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How to Clean a Butternut Squash for Cooking

October 6th, 2018 in Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
How to Clean a Butternut Squash for Cooking

Since a pumpkin and squash season is upon us again, for these of you who wanted to cook and eat some of these but was hesitant to go for it due to fear of “cleaning” and preparing the squash, here is the simple few steps method I use which allows me to do it quick and more importantly pain- and bloodless.

It works the best for smaller size squashes which you can slice across with a knife. For bigger ones just do you best to slice it in manageable slices first and the proceed as described.

The same method will likely to work for other types of squashes and pumpkins.

Arugula and Peach Salad

September 22nd, 2018 in Salads by Julia Volhina
Arugula and Peach Salad

I never was a fan of arugula rather bitter taste, but lately I have weird cravings for it, so I had to get inventive.

As it appears peach does a great job helping balancing arugula in this salad. So if you are like me: trying to get arugula in your diet while not actually liking the taste, this salad is for you.

Parmesan and pine nuts are great addition too.

Spinach Cheese Dip

September 8th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Spinach Cheese Dip

One more recipe to the lineup of appetizers using cream cheese for me. This time it is for hot spinach cream cheese dip with parmesan and garlic.

Good choice if you are looking to increase the amount of leafy greens in your diet.

It is pretty easy to do and you can get a bowl full of goodness ready for your party or gathering literally in minutes.

Serve hot with tortilla chips or veggies.

Chicken and Mushroom Quiche Pie

August 25th, 2018 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Chicken and Mushroom Quiche Pie

This is a variation of a quiche pie with chicken and mushrooms and no crust.

Not a quickest recipe to cook, however as soon as you stick it to the oven, it does not require much attention, just checking the readiness would be the thing to do.

Using pre-cooked chicken (rotisserie or boiled leftovers) is an option here, just fry mushrooms alone and add cooked chicken to the batter. It will speed up the cooking as well.

This pie would taste great for breakfast, lunch or brunch.

Zucchini Rolls with Cream Cheese

August 11th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Zucchini Rolls with Cream Cheese

As zucchini season is in full swing I want to share a recipe for this amazing appetizer: zucchini rolls with cream cheese, garlic and fresh herbs stuffing.

I must say it is one of my favorite finger foods. I think I can eat the whole plate of these by myself.

Use mandoline to slice zucchini here, it will make life much easier and will speed process up a lot.

If you want to reduce oil intake – roasting zucchini in the oven in grilling skillet can be an option to.

Salmon and Cream Cheese Spread

July 28th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Salmon and Cream Cheese Spread

Quick recipe for an appetizer you can put together on a minutes notice (if you have ingredients of course): salmon and cream spread.

Once ready, you can set it up on cucumber slices, or crackers you like. Or in less fancy fashion (and also quicker) spread it on a bread toast.

I used hand blender to here, because I wasn’t sure how my cup blender will react to not-so-liquid mixture. Either one you plan to use, just make sure cream cheese and salmon are well blended into homogeneous mixture.

Fresh Cheese Salad with Ramps

July 14th, 2018 in other by Julia Volhina
Fresh Cheese Salad with Ramps

Ramps are seasonal, and not many stores carry them. I have few recipes for ramps lined up to try but it is always a matter of will I be lucky to find them or not to be able to share.

This year I was lucky to be at the store when local Whole Foods had them for a brief amount of time.

So, long story short, you may not be able to try this until next year when ramps come back, but nevertheless I want to share the recipe for a ramps salad with fresh cheese and eggs.

It is full of vitamin goodness ramps offer and is a great choice for an early spring.

Fresh cheese for this salad can also be hard to find. So either make it yourself or try cottage cheese (if will probably not need mashing, so skip that step if you do)