:).

Am trecut si eu pe la blogul tau...se vede ca iti place
mult " bread baking challenges" :)... si altele. Am sa mai trec din cand in cand si pe la tine:)... Iti doresc o zi placuta~Ellie

keksz said...

Hi Ellie,

Your recipes remind me of my mother's kitchen. You are really talented!!

Bravo and thanks,

keksz

Ellie said...

Keksz, Aww... what a sweet compliment! Thank you...It is truly an honor to compare me to your mom:)

It was especially sweet of you to take the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

Have a great day...and thanks for stopping by. ~Ellie

Cheri said...

Hi Ellie! Thanks for your blog, I too am a fellow Montanian from Anaconda, MT just southwest of Butte. Thanks for your great recipes here!

Ellie said...

Hi Cheri, Thanks for stopping by...always love to hear from fellow Montanians:). Took a look at your blog and saw you have some really neat recipes. Wishing you a blessed New Year!

Michelle said...

Your blog caught my eye because I live in Montana as well and am a Christian (my husband is a pastor) who also is taking a missions trip to Romania in less than two months. There was just alot in common, I guess. I am very excited to try some of these recipes!!! I just started making bread and am loving every minute of it. It is nice to see a people loving the Lord and serving Him. Thank you for doing this blog ~ it will be my new go to for recipes :o) May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

Ellie said...

Michelle, Yes, we do have a bit in common:)...Thank you SO much for taking the time to stop by, comment, and encourage me!
I truly want this blog to help and encourage others...so I am hoping it would be a blessing to you and your family. Do let me know if I can be of help with any of the recipes. Again, thank you for your kind words...May the Lord richly bless you...

Naomi Wipf said...

wow again, we're a home-schooled Christain family from NY, some of our best friends moved to MT last year. but they're in the north-western corner..I will definitely be checking back to you ~

Ellie said...

Naomi, That's wonderful, I am so glad to hear that you come from a home-schooled Christian home. I was raised in a Christian home myself...a blessing!
Montana is indeed beautiful...plenty of wide open space:).
Enjoy your visit here...hopefully you will be inspired to make a recipe or two.

Maria I. from Los Angeles said...

Hi There! Just wanted to say that your mici recipe is a great big hit when I make it for my Romanian husband and his parents! I'm not Romanian so I was a little intimidated about attempting to make Romanian food for them, but I stumbled on your website and now I get so many compliments on my Romanian cooking! Thanks for posting. Hope life in Montana is treating you well!

Ellie said...

Maria, Oh I am so glad the mici recipe is a success in your family! We love it, too:).
Thank you so much for your kind comment... I am so glad the blog has been of help to you in regards to the Romanian cooking. It means a great deal to me to know I've been of help to someone...so, I really appreciate your feedback, as well as you taking the time to write. Made my day:)!
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Lidia said...

Hi Ellie. I discovered your blog yesterday while looking for a Mici recipe. I loved reading your "about me" today. The poem is awesome. I want to hang it up in my home :). Thank you for sharing your heart and your recipes. May God bless you and your family always. I can't wait to try a few of the recipes :)

Ellie said...

Lidia, Thank you so much for your kind comment...it made my day! So glad you also like the hymn... it's a hymn that I've cherished way before I got married:)....quite meaningful!
I am hoping you will be blessed through the blog, as that is my desire...
Enjoy your visit, and I hope you like at least one recipe:).
Blessings to you and your family as well!

Anonymous said...

Love the blog. L-am găsit când căutăm reteta pt cozonac.
In curand am sa incerc sa il prepar! Thank you for taking the time to share Romanian recipies!
From Atlanta, GA
Madi Parker

May our dear Lord Jesus be with you and your family!

Ellie said...

Madi, I am so glad you stopped by. Thank you for your sweet and kind words. It means a great deal!

Sper sa iti placa si tie cozonacul... am pus cateva " tips " care sper sa fie de ajutor. Umplutura poate fi schimbata cu alta umplutura care va place.

I hope you enjoy the recipes...
Do let me know of you have any questions with any of them....tips or suggestions are always welcome:).

May the LORD bless you and your family!

Corianne Roark said...

Ellie, I am so happy to have found your blog! I grew up in Montana and its always nice to see someone who appreciates its harsh beauty! I am a fellow Christ-follower and food blogger, but my blog is all about gluten-free food. I am inspired by your beautiful photographs and your recipes look wonderful! I look forward to converting some of them to gluten-free. Thanks for sharing your love for food and faith.

