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Green Beans Fried with Breadcrumbs and Garlic

June 16th, 2018 in Sides by Julia Volhina
Green Beans Fried with Breadcrumbs and Garlic

This is one of variations of traditional Ukrainian dish featuring green beans (“lopatky” or “лопатки”) fried with breadcrumbs and seasoned with garlic.

Green beans are pretty easy and quick to cook. The major trick for me is to not overcook them (I like beans crunchy, not too soft). So testing beans softness from time to time while simmering them is a key. Take them off the burner as soon as ready.

These taste the best when served straight from the skillet: warm and fragrant.

Chicken and Cabbage Patties

May 19th, 2018 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Chicken and Cabbage Patties

Getting inventive with chicken patties: using cabbage instead of bread or breadcrumbs as filler.

I must say these are a hit: juicy and very tasty.

And so quick and easy to do, especially if you use ready to go minced chicken meat and food processor for cabbage and onion.

These patties taste great with potatoes or grains (I served these with boiled buckwheat), salads as well are great choice here.

Pasta with Asparagus and Parmesan

April 21st, 2018 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Pasta by Julia Volhina
Pasta with Asparagus and Parmesan

Good recipe for no-meat linguine or fettuccine pasta.

Pretty quick to make, nothing sophisticated, plain and simple steps to follow, as quick as cooking pasta itself.

Secret chief’s secret: don’t overcook asparagus and don’t burn garlic, that is about it.

Great recipe when you are short on time and need to eat.

Cilantro Lime Shrimps

March 24th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Cilantro Lime Shrimps

Discovered this simple way to dress boiled shrimps while trying to recreate a similar one from Costco: marinate boiled shrimps in lime juice, spices and cilantro.

Of course the taste is not exactly the same as of Costco ones, but the list of ingredients is also much shorter.

These shrimps can be served on their own as appetizer or added to salads or tacos.

Using already cooked, peeled and deveined shrimps like I did will save a lot of time, if you want to cook and/or clean shrimps yourself, factor the time in for it.

Mushroom and Chicken Stuffed Pasta

October 7th, 2017 in Chicken, Main Dishes, Pasta by Julia Volhina
Mushroom and Chicken Stuffed Pasta

It took me awhile to get back to stuffing some pasta shells after first attempt. So second recipe is featuring mushroom, chicken and cheese stuffing with cheese sauce on top.

A little bit heavy (pasta, cream, cheese), but also totally delicious I must say.

Not to hard to do, however will take some time to cook. And since leftovers can be easily reheated, can be great for lunch next day or two.

Pasta shells have tendency to break when cooked, so I usually boil few extra to make sure I have enough.

Homemade Chickpea Hummus

July 15th, 2017 in Sauces & Dips & Spreads, Sides by Julia Volhina
Homemade Chickpea Hummus

Got a can or two of chickpeas stuck in the pantry? Or boiled a cup too many of garbanzo beans and looking for creative way to use them? Try this homemade hummus recipe.

It takes about 5 mins to make and you get a fresh batch of hummus to eat with your favorite vegetables, pita bread, chips or for further use in other recipes.

For this recipe I cooked beans from scratch. If you do the same save some of the water beans are cooked in and use it instead of water in this recipe.

Beer Pork Roast

July 1st, 2017 in Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina
Beer Pork Roast

Perfect pork roast made of few ingredients: turns out juicy and tasteful. It is pretty easy to cook, doesn’t require much cooking skills if any at all.

This pork roast tastes great warm fresh from the oven, as well as cooled down. Pairs well with roasted vegetables or a salad.

Marinating will require few hours and can go over night if needed.

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