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How to Blanch Peaches

July 2nd, 2016 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
How to Blanch Peaches

Whatever you may need skinless peaches for: a pie, a dessert or a salad, or anything else, here is step-by-step instructions how to skin them.

Ripe but somewhat firm peaches are easiest to blanch, so pick these if you have some choice.

It is important to not overcook peaches during blanching, especially if they are on the soft side, or peaches will get mushy and somewhat hard to work with after blanching.

Boiled Beef Tongue

June 18th, 2016 in Appetizers & Snacks, Beef, Main Dishes, Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
Boiled Beef Tongue

Boiled beef tongue is one of foods I love from the childhood, I love the taste, and it also is nutritious and easily digestible and is a good source of protein.

Boiled beef tongue is a perfect dish on its own, that is you can serve it with a side. But it can be also used for sandwiches, or be sliced into a salad, or be used in further cooking.

Now, cooking time for beef tongue will vary greatly depending on it size and age. It will be anywhere between 2 and 4 hours. So start testing readiness at about 2 hours mark of boiling.

Broth prepared from cooking beef tongue with vegetables tastes great as well, you can use it for a soup or some other cooking, just discard roots and use fresh ones at that point if needed.

Summer Squash and Spinach Soup-Puree

June 4th, 2016 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Summer Squash and Spinach Soup-Puree

Recipe for pretty light soft soup-puree made of summer squash, spinach and milk. And isn’t this radiant green color fantastic?

Any kind of summer squash or combination of these will work for this recipe I think, I used young zucchini and yellow squash.

Use milk for lighter version (I’ve used milk here) or half-half for reacher one.

Also, I’ve cooked fresh spinach for this recipe, but I think frozen may work as well if added to the pot later in the process to avoid overcooking, the color maybe vary in this case.

Oven Roasted Veggies with Fajita Spices

May 21st, 2016 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Sides by Julia Volhina
Oven Roasted Veggies with Fajita Spices

Potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus and onions infused with fajita and some other spices and roasted in the oven is perfect dish on its own if you want more veggies in your diet, or great side dish for meat or chicken entree.

Cooking time for this dish in will vary depending on size of potato and cauliflower pieces. Potato in general will take more time to cook than other vegetables, slice it in smaller pieces and check its readiness with a knife before turning the oven off.

I used virgin olive oil spray here, spraying is a way more convenient than just pouring, it also helps to cut amount of oil to necessary minimum. However pouring oil will work as well.

Baked Chicken Thighs in Mustard Soy Sauce

May 7th, 2016 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Baked Chicken Thighs in Mustard Soy Sauce

Chicken thighs baked in mustard and soy sauce is one of these recipes to use when you need to cook something delicious while spending minimum effort on it.

All you need to do is to whip a sauce together, cover chicken with it and stick it into the oven – cooking doesn’t get any easier than this.

Chicken thighs are juicy and easy to cook without much risk of over drying the meat, so this recipe produces very tender and juicy chicken meat with a hint of spices from curry and mustard.

Deep Fried Pork Rolls with Pickles

April 23rd, 2016 in Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina
Deep Fried Pork Rolls with Pickles

Pork rolls with a hint of mustard and pickles inside is not a healthiest recipe out there (due to pork and deep frying) but definitely interesting one to try at some point.

I like to use boneless country style pork ribs cut for this recipe. This cut is usually tender and juicy and easy to flatten into soft cutlets. However another soft pork cut may work here as well.

Make sure meat you use doesn’t have excess amount of fat and other connective tissue, or rolls will get harder to cook through (these I used for pictures had a bit too much of it, but I couldn’t find better one), use meat which has more meat in it with a bit of fat around it.

Italian Sausage Pasta

April 9th, 2016 in Chicken, Main Dishes, Pasta by Julia Volhina
Italian Sausage Pasta

This pasta dish recipe is greatly inspired by Zuppa Toscana you can find in “Olive Garden” here in US.

It has distinct Italian taste (thanks to spices in sausage), creamy parmigiano reggiano sauce and any pasta you want, all though I suggest using whole wheat linguini pasta for healthier option.

Using of hot Italian sausage rather than mild one will make the dish hotter obviously, mixing both is an option too.

Serve Italian Sausage Pasta for dinner or lunch, serve it hot, it tastes better fresh, not reheated. Stated amount of ingredients yields exactly 2 portions, adjust amounts if you need more or less.