Ellie said...

Corianne, Thank you so much for your kind words...it means so much to me! I am always happy to hear from fellow bloggers...but we have a few more things in common:)... loving the Lord Jesus Christ, Montana, and cooking. So it is especially nice to hear from you!

Even though most of my recipes may not be gluten-free, there are quite a few that are... and many that can be turned into GF. I'm always thrilled when I can inspire someone through my blog... I'd love to hear from you if you try a recipe and make it GF.
I am looking forward to checking out your blog...and thanks for stopping by.

Joy said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely blog. I want to try some of your recipes over the holidays when my daughter is visiting.
I'm 75 years old and went to the Ginger Cookies blog from your link to it. Many years ago I had some classes in the Russian language and was able to read some of the words using the Cyrillic alphabet. I'm going to review the pronunciation and will greatly enjoy deciphering what I'm able to make out. Thank you for that link, also.
Best wishes and have a Merry Christmas in Montana. I live in Alabama.
Joy

Ellie said...

Oh, Joy I am so glad you stopped by ...and took the time to write. I am thrilled(and honored) that you would like to try some of the recipes from the blog this holiday season. I am hoping you will enjoy them....
So happy that you enjoyed looking at Ginger Cookies... I absolutely love going by her blog( even though I have to use the translator:)). She has some wonderful recipes...I've tried her patatnik( potato pie) and loved it!

Joy, it was a pleasure hearing from you...means even more to me because you are close in age to my mom:)....whom I've learned so much from!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Joy said...

Ellie, I'm very touched that you replied to my comment. I just saw the photos and recipe for making fig newtons, a favorite of my husband. I'm going to try them next week. They look so delicious. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful blog. And hello to your mom. I hope you have frequent contact with her as I do my daughters.
Joy

Ellie said...

Joy, Sweet of you to stop by again...I love hearing from my readers! I sure hope you enjoy the fig newtons:).
I'm thrilled to hear that you have a wonderful relationship with your daughters. My mom is a best friend to me... even though we live miles apart, we still talk almost daily on the phone and try to see each other as often as we can. In fact, both my parents are coming over for Christmas this year. I'm planning on baking and cooking alongside my mom...and cherishing our time together. I wish the same for you and your daughters.
Thanks again for your kind comment about the blog...it means so much to me.
Have a great day!

Linda said...

Hello Ellie! Came across your blog in Pinterest. I was searching for cheddar crackers and found your recipe. The dough is in the fridge for its overnight stay. I loved reading in your write-up that your mom rarely had anything out of the box, as did mine. Im getting more and more back to my roots and making things that are nutritious and not put into a plastic bag. I am going to enjoy looking around your blog, when I have more time, and seeing what other nuggets I can find. Thanks for the great reminder that ANYTHING that is found in the store can be recreated in a much more nutritious fashion. PS. Born and raised in Montana and even played the GRIZ! Thanks again.

Ellie said...

Linda, I am so glad you stopped by! It was such a pleasure reading your comment...though I am not a Montana native, I've learned to love living here:). Love Montana...
I sure hope you enjoy the crackers...there are a few other cracker recipes on my blog, that you may be interested in...I love the wheat thins and the parmesan sesame crackers.
It's amazing how if you've got the passion and the patience...most packaged foods can be made at home. Sure, they may not taste exactly the same as store-bought...but for the most part they tend to be healthier than the processed food. I have to admit I was spoiled growing up (at the time I didn't think so:))... . My mom hardly ever bought us junk food. Now I appreciate it!
Do enjoy your visit here on the blog, and if you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to help.

Barb Rolek said...

Hi Ellie. I am the Guide to Eastern European Food for About.com/The New York Times. One of the cuisines I cover is Romanian. I'd love if you'd include your blog on my blogroll. Here is the short form to fill out. I think my readers would enjoy your recipes -- http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/u/sty/easterneuropeanfoods/eean-blogs/form.htm

Ellie said...

Hi Barb, Glad you like the blog. Thanks for the invite...I really appreciate it! Thanks for stopping by.

Miss Footloose | Life in the Expat Lane said...

Hi Ellie,

I went on a google search to find a photo of cilbir, Turkish poached eggs, and found your blog, and the post with the photos:

http://tinyurl.com/d4m3cjl

I'm wondering if you would allow me to use one of your photos on my blog. I am writing a post about a yogurt adventure I had in the Middle East. Of course I would link it back to your blog.

