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DAD’S VEGETABLE SALAD

This Vegetable Salad is not just ordinary Salad. Its made out of garden-fresh ripe vegetables that are full of flavors, and my dad is the one who thought of this perfect combination! He flew from East Coast for my sister’s wedding this summer, and we had some great time exploring our beautiful Northwest outdoors, as well… Continue reading »

EASY PICKLES RECIPE

This is the easiest pickling recipe there is. It requires neither vinegar, nor sterilizing. When my grandma shared this recipe with me, I was a little skeptic about it, but I tried it, and I loved it. Grandma’s pickles have always tasted so good, and appears that the recipe requires so little. I tested this… Continue reading »

ZUCCHINI PANCAKES

  Zucchini pancakes are very well known and loved in every Easter European home. This was the very first thing that I’ve learnt to cook. Back in Ukraine, at school we used to have a Meal Management class just for girls, and even though there were many deficits in a country, zucchinis were always available…. Continue reading »

PEPPERMINT ICE CREAM

Summer is still here and so is Ice Cream season, even though my kids are counting days until school starts. They started a countdown back in July, packed their backpacks, and can’t wait to go back. I on the other hand, enjoy each and every day of beautiful summer weather, which brings us lots of… Continue reading »

REAL COCONUT MILK

I’m so excited to share this recipe of real coconut milk with you all. Just letting you know, you do not need to crack a coconut! It is so simple that I’m not sure if its even a recipe, but it is so good that I’m never going back to a store-bought coconut milk. I’m… Continue reading »

SALMON CAKES EASY RECIPE

Salmon cakes are pan-fried patties that are super moist and tender on the inside, and nice and crusty on the outside. When my family used to live in Ukraine, I remember my parents making this kind of fish patties out of canned fish because we didn’t have access to fresh Salmon as it was very expensive…. Continue reading »

GET TO KNOW YOUR GREENS

Salads are at their best in summer months. While we eat them year-round, flavors are at their peak during the summer, when greens and other salad ingredients come fresh from the garden to the table.   A variety of fresh greens are the basis of any leafy salad. Mild greens such as baby spinach, romaine, iceberg,… Continue reading »

PYROGIES WITH FRUIT (Вареники)

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. I know I am. This summer, so far has been very eventful for my family. We were all very excited about my sister’s upcoming wedding and enjoyed every step of helping her plan her big day. That of course included a bridal shower,   and picking out the outfits,… Continue reading »

RE-DISCOVERING SEATTLE

At the end of March we celebrated our daughter’s 9th birthday. When we asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she simply said that she wanted to go on a trip to Seattle. Very often we would drive through Seattle, passing downtown, trying to avoid traffic, and for us, Seattle usually meant shopping, but kids… Continue reading »

PICO DE GALLO

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, this Pico de Gallo recipe is the one to hang on to if you’re planning a Mexican Fiesta. It is a fresh salad that is full of flavor and is very quick and easy to put together. Pico de Gallo can be enjoyed not just with corn chips on the… Continue reading »

CLASSIC NAPOLEON CAKE RECIPE

Napoleon Cake is a popular Russian-French cake that’s made out of Puff Pastry Dough and Buttery Custard Cream Filling. This cake is so delicious, and appears, so easy to make. The hardest part about it is waiting for the cake to be ready, since it has to be refrigerated overnight. Time consuming recipe, yet so worth… Continue reading »

CARROT SALAD AND A BEAUTIFUL TULIP FIELD

This Carrot Salad is a perfect salad to serve at your Easter Brunch or Dinner. It is very easy to make, very flavorful and healthy. Also, it was a perfect way to use up a big bag of organic carrots. Make sure to scroll down for some pictures of a beautiful tulip field that we have… Continue reading »

HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS RECIPE

Everyone in my family loves cheese. It is always a perfect snack or appetizer, and I always have it in my fridge. Once in a while, we all crave something different from ordinary, that’s when I try to recreate our restaurant favorites at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love restaurants, good ones, but those… Continue reading »

KALE-AID GREEN SMOOTHIE

Today, I’d like to share a recipe of a green smoothie that has won my kids over any other drink. “Kale-Aid” I thought was pretty cool name for it. With the help of kale and spinach this green smoothie is like an explosion of vitamins that our bodies need so much, especially during cold winter… Continue reading »

BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPE

This Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe is so awesome. My kids have been asking me to make it for some time now. I have some easy Kraft Mac’n’Cheese boxes in my pantry, but after learning to pay attention to the ingredients, I really hesitated to feed this stuff to my kids. The boxed macaroni and… Continue reading »