crepes with farmer's cheese

Crepes with Farmer’s Cheese

Crepes with Farmer’s Cheese (Naleśniki (nah-lesh-NEE-kee) are light and filling. The recipe works every time and can be made the day before. You will love this as your breakfast or lighter supper meal. The assembled crepes can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days. They will taste great warm or cold. My …

Marble Cake With White Chocolate Glaze

Marble Cake With White Chocolate Glaze

Marble Cake is enjoyed and liked by many people. It is the white chocolate glaze that makes this recipe much more delicious. Do not skip making thie glaze, you will be pleasantly surprised. The recipe is based on the M. Stewart recipe from the “Baking Handbook”. Here is her recipe for the marble cake. The cake can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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 soup Indian style

Green Split Pea Soup Indian Style

Indian cuisine inspired green split pea soup is light (vegetarian) and nutritious.. The recipe infuses traditional green split pea flavor with coriander, turmeric and coconut milk. The outcome is delicious and completely unexpected. Great tasting soup with nice texture provided by split peas, onions and spinach. For an additional sharpness sprinkle it (right before serving) with a few drops of lemon juice.

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.

Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

Apple turnovers are perfect with a morning coffee. This is a simple and delicious recipe that uses very few ingredients. The flavor comes from apples without the use of cornstarch, pie spices or excess sugar. The result is an ideal breakfast pastry.

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.

no bake cheesecake with peaches

No Bake Cheesecake With Peaches

No bake cheesecake with peaches is heavenly delicious. Any fruit with matching Jell-O flavor will work well with this recipe creating a different tasting dessert. This is a classic European recipe and a perfect summer treat.

Croatian Blitva

Croatian Blitva

Blitva (meaning Swiss chard) is a traditional peasant dish from Croatia. Very popular, usually served as an addition to meat or fish. Can be enjoyed with a poached egg or eaten alone, warm or cold. Healthy and unforgettable.

Beet salad2

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.

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.

Pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Bread

This is a very special pumpkin bread recipe. It comes from the “Joy of Cooking” book. The loaf can be made with any mushed squash, sweet potatoes, yams or pumpkin. What makes it truly unique is the addition of spices, nuts and dried fruit.

Gingerbread cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft gingerbread cookies with honey and sour cream can be made up to two weeks before Christmas. They are irresistible and come out perfectly rolled thin or thick. They can be used for hanging on a Christmas tree. Seasoned with spices to satisfy both kids and adults. Cookies will stay fresh, kept in an airtight container. The recipe makes 40-50 gingerbread cookies.

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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.

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 …

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.

eggplant

Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

Eggplant in tomato sauce is uncomplicated and mouth-watering. This dish originates from Turkey and can be made ahead of time. It has a purely vegetarian taste and is light and flavorful. It is a family favorite.

pumpkin muffin

Pumpkin Muffins

These pumpkin muffins are soft and full of flavor with just a hint of orange, cinnamon and nutmeg. They will lift your mood and will make you feel warm on a cold morning.

Apple cake2

Apple Cake

This apple cake is so easy that a person with no baking experience will successfully make it. Additionally, this is a fast and delicious cake made with only a few ingredients. For me, this cake recipe serves as a last minute dessert or something I make when I have leftover apples that do not look too attractive anymore (the kind with wrinkled skin, etc.)

old-fashioned brownies

Old-Fashioned Brownies

Old-fashioned brownies are based on the recipe from the 1952 edition of “Joy of Cooking”. My family loves this cake and calls it “the best brownie we ever ate”. These “fudge squares” (as they were also called) are irresistibly chewy and delightfully chocolatey. This is as a result of the recipe using a significant amount of butter and real chocolate.  The preparation is very quick and the batter should be baked in a shallow (9×13 inch) pan.  The cake is not tall but it produces a natural crust. When it is cold, it needs to be cut into squares. The original recipe suggests 1 x 2 inch bars (54 in total).

kapusta polska2

Polish Fried Cabbage

Polish fried cabbage is prepared by stewing shredded cabbage in a small amount of water and then finishing it with a classic roux. This last touch is probably where the name “kapusta zasmażana” (fried cabbage) comes from. The roux (zasmażka) thickens the remaining liquid and makes the cabbage glisten. The dish is finished with a generous amount of fresh dill. This addition makes all the difference. The flavor is light, slightly sweet, and unforgettable. Traditionally, fried cabbage accompanies fried or roasted meats. In some regions of Poland, people make this cabbage with bacon or stewed meat. They serve it as a main dish with a side of mashed potatoes.

