Who doesn’t’ love Turkey Soup? The day after Thanksgiving means lots of leftovers and that means turkey soup. Don’t waste the turkey carcass! The delicious broth combined with a few vegetables and noodles is gold mine of flavor.
This is my mom’s recipe for an easy ultra moist roast turkey using an oven bag. She has used this recipe for years. ~ read more ~
This is a great side dish for seafood and chicken dishes. Steamed rice with lemon juice and cilantro, it’s so refreshing and very simple to make! A rice cooker would be useful for this but you can always use a large sauce pan and cook the rice on the stove top. For this dish, I think basmati is the best rice to use for; it doesn’t get sticky. But if you don’t have basmati, jasmine or any long grain rice is fine too. ~ read more ~
These caramelized apple crepes are perfect for the fall weather. The warm caramelized apple filling is wrapped in paper thin crepes and topped with more apple filling and ice-cream. Perfect for brunch or afternoon tea. ~ read more ~
This one is my favorite basic recipe for thin light and delicate crepes. My family and I have been using this simple recipe for many years. It can be used as the basis for any of your crepe creation.
This fragrant split-pea soup made with touch of curry, cumin and sweet paprika is so creamy and velvety, hearty, thick, and flavorful. Topped with bacon and fresh chopped green onions, mmmm….Just pick up crusty bread and enjoy.
My cousin Julia shared this fabulous apple cake with me. It is unbelievably simple to make; can be pulled together in no time and without an electric mixer. Chunks of apple are blended in a cinnamon vanilla batter. As it bakes, the aroma in the house is irresistible.
Ikra is known as eggplant “caviar” in Russia, one of my favorite appetizers lathered on fresh-baked bread. It is a traditional blend of eggplant, fresh tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, onions and spices slow-cooked together to savory perfection.
In Russian cuisine there are varieties of different salads for canning. Lecho is one of them. People are using different kinds of vegetables during summer and autumn to can and store them for cold winter days when all the plants sleep. This salad is easy to make, delicious and great to have on hand. I use it as a sauce for my stuffed Bell Peppers or serve as a side dish or salad by itself.
Just like classic French Madeleines, these lemon Madeleines are soft, golden scalloped cookies, rich with butter and the flavor and scent of refreshing lemons. Enjoy this cookie with cup of your favorite tea.
I bought a bag of Harvest Grains Blend at Trader Joe’s. It’s combination of Israeli couscous (also known as pearl couscous), red quinoa, baby garbanzo beans, and orzo. The mix of whole grains, especially quinoa, is very good for you. It makes a delicious, hearty and satisfying soup that you can customize with your own blend of vegetables. For a boost of protein, I added chicken meatballs. Add the fresh herbs at the very end, right before you serve the soup. Super easy, healthy and delicious soup; highly recommended!!!
Cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables. I make cabbage salads often, red cabbage salads, stuffed cabbage rolls, etc. This dish is very similar to my traditional Russian dish- Tushenaya kapusta with Chicken except it’s vegetarian. Couldn’t be easier and, although there isn’t any meat or bacon, I added Zucchini and rice and the resulting flavor is incredibly delicious.
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These Italian Peach Cookies or Pastry are very popular among Slavic community here in the US. Peach cookies are baked for special occasions like Weddings, Christmas or New Year. They do take little more effort but definitely worth it. I am not sure why the cookie called “Peach Cookie”; I am assuming when the cookie gets assembled and dipped in the color it does look like a peach. The fillings vary from family to family. My version of the Dulche de Leche filling with the touch of rum and cocoa powder is insanely delicious!
This towering stack of layered zucchini, fresh red tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and refreshing dill mayonnaise sauce is the happy result of farmer’s market inspiration. This super easy recipe is packed full of flavor and great for entertaining (just fry zucchini in advance and assemble them when needed). I’ve made these at least three- four different ways: different cheeses, layered with basil on top, or mixed grated cheese in the sauce, etc etc. If you’ve got a different way please comment! I’d love to hear all the different way you stack your zucchini.