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
Beef Stew

Beef Stew

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...

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Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

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.

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Easy Crepes

Easy Crepes

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...

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Baked Apples

Baked Apples

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.

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Ham Frittata

Ham Frittata

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!

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Not Your Store Bought Cranberry Sauce

Not Your Store Bought Cranberry Sauce

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.

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Asparagus Salad

Asparagus Salad

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!

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Banana Sour Cream Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

This recipe is good! Make it in the morning or serve it for dessert, your friends, family and stomach will love you for it.

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Shakshouka

Shakshouka

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.

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Kat’s Truffles

Kat’s Truffles

First invented out of necessity post World War II. This truffle recipe is a staple in any Russian household during the holidays.

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Ultimate Cookie for Santa

Ultimate Cookie for Santa

Chocolatey, gooey and absolutely gigantic cookies. This cookie goodness has a little secret ingredient touch as well. This is our favorite of cookies.

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Lemon Crépes

Lemon Crépes

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.

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Lemon Orange Trout

Lemon Orange Trout

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.

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Baked Cod

Baked Cod

This is by far one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. Load everything up and let it bake meanwhile you pour yourself a glass of wine.

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