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 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
There is nothing like a warm loaf coming out of the oven. As it starts baking, the house is permeating with the smell of baking bread. Short of flowers in the house, or a Boeuf Bourguignon this is my most favorite aroma to come home to.read more
INGREDIENTS Makes 5-6 Servings 3 lbs. beef cut to 2-inch cubes 1 large yellow onion sliced into semi circles or diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 large carrots cut into ½ inch long chunks 1 tb tomato paste 3 cups good light red wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon works 2 cups...read more
INGREDIENTS Makes 3-4 Servings 1 tomato diced 1 cucumber diced 1 tb sour cream 1/2 tspn salt <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><!-- Front page - 2 (mobile,...read more
What a wonderful appetizer! Whip up the feta in advance and on the day of your dinner party just slice the bread and prep the tomatoes.read more
INGREDIENTS Makes 3-4 Servings For the Crepes 2 cups milk 1 cup all purpose flour 2 extra large eggs Pinch of Salt 2 tspns sugar (optional) 6 tablespoons butter, divided <script async...read more
One of the easiest recipes ever. Top this with ice cream or for a little extra decadence, top with whipped merengue and give it a quick flash under the broiler for a Baked Apples Alaska. 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
I can’t stop eating this. Serve it with chicken or with crepes. This is a Cranberry Sauce that we eat all throughout the year.read more
Boil the eggs in advance and all you’ll need to do is blanch the asparagus, make the croutons and serve. Serve with Roasted Salmon and dinner is ready!read more
This recipe is 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. Serve it with a nice glass of wine and good bread and you are good to go. As I am cooking and dicing everything a certain calm comes over me and for some reason this dish always makes a great ending to my day no matter how challenging.read more
First invented out of necessity post World War II. This truffle recipe is a staple in any Russian household during the holidays.read more
Chocolatey, gooey and absolutely gigantic cookies. This cookie goodness has a little secret ingredient touch as well. This is our favorite of cookies.read more
Easy quick and so delicious. Use it for breakfast, brunch or just because. We hope you enjoy these Lemon Crepes as it is one of our favorites.read more
This is by far the easiest Trout recipe ever. The lemon and orange give it a perfect flavor to enjoy with a nice glass of Sancerre.read more