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Basil Pesto Sauce

September 10th, 2016 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Basil Pesto Sauce

There are so many ways to enjoy basil pesto sauce. It is perfect for dipping bread, works great as salad dressing, pasta or pizza sauce, or pesto butter. Toss some cooked chicken with it to give a salad or a wrap some extra kick. Sky is a limit.

Already pre-made pesto sauces from the store are an option too, however nothing beats freshly homemade one.

And it is pretty easy to do too: just plug all ingredients into a blender, chop until smooth and then mix cheese in.

Pecorino cheese may be hard to find, using shredded parmesan should work as well.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce for Seafood

January 26th, 2013 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce for Seafood

Nice and quick recipe for simple sauce to serve with seafood: crab legs, mussels, clams, lobsters, etc.

You can use use fresh garlic or garlic powder, as well as fresh lemon or lemon juice, whatever is at your disposal.

When served, make sure it can be kept warm enough to prevent butter from thickening.

Cranberry Sauce for Meat

November 17th, 2012 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Cranberry Sauce for Meat

Cranberry sauce seem to be one of traditional dishes served on Thanksgiving dinner.

Since I didn’t have many of these (being in US for about 4 years now and not having family here) I had to do a bit of research to find a recipe.

I apologize in advance if the recipe doesn’t look too traditional. Please, feel free to share yours in comments, I promise to try them out!

Pasta with Chicken and Mushroom Sauce

September 29th, 2012 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Pasta with Chicken and Mushroom Sauce

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.

Homemade Mayo with Egg Yolks and Mustard

August 4th, 2012 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Homemade Mayo with Egg Yolks and Mustard

I am surprised how hard it is to find decent quality mayonnaise here, in States. For a while we were getting away with mayo from the local European store. But for some reason they recently ran out of the brand I liked and stopped carrying it.

So I was left out to make my mayo myself. After all it is also better to know what the mayo you eat is made of, that is: egg yolks, mustard, oil, vinegar, salt and sugar to taste, that is it.

Whatever tools you use for mixing, mayo make sure that mixing part can reach all sides and bottom of the mixing bowl, it is important that the oil is mixed in completely and it should not sit on the sides.

I used hand blender with wire mixing attachment which only has fast speed, so I had to pulse it so it doesn’t overheat (keeping handle vertical helped prevent spilling). I also had to make sure to keep cap from rotating, I would prefer to have 3 hands to make it more elegant: one to hold cap, one to hold blender and one to gradually pour oil in.

Tomato and Basil Sauce

April 30th, 2011 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads by Julia Volhina
Tomato and Basil Sauce

This light tomato based sauce will add a hint of mediterranean cuisine to any dish.

It goes great with fried or grilled vegetables (e.g. zucchini and eggplants); seafood (mussels and shrimps) and meats; it also can be served as pasta sauce.

Sweet tomatoes are the best fit this recipe. If you prefer to remove seeds, choose pulpy tomatoes, it will be easier.

Boiled Cauliflower with White Sauce

April 9th, 2011 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Boiled Cauliflower with White Sauce

Adding a sauce will make almost any food more interesting, that is why sauces were invented after all, and they are good not only with meats. Vegetables may use some sauce help as well.

So here it goes: cook boiled (yes simply like this!) cauliflower and pour white sauce over it – you will get delicious dish, not a boring vegetables.

I came by this simple recipe while looking though old cook book released probably even before I was born (ironical enough its title translated from russian is “Modern homemade cuisine”) and I liked it. I think, you will find some more recipes adopted from this book later in this blog.