Sauces, Dressings, and Sides

Ceramic ice cream cone with parchment paper and french fries

Oven Fries

Hello there! I am going to jump right in to it – I am SO happy with this recipe! It’s quick and easy, which is a big deal for homemade french fries. Of course, these are slightly different from restaurant fries. But to me, it’s infinitely better. It’s made with […]

Stainless steel pan with tomato sauce, topped with Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh basil

Tomato Sauce

I used to feel very intimidated by any kind of tomato sauce. Not by the jarred stuff in the store, obviously, but by the process of making it. I tend to practice what I call “intuitive cooking”. I cook a lot, and I like to try things and see how […]

Creamy sauce with greens and bacon in a small wooden bowl

Garlic and Bacon Steak Sauce

Story behind the recipe Any “How I Met Your Mother” fans out there? If you’re not familiar with this early 2000‘s sitcom, it’s a story about a group of friends living in New York City in their 20’s. If that sounds a lot like “Friends” then you are right, as […]

Roasted baby potatoes in a skillet topped with sour cream and greens

Roasted Potatoes with Mushrooms

“Roasted Potatoes” are magical words to a Russian heart. It is something very familiar and comforting for most people. In post-Soviet countries, potatoes are consumed in very large quantities, year round. Roasted potatoes are a quick and easy dinner and are usually accompanied by some kind of smoked or pickled […]

Wooden spoon with Caesar dressing held over plate with cherry tomatoes

Caesar Dressing

My relationship with Caesar salad started when my (now) husband and I were dating, and I noticed that he always ordered a Caesar salad with his dinner when we went out. I was never a fan, seeing how much it varied from place to place and the only thing guaranteed […]

Frying pan with creamy sauce with basil leaves and black pepper

Basil Alfredo Sauce

This Basil Alfredo sauce is composed of a few simple ingredients, but it bursts with flavor and it is sure to elevate any dish. My favorite way to use it is to toss it with Simple Roasted Chicken and steamed broccoli for a quick, but very satisfying and flavorful meal. […]

Browned Brussels sprouts in a baking dish with olive wood spatula

Garlic Brussels Sprouts

My liking of Brussels sprouts is most likely explained by my heritage – anything cabbage is a staple in Eastern European kitchens. However, I know that most people either love them or hate them. My Mother in law hates them and my husband loves them. So it definitely doesn’t run […]