Chicken and Mushroom Salad

December 21st, 2013 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

It is a holiday season. In slavic world rare holiday table will go by without tons of salads, actually none will.

This is why I will try to focus on salad recipes these couple of week (as much as I can, during with my vacation to Ukraine).

This salad recipe calls for just few ingredients: chicken, mushrooms, eggs and mayo are main ingredients. And there is no onions or garlic, which makes this salad a good choice for lunch on a go.

Vegetables with Cream

December 14th, 2013 in No-meat, Side Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Vegetables with cream are pretty easy to cook and they make a great side dish for meat or poultry. It can also be served as a no-meat course.

I used carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets with peas for this recipe, but it will also work good with green beans, zucchini, brussels sprouts, whatever you have on your hands.

The same, you can use either fresh vegetables or frozen ones, or a combination of these. For example, for this recipe I used fresh broccoli and cauliflower with frozen sliced carrots and frozen peas.

Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Pasta

November 30th, 2013 in Main Dish Recipes, No-meat, Pasta by Julia Volhina

This is my first take on stuffed jumbo pasta shells, but I will must say it will not not be last: there are so many stuffings these may work nicely with.

In this recipe pasta is stuffed with five cheeses (ricotta, provolone, mozzarella and romano), fresh parsley and egg mix.

For sauce I tried something new too: that is canned crushed tomatoes, usually I avoid using canned vegetables, but these worked well for sauce and saved me quite some time too.

Flaky Kefir Biscuits

November 23rd, 2013 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina

It was a bit unusual for me to learn that name for this kind of flaky breakfast breads is “biscuits”, at least this is what they are called here in US.

There are variations of biscuits prepared with milk, or buttermilk, my recipe uses kefir. Kefir consistency may vary, for more thick kefir you may need to use more than a cup. For better results, use butter and kefir cooled down directly from fridge.

Flaky kefir biscuits taste perfect when served warm with a slice of butter, for breakfast or brunch.

Chicken with Mustard, Honey and Curry

November 16th, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Unusual combination of ingredients which produces interesting taste results: chicken pieces roasted under sauce made of mixture of melted butter, mustard, honey and curry.

This recipe is good choice for romantic or family dinner, leftovers can be reheated and served for lunch.

You can use chicken thighs (like I did), or drums, or a whole chicken sliced into portion pieces. Please note that drums will require less time for cooking.

Tomato and Chicken Salad

November 9th, 2013 in Salad Recipes by Julia Volhina

Quick to make and simple salad with chicken meat and tomatoes seasoned with mayo and garlic.

Tomatoes will produce juice after cutting, so it is better to assemble this salad right before you plan to serve it.

A lot in this salad will depend on how tasty tomatoes are, so pick good and ripe ones.

Whole Roasted Chicken with Mayo and Garlic

November 2nd, 2013 in Chicken, Main Dish Recipes by Julia Volhina

Whole chicken smeared with mayo and garlic mix and roasted in an oven bag is probably the easiest way to cook a whole chicken.

Oven bag can be replaced by cooking foil, just cover baking pan with chicken in it with one or two layers.

When checking if chicken is cooked through use meat thermometer (around 160F-170F), or go by clear juices produced when you pierce chicken around thigh, or just by time – around 1.5h at 350F.