PS: I am Dutch and your name is very Dutch. ;)

Ellie said...

Miss Footloose, Thanks for stopping by... You can use the photo and link back. Hope you can give the recipe a try:)

Anonymous said...

Buna Ellie,

Ma numesc Anda. Tocmai am dat de website-ul tau din greseala cautand reteta pt varza calita dar in limba engleza pt cineva de la lucru. Sunt atat de impresionata de site-ul tau. Nu sunt a blog person, dar m-ai impresionat si o trebuit sa iti scriu. Ai o asa mare varietatea si unicitate de retete. Sunt foarte fericita ca acum am acces la o resursa atat de buna de gatit. Mersi mult ca ai creat asa ceva. Eu locuiesc in Washington, DC. O sa te las sa stii cum mi-au iesit retetele tale. Abia astept sa citesc tot ce ai pe website. Iti doresc o zi placuta in statul frumos Montana. Pa pa (andam2u@hotmail.com)

Ellie said...

Oh, Anda esti o scumpa! Apreciez mult comentariul tau, sa sti ca chiar mai bucurat!

Ma bucur ca blogul meu iti este de folos, chiar asta am vrut de la inceput... sa pot ajuta pe altii, asa cum altii m-au ajutat pe mine. Imi place tare mult sa incerc alte "cuisines"... dar mancarea Romaneasca imi este "special". Am amintiri placute:)... si vreu sa nu le uit.

Sper sa iti placa si tie macar una din retetele pe care le-am postat... stiu ca mancare este dupa gust, dar poate una va fi buna:).

Incaodata, iti multumesc mult pentru cuvintele tale de incurajare... si ca ai luat din timpul tau sa imi scri. Cati va ani in urma, am avut si eu privilegiu sa vizitez Washington DC... tare frumos a fost!

Iti doresc o zi minunata... si te mai astept pe aici:)...

Debbie Shepherd said...

Hi Ellie,
Thanks so much for your blog! I found it by pure co-incidence (or the leading of the Lord)
I just googled Montana as we are hoping to come and visit early 2013. The Lord has laid on our hearts to leave all and take a giant leap of faith and come to Montana. All we heard is that we are to GO to Montana. So not wanting to disobey the Lord we are coming over. So far things are going well in preparing for such a trip. We do not yet know where to go or who needs our help, but I'm sure all will be revealed in The Lord's timing. Life with Christ truly is a great adventure. We plan to come for 3 months as that is the longest we can stay without a visa.
Keep up the beautiful work on this blog that truly brightened my day here in England.
Love from us all. Should you be led you can contact us on psalm127family@gmail.com

Ellie said...

Hi Debbie, Thank you for your kind comment. I'm so glad you have been blessed by the blog. I truly desire the Lord to be glorified in all that I do and say on this blog...

May the Lord guide you as you seek to obey Him. Thank you for your visit, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. A warm hello to the rest of the family:).

Mama Joy said...

My sister and family live in Great Falls MT and I am in British Columbia. My sister and I were raised in Canton, Ohio where my father's family immigrated in 1914. I LOVED my grandma's cooking and after she died, only my uncles carried it on. I am so excited to see your Romanian recipes to try. My niece just sent me this link to your blog. We also follow the Lord Jesus and was blessed to see His Truth throughout your blog. GOd bless you. (I am sure I will be back with questions as I have time to try the recipes! ).

Ellie said...

Mama Joy, I am so glad you stopped by! Thank you for your kind comment. I am always happy to hear from fellow believers:). I hope the recipes here on the blog will be a blessing. I've wanted to write the recipes here before they'd be forgotten:)... Hopefully you'll find a recipe you might like.

Do feel free to ask any questions you may have when you try the recipes. I'll try my best to help.

Wishing you a blessed day!

sarahinsouthkorea said...

Hi,

You have a wonderful blog. I'm gonna cook for my Romanian friend on her birthday. We live/study in South Korea (Seoul) and I've got some ideas and will keep you updated.

Many thanks!

;-)

Happy New Year!

Ellie said...

Sarah, Thanks... and Happy Néw Year to you as well! It's real nice and sweet of you to cook some Romanian food for your friend. I am sure she will be touched by your kindness.
Can you imagine, having Romanian food in S. Korea? I mean, that's super special:). Hope you have fun and that she enjoys it. And thanks for stopping by and letting me know... sounds exciting!

Anonymous said...

