Main Dishes

Small bowl of vareniki: Russian dumplings with potato and onions

Vareniki: Russian Potato Dumplings

Hello and welcome back to another recipe from Russia, with love! Earlier this year I shared with you a recipe for meat dumplings called Pelmeni. Juicy, comforting, filling, lovely Pelmeni. Vareniki is made with the exact same dough but uses a different filling. It also has a slightly different shape. […]

Bowl of Okroshka: Russian cold summer soup, greens, white napkin

Cold Summer Soup: Russian Okroshka

Some of my fondest childhood memories are from our weekend summer trips to Dacha. Dacha is a summer home, but it is far from luxurious! More often than not, it’s a tiny house with old, mismatched furniture built on farmland. We would go there in the morning (it’s ways away […]

Four halves of prosciutto, mozzarella and provolone sandwich on crinkled brown paper

Prosciutto, Mozzarella, and Provolone Sandwich

One of my first jobs in the US was at a local Italian restaurant. And one of the things I remember vividly was their bread. Crusty, golden-brown loaves were piled on a table releasing a firework of crumbs upon contact with the knife. It was messy, delicious, filling, crunchy on […]

Plate of pork rinds, melted cheese, ground beef, jalapeño, tomatoes, avocado, radish

Pork Rinds Nachos with Ground Beef

A case for pork rinds Are you familiar with pork rinds? I wasn’t until a couple of years ago. During the transition to the keto diet, I spent a lot of time researching the recipes and adjusting my cooking and purchasing to the new standards. Almost everything was familiar, except […]

Shrimp in creamy lemon and garlic sauce topped with green onions

Creamy Lemon Garlic Shrimp

After working for what felt like ages on my most recent Pelmeni post, I am excited to get back to regularly scheduled programming. That recipe took a very long time but I had to keep reminding myself about quality vs. quantity. And even though I wholeheartedly agree with that and […]

Russian meat dumplings - pelmeni - with sour cream and green onion

Pelmeni: Russian Meat Dumplings

I have a very silly memory of talking to my friend when we were kids. Somehow we got to talking about food and pelmeni in particular. Before we knew it, we got into an argument about who loved them more. (We must have been really hungry). I remember her saying […]

Mashed potatoes topped with short ribs and fresh thyme

Slow Roasted Beef Short Ribs

As I prepare to close out 2020, I wanted to share a simple and comforting recipe with you. It doesn’t have much of a back story other than I tried making it for the first time and loved it. Which I guess is a good story in and of itself. […]

Salmon roasted with salt and pepper

How to Cook The Perfect (Wild) Salmon

Story behind the recipe I have always loved salmon, but our local Wegman’s took it to a whole new level when they introduced their wild caught salmon. Either I haven’t noticed it before, or I never tasted salmon that good. I am now spoiled with it and can’t go back to […]

Non stick skillet with Italian sausage, bell peppers, spinach and onions

Easy Dinner: Italian Sausage with Peppers

Italian Sausage is one of the very few things I always have on hand. I could sing praises to it all day, every day, because it truly deserves it. It is relatively inexpensive, especially when you evaluate what you get. It’s full of healthy fats, it’s delicious and perfectly seasoned, […]