Chocolate Pecan Banana Bread

Chocolate pecan banana bread is by far the best type of banana bread I have ever had. Surprisingly, it is lighter and less sticky than typical banana bread and, in my opinion, more flavorful and elegant-looking. In this recipe, there is a good balance of chocolate and nuts. Using half the amount of nuts than chocolate benefits the overall palette of this cake. Pecans can be substituted with walnuts with a slightly less mild taste. Additionally, rum can be added to spice it up a little, although many people will prefer it more mellow in taste.

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Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi translates to potato (Aloo) and cauliflower (Gobi) curry. There are different versions of Aloo Gobi. This recipe makes a Punjabi style (North Indian) dish, which means that there is no sauce, and the vegetables are sautéed with oil in their juices and with spices.  This curry is easy and quick to make; the …

Bok Choy

Bok Choy Soup

Vegetarian Bok Choy soup is light and full of savory flavor. It is based on a Chinese-style soup recipe with some shortcuts. In this version, vegetarian broth can be substituted with water flavored with Better than Bouillon vegetable base or a vegetable bouillon cube. I also like to use dried shiitake mushrooms and soak them …

mandarin orange

Mandarin Orange Muffins

Mandarin Orange Muffins are a delightful morning snack, with a subtle citrus flavor and light texture. The recipe is simple to follow and uses just a few basic ingredients, including mandarin oranges and their syrup. These muffins are a great alternative to sweeter options, with a delicate balance of sweetness and tanginess that pairs beautifully …

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Beet Salad with Onions

I love beets and this beet salad with onions is one of my favorite side salads. Served cold, it will complement any meat dish. The beets can be baked unpeeled the day before. Assembly is quick and simple. The onions add crunch and a bit of spice. For people who do not favor the intense …

shortbread cake with blueberries

Shortbread Cake with Blueberries and Pudding Foam

The Shortbread Cake with Blueberries and Pudding Foam is light and delicate. You can probably guess that I am not talking about calories, but rather the texture and feel of this dessert.  My favorite time to bake it is in the summer when blueberries, raspberries, and peaches are in-season.

emeril's pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake by Emeril Lagasse came to me by chance. I was immediately drawn to it in one of my feeds for its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps. I knew right away that I could bake this cheesecake with ease and decided to give it a try.
The result exceeded my expectations. This is by far one of the best tasting cheesecakes I have ever made.

Polish gingerbread

Polish Gingerbread- Piernik

Polish Gingerbread-Piernik is traditionally baked around Christmastime. The original name comes from old Polish word “Pierny” which means peppery. The cake is moist and spicy, flavored with honey and an earthy mixture of spices. Piernik has a long history in Polish culture, dating back to the Middle Ages, when it was considered a luxury food reserved for the wealthy.

Couscous chickpea salad

Couscous and Chickpea Salad

This Couscous and Chickpea Salad recipe is inspired by the viral “Jennifer Aniston salad”.  I used parenthesis in naming the salad due to the fact that the recipe for this dish does not come directly from the actress but was made up by the internet. Nevertheless, the salad is tasty and nutritious, ideal for meatless lunch. It also serves as an excellent side to grilled or fried meats.

curried butternut squash soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup is a delicious and unique alternative to traditional recipes that typically include apples or carrots and sage. The addition of curry spices and coconut milk give the soup a warm and complex flavor. Grated cheddar cheese, when sprinkled on top of it, melts perfectly, creating a creamy and savory element.

Peach streusel cake

Peach Streusel Cake

I have to say that this Peach Streusel Cake is one of the loveliest coffee cakes I have ever made. It’s always so satisfying to create a dish that exceeds your expectations. 

celeriac soup

Celeriac Soup

Celeriac Soup is a hidden gem, offering a unique take on vegetable soups that has quickly become my go-to choice for chilly winter nights. Its unique flavor and creamy texture make it a delicious and comforting option for any occasion.

Pickled onion

Pickled Onions

European settlers brought their pickling traditions to the Americas, introducing pickled onions to the region. In the United States, they became a popular condiment in the South, often served with barbecue and other meats. Today, people around the world enjoy pickled onions in various forms. For example, in India, pickled onions are flavored with spices …