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Potato salad with tuna

Potato salad with tuna - Olivier Salad

This recipe is a very yummy twist on a regular potato salad. In addition to regular potato salad ingredients (potatoes, eggs, mayonnaise) this recipe uses some nice extras: fresh peas (well, frozen, but thawed and cooked), fresh cucumber, a little bit of pickles, cooked carrots, corn, and a touch of dill! The addition of these, […] Read More

Crepes with caramelized apples and ricotta cheese filling

The Fall is here! It makes me very happy: I love rain, thunderstorms, the sound of lightning, leaves turning yellow, and, of course, Fall harvest foods. And, what better way to celebrate the first days of Fall than to cook something yummy with apples! I love crepes (A LOT), and I just knew I couldn't […] Read More

Cabbage Stir-Fry with Mushrooms and Ham

Braised cabbage with mushrooms and ham (Solyanka)

I have a friend who claims she doesn't cook, and yet every time I am at her house, she whips up something outrageously delicious, usually with an interesting twist on classic dishes. Take, for example, this braised cabbage with mushrooms and ham. This dish, also known as Solyanka (or Soljanka), is very popular in Russia […] Read More

Honey cake - Medovik Tort - торт Медовик

Today is a very special day, my blog's 1-year anniversary, which I am celebrating by baking a very special honey cake with a very special cooked flour frosting that even The Pioneer Woman raved about back in 2010. If The Pioneer Woman herself called it the best frosting she ever had and urged that you […] Read More

Homemade vanilla crepes

Homemade vanilla crepes

Crepes.... so many childhood memories are tied to them. Sometimes I think I make them out of nostalgia for my long gone youth. :) These homemade vanilla crepes certainly accomplish the job of comforting anyone who is lucky to taste them. Who could refuse a sweet crepe for breakfast and/or dessert? Especially if you stuff […] Read More

Rugelach with pecan and raisin filling

Rugelach with pecan and raisin filling

Rugelach is a pastry from my childhood, something my mom used to make when I was little. This cookie-looking pastry filled with ground raisins and nuts was one of my favorite dessert snacks back then. Fast forward 15 years, and here I am trying to reproduce this childhood treat and, given the constraints of my […] Read More

Peach shaped sandwich cookies with dulce de leche filling

My yesterday's post was about how to make homemade Dulce de Leche from sweetened condensed milk, and today's recipe is one of the ways to use Dulce de Leche in a dessert: in a peach sandwich cookie. I guess with this post I am officially opening the season of holiday baking on my blog! This […] Read More

How to make crepes in a regular frying pan, from scratch

This is my time tested recipe for basic crepes. Because I make them so often at home, I became somewhat of a crepe expert in my family, and mind you, being an expert in crepes does not amount to many privileges here, except for the privilege of making lots of crepes and practicing flipping them […] Read More

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, Lagman

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, Lagman

Lamb vegetable noodle stew, called Lagman, is a popular comfort food in Central Asian countries. This stew has Chinese origins and has a long history of being a staple of oriental cuisines from the Great Silk Road. Savory and delicious, it can be served as a stew, soup, or pasta dish. It all depends how […] Read More

Fresh plum kompot recipe

Kompot is a cold non-alcoholic drink, made with fruit cooked in large quantities of water. It has its origins in Eastern Europe, and it's very popular in Russia. I know it's not summer any more in most of the country, but it is still summer here in Arizona. 100 F was average temperature this week, […] Read More

Cherry pie bars

This is just a simple pie, but there are a lot of memories attached to it.  When my twin sister and I were little, we would spend every summer vacation at our grandparents' house, away from the city noise.  The house had a wonderful garden with lots of fruit trees: apples, cherries, and many kinds […] Read More

Pumpkin (Butternut squash) turnovers recipe

My mom used to make pumpkin or butternut squash turnovers when I was a child, and I always loved their sweet peppery taste. It's been more than 10 years since I ate these last time, so I finally decided to make them again, using puff pastry. Butternut Squash Turnovers Recipe Prep time: 60 min Bake […] Read More