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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 Korea and is also manufactured as a supplement. The […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Red Lentil Mushroom Masala with Coconut Cream

Red Lentil Mushroom Masala with Coconut Cream

You know those moments when someone talks about a movie or a song they want you to see or hear, and you get excited about it, but forget the name and never actually watch it? That is unless they actually give it to you whether it’s a DVD or a link. It was the case […]

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Crepes Blini Blintzes Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa – Crepes Week!

This week we made crepes to recognize Maslenitsa, which is being celebrated in Slavic Orthodox European countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan. However, it’s Russia that celebrates this festival most elaborately. Maslenitsa is a folk holiday that is observed the week before the start of the Great Lent (Russian Orthodox Lent). Maslenitsa is […]

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Sour Cream Salad

Sour Cream Salad and Martah the Cow

Before I get into our Sour Cream Salad, I have a story to tell about my Grandma’s cow. I do not know the whole story, but just before I was born friends of my grandparents gifted them a baby cow. My grandparents lived in the countryside just outside of Saint Petersburg, so they had private […]

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Cheese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Cheese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I was around 10-years old when I saw these Cheese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls being made on a cooking show. When the show ended, I went to my mom and asked if I could use some cabbage and cheese to make “something”. She of course said, yes. So I went to the kitchen and somehow made […]

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Creamy Tahitian Vanilla Bean Custard

Creamy Tahitian Vanilla Bean Custard

This Creamy Tahitian Vanilla Bean Custard is a perfect treat… especially when you’ve been well behaved. For the last week we’ve been extra selective with what we eat, because it was time to make a donation to the blood bank center. If you think about the concept of donating blood, it’s crazy – we humans […]

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Cauliflower Potatoes Indian Spices Cilantro

Aloo Gobi – Potatoes and Cauliflower

It’s been chilly lately and we wanted to make something warm and cozy like this Aloo Gobi dish, which is an Indian recipe made with potatoes and cauliflower. Aloo Gobi is a vegetarian dish made with aloo (potatoes) and gobi (cauliflower). It is a beautiful golden colored, dry, north Indian dish, a staple in Punjab […]

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Zucchini Rolls with Homemade Pesto

Zucchini Rolls with Homemade Pesto

Who doesn’t like appetizers, small dishes that are usually served before the main course or even an alcoholic beverage called, aperitif, to trigger our digestive juices. Most of the time they are easy to eat as finger foods or just with minimum utensil use. In France they call it hors d’oeuvre, meaning “teaser for the […]

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Oladyi Kefir Pancakes

Oladyi – Kefir Pancakes

The batter should be thick with the consistency of whole-milk sour cream. For savory kefir pancakes top with sour cream mixed with fresh dill! People are similar and yet so different with their habits, mentality, vision, preferences, choices and many other things. With time habits and opinions might change or get even more engrained or […]

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Savory Carrot Pancakes

The Best Savory Carrot Pancakes

Carrots are extremely diverse and able to transform into many awesome dishes. This colorful root vegetable can be orange, purple, red or yellow and can be eaten raw, cooked or made into a nutritious juice and even used as a snowman’s nose! They are healthy, sweet and delicious. Carrots are full of benefits, vitamins C […]

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Purple Cabbage Yellow Pepper Coleslaw

Purple Cabbage and Yellow Pepper Coleslaw

How open are people to new things, to different ways, to themselves? Many times we fight our own intuition and refuse to listen to our inner voice or we react to something we are not used to because it makes us uncomfortable. Sometimes it happens the other way! We make an alternative choice and accept […]

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Banana Almond Sour Cream Muffins

Banana Almond Sour Cream Muffins with Walnuts

Who wants to face their fears and to even talk about it let alone talk about it in a food blog? I mean, Chipotle, for example, is afraid of snakes. I am afraid of some insects. Emmett, our master food taster, is afraid to jump off the sofa, but I’ve witnessed him leaping off the […]

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The Ultimate Fruit Salad

The Ultimate Fruit Salad

How many of us avoid eating fruits because we think they contain too much sugar or think they are too acidic for the body? Of course I heard the expression, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. We have the exact saying in Russia. I always thought fruits caused weight gain because many are […]

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Mannik Russian Semolina Cake

Mannik Russian Semolina Cake

Mannik Russian Semolina Cake is a traditional Russian dessert and requires just a few simple ingredients. Mannik is easy to prepare and extremely tasty. In Russia mannik is called a pie and it is made with manka, a grain known as semolina in the United States. Semolina is made from the middlings of durum wheat. […]

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Tomato Mozzarrella Tower Insalata Caprese

Tomato Mozzarella Tower Insalata Caprese with a Twist!

“C’è mozzarella… e mozzarella!”—as people say in Italy—“There’s mozzarella… and then there’s mozzarella!”. We can also push it a little further and say there is a tomato… and there is a tomato! Our favorite tomatoes are the colorful heirloom variety. Sweet, juicy and so fragrant of late summer—they are the kings of tomatoes in our […]

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