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Lazy Dumplings with Farmer’s Cheese Lenivie Vareniki

Lazy Dumplings with Farmer’s Cheese | Lenivie Vareniki

These sweet dumplings are so good that everyone pitches in to help to make them. There is a trick to making them faster and we call these Lazy Dumplings. There are two types of kids: Kids that eat everything, and kids that are finicky. You don’t have to worry about the kids who love to […]

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Whole Roasted Branzino with Coconut Sweet Potato Purée

Whole Roasted Branzino with Coconut Sweet Potato Purée

Branzino is more widely known as Mediterranean or European Sea Bass. It is an iconic European fish. In this recipe, we are going to prepare a whole roasted branzino. It’s surprising how very different our expectations and reality can be sometimes. I have a cold, so to make myself be at peace, I thought it […]

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Blue Cheese & Caramelized Onions Appetizer

Blue Cheese Caramelized Onion Appetizer

Blue Cheese Caramelized Onion is a perfect savory hors d’oeuvre and cocktail appetizer. It will disappear quickly so make plenty! The beauty of Life is the moment one takes to create, to observe. An interesting thing happened a few months ago. I met a Russian girl at a dinner party who was visiting Los Angeles […]

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Spicy Mussels with Cherry Peppers

Spicy Mussels with Cherry Peppers

My adventure with mussels started in Los Angeles and took me clear across the country to Provincetown where I first tasted Spicy Mussels with Cherry Peppers. How often do we give in to life’s course? Trust and an open mind is a key to opportunity and how to find it. Earlier this year I was […]

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Sea Bass Ceviche

Ceviche with Sea Bass, Turbot and Dover Sole

Ceviche is a fresh, healthy dish that is high in protein, low in fat and calories. Furthermore, it is gluten-free and low in carbohydrates, if not carb-free. Longevity is a topic I’ve been hearing about it a lot lately, more than ever. Whether it is an illness or a change of attitude towards well-being in […]

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Farmers Cheese Spread with Black Garlic

Farmers Cheese Spread with Black Garlic

I was walking around the grocery store a while back and noticed some beautiful black garlic on the shelf. I’ve never seen them before so they definitely grabbed my attention and I went home to do further research. It is a highly regarded medicinal food in Japan, Korea, Canada, Australia and growing in popularity around […]

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Seared Scallops with Parmesan Cauliflower Puree

Seared Scallops with Parmesan Cauliflower Purée

Perfectly seared scallops take the right kind of scallops and the right timing. My friends and I have been talking about the concept of time and what we wanted to or thought to achieve by now, dreams and goals we’ve been trying to reach, etc. I keep thinking to myself, “what if”, or looking back […]

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Potato Veggie Hash with Vegetables and Sour Cream Sauce

Potato Veggie Hash

Warm spices in this Potato Veggie Hash recipe truly take these simple vegetables to a new level. The sour cream sauce uses lemon to balance those warm spices. I am not sure when my love for cooking started. I remember spending some time with my mom in the kitchen as a kid. She was not […]

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Lemon Spaghetti

Lemon Spaghetti with Thyme Sage Parmesan

While I was on FaceTime with my mom today, she asked my dad to make a cup of tea. When she made the first sip, she closed her eyes and said it tastes so good when he makes it. I asked her what is the difference. What was so special about the tea he makes? […]

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Avocado Arugula Egg Breakfast Toast

Avocado Arugula and Sunny Side Up Egg Breakfast Toast

Breakfast Toasts are simple and delicious. There are so many variations of breakfast toast it could have its own Wikipedia page. There are hundreds of them that include fruit, vegetables, beans and legumes, seafood, and even chocolate. They say it is important to start the day right. Some of us like having a few minutes […]

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Black Bean Tuna Tomato Salad

Black Bean, Tuna and Tomato Salad

Relationships can have some tough moments. It involves constant work, commitment, and respect. It takes love and patience. And even though relationships do not always last, it is important to be grateful for the time you had together and things you learned from each other. Without going into personal details, a friend recently went through […]

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Satsivi Georgian Walnut Sauce

Satsivi – Georgian Walnut Sauce

Satsivi – one of the most famous Georgian recipes is a sauce for dipping bread or served with poultry. It is served cold. Today, we are making this earthy and pungent, creamy walnut sauce. Georgia is one of the most ancient countries of the world. Enveloped in legends and lore, the country of Georgia is […]

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Asparagus with Peas, Garlic and Cream

Asparagus with Peas, Garlic and Cream

I recently realized we haven’t posted a single asparagus recipe. How does this happen with a gorgeous vegetable that comes in shades of green, purple or white, and looks so beautiful on a plate! I was practicing gourmet plating techniques the other day. It is like painting with food, keeping in mind taste, temperature, color, […]

