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The Roots

What is it that fuels you? For me, it’s the years and years I watched my grandmother and my mother cook, it is the places I travel to and the people I meet. I love writing about my passions, my recipes, my travels, and sharing all of my thoughts with my readers.

Cooking is my Inheritance is my way of sharing the beauty that I encounter, and the things that fascinate me. I hope you enjoy browsing my site and all of the unique content I have to offer. Take a look around; perhaps you’ll discover what fuels you as well. Read on and enjoy!

"the eyes of a peacock" cake

If you know me, you then know my favorite desserts involve walnuts. This classic Romanian dessert called "ochi de paun" combines the...

when it's time for Christmas pudding

There shouldn't be a Christmas without pudding, therefore steaming one for Christmas has become a tradition at our house. Warm notes of...

apple custard cake

This cake is a favorite of mine ever since I was little. I have fond memories of my grandmother making it every fall. A bite of this cake...

"visinata", aka tart cherry liquor

There's nothing more exciting than tart cherry season. I love cherries in general, however tart cherries are my absolute favorite. Tart...

cabbage rolls, or the Romanian "sarmale"

Cabbage rolls "sarmale" are a huge thing in Romania. I grew up eating them almost every weekend. While stuffed cabbage rolls may not be a...

pecan chocolate layers

INGREDIENTS (serves 12) for the batter: 8 eggs whites room temperature (save the egg yolks, divide them between two bowls, 4 egg yolks in...

best sourdough imposter

Sometimes I just want the comfort of homemade bread without having to go through all that tedious bread making process. This bread is...

mulled wine christmas pudding

Christmas is a time of joy at my house. I love to decorate and style the table, and I love to cook and bake my heart out. What I love...

winter chestnut and onion cream soup

You know those days when it's cold outside and all you want to do is curl under a blanket with a bowl of hot soup? well, today was one of...

strawberry and irish cream bread pudding

It is only November 7th today, but we already had our first snow. Crazy, I know. That means it's time for some comfort desserts. This...

stuffed grape leaves

So excited for the early spring grape leaves. I don't stuff them as often as I do cabbage leaves, however, note to self, I really should...

Cornmeal meatballs

Meatballs were part of a regular Sunday lunch while growing up. Made of ground pork, few days old bread, eggs, fresh chopped parsley and...

smoked ham and potatoes

It's been raining today and I needed some comfort food. Michigan is a bit depressing this time of the year. We don't have winter, but we...

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Hello everyone! I'm Rodica. I live in Rochester Hills, Michigan together with my husband Rick and son Joshua, our two cats MooMoo and Alyster, and our two hens Chloe and Sage. I am originally from Romania where I spent my first 24 years. I began an instagram page in 2016 with no plan whatsoever. That led to the purchase of my first professional camera, to taking pictures of food, to styling, to traveling, and here I am today, blogging. I was reluctant for so many years to the idea of starting a blog first of all because I am in school for nursing and that takes all my time and second of all I am not one to cook from recipes usually. I grew up alongside my grandmother (who by the way is the best baker in the world) and my mother who is renowned for her delicious dishes. Neither of them uses recipes. Instead this Romanian way of cooking and baking is by using whatever you have in the fridge and in the pantry, and making something that not only tastes good but looks good as well.  For years, I have served as a useful source to those seeking inspiration, help, or advice. I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it (or simply said I caved in to all the blog demands I receive everyday). I started writing about my passions, my thoughts, and curious wonderings about our world. I founded Cooking is my Inheritance with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind. 

Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, and feel free to reach out if you would like to collaborate on a project together.

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Greeting cards available for sale. For now I have two different styles available. They both feature my cat MooMoo. I hope in time to add more designs. Please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to see. These cards are the perfect size and shape for all uses. Each comes with its own white envelope. They come in matte finish and they are printed on premium photo card stock. Click below on "Learn More" to be connected to my Etsy shop. Thank you for showing interest.

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My MooMoo girl cute as she can be. This picture portrays her with her eyes closed therefore emphasizing her pretty nose. This would be a perfect card for any occasion, cause after all who does't like cats?! Comes in 4.13 in x 5.83 in

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My MooMoo girl cute as she can be. This picture portrays her with her eyes open showing off her beautiful green eyes. This would be a perfect card for any occasion, cause after all who does't like cats?! Comes in 4.13 in x 5.83 in

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