CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Time for Christmas Cookies! Now, that my kids are on Christmas break, they’re trying to entertain themselves by making enormous amounts of crafts, and wrapping them, singing Christmas songs, and of course, Christmas wouldn’t be fun without cookies. I like this recipe because its simple enough for the kids to follow, and uses few ingredients that you… 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 »

GERMAN RED CABBAGE SALAD

I have first tried this Red Cabbage Salad in one of the German Restaurants. It was literally, a love at first bite. Last time we were there, I was convinced to recreate this recipe at home. Everyone, even my kids (picky eaters) loved it. What’s good about this salad is that it stays fresh-like the second, and even the… Continue reading »

MARINATED TOMATOES

  If you grow tomatoes, you know what a high-yielding fruit they are. Tomatoes are easy to preserve, but must use the best available ones. The secret of successful canning is starting with fresh firm, ripe fruits. Do not can overripe tomatoes. I always use Sea salt and a good standard vinegar. Never overboil vinegar… Continue reading »

EGGPLANT APPETIZER

This Eggplant Appetizer recipe is so simple, yet very delicious. I’m not a big fan of eggplants, but I absolutely love this one, as it has this amazing flavor that makes me always reach for more. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Ingredients: 1 eggplant 1-2 tomatoes 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2… Continue reading »

ZUCCHINI SPREAD (Kabachkovaya Ikra)

Summer is here, my garden is overflowing with vegetables. This is a perfect time for canning, so we can enjoy them later in the year when fresh vegetables are only a memory. Zucchini Spread or Kabachkovaya Ikra is a very traditional Slavic food. There were times in former Soviet Union when the shelves in stores were empty,… Continue reading »