CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRIES

These Chocolate-Covered Strawberries bring back warm memories of summer. The chocolate itself makes this dessert utterly romantic. A perfect delicious and wholesome treat for your loved ones. Ingredients: 1 package of strawberries 1 cup truffles 1/2 cup white chocolate for decorating (optional, not pictured) Heat water in a saucepan. Place bowl over the saucepan (congratulations, you’ve just created… Continue reading »

HEARTY UKRAINIAN BORSHCH

HEARTY UKRAINIAN BORSHCH

Borshch is one of the most favorite dishes of Slavic people. There is no such  person in Eastern Europe that didn’t know how to cook Borshch. There are different varieties of Borshch, but the most popular one is “Red Borshch” of which the beet root is the main ingredient. This Borshch recipe is a vegetarian version. Traditionally, Borshch… Continue reading »

ABIGAIL’S FROZEN YOGURT TREAT

ABIGAIL’S FROZEN YOGURT TREAT

Meet Abigail. Abigail is my sweet 10-year old daughter. She is incredibly good at everything that  she challenges herself to do. She is a piano player, a great artist, a reader… Lately, she started bringing cook books from the school’s library, watching “Master Chef Jr.” and hanging out in kitchen watching me cook, and trying to get her… Continue reading »

SPINACH SOUP

Spinach Soup is also called a Green Borshch by Slavic people. Traditionally, Green Borshch is made with Sorrel which is commonly used in soups and sauces, and is sour to the taste. Sorrel is at its best in late spring early summer. Spinach or another leafy greens, like chard are good substitution when sorrel is not in season…. Continue reading »

BLUEBERRY SCONES RECIPE

  It doesn’t have to be a special occasion for you to enjoy these blueberry scones. They really taste as good as they look. Even if you’re watching your waistline, you can enjoy this dessert, because it is small, and you’re actually get a serving of fruit in this one. Who said that desserts are not… Continue reading »

POT ROAST RECIPE

  In one way or another, meat appears on the table in most homes, providing good nutrition. There are different ways of cooking meat Most tender cuts are best cooked by dry heat: roasted or cooked on a rotisserie, broiled or grilled, pan-broiled or pan-fried. Less tender cuts should be cooked slowly in moist heat:… Continue reading »

CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP

I have a confession to make: I’m not a big fan of mushrooms! There I said it. I like picking mushrooms, I like cooking with mushrooms, just don’t eat them that’s all. My husband is a different story. He loves anything that has mushrooms in it. I on the other hand am very happy to indulge his craving… Continue reading »

HOMEMADE FARMER’S CHEESE

HOMEMADE FARMER’S CHEESE

Farmer’s Cheese is a crumbly soft white cheese that made on farms in Europe. It is a sort of pressed version of Cottage Cheese, but a lot dryer. Farmer’s cheese  is made by curdling milk with enzyme (found in yogurt or buttermilk), and draining off the whey. Simple as that. Even though Farmer’s Cheese can… Continue reading »

FARMER’S CHEESE BREAKFAST CAKE (ZAPEKANKA)

Farmer’s Cheese Breakfast Cake, also called Zapekanka  is a perfect healthy breakfast that can me made the night before. Zapekanka used to be served for breakfast in schools all over former Soviet Union. This popular, yet very simple dish is a part of our breakfast menu, and I know that once you’ll try it, you will love it. Now, Farmer’s Cheese is… Continue reading »

RICE PILAF WITH PORK

  Ukrainian Rice Pilaf  (plov) is an interpretation of Uzbek plov recipe. The Uzbek plov recipe traditionally cooked with lamb,  is somewhat complicated, requires some good skills, and time-consuming. This is a quick and easy version of a classic dish that found its way into every Ukrainian home, and became our very favorite. It is very easy to… Continue reading »

BUCKWHEAT SOUP

  Did you know that buckwheat is not wheat at all? It is used like a grain, but it is neither a cereal nor grass, it is a fruit seed. Buckwheat seeds are rich in starch, proteins, minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and antioxidants. Buckwheat helps maintain the health of the digestive and cardiovascular systems…. Continue reading »

BREAKFAST CREPES WITH CHEESE FILLING

Crepes for breakfast! Magic words. I’m sure everyone would be happy to hear this on the lazy weekend morning. Crepes is a signature dish of Russian/Ukrainian culinary. Crepes can be served with variety of fillings, from sweet cheese filling, to savory mushroom or meat filling. Your choice. Even though it is very popular, everyone has their own… Continue reading »

SMOKED SALMON CANAPES

These Smoked Salmon Canapes are colorful appetizers, perfect for passing on a tray, and  can be served as the first course at dinner. They sure help create an elegant setting for the occasion. Ingredients: white bread, sliced cream cheese smoked salmon, sliced cucumber, sliced for garnish Spread bread with cream cheese. Cut salmon to fit… Continue reading »

QUICK AND EASY FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

QUICK AND EASY FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

French Toast, also known as eggy bread is perfect for Sunday brunch, quick ‘n easy enough for early morning breakfast. Ingredients: 3 eggs 1/2 cup milk 10 slices white or wheat bread 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) In a wide shallow bowl beat eggs. Stir in milk and vanilla extract. Spray the skillet with non-stick… Continue reading »

POTATO SALAD

This Potato Salad is very popular among Slavic people. It is a traditional dish in Russian cuisine. No holiday or gathering wouldn’t be the same without this salad. In Russia and Ukraine its called “Olivye”.  It appears, that the original version of this salad was invented by Belgian Lucien Olivier, and included veal tongue, caviar,… Continue reading »