Eggplant Salad with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

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This versatile eggplant salad flavored with garlic, bell pepper and onion, fresh tomatoes and herbs, topped with creamy feta cheese. Multiple personalities make one delicious dish that can be served as vegetarian meal, a side dish or an appetizer. This salad also known as Eggplant Caponata.

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Creamy Salmon with Lemon and Fresh Dill

Creamy Baked Salmon with lemon and dill

This creamy salmon with fresh dill is moist and so refreshing. The dill and lemon seasoning brought it to perfection. My husband does a lot of fishing so I am always on the look out for good fish recipes.  Continue reading →

Tender Oven Baked Chicken Legs

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These oven baked chicken legs are so versatile and are a great base for spices.  They are inexpensive, easy to make and taste great!!! They do not require much hands-on time, at all. You can marinate them a day in advance.  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate; bake when you ready.  It’s that easy.

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Easy Homemade Yogurt Recipe

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Making your own homemade yogurt is actually quite easy.  I learned this from my mama. A supply of plain fresh homemade yogurt gives you many options. Add fresh or frozen fruit, jam, or honey for sweetness. Use it in smoothies, with granola, on pancakes, or in baked goods. You can make Greek style yogurt, simply Continue reading →

White Fish Roll-Ups with Asparagus and Red Bell Pepper

White fish roll ups

These fish roll ups are beautiful, flavorful, refreshing and sophisticated. White fish rolled with fresh asparagus and red bell pepper. I like to prepare this ahead of time when I’m expecting company. When my guests arrive, I just pop it in the oven and it’s ready in 30 minutes. 

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Beignets Recipe – Ponchiki

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Many different cultures have variations of the beignet (pronounced ben-yey) in their traditional cultural cuisines.  Beignet is the French term for a pastry or in Russian we call them Ponchiki or Pishki. It is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar.  These tasty deep fried pastries airy, crisp textures, soft yet chewy and sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can use different fillings or you could eat them plain and they are delicious also. Continue reading →

Russian Eggplant Caviar (БАКЛАЖАННАЯ ИКРА/BAKLAZHANNAYA IKRA)

Eggplant Caviar

 

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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.

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Russian Lecho – Marinated Red Peppers Recipe

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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.

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Zucchini Rounds with Tomato and Feta

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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.

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Easy Pickled Salmon Recipe

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 I love fish especially salmon. Salmon is a very healthy fish. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acid and is great for your heart.  Pickled fish might sound really strange but it’s a very popular classical Russian dish. We call it Selyodka which is pickled Herring. We use Selyodka in many traditional dishes like “Russian Shuba Herring Layered Salad”. Try this simple and delicious recipe of pickled salmon. It doesn’t last very long in my family!

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