SALAMI CANAPES

These Salami Canapés are perfect when it comes to gatherings and parties. They only take minutes to assemble, and also are a great compliment for Italian inspired meal. I made these for my brother-in-law’s birthday party, along with super easy and delicious Tiramisu cake (the recipe is coming up next). My sister made super delicious Lasagna, Zuppa… Continue reading »

BAKED COD AND VEGETABLES

  This Baked Cod and Vegetables recipe is so easy! You can use any White Fish in this recipe, but I prefer fresh Atlantic Cod. Cod is very versatile and easy to cook fish. While Tilapia is cheaper and one most consumed fish in United States, its farmed and grown in China. Foreign producers have been… Continue reading »

PERFECT PORK SCHNITZEL

  Recently, my mom bought fresh pork from a local farmer. She shared it with me. My first reaction was like “What? No, thank you!” “I have no clue how to deal with farm fresh-meat.” You know, when you buy meat at the store, it has a perfect color, its clean, and it looks good, only we forget… Continue reading »

BEET SALAD

Roses are red, Violets are blue… We love Beets, and you should too! How’s my poetry? All I’m trying to say is that highly nutritious beets are good for you! Due to it’s richness in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, beets have a wide range of health benefits. First of all, beets are very good energy boosters,… Continue reading »

SPLIT PEA SOUP

Introducing my take on simple traditional Split Pea Soup. One simple ingredient that I’ve been using takes this soup to the whole new level! – as we all know, soup is one of the most versatile dishes in the cook’s repertoire. In my house, soup served daily for lunch. What can be better than a bowl… Continue reading »

HOMEMADE CROUTONS

  Who wouldn’t like a salad topped with croutons or a soup accompanied with perfectly seasoned croutons? I don’t think there is such person 🙂 Even though we don’t eat much bread at our house, but croutons are always welcomed. The store-bought croutons are fairly cheap, but I stopped buying them a while ago, once I’ve… Continue reading »

VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS

  These Vietnamese Spring Rolls (Gỏi cuốn) are super easy and quick to make for an Asian-inspired lunch. They are filled with rice noodles, prawns, fresh vegetables, and are very light, yet very filling. Also, my fresh rolls are very kids friendly, with just right amount of heat. I used chili paste in my dressing/dip… Continue reading »

UKRAINIAN WHEAT BERRY PUDDING (KUTIA)

This Wheat Berry Pudding is a traditional Ukrainian Christmas dish, also known as Kutia. Ukrainian Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on January 7th. Merry Ukrainian Christmas everyone! :)Traditionally, they would attend overnight church service, and feast on Christmas day, singing carols and eating Kutia.  No Santa Clause on Christmas, and no gifts!  I’ve also read that… Continue reading »

PISTACHIO GELATO

I first tried Pistachio Gelato in a local Gelato Caffe. This was immediately my favorite flavor, and my favorite spot to get  Ice Cream from. There was a slight problem though. For the family of five we’d pay nearly $30 for small cups. Definitely a special treat! I found myself craving this Pistachio Gelato, and just had to… Continue reading »

Happy New Year!

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all wonderful people Happy New Year! Once again, tomorrow we will open a new book with blank pages. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Years Day! Here wishing you a happy, prosperous,… Continue reading »

CURRY CHICKEN AND CAULIFLOWER

  This Curry and Cauliflower Chicken is a perfect comfort food that I crave so much, especially when its cold outside. This clean eating gluten free recipe is now on a regular menu rotation in our house. Its quick, its easy, its comforting, its filling, its guilt free. Between holiday parties and birthday celebrations there… Continue reading »

ALMOND BISCOTTI

Biscotti, which means “cooked twice” comes in so many different variations. Today, I’m sharing Almond Biscotti quick and easy recipe that is perfect when it comes to Christmas gift giving or simply filling the jar, and enjoying for days with delicious cup of coffee. Biscotti cookie is so simple, yet delicious and sophisticated. Ingredients: 1 + 3/4… Continue reading »

QUINOA SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE

This Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate is super easy yet delicious quick lunch fix that is perfect, especially during holiday season. It is healthy, light salad that has all the nutrients needed to fill you up during the day, leaving room for a nice indulgent dinner. Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 1+3/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock… Continue reading »

ROASTED POTATOES

Today, I’d like to share another easy straight forward recipe that might come handy around holiday season. Roasted Potatoes with spices is a  perfect side dish that is definitely deserves a place on your holiday table. I just can’t wait to start preparing for the holiday feast. I love traditional Thanksgiving menu, but I also like… Continue reading »

BROWNIES WITH PEPPERMINT BARK

These Brownies are guaranteed to satisfy all you sweet tooth cravings! In this recipe, chocolate has met its perfect mate – peppermint. Chocolate + Peppermint = fudgy on the inside with peppermint crunch pure goodness! So easy, so good, so worth it! To make it more exciting, I substituted butter with coconut oil, and sugar with… Continue reading »