This is a collection of quick and easy Russian and European Food Recipes. You will everything from easy-to-make breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to my tried and tested gametime favorites, as well as delicious and lavish French and Russian desserts. 

No Knead Bread

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.

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...

Easiest Salad Ever

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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.

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...

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.


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.

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.

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.

Tomato Gratin

Absolutely delectable and yet easy dish for dinner or brunch. Serve this tomato gratin with your favorite meat and a nice wine and enjoy.

Russian Braid

There is the Danish Braid and this is my Russian Braid. The black currant gives a very original taste but feel free to use any favorite berries.

Hangover Omelette

This omelet is not just for a hangover. Serve it for dinner with a side of salad and a nice crisp white wine. This is one of our favorite go to’s for an easy dinner

Banana Bread

The banana bread to end all banana breads. Serve it with some Sweetened Condensed Milk and you will not regret it. This loaf doesn’t last a day in our house.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Kat’s Boeuf Bourguignon

First tried from the Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – this is my version. Serve it with potatoes, butter noodles, pasta or even rice.

Roasted Potatoes

Serve this as a side dish to a steak along with some roasted asparagus and a nice red wine. Easy and no hassle cooking is the point of this recipe.

Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus has never been my favorite vegetable until I learned this recipe. Use it as a side dish to steak or fish and you won’t be disappointed

Torte à la Russe

This Torte is delicious. Did I mention super easy to make? Makes 1 8.5 inch Torte. For some extra decadence, top with the Triple Berry Sauce in this recipe.

Crème Puffs

This recipe may be done a day in advance to have the crème puffs filled on the second day. It is impossible in our home not to eat all of these right away.

Mini Pear Pies

The most scrumptious pear pies! Delicately poached and then wrapped with puff pastry and baked. The key to this pastry is making sure that you let the pears cool to just about room temperature before wrapping it in the pastry. The pears can be poached about a day in advance prior to baking.

Kat’s Russian Borsht

I prefer this soup very thick, meaning full of loads of meat and vegetables so that it is a meal on its own. You are welcome to reduce the ingredients or add more liquid. There are about as many variations to this soup as there are cooks. Every cook has their own version, this is mine. I prefer the meaty bouillon but I do not add soup bones because I find that it makes the soup entirely too heavy, especially with all that meat.

Rappée Morvandelle

This is a classic recipe that is by far one of my favorites. It makes a great lunch. Serve it with chicken soup, garnished with tomatoes and sour cream.

Berry Galette

A galette is free form, flat and open faced tart. The sky is the limit with a galette. I love to use peaches or any stone fruit, berries, or any fruit.

Herb Crusted Pork

This recipe is absolutely wonderful. I personally prefer it on a bed of mashed potatoes with a salad and young red wine. You can always use dried herbs just use half the amount. This is also my go to recipe for a quick dinner if I have a busy day ahead, or for a lazy Sunday afternoon. I normally marinate the meat first thing in the morning to be cooked for dinner. This way the meat really takes in all the flavors. You can also skip the marinating time and put the meat straight into the oven after rubbing with the mixture.

Chicken Pasta

My family loves this recipe and I hope you will too. This is probably the quickest and easiest pasta that could be. Just add the chicken and veggies.

Hash Brown Quiche

Here is a wonderful idea for a nice winter lunch. To make things easier on yourself make sure to prep everything meanwhile the hash browns are cooking.

Shrimp Salad

Light and perfect for a lunch or a dinner. Easy to make and delicious to eat. Pair it with your favorite white wine such as a Sancerre and dinner is served!

Pineapple Cherry Tart

Tart pineapple gives a lovely combination to the sweet cherries. Make sure to taste the cherries to give you an idea of the overall flavor.

Sausage and Asparagus Rapée Morvandelle

I love Rappée Morvandelle no matter how hard it is to pronounce. This is a different take on the original but we still loved it and hope you will too. Make it the night before and just reheat for breakfast for a quick and easy meal.

Sautéed Cod

This is definitely a weeknight meal. Combine it with some sautéed potatoes, heirloom tomatoes and a nice Riesling a 30 minute dinner becomes so much more!

Merengue Rosettes

Oh my gosh! These are so pretty and delicious. Did I mention super easy to make?! Makes 8 rosettes. Perfect for Mother’s Day or any celebration

Tips for Baking

Have you ever dreaded trying out a new recipe because you knew it would be stressful? Maybe I am the only one that did that, but it took me a long time before I could stop stressing out and started enjoying the different recipes. When it comes to cooking or baking if you know some of the pre-requisites it becomes much easier. Here are a few:

Baked Brie

Hot brie with honey and caramelized walnuts make this one of the easiest and most delicious recipes we can think of. Serve it at your next dinner party.

Apple Crisp

This year was a very good year for our apple trees. Naturally, we have been incorporating them into our every day dishes. The type of apple is really not consequential. It all depends on taste and preference. The key is to get a sort that will hold its shape. I love Golden Delicious and I will often mix them with other varieties. This is a very easy dessert. The recipe calls for 6 ramekins to make individual desserts, but feel free to do the same in an 8”X8” baking dish.

Traditional Russian Crepes

Try these perfectly thin traditional Russian crepes with various fillings, such as sour cream, red or black caviar, condensed milk or Nutella.

Easy Apple Tart

Ridiculously easy to make apple tart. Roll out the dough, lay out the apples, bake and you’re done. Grab a good cup of tea and enjoy.

Chocolate Orange Cake

INGREDIENTS For the candied oranges 2 oranges ¾ cup + 2 tb (200 ml) water ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar Chocolate cake batter ½ cup (75g) golden seedless raisins 10 ½ tb (150g) butter (at room temperature) 1 tb butter for loaf pan (at room temperature) 1 tb flour for...

Frittata with Asparagus and Kielbasa

INGREDIENTS 6 extra large eggs ½ cup Gruyere cheese, finely grated ½ yellow onion, minced ½ cup (approximately 3 oz) asparagus, trimmed and diced on bias into ¼ inch slices ½ cup kielbasa, diced into ¼ inch pieces ¼ tspn salt ¼ tspn pepper 1 tb olive oil INSTRUCTIONS...

Healthy Chicken Drumsticks

INGREDIENTS 10-12 Chicken drumsticks Olive oil 1 tspn salt ½ tspn pepper Optional 3 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks 1 onion peeled and quartered 3-4 medium sized potatoes peeled and halved ½ cup chicken stock INSTRUCTIONS Prep time: 10 minutes  |  Cook...

Coconut Macaroons

INGREDIENTS Makes approximately 26 macaroons 14 oz. sweetened shredded coconut 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk 1 tspn pure vanilla extract 2 extra large egg whites (AT ROOM TEMPERATURE) ¼ tspn kosher salt. 6 oz. dark chocolate (optional)** INSTRUCTIONS Prep time: 10...

Sautéed Potatoes

INGREDIENTS 2-3 potatoes 2 tb olive oil 1 tb butter (optional) ½ txpn kosher salt Parsley (optional) INSTRUCTIONS Prep time: 10 minutes  |  Cook time: 15 minutes Seriously the easiest dish one could think of.  I have tried numerous ways to make these potatoes for the...

Berry Dessert Cups

10 minutes to prep and 1 hour to bake. Prep them ahead of time and throw them in the oven as the guests arrive. These are delicious!

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