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 »

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 »