Buna Ellie, eu sunt in Canada si o doamna de pe Fb cauta o reteta de sarmale...am gasit reteta ta si e foarte explicita, si mai ales in engleza, lol.Am pus un link cu blog-ul tau, sper ca e OK...
Super retetele, sigur am sa incerc citeva din retetele tale. Succes in continuare, Angela

Ellie said...

Buna Angela, Imi pare bine ca ai putut ajuta pe doamna care vrea sa faca sarmale prin reteta care am postato... si nu ma supar deloc ca iai dat linkul, chiar ma bucur:).

Retele pe care le-am pus aici sper sa fie de folos pentru altii...

Oricum iti multumesc pentru cuvintele frumoase despre blog, si sper sa iti fie de folos si tie... poate o sa iti placa o reteta sau doua:).

Numai bine... si iti doresc o zi frumoasa in CA!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the Romanian recipes. My parents were missionaries in Sighetu Marmatiei for almost 20 years. I love Romanian food and have made up some of my own recipes ( just guessing at what was in different dishes) but it is great to see so many familiar names of food from my childhood. I can hardly wait to make Mici for my kids!! Thanks

Ellie said...

Anon, Oh, You are most welcome! God bless your parents for their missionary work in Romania and for their servant's heart. In 20 years I am sure you all tasted quite a bit of the Romanian culture:)... even through food.
Glad you are able to come up with your own recipes based on what you remember... most romanian food isn't really complicated and sometimes they all use the same method of cooking. Ex... tomato based stew dishes... change the meat and vegetables to vary the dish. In any case, I sure hope your family enjoys the mici... just cut down on the spices if you feel it may be too strong.
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing... Have a wonderful day!

twogirlsmomma said...

Ellie, so glad to have found your site. I have been to MT and absolutely love it. Went to Glacier National Park...so beautiful and majestic. I am so excited to try the recipes you have posted. It is a blessing to have them. Can't wait to try the Naan and pita breads. Will be doing that this weekend. Yay! I love all kinds of cuisine and have traveled the world with anticipation of what the next country will offer. It's always a treat to see how people create their food. Anyway, I'm rambling...love your site!

Ellie said...

Twogirlsmomma, Welcome:)! So glad you stopped by. Hope you enjoy the naan bread, it's a favorite.

I'm with you on Glacier, it has got to be one of my favorite national parks... so glad you got to see some of MT. The state really is beautiful, and it's a blessing to live here:)... granted I still miss the big city, but end up vacationing there:). That's when I travel to various parts of the country/world . I get to see the big city and also taste the variety of foods that waits to be found:). Definitely have to be adventurous:). But I get inspired this way and end up posting some recipes here as well... now, I'm rambling:).

Anyway, enjoy your visit on the site and thanks so much for your comment...
Have a great day!

Angelface said...

Hi Ellie! ^_^
Aw, praise GOD for His goodness in leading me to your blog lol! It is SUCH an encouragement and refreshment to my heart to find someone passionate about food and cooking, but passionate about Christ and family above it... AND Romanian! ^_^ My dad is Romanian; I visited for the first time in almost 10 yrs last yr and it re-ignited a love for the country and VERY much for its food! I love the Lord dearly, and also love to cook (and eat! ^_^) and sometimes am challenged regarding that love becoming first place above Him. So it really is inspiring and encouraging to discover somebody enjoying the gifts that the Lord gave in a Godly way and using them to glorify Him as you are doing! It really has made my day! :D
Looking forward to browsing here more often lol; ESPECIALLY the Cozonac recipe!! :D :D :D My cousin made it for Christmas for us, and haven't had the time or nerve yet to try it yet; so this really put the icing on the cake!! (Excuse the pun :P)
God BLESS you for your glory to Him, and may He multiply and amounts your gifting to HIS glory alone, and draw you and others ever closer to Him through this amazing gift He has blessed you with as the Father of Lights through whom ALL good, perfect and pleasing blessings come! (James 1:17)
Au o zi binecuvântată! ^_^

Ellie said...

Angelface, Awww, what a blessing from above to read your comment! I thank God for you, and for your encouraging words/verse you shared. I truly pray this blog brings glory to God. My only desire...to honor Him above all else through this blog.

God truly knows how to send someone my way to encourage me. So thank you for stopping by, and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it. You simply made my day!

It's always a delight to hear from fellow believers, just to know that we have the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior draws us together, but then we also love to cook, and we have Romania as a common thread! Now, that is truly a blessing!

