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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Best Smooth Fondant Recipe Made with Chocolate

It's been about 2 years since I started to decorate cakes with fondant. I learned a few tricks: that homemade chocolate fondant is the best to cover cakes and to use for molds too. I wanted to share this recipe with everybody :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Homemade Sugar Lace Recipe from Scratch

Sugar lace dominated the edible lace market for nearly the past decade!  It was an instant success as it allowed people to decorate cakes with very fine sugar that resembled delicate lace often seen on beautiful wedding dresses. Cake design entered a new realm! Sugar lace has the look of a flexible royal icing. It can be spread and then peeled from the silicone mold and draped around the contours of a cake. These pieces may be made in advance, stored air-tight to retain their flexibility, and used when desired. I tried a few recipes and this one was the winner.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Roasted Eggplant with Cilantro and Garlic

 For a fresh-tasting vegetarian meal, serve this eggplant recipe for holidays. The incredibly versatile eggplant goes well with everything. My aunt made this recipe for my brothers wedding. I wanted to share this recipe with everybody. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Poppy Seeds Cake"

This moist cake is delicious and rich. My sister-in-law made this cake for the party, and I couldn't get enough of it. It's the best cake for poppy seeds lovers.   

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cream Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers

   Appetizers are fun. These delicious and naturally low carb! You hold them in your hand, you take a good look at them, if you’re lucky you can get them all in one bite. These bright and flavorful baby bell peppers are filled with cream cheese, parmesan and chives. First time I tried  em at the wedding, and I could not stop eating em. They are delicious!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"White Chocolate Cranberry Cake Recipe"

 A decadent cranberry layer cake perfect for the Holidays. Delicious combination of cranberries tartness and the sweetness of the white chocolate. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Almond Orange Cake"

Super simple, moist and delicious cake. Made with almond meal, ricotta and orange flavor. A gluten free dessert. Perfect for the holidays or any day with hot cup of coffee.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wired Wafer Paper Flower Tutorial

Wafer paper flowers are ultra light, thin, detailed and translucent. Here is an easy tutorial for you guys...

Friday, November 7, 2014

"White Chocolate Clusters"

 Simple white chocolate no bake cookies make a perfect sweet treat for coming holidays. Whether you call 'em cookies or you call 'em candy, there's one thing we can all agree on calling 'em - Yummy! My friend Nadia shared this recipe with me. I can't stop eating these delicious treats.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rainbow Cake Pops

The beautiful Rainbow Cake Pops you see here were made by me (plot twist), aka Vika the daughter of Lea. That's why instead of Lea's Cooking, today is Vika's Cooking. These amazing little treats are ubiquitous by Starbucks. I mean why spend $2 for 1 cake pop when you can make them for cheaper. Here in this video I walk you through the steps to make your own cake pops. Whether you use homemade or store-bought cake and icing, you can still customize these adorable little treats to your hearts desire. Decorate them for any occasion! The process may be time consuming but the rewards are well worth the effort.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cake "Baby" {Malish}

Delicious cake with Birds milk layer and dulce de leche cream. covered in chocolate. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dark Chocolate Ganache Recipe "КРЕМ ГАНАШ "

Ganache -- a smooth mixture of chocolate and cream -- is one of the richest, most luscious of all chocolate frostings. The frosting is made in the same manner as the chocolate ganache glaze, and then allowed to thicken until the frosting is spreadable. In ganache recipes, the proportions of chocolate to cream vary depending on whether it will be a coating, filling, or truffle. This recipe is a standard 1-to-1 weight ratio of chocolate to cream, which is good for coating cakes. Lately I been using ganache under the fondant. It holds the cake shape really well.

Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Make French Macarons

A macaron is a sweet meringue-like cookie which is filled with ganache, buttercream, or jam.  It is shell-like on the outside a little chewy on the inside and easily melts in your mouth. We love macarons because they are sweet and beautiful and the flavor possibilities are endless! Each one is a treat to eat and a combination of flavors makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift! Macarons have a enviable reputation for being difficult to make. They aren't the easiest, but they are not so difficult as you can see with this recipe. My 14 year old daughter learned how to make em, so it's not that hard :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Diego Jungle Cake Tutorial"

A truly yummy party cake, featuring Diego Jungle theme.  Why not consider making your own birthday cake? With this step-by-step pictured tutorial it will be really easy. I made it for my 4 year old son's birthday party. This cake is the bomb! I mixed some ingredients together and it was a perfect creation!!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Stained Glass Heart Cookies Tutorial"

Make your own tasty stained glass cookies this Valentines day. For a fun family activity, fill the centers of cut out cookies with crushed hard candies. The candies melt during baking to resemble stained glass. We had so much fun making these with kids.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Apple Filled Buns "Bulochki" {Russian Yeast Rolls}

These are all time favorite yeast bulochki. You can fill em with any sweet fillings you like. Most common filling  is Poppy Seeds. I made em with Apple filling this time. This is a small portion it make 15-17 small sized buns. It's my favorite dough recipe now always turns out great and so simple to make. My Instagram friend Vera shared this recipe with me. Thank you Vera :) 

Friday, January 31, 2014

"Delicious BBQ Grilled Chicken Tenderloins"

 These grilled chicken tenderloins are absolutely amazing!!! Soft, tender, juicy chicken tenderloins that aren't dried out. It has a little sweet taste to it. I went to baby shower and these were the big hit at the party. Thank you Tanya for sharing the recipe with us :)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"Orange Lemon Cupcakes"

Orange and cream is such a blissfully fresh and excitingly delicious flavor combination. It's one of my favorite combinations.  Reminiscent of a childhood ice cream pop treat, these cupcakes will make you feel like a kid again! A definite crowd-pleasing recipe. I made these for a baby shower. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Seafood Blend Rice Pilaf"

Seafood rice is an easy and  impressive dish. This 1-dish meal did a great job of uniting the savory flavors of the various seafood ingredients. The rice and carrots are full of flavor. Best seafood with rice dish I've ever had! Also I have a Chicken Rice Plaf posted too.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Mandarin Mango Dessert Salad"

Mango flavored jello is stirred into whipped topping and then folded into a bowl of cottage cheese, popping bobas and mandarin oranges. It's a light and fluffy salad that is simple and easy to make. I got this recipe from a lady at our church.

Monday, January 13, 2014

"Chicken Mushroom Pot Pie"

Impossibly Easy Chicken Mushroom Pot Pie. It's loaded with chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce. A flaky puff pastry crust surrenders to a warm veggie-and-chicken mixture infused with a savory sauce. Chicken pot pie is a perfect winter meal, but frozen versions are usually loaded with sodium and preservatives. Pot pies been my favorite for many years.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mushroom Carrot Sandwiches

These rustic toasts feature earthy mushrooms, zesty garlic and carrots. The combination is irresistible! I was making the filling for Eggplant Rolls and toasting the bread for kids. Then the idea came to me to make these yummy sandwiches. I could not stop eating em. :) 

Monday, January 6, 2014

"Asiago Potato Gnocchi"

Traditional homemade gnocchi (little Italian dumplings) are made with just potato, flour, egg and salt. Well, it was not enough flavor for me; so I added more herbs and cheese to it. I really love how these turned out. :) We really enjoyed Ricotta Gnocchi when I made em. These are like lazy potato Vareniki.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

"Chicory Drink"

Chicory is a popular coffee substitute and economizer for 2 centuries, back when coffee was more prized, and pure coffee was a luxury. In that time, it became a matter of cultural preference to use chicory in coffee. I try to cut out my coffee intake, and I love creamy hot drinks. This is my favorite coffee substitute.
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