The Best Blueberry Muffins (Secret Ingredient!!)

The Best Blueberry Muffins (Secret Ingredient!!)

These are seriously the best blueberry muffins I have ever made. I learned this recipe from my mother in law who uses an unconventional ingredient to make these muffins so rich and delicious. That secret ingredient? Sour cream! Actually the true secret ingredient is smetana, 

Deruny (Ukrainian Potato Pancakes)

Deruny (Ukrainian Potato Pancakes)

Growing up I loved to eat my Jewish grandmother’s classic potato pancakes. In fact, it was probably one of my favorite foods to eat! When I finally moved to Ukraine about 5 years ago I realized her recipe wasn’t anything unique – it is how 

Syrnyky (Ukrainian Cheese Pancakes)

Syrnyky (Ukrainian Cheese Pancakes)

One of the more popular Ukrainian breakfast dishes is Syrnyky. These are sweet little cheese pancakes usually served with jam, sauce, or syrup. As a traditional food you can find them in plenty of restaurants, although they always seem to taste better when grandma makes 

Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs Every Time

Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs Every Time

Ok, I know fried eggs are literally one of the easiest things to cook. I also know there are people who are just learning how to cook who might not know. Plus, maybe there’s a trick in here to make perfect sunny side up eggs 

Scrambled Eggs with Lox (The NY Scramble)

Scrambled Eggs with Lox (The NY Scramble)

The NY Scramble (Lox Scrambled Eggs) is one of my favorite breakfast dishes to make. It is quick and simple with just a few ingredients, but can be scaled up to serve any number of people. It is a tasty dish and a nice change 

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

So this recipe was kind of an accident. I was originally going to make Vol-Au-Vents because last week I made these vol-au-vents with whitefish poached in a shiitake mushroom cream sauce and I fell in love with that cooking style. This time I was going 

Vatrushka (ватрушка) With Fresh Fruit

Vatrushka (ватрушка) With Fresh Fruit

Vatrushka is a sweet cheese bun that’s popular in Eastern Europe. All throughout countries like Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine you can find these cheese pastries offered, usually for breakfast. This is the second recipe (after Chakhokhbili) that I made from my recently acquired 1939 USSR 

Wild Oyster Mushroom Quiche

Wild Oyster Mushroom Quiche

Two days ago I uploaded the recipe for a delicious Pate Brisee, and the main reason for making that is for my wild oyster mushroom quiche. A quiche is basically an egg based savory tart popular at breakfast or brunch. While the shortcrust pastry is 

Mini Mushroom And Onion Quiche

Mini Mushroom And Onion Quiche

These mini mushroom and onion quiche bites are perfect for entertaining. They can be a passed hors d’ouevre or simply a two bite plate as part of a larger breakfast. I made these along with other dishes when I host brunches so that everyone can 

Pate Brisee (Savory Tart Crust)

Pate Brisee (Savory Tart Crust)

Pate Brisee, or in the proper French: Pâte brisée, is one of the most popular types of pie crusts. This was actually the second thing I learned to make when I was in France (the first being a simple baguette of course). In English this