April 20th, 2013 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina
This recipe is not so budgety, prices for veal in US are somewhat high, but I like veal meat: it is lean and tender.
To reduce cost a bit, another part of veal can be substituted for scallopini here, pieces should be sliced thin, beef will do too but may need to be cooked longer to be tender.
Use any kind of white wine you like, it can be also served later with the course.
April 13th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, Turkey by Julia Volhina
This is another experiment with turkey meat, which I am not very familiar with. And I must say I like how it turned out.
I used ground turkey breast meat, but thighs would do good as well, or a combination of these.
This recipe is good choice for lunch or dinner, leftovers can be stored in fridge and warmed up before serving.
April 6th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina
Easy and quick to make dish for summer squashes or zucchini. I actually used both to make this dish looking more festive.
I believe it is also light, especially if amount of oil used is reduced to minimum, squashes are actually being cooked in their own juices.
Seared squashes can be served as a dish on its own or as a side dish for a meat main course.
March 30th, 2013 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
This dip is one of my US discoveries, along with celery stalks which I never tried before I came here.
These two I can eat together endlessly, as an appetizer, a side or just a snack. It just made a lot of sense to learn to mix the dip from scratch myself.
Blue cheese dip goes great with fresh vegetables (e.g. celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower), spicy chicken wings or as a fresh salad dressing (I would suggest to put a bit more kefir to the mix in this case).
March 23rd, 2013 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina
Another spring-envy salad, probably not as light as one would want, mostly because of mayo. But in this one I wouldn’t suggest to replacing mayo with sour cream or yoghurt.
It doesn’t take much time to prepare, about 15 mins of mostly chopping. Boil eggs in advance, let them cool down till room temperature before adding to the salad.
Prepare this salad right before serving for best taste.
March 16th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina
This is my attempt to adjust russian fresh pancake recipe to use domestic ingredients. Main ingredient – russian fresh white cheese – has much thicker consistency than cottage cheese which you can usually buy in the store.
By the advice of one of this blog readers, I tried cottage cheese produced by Friendship brand and the result turned out pretty good. Main challenge was to find a proper amount of flour, with about half of cup pancakes turned out very tender, but not too hard to handle.
If pancakes break when you try to flip them, make them smaller, these will be easier to handle. Enjoy for breakfast of brunch!
March 9th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina
I am maybe getting old: firstly I was putting off this recipe for far too long, secondly after I finished up with assembling these dumplings, I could feel my back.
Nevertheless here is recipe: ukrainian handmade dumplings stuffed with potato and mushroom mix.
You can boil them as soon as they are assembled, or you can freeze them up and boil right before serving. No thawing in necessary.
Already boiled dumplings can be warmed up on a skillet with a bit of butter.