Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce – Shakshuka

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Shakshuka, Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce makes a wonderful meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a very popular dish in Israel and Middle East. The original recipe is without sausage but I had to add my own little twist to it. This recipe requires minimal, simple ingredients and very easy and not time consuming to make. I love having some crusty bread with that will mop up the delicious sauce. It is another chance to have eggs for dinner; not just for breakfast. Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

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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 →

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 →

Apple Cake- Яблочный пирог

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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.

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My Daughters Apple Cinnamon Pancake (Russian Oladi) Recipe

One Saturday morning, I woke up to the smell of Apple Cinnamon pancakes. My nine year old daughter decided to make pancakes with Bisquick pancake mix for breakfast.

She added grated apples, ricotta and cinnamon to her pancake mix.  It was simple and delicious.  We enjoyed her wonderful breakfast with fresh brewed coffee.  The best part of the breakfast was to watch my daughter feel a sense of accomplishment and gratification. I am so proud of my baby girl!!!

 Try these apple cinnamon pancakes.   It only takes a few minutes to make.

Makes approximately 15-20 pancakes

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Pumpkin Oladi – Russian Pancakes Recipe

Happy October, friends! There is something about the months of September and October, they both scream fall to me; Does anyone else feel this way? 

And what speaks ‘fall’ better than a little pumpkin in your cooking??!!
Seriously…. These pumpkin oladies were big hit for my family this weekend.

Oladi is a variation of pancakes that we like to cook for breakfast. Hot straight out of the pan and dripping with honey….. or your favorite topping.
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Italian Strawberry Tart Recipe

 I love this time of the year when fresh locally grown fruits and berries are available at the farmers market.  This year they have a Farmers Market conveniently located right across the street from my work place in downtown, so I just can’t resist buying berries almost every week. Most of the time I am mixing them up in some Greek yogurt but every once in a while I like to bake using berries.  This dessert is not an overly sweet dessert.  It is refreshing and perfect for the summer but best of all, it is easy to make.

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Mediterranean Breakfast Pizza


Your family will love this yummy breakfast pizza. My sister came over Friday night, and as usual I wanted to make her an awesome Saturday morning breakfast, that she loves. This is what she had to say about the breakfast pizza.

“It’s Saturday morning. I open my eyes up to the amazing aroma of fresh baking dough topped with tomatoes, green onions, olives, eggs and ham. The authentic smell was calling me downstairs. Coming down I see this fresh baked breakfast pizza waiting for me. It’s a one of a kind breakfast. Something that gets your day started right and makes sure you’re ready to face all battles! This pizza is Continue reading →

Quick & Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

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Pizza is one of my kids favorite foods and brings back so many wonderful memories. Here is my simple, quick and painless recipe that makes a great crust.

The main characteristic of Pizza is the crust. This crust can be thin, thick, crisp, or tender, smooth or with bulges.

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Moms Savory Crepes Filled with Meat (Блины с мясом)

My mom used to make these  blini with meat and eggs for us when we were young and I remembered we all loved it very much.  We simply grew up with these. This is one of my favorite childhood food.  They’re simple to make,  little bit of batter goes a long way. The best thing is they can be kept in the refrigerator and warmed up later. Continue reading →