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HI & POZDRAV!

My name is Katerina, and I am a cookie-maker, baker-faker, food-taker. Errr! I mean, picture-taker!

I am also a mom to two wonderful, amazing little girls, Ana and Aleksandra, and wife to my very handsome, awesome, loving husband named Goce (Go-tse).

About Diethood. That’s one word, Diethood, not Diet Hood.

(Photos Courtesy of Becky Hardin from The Cookie Rookie)

First and foremost, this is not a Diet-Food Food Blog. The word “diet” refers to the sum of the food consumed by yours truly, and my family. BUT, I do try my hardest to make most of my recipes as healthy as possible. Cakes and cookies, included, but I’m not promising. 😉

However, I do feel like I’m always on a diet. Every weekend I tell myself that I will start to eat healthier on Monday. Monday comes and goes, and I’m still eating Chocolate Mousse Brownies and a few Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies. At least they are gluten free…

Gluten Free Salted Peanut Butter Cookies | www.diethood.com | Made with just a few ingredients, these Peanut Butter Cookies are fudgy, sweet & salty, gluten free and naturally sweetened!

GLUTEN FREE SALTED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

For me eating is not about just sitting down to eat; it’s a moment to share, it’s an enjoyment, it’s a passion, it’s something that satisfies not just a craving, but also the curiosity about the food’s texture and taste. (Wow, that sounds sexy! I made food sound sexy!)

My skills for cooking wholesome, healthier, delicious, good-for-you food, as well as authentic Macedonian dishes, have earned me a recurring role in this household’s kitchen…

Shopska Salad | www.diethood.com | The Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese.

SHOPSKA SALAD

Actually, we would starve if I didn’t cook. 

In all honesty, I just took over the kitchen because I love to spend my time in it. And because of that love, I started this Blog.

Armed with a passion for cooking, baking, food photography, entertaining, and all food-related subjects, I decided it was time to hang up my suit, put the apron on, and join the food blogging community.

My intent with this blog is to also inspire you to go into that kitchen and make those bacon and eggs! Or better yet, make those Pizzadillas! How about a delicious, simple French Silk Tart! Or that Strawberry Shortcake Cake!! This is when I should mention that I’m addicted to sweets. Lots and lots of sweets. Just go to the Recipe Index and you will see.

Italian Chicken and Vegetables In Foil | www.diethood.com | Flavorful, incredibly moist chicken baked in foil with peppers, onion, garlic, fresh herbs and Italian Dressing.

ITALIAN CHICKEN BAKED IN FOIL

If you appreciate easy, everyday, delicious food, then you most certainly will enjoy your stay here.

Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Na Zdravje! (Pronounced, “Nice Driveway”, and that’s Macedonian for, “To Your Health!”)

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice - Garlic Butter lends an amazing flavor to this speedy and incredibly delicious meal with Shrimp and Rice. Get the recipe on diethood.com

GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP AND RICE

NOTE: Please feel free to use or share my recipe links, but DO NOT post the entire recipe on your page or blog. I just ask that you link back to me so that credit is given where credit is due.

Also, all of the photography on Diethood is shot by yours truly. I am not a professional, but I do what I can. If you would like to share/use any of my photos, please contact me first. 

If you would like to work together, please click here for details.

Thank You!

~xo~

Katerina

CONTACT

katerina (at) diethood (dot) com

58 Responses
  1. Karen Moore

    Hi Katerina! I came across your blog while googling for a crock pot chicken recipe. About to make your honey garlic chicken and am praying the folks in this house lick their plates as you did at that restaurant! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story and can’t wait to indulge in more! Thanks for sharing your recipes 🙂

  2. Ela

    I’m hooked in your blog. I love everything you cook and bake. Thank you for all your recipes. I feel the love!

  3. Lidija

    Bi me interesiralo od koj kraj na Makedonija poteknuvate i dali Vi se poznati ohridskite gerecinja koi se bareni?

    Pozdrav

    Lidija

  4. mona

    I just read your note but that was few hours later from me posting your entire recipe of b. l. a. t omelette wrap on my Facebook weight loss support group.. I also used the screen shot of your yummy photo but the whole credit still goes to you.. is that OK?
    thanks and sorry at the same time 🙂

  5. “Na Zdravje! (Pronounced, “Nice Driveway”, and that’s Macedonian for, “To Your Health!”)”

    Hahaha. my father always says that. But he’s polish… this is first time I’ve seen (heard) “Nice Driveway” from anyone else.:)

  6. Jorgovan

    Greetings from Texas Katerina, hope you are having a great week! I just saved your page and will cook ’till dark, LOL! Thank you for posting all those old wonderful recipes that make me reminisce of childhood and good old days. 😀

  7. Joan Click

    Hi Katerina! Will you share some more of your mom’s “bite” recipes? I’m a grandma and love to try different recipes on the Grandkids! I just made the German Chocolate Bites (they are in the refrigerator getting cold now!) Can I freeze them as I won’t have them for the kids until Easter (this Sunday)? I can’t wait to try them. ALSO I had a lot of chocolate left over so I spread it on Graham Crackers!

