Author Archives: Vera

PARTY BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Brussels Sprouts are at their best from September to May. I love using fresh seasonal veggies in my dishes, so I bought a whole stock of these miniature cabbages, and were experimenting steaming them, and roasting, and found that this recipe is a winner, and definitely a keeper! Its so cool how simple and versatile… Continue reading »

DELICIOUS PUMPKIN SOUP

  This Delicious Pumpkin Soup is everything you’d want your pumpkin soup to be! Its rich in flavors, very lite, yet very comforting and filling, with some amazing texture of mushrooms and roasted pumpkin seeds. Every year I grow pumpkins in my garden. Every year I would roast, purée and freeze them, but don’t seem… Continue reading »

CRANBERRY AND APPLE SAUCE

Just in time for Thanksgiving – perfect Cranberry and Apple Sauce! Forget about canned Cranberry Sauce. It might me cheap, but I strongly encourage you to cook with fresh ingredients, and once you do, you’ll never be able to go back to canned, full of preservatives food. Train your taste buds to love good food…. Continue reading »

QUICK MARINATED SALAD

  This Quick Marinated Salad is such a lifesaver when it comes to holidays or special occasion dinners. Being able to get as much as possible done ahead of time, gives the opportunity to enjoy holidays and spend more time with people you love. This salad is one of those dishes that you can make… Continue reading »

FRENCH BAGUETTE

  French Baguette is a classic long thin loaf of bread. Imagine, a beautiful fall evening, all your family is now home…The bread is in the oven, and its almost time for dinner. The house smells like heaven, and everybody is waiting, when the fresh bread will come out, because there’s nothing better than this… Continue reading »

PIZZELLE ROLLS (CANNOLI)

Traditional Italian pizzelle cookie shaped into a cannoli and filled with amazing fluffy cream – holiday season at its best! I must tell you this dessert is a crowd pleaser. Once these cuties enter the room on a platter, everyone just can’t help, but wish it was time for dessert. You can’t go wrong with these…. Continue reading »

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

Many of you already know what’s going to be on your Thanksgiving table, especially if you’re are hosting a dinner at your place. Well, in case if you’re not certain, I put together Menu ideas that would be ideal for Thanksgiving table. Almost everything here could be done in advance, which will make your job… Continue reading »

RED CAVIAR APPETIZER

Caviar is a delicacy consisting of salt-cured fish eggs, in this case its Salmon caviar. Caviar considered a favorite appetizer in Slavic countries, and is commonly used as a garnish or a spread. It satisfies without overfilling. This luxury, gourmet food is also a healthy treat for our bodies. Health benefits include general boost to the… Continue reading »

THANKSGIVING TURKEY RECIPE

Thanksgiving is a very special time for my family. Many years ago, our parents landed in America as immigrants, seeking freedom and hoping for better lives. Leaving behind everything that they had, and starting a new life wasn’t easy. One of the challenging changes, of course, was language barrier, that prevented them from getting good… Continue reading »

PUMPKIN PIE TARTLETS

The holiday season is quickly approaching. The season of good food, delicious desserts, warm feelings, family, friends, and of course, good memories. These Pumpkin Pie Tartlets are guaranteed to please all your family and friends, and leave good memories for the years to come. Not only because they’re so good, but also because this is a guilt-free… Continue reading »

APPLE ROULADE WITH PECANS

  This Apple Roulade with Pecans recipe is very delicious, easy to make, and quick. I guess it really matters for busy moms like myself. I’ve been so caught up with all the kids activities lately, that couldn’t photograph or post a single recipe in two whole weeks! I’ve been cooking a lot as always, but since… Continue reading »

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE RECIPE

My children love applesauce. This year we picked enough apples that we could probably fill up our pantry with applesauce for the year. This applesauce recipe is so easy. Apples – is the only ingredient that you’ll need. I don’t preserve applesauce as we like to eat it right away or use it in recipes…. Continue reading »

PUMPKIN MUFFINS WITH HOMEMADE MILK CARAMEL TOPPING

Fall is finally here. So far, we’ve been lucky with a good sunny weather. Trust me, it means a lot to us, Washingtonians. I can’t even describe how much I love Fall! I planted a garden in spring (check out my Facebook page for more pictures and garden stuff, and make sure to “Like” it… Continue reading »

HOMEMADE APPLE AND PEACH JUICE

Apple season is here! I’m so excited. I love all the pastries and all those good yummy things with apples, that are very comforting and perfect to celebrate Fall. We went apple picking with the family. Picked three different varieties, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold. What’s your favorite kind? I’m so looking forward to baking with apples! Stay tunes… Continue reading »

MEAT TURNOVERS (CHEBUREKI)

This is a recipe of an easy version of traditional and very nostalgic Slavic Meat Turnovers that are also called Chebureki. Those of you who have ever lived or visited any Slavic countries would definitely remember train terminals, and amazing smell of freshly made Chebureki. Crispy on the outside, juicy meat on the inside, made… Continue reading »