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Friday, June 29, 2012

Easy Version of Napoleon Cake

There aren't many dessert recipes that offer a lovely light pastry filled with rich cream such as a Napoleon. This is my express version of Napoleon.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Walnut Cookies Recipe "Oreshki" { Орешки со Cгущенкой}

Simple ingredients, magical dessert! Oreshki means a "small walnut". Combination of crunchy cookies filled with dulce de leche. This traditional dessert cookies, always a party favorite. We always make it for weddings and parties. It will take some time to make it, but it's worth it.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sweet Pirojki Filled with Cream Cheese and Poppy Seeds

Baked pirojki are everybody's favorite "sweet pirogi". This delightful combination of cream cheese and poppy seeds is going to make you taste buds dance. It gives such pleasing taste. First time I tried these pirogi I loved it so much. I never made poppy seeds filling before because it was too dry for me. But when you add cream cheese to it, that becomes scrumptious.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The best Vanilla Bread Pudding with Raspberry

Bread  Pudding is a rich, creamy, decadent dessert that has made its way onto the dessert menus of many fine restaurants. If I go out with my husband I always order bread pudding. Its one of mine favorite desserts.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Water Kefir Recipe "Elixir of Life"

This is my favorite drink. I been making it for almost 2 years.
Water kefir is made from kefir grains, also known as sugar grains, tibicos, tibi, or Japanese water crystals.  The grains make up a cultures of various strains of healthy bacteria and yeast, held together in a polysaccharide matrix created by the bacteria. The symbiotic relationship of the microbes produces a stable growing culture. The microbes feed on sugar and produce lactic acid, alcohol (ethanol), and carbon dioxide, yielding a fermented carbonated beverage. The alcohol content is usually very minimal, less than 1 %. The health benefits of consuming water kefir are endless. They are a natural supplier of probiotics to our digestive tract. Probiotics refers to the healthy bacteria that usually feeds on the “bad” unhealthy bacteria in our stomach and intestines.

Traditional Russian Olivie Salad «Оливье»

 One of the most popular is the famous Olivie Salad. A quite solid salad that very well fits to be served as a standalone dish. Everybody has their own version like mom used to make. I have 1 secret ingredient that I add. You can replace the bologna with cold Ham, Beef tongue or Chicken – as with many popular Russian recipes, there is plenty of variations.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Russian Famous Red Borsch Recipe

A wonderfully delicious and easily prepared borsch recipe handed down from generations. From the first sight, looks like simple mix of beets and cabbage. There are so many versions of borsch. Try this Borsch recipe, it really gives a great meal. Serve with French bread, or some Russian style black bread if you can find it. I can't recommend this recipe highly enough. Russian borscht is a time-consuming effort, but the results are worth it: a rich, chicken base with a robustness you can’t find in any canned soup. It can be made with beef or vegetarian.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato

As long as there are a few potatoes in the pantry, I know that I have at least one option for dinner. I got these huge potatoes and decided to bake it. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Strawberry Meringues with Vanilla Bean Cream

Strawberries, vanilla bean cream and meringues . Yes...I am serious; can you imagine this sweet little thing on your dessert plate?  I can:)    This elegant dessert is delicious!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Beet Salad with Bell Peppers

Beets are naturally sweet, very healthy and a colorful addition to the table. Enjoy them in this easy Beet Salad with a onion and bell pepper. I have been a beet fan for many years. I absolutely love cooked beets.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Potato Soup

This is a delicious recipe for potato soup with gizzards. It is very easy and the great thing about it is that you can add additional ingredients, corn, etc and it still turns out great.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pirojki with Braised Cabbage

  The pirojki are little pies from the Russian cuisine  and accompaniment of the bortsch. They are made using various dough fillings. There two variations fried and baked. Usually we fry savory ones and bake sweet ones. I will give you some ideas what you can fill it with. Sweet baked pirojki i will post later.  

12 oz warm milk
1 stick of melted butter
3 eggs
2 tbs sour cream
1.5 tbs sugar 
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dry yeast
5 1/2 cups flour (I use Canadian flour)

Mix all ingredients in the bread maker. Set it on dough. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Creamy Tilapia with Carrots

Tilapia is a great choice for a healthy meal. This Tilapia recipe is made with carrots, cream and a bit of  parsley and spices. My mom's specialty. She made it for my sisters wedding. It was the party favorite.

3 lbs Tilapia
2 lbs carrots...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bundt Cake "Кекс Topm"

An easy cake to make up from scratch. It is the simplest, great tasting cake I've ever made. If you have guests coming over and you need to make something fast. This is the cake to make. Usually these ingredients are always on hand.

5 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 stick butter 
1/2 tsp baking soda pour 1 tsp vinegar on top
1 tsp vanilla 
2 cups flour
3/4 cup raisins

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rice and Cream!!! Рис со взбитыми сливками!

This rich, creamy twist on traditional Chicken Plov. This rice is my kids favorite dish. It's like a different version of Plov, with a creamy texture. We really love it.

1 lbs cooked chicken
3 cups cooked rice
1 small onion
4 carrots
1.5 cups whipping cream
Salt, Pepper  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bread Flat Cakes "Lepyoshki" Лепешки

We love breads, pastries and all things that are baked. I tried to translate "Лепешки" it gave me many variations like johnny-cake, flat cakes, flapjack, pastil, pastille, so i just picked one. These are my family favorites. These lepyoshki taste like bagels. I made 2 batches it was gone in few hours. There is many variations can be done with these. I make Wrapped Hot Dogs with this dough.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ricotta Savory Muffins for Breakfast

This is the yummiest breakfast ever. Very healthy too.

3 eggs
3 tbs whipping cream
2 cups ricotta (tvorog)
1 cup Alex meat bologna or Oscar Meyers wieners
3/4 cup green onion
Colby Jack for topping

Monday, June 4, 2012

Bell Peppers and Rice Noodles Salad

Colorful strips of fresh carrots, tri-colored bell pepper are tossed together in this flavorful one-dish meal of Rice Noodle Salad. This salad was an instant favorite; I can eat it all day. My aunt used to make it for family gatherings. People who love bell peppers will love this salad.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Blueberry Crescent "Pогалики"

These aren't croissants – they’re crescent rolls, which are less complicated. Croissants are usually made with a laminated (butter-layered) dough, but with many more “turns” – they’re more involved to make. I think you might find these quite a bit simpler and better tasting with blueberries inside.These crescents  are the best. My mom been making these for many years. Now my kids enjoy these.

2 eggs
2 sticks butter
4 oz milk
4 tbs sugar
2 tsp dry yeast
3.5 cups flour
Salt, vanilla

Sweet Dumplings "Lenivie Vareniki" (Ленивые вареники)

This is a traditional Russian food. Translation would be lazy dumplings, because its easy to make. These are my family favorite.

2 cups ricotta
2 eggs
2 tbs melted butter
0.5 cup Sugar
1.5 to 2 cups flour 
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