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Trader Joe's Beet Hummus Dip

Beet Hummus Dip and Dressing

Aside from a dip, Beet Hummus makes a wonderful salad dressing while adding vibrant color to the dish. This recipe is inspired by Trader Joe’s. Who doesn’t like Trader Joe’s? Going to this neighborhood grocery store is similar to a treasure hunt. They love to switch and rotate things keeping you on your toes. I […]

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Pear Ricotta Bruschetta

Pear Ricotta Bruschetta with Roasted Pecans and Honey

Pears are wonderful because they can be used in sweet as well as in savory recipes. Pear Ricotta Bruschetta with Roasted Pecans can be served as an appetizer or dessert. I’m wondering if everyone has a moment or even a period of time when you just enjoy everything? Everything seems beautiful and in the right […]

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Persian Herb Wrap Noosh e Jan

Persian Herb Wrap – Nooshe jan! – نوش جان

One of the best ways to learn about people is to introduce and acquaint oneself to the food of their culture. This delightful, piquant Persian Herb Wrap is heavenly and captures a small taste of Iran. As I have mentioned in our previous posts, one of my favorite things about the United States is that […]

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Vinegret – Винегрет – Russian Beet Vinaigrette Salad

Vinegret – Винегрет – Russian Beet Salad

When you eat something from childhood, it becomes nostalgic and you love it all your life. That’s what this Vinegret – Винегрет – Russian Beet Salad is to most Russians. We love this salad. Period. A few days ago my phone was stolen. Yes. It finally happened to me. I don’t think I’ve ever had […]

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Turmeric and Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic with Cayenne

Turmeric and Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic with Cayenne

Apple cider vinegar has been used medicinally for centuries. It is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It can help release certain vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat such as iron to help to oxygenate the blood, which helps regenerate cells. There are many benefits to adding ACV to your day and this Turmeric and […]

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Shiitake Crimini Mushrooms with Red Wine Reduction

Shiitake Crimini Mushrooms with Red Wine Reduction

There’s no arguing that mushrooms and wine blend perfectly. Shiitake Crimini Mushrooms does just that. The woodsy, forest-rich flavors are easily complimented by plenty of wines that carry the same characteristics. I remember not liking wine at all when I first tasted it. To me, all wines tasted the same and made me sleepy. I […]

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Eggplant and Mushroom Tacos with Crunchy Cole Slaw

Eggplant and Mushroom Tacos with Crunchy Cole Slaw

The great thing about a taco is that it can be made with a variety of fillings and served with endless toppings. Eggplant and Mushroom Tacos goes well with soft tortillas or hard shells. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy healthy Eggplant and Mushroom Tacos. You can serve this colorful dish with […]

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Fresh Pistachios

Fresh Pistachios are in Season! (September-October in the US)

Fresh pistachios are gorgeous. They have a cream colored shell with a pink and green seed. They are buttery, sweet, and slightly pungent, a flavor that is hard to describe. Several years ago, I was working for a Persian guy in Santa Monica. We became good friends. So one day he invited me to go […]

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Sweet Potatoes with Avocado and Truffle Oil

Sweet Potatoes with Avocado and Truffle Oil

You are going to love this Sweet Potatoes with Avocado and Truffle Oil appetizer! Writing is a commitment. I’ve been following food blogs and noticed the different personalities they all have. It’s very easy for some people to just sit down and write a story. Words just flow into sentences and create a wonderful story: […]

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Spaghetti Squash New Recipe Vegan

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato, Mushroom, and Rosemary Coconut Cream Sauce

New Spaghetti Squash Recipe I don’t stop being amazed from what nature offers us. For example, the spaghetti squash. This one is new to me. I met this vegetable several years ago, but I didn’t have it until a few months back. To me it looks like any other pumpkin or winter squash, maybe even […]

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Quinoa with Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula and Cranberry Salad

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula and Cranberry

Recently, quinoa has become one of our favorite foods. It is effortless to cook and there are many different recipes and countless ways to make it. Sometimes it is enough to put some olive or coconut oil and pinch of salt for a healthy side dish, or be creative and dig through fridge and pantry […]

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Sirniki Syrniki Russian Pancakes

Sirniki Syrniki Russian Cheese Pancakes

Sirniki or syrniki is an all-time favorite breakfast in Eastern European countries. A crispy, golden exterior, and a creamy inside create a perfect combination of texture most of us can’t resist. We all like texture. And we are particular about the textures we like. Textures can be comforting or something new we’ve never experienced before. […]

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