Salmon and Potato Chowder with Cream

October 13th, 2012 in Hot Soups, Soup Recipes by Julia Volhina

There is no better food for crispy fall weather than a cup of thick freshly cooked hot chowder.

This chowder is prepared using salmon and potato as main ingredients and cream and potato starch for thickening. Lemon is optional and can be omitted.

You can regulate thickness to your taste by adding more or less of the starch.

Chicken Meat Roasted with Pineapple and Bananas

October 6th, 2012 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

This easy yet very tasty chicken meat roast is perfect choice for romantic or family dinner.

If you buy pre-packaged boneless skinless chicken thighs (like me) all you need to do is to arrange them in baking pan, cover with layers of pineapple chunks, bananas slices, mayo and cheese, then stick pan to the oven.

Serve hot with mashed potatoes or rice.

Pasta with Chicken and Mushroom Sauce

September 29th, 2012 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Creamy chicken and mushroom sauce with feta cheese and parsley will work for any kind of pasta.

Don’t forget that different kinds of pasta require different time for cooking: check instructions on pasta package and adjust steps accordingly so both sauce and pasta are ready approximately in the same time.

By the way, white champignons can substitute for brown cremini mushrooms in this recipe.

Yeast Pancakes (Russian Oladi)

September 22nd, 2012 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat by Julia Volhina

Using yeast in batter is pretty common in Russian cuisine. They not only make batter fluffy but gives it a distinctive taste.

Yeast are very picky about temperature: if it is too cold yeast will not start fermenting and if it is too hot yeast will die. Temperature of mixture should be warm and stable.

That is why I usually set my plastic mixing bowl in a cooking pot filled with hot water and I make sure bowl doesn’t touch water so it isn’t too hot to ensure comfortable conditions for yeast to ferment.

Consistency of the oladi batter should be a bit more stiff than kefir. If you fry pancakes and they don’t rise upon frying that may mean the batter is too liquid, to fix it mix in a bit more flour and let batter rise for 10-15 mins before trying again.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Basil Sauce

September 15th, 2012 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Cooking spaghetti squash was yet another food-related discovery for me since we arrived to US.

What makes it interesting is spaghetti-like strands of pulp which can be scooped out with a fork after squash is cooked.

That gives so much room for creativity :) . My first attempt was an easy choice: roast spaghetti squash and mix its pulp with simple tomato and basil sauce.

I hope you will like it.

Minced Fish Cutlets with Rice

September 8th, 2012 in Fish, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Tender fish cutlets can be prepared of many kinds of fish to your choice (I used tilapia fillets for example).

If fish you are planning on using has bones, they will need to removed before mincing, skin can be kept intact (presuming scales and fins removed as well).

Fish cutlets can be served warm or cooled down, boiled whole potatoes or mash potatoes are good side dish for these, a dash of mayo is a nice addition.

Steaks Marinated in Onion Juice

September 1st, 2012 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

A simple recipe to marinate steaks for a cookout: onion juice tenderizes meat without draining its own juices and no need to clean onions themselves as if you would need to do when marinating meat with chopped onions.

I used only salt and ground black pepper as seasonings this time, but other spices can be used to your taste: bay leaf, allspice, paprika, whole peppercorns, whatever you like.

Any meat cut will work here, more lean meats may require more time for marinating.

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