Hello, my name is Kat. I hope you enjoy my collection of tasty dinner, lunch and breakfast recipes, influenced by my Eastern European roots as well as the amazing chefs like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. As a mom, I put a lot of emphasis on healthy cooking with locally grown and organic ingredients. In the gardening section of my site, you will find some tips on growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. I hope this blog helps make your day in the kitchen just a little easier. Be sure to sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of the page. Pinky promise not to spam you, and only send the new recipes, and gardening tips your way on occasion. Good luck and Happy Cooking and Gardening!

 

Recipes

Being a busy parent, I tend to pick recipes that are easy to make, and consist of the ingredients that are fairly common. I am also happy to share my collection of recipes of traditional Russian dishes, such as borsch and other soups and stews perfect for a long winter season. You can learn how to make some of my family’s favorites, such thin crepes that go great with fillings such as homemade fruit preserves, sour cream, and of course, caviar.

For special occasions, I particularly recommend my collection of french and European desserts.

Finally, be sure to check out my MENUS section, where I will share the recipe combinations that worked for me. When you try them out, be sure to contact me with your suggestions, and experiences.

 

Recipe of the Week

Kat's Truffles
Salad Niçoise

Salad Niçoise

This is such an easy yet absolutely fabulous dish. It is visually pleasing and can be mostly done in advance. Enjoy it with a favorite glass of white wine.

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Roasted Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes

We’ve lost count as to how many times we have made this dinner. Roasted Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes is a dish on it’s own. Easy and delicious!

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Roasted Salmon

Roasted Salmon

This is by far our favorite out of all the fish recipes. Quick, easy, and so delicious. Make it with a salad or with asparagus. The options are endless.

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Asparagus Kielbasa Frittata

Asparagus Kielbasa Frittata

Quick and easy to make. This is a wonderful dish for either breakfast, brunch or lunch. Serve with some fresh croissants, coffee and a mimosa.

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Radish Salad

Radish Salad

This Radish Salad does not get any easier. Combine all of the ingredients and serve. Makes a wonderful side dish for any occasion.

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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

These macaroons are easy, fast to make, and delicious. They are by far the most popular out of all the desserts that I have made. Enjoy!

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Nutella Crêpes with Caramelized Bananas

Nutella Crêpes with Caramelized Bananas

Oh my! Serve no more than two crepes per person or a post meal nap may be in order. It’s a whole meal on its own. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Lazy Sunday Beef Stew

Lazy Sunday Beef Stew

This is a great stew for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Brown everything, combine and let the oven do it’s magic as you enjoy a catnap or a good book.

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Grilled Ham Sandwich

Grilled Ham Sandwich

Although you can use any bread and any cheese, good bread and great cheese do make this sandwich just a little bit more special.

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Sautéed Mushrooms

Sautéed Mushrooms

There are a lot of questions on how to clean mushrooms. There are two basic methods. Either brush off each mushroom with a paper towel or wash them.

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Lemon Roast Chicken

Lemon Roast Chicken

The best way to prep this chicken the night before and refrigerate. The next day put it in the oven and dinner is ready. Enjoy!

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Pecan Shorties

Pecan Shorties

30 minutes and dessert is ready. That is a win win at our house. Quick, easy and so good. We love these little cookies for a nice dessert.

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Chicken Cakes

Chicken Cakes

This is my mother’s go to recipe. Quick, easy and oh so delicious. Makes a great lunch, brunch or dinner. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!

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Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Quick, easy and so delicious – this is our favorite. Make them for lunch, dinner or watching the game. Grab a good beer and enjoy!

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Roulette a lá Russe

Roulette a lá Russe

Unlike the Russian Roulette this one is much tastier with a very pleasant ending. This makes a lovely dish for a dinner party.

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