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Clam Chowder

February 11th, 2017 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Clam Chowder

This is my take on New England Clam Chowder, which I love and always wanted to learn to cook it, and somehow always hesitated.

It appeared not as hard as I thought it would. And it doesn’t take too much time to cook this fragrant and warm soup for a cold winter day. Listed amount of ingredients will produce 3-4 portions.

As many seafoods, it is important to not overcook clams, or they will harden and will become chewy. If you like bigger pieces of clam use chopped clams, minced clams are smaller.

Don’t skip on bacon, it gives the chowder that distinctive smoky taste.

Italian Sausage Soup with Cauliflower

December 31st, 2016 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Italian Sausage Soup with Cauliflower

Cauliflower and vegetables soup infused with Italian spices and cream is another creation perfect for cold winter weather: it fills and warms you up.

And that fact that this soup is pretty easy and quick to do if just another reason to try it out.

Fresh chicken broth works perfect here, however good grade boxed broth is a good option too.

Sometimes I use broth from boiling chicken thighs for salads and such, to not waste a good stuff.

If you are looking for more heat use hot Italian sausage instead of mild one or in addition to it.

Pan Fried Potatoes with Onion and Bacon

December 17th, 2016 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Pan Fried Potatoes with Onion and Bacon

Everything tastes better with bacon. And potatoes are not an exception here: use smoked bacon fat to fry potatoes for an extra twist on otherwise usual taste and you will get traditional Bratkartoffel (German style pan fried potatoes with bacon).

Because of amount of fat, this is probably not the healthiest recipe in the world, but it is for sure a delicious one.

Serve pan fried potatoes with pretty much any meat, they pair great with any kind of schnitzels or sausage.

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.

Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan

April 25th, 2015 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Sides by Julia Volhina
Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan

Creamy potato and parmesan cheese casserole which can be served as a side or a main dish.

It is pretty easy to do, and can be a great choice if you need to bring something with you to a cookout.

Left overs can be easily stored in fridge and re-heated in microwave.

Shrimp, Egg and Potato Layered Salad

February 8th, 2014 in Salads by Julia Volhina
Shrimp, Egg and Potato Layered Salad

This salad is often referred to as “Shrimps Under Fur Coat” salad, here two shrimp layers are dressed in layer of grated potatoes, eggs, mayo and topped with red caviar.

I know red caviar is not something people here buy and eat all that often, but if you decide to try this salad I suggest to get caviar from the local european or russian store.

This salad need some time to settle down after assembling, so prepare it at least 6 hours prior to serving.

Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup)

June 22nd, 2013 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Zuppa Toscana (Italian Sausage Soup)

Zuppa toscana (or italian sausage soup with skin on potatoes, bacon and kale) is one of the reasons I usually go to Olive Garden for. Now with this recipe I don’t have to anymore (but I still can :), they also have neat tiramisu).

This soup has very distinctive italian taste because of spices in sausage. By the way either mild italian chicken meat mix with spices or sausages themselves will work for this recipe. I think meat mix is a bit easier to handle.

Using canned broth for this recipe is easier and saves time, but isn’t absolutely necessary, you can cook the broth yourself.

Serve this soup hot, that way it will provide nice warm feeling especially on cold weather. If you need to reheat the soup leftovers, don’t overheat it, just bring to light simmer and serve.