Ukrainian Borscht

This soup represents comfort food at its best. It is delicious and full of nutrients. The recipe will produce a large pot of soup. It will freeze well (without the sour cream) and can be defrosted on the stove very quickly.

Polish Kulebiak

Kulebiak originates from Russia but it is also traditionally baked as one of the dishes to celebrate Christmas Eve dinner in Poland (vegetarian, with mushrooms and cabbage)). This meat Kulebiak version is popular as a lunch/dinner dish in eastern Poland. It is not hard to make using ready puff pastry sheets. Served sliced, hot or cold with a side of salad.

Chocolate chocolate chip coffee cake

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Chocolate chocolate chip coffee cake is wonderful for all chocolate lovers. The small addition of jam makes it moist and light with an intense chocolate taste. The cake stays fresh for up to a week. It is very simple and quick to make.

Red lentil soup Turkish style

Red Lentil Soup Turkish Style

Red Lentil Soup Turkish Style is very quick to make, yet the flavor is unforgettable. No wonder it is so popular in Turkey. Red lentils and rice soften and break down during cooking making it thick and delicious. The addition of chipotle chili pepper adds sharpness and smokiness to the soup.

Indian Moong Dal

Indian Moong Dal

Indian Moong Dal is a popular dish. Usually served with rice but can be offered as a side dish with meats or other vegetable dishes. Moong Dal (Mung beans) are a staple of Indian Cuisine. They are highly nutritious and easy to digest. In this recipe split Moong Dal (yellow in color) are used.

Soft ricotta dumplings

Soft Ricotta Dumplings

This is a perfect weekday meal that is also family friendly. It is light and filling. Takes very few ingredients to make and a very short time. The pairing of lightly salted dumplings with a sweet sauce is truly perfect. Simplicity at it’s best.

Spinach lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach lasagna is a tasty and flavorful variation of classic comfort food. Perfect pairing of spinach, onions and cheeses. Great family dish and delicious warmed up on the second or third day. Much lighter than traditional meat lasagna.

green split pea soup

Green Split Pea Soup

One of the best cold weather soups. Smoked kielbasa pairs perfectly with green split peas. Comforting and delicious. The kind of comfort food that one cannot live without during the cold days of fall and winter.

French Roasted Whole Baby Potatoes

French roasted whole baby potatoes are one of the easiest and most delicious potato recipes you will ever try. They will complement any roast or meat with a sauce. They are crispy on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside. No seasonings necessary. Perfect for entertaining crowds as they can be prepared ahead of time and roasted just before dinner.

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Sauteed brussels sprouts with bacon will change the way you feel about eating brussels sprouts. They are crispy and flavorful. Perfect as a side dish or eaten alone.Taste great warm or cold and can be prepared ahead of time. Delicious and healthy.

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup recipe has a long tradition originating in Spain. The name refers to the flavor resulting from mixing/marrying meat and greens. This version is delicate and delectable. Well seasoned ground chicken makes light broth and pairs wonderfully with fresh baby spinach. Family favorite, perfect for any time of year. Simple enough to be made frequently and ideal for freezing.

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Potato Leek Soup

Potato leek soup is considered a French cuisine classic. Invented centuries ago it is still very popular in everyday cooking. Delicious warm or cold, simple to make. Usually enjoyed sprinkled with chives but different toppings like bacon or cheese work great too. This soup is an all time favorite and never goes out of style.

Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

Classic coleslaw salad was invented by Dutch people. They called it Kool-cabbage Sla-salad. This recipe is quick and simple with just right amount of dressing. It will feel light and not over seasoned.

Chicken tenders

Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders make a fast and delicious weekday dinner. They are simple to prepare and always come out perfect. Family favorite, will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

tortilla wrap

Tortilla Wrap

Tortilla wraps are simple to make and offer a great alternative to traditional lunch or breakfast sandwich. They can be layered with any ingredients. There is only one necessary staple and that is cheese of any kind. It will bind the layers and make them even more delicious.

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Beet Salad

This is the best beet salad. Baked beets pair divinely with blue cheese or goat cheese, pistachios and parsley. Sprinkled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a dash of salt and sugar. Perfect served cold. Can be eaten alone or with any meat or fish.

chicken curry

Indian Chicken Curry

This is an authentic Indian chicken curry. The meat marinates in herbs, peppers and spices before cooking. There is no dairy in this recipe. The flavor of this dish is very aromatic and quite original.

Stir Fry

Vegetable Stir Fry

Asian vegetable stir fry is healthy and delicious. It is a simple yet flavorful addition to any protein or it can be enjoyed alone, just add rice. Perfect with grilled fish. Can be made with any combination of fresh vegetables. All the prepping can be done ahead of time.

chowder

Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and corn chowder is perfect for colder days. The addition of red pepper and thyme flavor the soup in a different way than clam chowder. The soup has a slight sweetness to it and is not too heavy. Very filling and comforting. Great with a piece of crusty bread.

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Beet Salad with Garlic and Mayo

Beet Salad with Garlic and Mayo is one of my best side dishes. Made with only three ingredients, it is sharp and flavorful. Great companion to fish or any meat dish. Definitely not your typical beet salad.

curried zucchini soup

Curried Zucchini Soup

Curried zucchini soup is flavorful and comforting. Indian curry, cumin and chili pepper add edge and interest. Topped with sharp cheddar cheese, the soup is irresistible.

Wihite bean spread

White Bean Spread

This spread is dedicated to all who are looking for variety and surprising flavors in their toasts and sandwiches. Made quickly with only three main ingredients, it overflows with a meaty flavor and great health benefits. It will last up to a week in the fridge.

chicken meatloaf

Chicken Meatloaf

This exceptional chicken meatloaf recipe has been a favorite for many years. It is juicy and flavorful; perfect for a casual dinner or a special occasion. The recipe has room for a few additions to suit different tastes. It can be divided into individual loaves or easily doubled. Just make sure to only make the quantity you want to bake.

scallion pancake

Scallion Pancakes

Scallion pancakes are fast and easy to make at home. They require very few ingredients and are delicious even without dipping sauce. They can be frozen raw, wrapped individually in a plastic foil. Sautéing frozen or fresh pancakes takes only minutes. The recipe is bulletproof and suitable for a beginner home cook.

balsamic vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Balsamic Vinaigrette is one of the most used/versatile dressings. It pairs well with most greens and vegetables and the salad will complement meat or protein. My liking of this simple dressing started with a small lunch place I frequently visit. I noticed there that no matter what kind of salad plate I ordered, balsamic vinaigrette …

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Curried Chicken Salad

Curried chicken salad offers tasty variation on cold chicken salads. It is flavorful, yet delicate. Vegetables add texture and crunch without overpowering the taste. This is a crowd pleaser.

gorbanzo bean salad

Chickpea Salad

This chickpea salad is loosely based on Mediterranean style of salad. It is light, healthy and full of flavor. The seasoning is very well balanced with just enough of it to coat the main ingredients and not overpower their natural flavor. It is lovely and delicate – definitely worth having in one’s cooking repertoire.