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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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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Braised Cabbage with Vegetables

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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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Mushroom Chicken Lasagna with Béchamel Sauce

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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. 

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Brown Rice Medley with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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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.  ;-)

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Manti Recipe (Russian Meat Dumplings)


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. 

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