I pray you will be blessed on this site and that you may find a recipe you enjoy. The cozonac is always worth trying:).

May you be blessed and uplifted to grow in His love more and more. So VERY glad you stopped by! May God shed His grace on you today and always!

Anonymous said...

I have a question about the Honey Glazed 5-Spice Beef with Walnuts. The ingredients for the sauce call for honey, rice vinegar, ginger juice, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Yet the directions for making the sauce say "combine the noney, rice vinegar, SOY SAUCE, ginger, balsamic vinegar and salt."

So how much soy sauce? Dinner is in 2 hours, so I'll probably have to wing it this time.

Ellie said...

Anon, I fixed the recipe.... there is NO soy sauce in the recipe. Sorry about that. I hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

Heeey!
I am so happy i found your blog today ! I am from Romania also and i love cooking. I am a Christian too, orthodox church and now i live on viking lands :) Norway. But i am still cooking romanian recipes. I also have a good romanian friend in New York, i will recommend her to check out your blog, she also loves cooking.
Hugs,
Anca

Ellie said...

Hi Anca, SO glad you stopped by... always good to hear from a fellow Romanian:).

Hope you and your friend enjoy browsing through the recipes... maybe you will try one or two. I'm sure the Romanian recipes you're well accustomed to:). In any case, I do appreciate you stopping by and saying hello. Keep cooking!

Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Trish D said...

Just stumbled onto your blog and have already found a few recipes I'd like to try - I was born and raised in Billings, and OH how I miss the wide open spaces (we live in South TX now, and interestingly enough I found you through the chorizo recipe!)

Ellie said...

Welcome Trish:)! So glad you stopped by...
I'm hoping you'll enjoy the recipes you try... feel free to make them your own:).
Yes, the wide open air is always medicine for the soul. I don't seem to get tired of it. Though I admit, from time to time I yearn for crowds:)... but always love coming home.

Sanda said...

Ellie,
You are the answer to my prayers! I have been wanting to cook some romanian recipes, but translated into English, because the grams measurements confuse me. Thank you so much, I will be following you!
Sanda from CA

Ellie said...

Sanda, Oh, I am thrilled that you stopped by:)... I'm so glad I could be of help.

Hopefully you will enjoy some of the Romanian recipes I've posted. I know most Romanians have their own version of traditional dishes, and even though the dishes I posted are to my liking, you can easily adjust to suit your tastes.

I totally understand your frustration with grams and mLs:)... I've struggled with the measurements myself for years. Once you cook a dish or two, you'll be amazed how simple they seem:)... and you can be creative and adjust recipes to make them your own.

Thanks for following! It means a ton...

Matei Daian said...

Buna Ellie,

Si eu sunt din Romania, dar locuiesc in America. Prietena mea e din Montana si a gatit sarmale dupa reteta ta si au iesit minunate. De craciun o SA incerce SA faca si cozonac dupa reteta ta. Voiam SA iti multumim ca ai postat aceste retete online! Ne intrebam de unde din Montana esti. Noi momentan suntem in Missoula.

Cu drag,
Matei

Ellie said...

Buna Matei,
Oh, cu placere! Ma bucur tare mult ca au iesit sarmalele:)... si sant mandra de prietena ta ca vrea sa incerce si cozonacul. Ii doresc mult success, si sper sa va placa si voua.

Merci mult pentru ca te-ai oprit sa-mi scrii... noi locuim in prezent langa capitala:).

Iti doresc un Craciun fericit, tie si intreaga familie!

Kristi Cumming said...

Ellie,

Just found your blog this morning while looking for a Basque chicken recipe. I will try yours tonight. I was so excited to find out that you love Jesus too! This makes finding your site and recipe that much more special..
Kristi

Ellie said...

Kristi, Thanks so much for stopping by! It always makes my day when I hear from a fellow believer.... and just knowing we have the Lord Jesus in common simply makes my day:).

I sure hope you like the Basque chicken... Feel free to adjust ingredients to taste:).

Have a blessed day... and thanks a bunch for taking the time to comment!

Joyful Momma said...

Hi! So fun to find a fellow food blogger from Montana! I blog over at Joyful Momma's Kitchen. ��. So nice to meet you.

Ellie said...

Hi Alexis, What a treat to hear from you... VERY excited to read your "about" page and find out that you too love the LORD JESUS:)... and cooking:).

What a beautiful family, and blog you have! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and saying "hi". Blessings to you and yours! Keep shining for Christ.

Ovi Munteanu said...

