Side Dish

Cayenne Chili Poppers

Cayenne Chili Poppers

I was talking to Alona one day and found out she had never had Jalapeno poppers before. I guess that makes sense since she’s Ukrainian and that’s pretty much an American dish. I figured I should go out and make them. Unfortunately I wasn’t able […]

Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash

It is not surprising that many people are intimidated by butternut squash. This oddly shaped vegetable is in my opinion the best of the winter squashes, but many people seem to avoid it like the plague. This roasted cinnamon butternut squash recipe is a great […]

Crispy Chickpeas

Crispy Chickpeas

Most people’s interaction with chickpeas is with hummus. This middle eastern dish has country specific variations, but it is one of the most iconic chickpea dishes in the world. Recently crispy chickpeas have been getting popular, and I actually made them to use in my […]

Chevre & Blue Cheese Biscuits

Chevre & Blue Cheese Biscuits

I should first start off by mentioning that these are more American style biscuits, than their English cousins. Which means that instead of being a type of cookie, they are a doughy type of bread. These chevre & blue cheese biscuits are in a way […]

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 […]

Vol-Au-Vent With Whitefish Poached In Shiitake Cream Sauce

Vol-Au-Vent With Whitefish Poached In Shiitake Cream Sauce

Just because something has a French name, does not mean it is difficult. This recipe for vol-au-vent with whitefish for example takes less than 20 minutes. Not to mention it’s quite fun to make as well. While a vol-au-vent refers to the puff pastry tower […]

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Banana Smoothie Bowl

After spending a month in Indonesia this past winter both Alona and myself kind of fell in love with smoothie bowls. They are a great way of eating healthy, tasty food. Not to mention getting creative with toppings and trying to make them look pretty. […]

Baked Mushrooms And Feta

Baked Mushrooms And Feta

I just bought some Emile Henry brulee dishes because I had plans to make creme brulee for Alona. However the first thing I made was a simple shiitake mushrooms and feta baked dish for one of our breakfasts. When I made my ribs eggs Benedict, […]

Ukrainian Meatballs (Котлети) Recipe

Ukrainian Meatballs (Котлети) Recipe

See the big pot in that picture? That was the amount of Ukrainian meatballs, or Котлети that Alona‘s babushka made for a holiday party. No, wait, that’s just one pot, there’s another of equal size just outside the frame. These are some of my favorite […]

Ukrainian Liver Cake (Печінковий торт) Recipe

Ukrainian Liver Cake (Печінковий торт) Recipe

This is one of my favorite Ukrainian recipes, and my main request from Alona’s babushka every time I stay over for holidays. This Ukrainian Liver Cake recipe is quite easy, but so delicious and rich. Finally, after four years of eating it, I determined it […]