RAINBOW JELLO

This is a perfect gelatin dessert for children’s parties. Rainbow Jello is an eye-catching, splash of colors and flavors that little people love. So prepare the gelatin by adding boiling water to gelatin mix. Stir until gelatin crystals completely dissolve. Do not add cold water, like the package instructions mention, instead, add about 2 tablespoons vanilla… Continue reading »

CHICKEN CHOW MEIN

I don’t know much about Asian cuisine, but I like few things that I tried in Asian Buffets, and attempting to re-create them at home. Chicken Chow Mein is a simple quick dish that anyone can put together. Vegetables of your choice can be chopped ahead of time. Chicken can be substituted with steak. It is… Continue reading »

FLANK STEAK ROLL WITH MUSHROOMS

This Flank Steak Roll with Mushrooms might look fancy, but it is easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner. In my busy everyday routine, I usually try to avoid time-consuming recipes, I’m sure you do too. But good food doesn’t always mean it is time-consuming. With the hands-on time about 20 minutes, and the rest is done in the… Continue reading »

PAN-ROASTED POTATOES

I grew up eating potatoes a lot. I like it mashed, baked, roasted, you name it. Potatoes are good in soups and salads, as a main course and on the side. Potatoes are available all-year round. When choosing potatoes, look for smooth, well-shaped, firm potatoes free of blemishes or sprouts. For this recipe I prefer to… Continue reading »

FARMER’S CHEESE PATTIES (SYRNIKI)

Farmer’s Cheese Patties are also called Syrniki. It is an all-time favorite Slavic breakfast.  Syrniki are made out of Farmer’s Cheese. These are very easy to make, and are ready in no-time for the whole family to enjoy. Ingredients: 2 cups Farmer’s Cheese 1/2 cup flour 1 egg 2 tablespoons sugar butter or oil for cooking… Continue reading »

HEALTHY CHICKEN QUESADILLAS RECIPE

Lately, I’ve been on a quest for healthy recipes. In my understanding “eating healthy” doesn’t mean you have to be chewing on carrots and broccoli (even though I love carrots dipped in ranch… how about Greek yogurt instead?). So, I’ve learnt, that in addition to eating food in moderation, many ingredients can be easily substituted with… Continue reading »

FRUIT SALAD

I make fresh fruit salads pretty often, and my kids love them. Usually, in my house, in order for my little people to consume fruits and veggies, I need to come up with something interesting, and presentable, something different rather then just filling up our fruit basket with bananas and kiwis 🙂 In that case no one… Continue reading »

BUCKWHEAT KASHA WITH BRAISED BEEF

Where do I begin? We love Buckwheat and you should too! Buckwheat is very nutritious gluten free grain-like seed of a leafy plant related to rhubarb. That’s right, it is neither a cereal, no grass, it is a seed. Buckwheat seeds are rich in starch, proteins, minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and antioxidants. Speaking… Continue reading »

POTATO SALAD WITH BEETS

POTATO SALAD WITH BEETS

This Potato Salad with Beets is another classic Slavic dish that I would like to share with you. It is very easy to whip up, 100% vegetarian, and simply delicious. This Salad is better “the next day”. It develops a great flavor if left in the refrigerator overnight. Plus, it will become a beautiful color… Continue reading »

BANANA PECAN MUFFINS

Children can be very difficult when it comes to eating fruit and vegetables, but they are soon converted when they try a Muffin that made out of fruit. Muffins are the ideal lunch bag treat because they are relatively low in fat and sugar, and – as long as your child doesn’t have a nut… Continue reading »

HONEY CAKE

HONEY CAKE

This Honey Cake recipe is the best honey cake recipe yet. Honey Cake is very popular among Slavic people, but just like everything else, it has many variations. For example, I like my Honey Cake with chopped prunes on each cream layer of the honey cake. It is a personal preference, but I tell you… Continue reading »

PUMPKIN AND APPLE PANCAKES

Everyone loves pancakes. Am I right? Usually pancake recipes can be varied by adding whole-wheat flour, nuts, fruit or other ingredients. Pancakes can be served with butter and your choice of syrup, honey, or preserves. I used to make pancakes with diced apples, and this time decided to add some pumpkin puree, that I prepared… Continue reading »

STUFFED MINI BELL PEPPERS

STUFFED MINI BELL PEPPERS

This is a perfect busy weeknight or lazy weekend dinner that is ready in 45 minutes. I usually cook rice the day before, so it cuts the cooking time, and instead of eating out, or chewing on cereal for dinner, I’m able to feed my family a nice healthy dinner in no time. There are times that… Continue reading »

SPRING SALAD

This Radish and Cucumber Salad has a hint of spring in it. Back in Ukraine, fresh vegetables were available mostly in springtime. So the only time we got to enjoy it was spring and summer. Here, in United States, fresh fruits and vegetables available all year round, so we can enjoy this blast of vitamins anytime… Continue reading »

BLUEBERRY PIE

Pie is a timeless and simple dessert. It is perfect in summer time with fresh fruits and berries, as well as in winter, with frozen stuff. Pie can be as simple and homey or as elegant as you wish. Much of its success depends on the crust, which should enhance, not compete with the flavor of… Continue reading »