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 ~
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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.
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.
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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This salad is not only amazingly delicious but also super easy to make. The salad mingles the fresh flavors of ~ read more ~
Summer is finally here and that means many of us turn to salads. I love the simplicity of this Russian cucumber radish salad. ~ read more ~
My friend Marina shared this fabulous dish with me. It has a mixture of brown and wild rice, barley, red barley and topped with a creamy chicken mushroom sauce. She served it at a church luncheon; and I am a white rice eater, not really into brown and wild rice much but let me tell you- I LOVED it. It’s so easy to make and it’s also healthy and delicious. Rice can be cooked ahead of time to speed up the process. You can find Brown Rice Medley at Winco, in the bulk food section or Costco and Trader Joe’s. I hope you give this fantastic dish a try! I guarantee you’ll love it.
Chocolate covered strawberries are perfect treat to make for weddings or special occasions. Why not make some for your special Valentine? Easy homemade chocolate covered strawberries can be drizzled with white chocolate for a fancy look. Customize this chocolate covered strawberry recipe by using your favorite type of chocolate.
Silky red velvet cupcake, filled with Chocolate Ganache and then topped with a cream cheese frosting with the touch of rum. These easy to make gourmet cupcakes will be the hit of your next get together.
These stuffed peppers are loaded with flavor and make a great healthy lunch or dinner. Unlike to my Stuffed peppers with tomato sauce, this time I cut peppers in half and stuffed them with buckwheat and ground beef topped with shredded cheese. My family loved them. Make extra so you can have leftovers for lunch.
My husband enjoys fishing so we have fish for dinner quite often. Salmon is one of our favorite fish. It’s a rich source of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and it tastes great. For the sauce, I use a base of cream with touch of white wine and fresh chopped dill. I love the flavor of fresh dill and salmon together. The two combination of flavors play very well off each other.
My friend shared these marinated tomatoes recipe a few weeks back and knew I had to make them. I love tomatoes.
The marinade is so easy to prepare. A simple blend of herbs, spice and vinegar packs a real punch.
These marinated tomatoes will keep in the fridge for a few weeks in a sealed jar or container. Just stir them every few days to distribute the marinade over the tomatoes.
Katleti are Russian style meatballs. They are golden and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. It is a very popular comfort food in Russia. Katleti are usually served with a tasty side dish like mashed potatoes, salad, and rice or pasta. It can be added in your soup or you have it in a sandwich. ~ read more ~
This is a very refreshing summer drink for those hot summer days. It perfectly combines the sweet and tart with a touch of refreshing mint and fresh berries to make this an addicting drink.
I think it’s a much healthier alternative to milk shakes and smoothies, plus you have control of what goes in your drink. ~ read more ~