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!
Being a busy parent, I tend to pick recipes that are easy to make and consist of 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 as 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
One Pan Friday Night Chicken
Every Friday night I want a special treat but something easy. 20 minutes prep and let the oven do the work! One Pan meals are sometimes the best!read more
Let’s talk winter! In the summer we love making our own Sangria but in the winter we love mulled wine. This is the best recipe for a Sunday Afternoonread more
This is a perfect dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Everything can be made a day or so ahead and all you have to do is combine and bake on the day of the party.read more
The ultimate quick bread! These are perfect for breakfast or dinner. 5 minutes prep and 30 minutes in the oven. We are in love with these beauties!read more
Applesauce Muffins 2.0
We’ve gone ahead and stepped up our game on this one. The lemon zest adds a gentle tang and the raisins add a little more flavor.read more
No Knead Bread
There is nothing like a warm loaf coming out of the oven. Serve with butter and jam or with your favorite Boeuf Bourguignon and a good red wine. Enjoy!read more
The ultimate Beef Stew. Onions, beef, carrots, peas make this stew one of our favorites. The long cooking time in the oven makes the meat amazing.read more
Easiest Salad Ever
Seriously, this is the easiest salad you will ever make. Serve it with chicken tenders and pasta, or steak and potatoes, the possibilities are endless.read more
Whipped Feta Crostini
What a wonderful appetizer! Whip up the feta in advance, when ready just slice the bread and prep the tomatoes. Serve with your favorite white wine.read more
Beautifull crepes with 1/10th of the work. So quick to prep and make, this has easily become one of our Family Favorites. Serve with your favorite jam.read more
One of the easiest recipes ever. Top this with ice cream or for a little extra decadence and enjoy with a nice dessert wine.read more
Frittata or Zapekanka, call it as you wish. This dish goes beautifully with a nice Sancerre for brunch or dinner. This is one of our faves!read more
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
This is not your plain store-bought cranberry sauce and we just can’t stop eating it. This is a Cranberry Sauce that we have all throughout the year.read more
This recipe is so good! Make it in the morning or serve it for dessert, your friends, family, and stomach will love you for it.read more
This is one of our favorite dinner recipes even though it’s a breakfast dish. Serve it with a nice glass of wine, good bread and you are good to go.read more