  8. I love your blog! The recipes are absolutely divine! And I do like your photos. Your “about” page cracks me up! Yes…aren’t most of us amateurs when it comes to taking photos? But yours do look fabulous! Keep on sporting the Macedonian-twist on the foods. I’m Croatian and Polish, so I’m always trying to represent food from “home”. Thanks for rocking it!

  9. Daniela

    Hi Katerina! I saw your Tavce Gravce recipe on tasty kitchen. I am also Macedonian 🙂 I have your site bookmarked! Being first generation here I don’t know how to cook alot of the traditional stuff (although mama & baba sure do….yummy).

  10. Nancy R

    Hi Katerina,

    I came across your blog while searching for a recipe for kifli. I’m so glad I did. Loving it!
    I am an Australian with a Macedonian background. My mother is a superb cook of Macedonian food and I love her kifli. However, I thought I would surprise her with making them on my own without her help. I have mastered maznik so far, so I guess making kifli will be slightly easier. Fingers crossed.

    Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy!!

      I am so glad you came across my site! Our Moms do make some amazing kifli and maznici, don’t they! Love it! IF you can make maznik, then you can make kifli… maznik is tough! Stretching all that dough without ripping it?! Ummmmm What were our Babas thinking! ;-D

      1. Nancy R

        Oh Katerina! Believe me, I did not realise just how hard and time consuming maznik was to make. I learnt the hard way and while being 9 months pregnant! To top it off that was last Christmas and it was my turn to host (we take turns within the family to host Xmas each year). Also it was summer here in Oz and our temperature was soooo hot that day.Sadly my Baba passed away last year, however I’m sure she would have been proud of me.
        Looking forward to cooking with recipes from your sight.
        May you have a wonderful Xmas day and an amazing New Year.

  11. Katerina

    Love the Macedonian twist on some of the dishes i.e. Mexican.
    When I started to read your About page it cracked me up we shared the same name and my husbands name is Goce.

    1. Hi Katerina!! Looooove your name! 😀 I was thinking about doing Macedonian nachos – piperki I sirenje on top of tortilla chips. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by! And it’s pretty awesome that our husband’s also share a name! 🙂

      1. Alisha

        I just stumbled about your blog via recipe link on pinterest. My daughter’s name is Katerina. It’s a beautiful name that you don’t hear often!

  12. Ana

    Hi!

    Your name sounds like you are Russian or the like. Are you?
    By the way, your kids’ names sound as well.

    Great blog, was passing by and your name made me stope. Explored your web and liked very much!

    All the best!

  13. Marija Popstefanija

    Great blog Kate, form another macedonian who lives in Massachusetts and loves to cook. You are on my favotites list.
    Marija

  14. Wendy

    I just found your blog while doing a search for Macedonian recipes.
    I’m hosting a going away party for daugher’s best friend who is going into the Peace Corps and will be placed in Macedonia. So, my search was an attempt to come up with a menu to include some ethnic dishes. Your site is wonderful and helped so much!! I’ve bookmarked it, and not just for the Macedonian recipes.

  15. Cool blog! I do the same thing, “Ok, I’m going to start on a diet tomorrow.” But, don’t get me wrong, I’m not overweight, I just want to be thinner.

  16. Hi, Katerina!
    You have a great blog, and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! I have bookmarked your site, so I am looking forward to more of your recipes! 🙂
    Juju

  17. Angie Trajkovski

    Hey Keti!!!!

    Congratulations and I hope your success takes you beyond your dreams!!!
    I absolutely love your website and Tijana is pushing me away, so she can be part of it too:)))

    Give Ana a big hug:)

  18. Bethany Abril

    Thank You so much for your wonderful recipes! I posted the Baked French Toast on MyFitnessPal Recipe book and I made sure to use this website 🙂 if you have any concerns let me know! thanks
    Bethany A

  19. maria maxey

    GREAt recipe,the shortbread cookies ,and also i,ma cook,care to share any of recipes for my new cookbook,if so PLease e-mail adressor @my fb.Thank you HAPPYCOOK

  20. Joyce

    Hi Kate,
    I am going to love your Blog. I have browsed most of your recipes and they all sound so good. Where oh where do I start?
    Thanks for creating this Blog!!

  21. sheila

    Thank You so much for sharing your recipes. I have great anticipation to try Tolumbi sometime soon. What can you tell me about them ?
    Sheila

  22. Kelli P.

    I was just wondering, are you from Macedonia or some other part of that region? My husband is from Serbia and I fell in love with Nutella! I think it can be spread on just about anything!!!!! I especially love that our local Wal-Mart now carries the larger sized jar of Nutella so I don’t have to buy so many little ones! Love the recipes – thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Kelli!
      Yes, I’m Macedonian :). I was born there, but have lived in the States since the age of 11. If you’re from that region, chances are that you grew up on Nutella or Eurokrem, like your husband and I did. 🙂

      Thank you for visiting, Kelli!

Katerina

I'm a cookie-maker, baker-faker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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