Hi Ellie, bucuros ca am gasit blogul tau, sotia mea nu este romanca, asa ca retetele noastre traditionale in engleza i-i vor fi de ajutor. Ovi, Alberta, Canada

Ellie said...

Ovi, Ma bucur ca pot fi de folos sotiei tale. Sper sa va placa macar una din retete:)... si chiar daca mai ajustati dupa gust. Stiu ca fiecare casa romana are gusturile lor:)

Merci de vizita si va doresc o zi placuta!

Ovi Munteanu said...

Mie-mi plac toate retetele tale...
Multam, si voua o zi buna :)

Anonymous said...

Stoping by as I do every day and thought it was time i said "What an amazing Blog". I'm a Brit living in France and I tell anyone who will listen to me, to read your Blog.

Thanks, Thanks and Thanks again.

Ellie said...

Anon, Thanks! You are too kind.... Glad you are enjoying the blog:). And thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it.

Laura Laird said...

Hi Ellie. I looked for you on Facebook and could not find you. I really think that a "Home cooking in Montana" FB page would get a lot of followers! :)

Ellie said...

Laura, Thanks for stopping by... Yes, you are quite right, I do not have a Facebook account. Guess I'm not much for social media:). But thanks for your compliment, sweet of you! Am glad for my readers that visit and stop by:).

Alina said...

Hi, Ellie. I found your blog a while ago and tried many of your Romanian recipes. My husband and I are from Romania, but I never cooked until I got to US (when I was 25!). Anyway: we especially love your cozonac and your ciulama. I have now in the oven your apply strudel and your whole wheat bread. They smell delicious! Thank you so much for your blog! Your instructions are amazing. You are amazing. Hugs from Virginia.

Ellie said...

Oh, Alina... thanks a ton for your sweet, sweet message!! Your comment simply made my day! I am so glad to be of help, and knowing I can be of inspiration to others, well, that just means so much to me.

I'm so happy to hear that you enjoy the Romanian recipes... and are trying out other recipes as well.

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your feedback. I really appreciate it!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs to you as well:)...

Cherra Atkinson-Baca said...

Hi!
If like to know if you have ever made "Lumpia"?
I've been searching for too long for a lighter but incredible version if the traditional "Lumpia".

Can you help?

Cherra
Northern California
(But travel to Montana each year!)
Love the fishing and open sky!!

Ellie said...

Cherra, Glad to hear you come out to Montana yearly.., MT indeed is a beautiful place!

Unfortunately I have never made lumpia before. Maybe one day?

But thanks so much for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for creating a site like this. My husband is Romanian and your website has been a lifesaver. Of course I see other "Romanian" recipes on Internet but those are not made like they were made back home in Romania. My mother in law came a couple years ago and she left us her recipe book for cakes and such. However I can't translate Romanian or the measurements. If you have any other Romanian recipes to share ....please do I always try to make food that make my husband happy. It is definitely great food.

Ellie said...

Anon, Thank you for stopping by and sharing. I am thrilled to hear that my blog had been of help to you. Always makes my day to hear that others are encouraged to cook/bake through the recipes I have posted... it was and will remain the reason for this blog:).

I am glad to hear that you enjoy cooking for your husband who is Romanian. You are a wonderful helpmeet:)!

I have tried my best to post as many Romanian recipes that I know... there are many variations off the ones that are posted, so I try not to "double up" on them.

Thank you for letting me know that you are interested in Romanian recipes. I shall try my best to post some more recipes... when time affords it.

Anonymous said...

wow, i honestly dont know how i got on ur website.. well, i do lol, but it was unintentional. i was on pinterest and opened up the little tarts that u made because i was looking for something to make for a bridal shower tomorrow. well, i started reading the top and noticed there was a bible verse, then i scrolled down and saw that ur romanian.. thats neat! i live down in houston, tx and well, i wasnt born in romania, but my dad is romanian and my husband is too, and everything that surrounds me is romanian... including my church.. hehe. im glad that i stumbled across the website, if u ever decide to visit down south, feel free to contact me. -jamie badau

Ellie said...

Jamie, So glad you "accidentally" stopped by:)... it was good to hear from you and to find out you have some Romanian blood:). Thrilled to hear the Bible verses were encouraging and made you stop a bit:)... and write/ i appreciate it!

I hope you have a wonderful bridal shower and thank you kindly for your warm hospitality:). Feel free to browse around for other recipes... and feel inspired. May God bless you and your family.