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 ~
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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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Pad Thai is one of the popular dishes at Thai restaurants. It was always such an intimidating dish for me to make at home but with the help of store bought Pad Thai sauce I was able to recreate this simple and delicious dish at home. ~ read more ~
This is an old Turkish recipe for pasta with feta cheese that goes back to my grandmother’s days, over 80 years ago. Makarina (the Turkish word for pasta) was served with sour cream if I remembered correctly.
Enjoy this delicious restaurant favorite at home with your choice of side and fresh garden salad. This recipe has very few ingredients but is very delicious and easy to prepare; It sure pleased my entire family.
Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna with Béchamel sauce is a twist to the traditional lasagna since it is made with creamy Béchamel sauce instead of the traditional tomato sauce. Béchamel is a white sauce made with butter, flour and milk. It is one of the mother sauces of French cuisine. My family prefers white sauce over tomato sauce so I used the Béchamel sauce for my lasagna and my family really enjoy it.
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.
A go-to easy and quick recipe for any cut of pork chop, really. These are tender, moist and Deelish!!. Most of the ingredients are already in your pantry. My kids loved them!!!
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Manja is traditional Gagauz (Turkish) dish. Chicken and vegetables are browned then cooked in gravy with tomato paste, paprika, cumin and garlic. Serve with mashed potatoes or simply with fresh baked bread, just like my grandmother used to do.
Manti is a type of dumpling that very popular in Russia. Manti are normally made with either seasoned lamb or ground beef wrapped in homemade dough. Manti are cooked in a steamer and then topped with either butter, sour cream, or onion (or garlic) sauce. Manti recipes varies from region to region. I learned my version from my aunt Vera. I was very excited when she offered to show me how make these delicious dumplings because aunt Vera prepares dishes the authentic way. No short cuts here, we made everything from scratch.
Russian golubtsy also known in my family as Sarma (in Turkish) are simply cabbage rolls. They are popular in many European countries. It is believed that this dish was borrowed by Russians/Ukrainians from Turkey. Sarma means “wrapping” or “rolling” in Turkish.
I love when my nephew Jacob calls them “Goluptchiky”. Golubtsy, Goluptsi, Golupchiky, Sarma or Cabbage Rolls… no matter how you call them, they are very very delicious…. Minced meat (usually beef, pork, or chicken) rice, onions, and various spices, including salt, pepper and various spices are mixed together and then rolled into grape or cabbage leaves.
I absolutely love my mom’s golubtsy/sarma. She makes them combination rolled in grape and cabbage leaves (my favorite is with grape leaves) very flavorful, very moist and super tiny, bite size even. I am posting the recipe that my mom gave me and I attempted to make them just like hers. My dad got to try them and according to him they taste just like my moms! YES!!!
I figured that these fish katleti will go well with creamy Alfredo sauce and pasta; so here we are ~Parmesan Fish Katleti with Alfredo Sauce and Pasta.
I wish I could find a better name for this. Parmesan Fishballs with Alfredo Sauce? Parmesan Fishball Alfredo? Alfredo Parmesan Katleti? Katleti with Alfredo Sauce? Anyways… you could call it so many ways, but “deliciously- mouthwatering” is definitely one of them.
This homemade Alfredo sauce is not even close to the store-bought jarred ones. And it’s not even difficult to make.
Not big fan of fish??!! No problem, you totally can use ground chicken.
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.
I remember going to grandmothers house-(where my mother grew up) during the summer time to visit her. I would only go there in the summer time, New Year’s or Easter because she lived 4 hours away; during my summer break, I would stay there for couple of months.
I remember one summer my grandmother made some special meat balls. No meatballs that I ever had before could compare. They were chicken meatballs stuffed with raw rice and stewed in a thick flavorful gravy. Once the meatballs were cooked, the rice became infused with the spices from the gravy and meatballs. The meatballs were so good that I licked the plate clean every time. Also, grandmother would always make fresh bread to go with meat balls and gravy. When I was old enough, my grandmother taught me how to make the meat balls. ~ read more ~