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Beets and Orange Salad with Ginger

December 29th, 2018 in Main Dishes, No-meat, Salads, Sides by Julia Volhina
Beets and Orange Salad with Ginger

All beets lovers out there (how ever many there are of you), this recipe is for you: cooked beets with sweet oranges dressed up with spicy ginger, red wine vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice.

I make this one with roasted beets (wrap washed beets skin on in foil, put them into a pan and stick into oven warmed up to 355F for about 1.5h, or more or less depending on their size).

Boiled ones will work as well (see instructions for boiling beets if needed). I never tried this salad with precooked beets.

Size, taste (and sweetness) of both beets and oranges is something which may vary greatly, so there is a lot “to taste” measurements. You don’t want sweetness to be overpowering (this is where vinegar and salt come to help, using rather sour oranges will help as well). Also people have variable “tolerance” to taste of ginger, start small and add more to taste. Just be creative, you will not be disappointed.

Cauliflower Fried with Eggs and Tomatoes

November 24th, 2018 in Eggs, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Cauliflower Fried with Eggs and Tomatoes

One of these “whatever you have in the fridge” recipes here: in this case it calls for cauliflower, tomatoes, eggs and some greens.

I love cauliflower, fried cauliflower the most, and combination of cauliflower with eggs is one of my favorites.

Cooking cauliflower on skillet will take some time, use a lid to speed things up. I would advise against boiling or steaming cauliflower for this recipe as it will become too watery and will lose the crunch.

Meatballs in Milk Sauce

November 3rd, 2018 in Beef, Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina
Meatballs in Milk Sauce

Not so complicated recipe for meatballs, will take roughly an hour to cook and will produce quite a lot to eat after.

These meatballs taste great straight from the oven or reheated later on. Pair well with mashed potatoes, pasta or grains (like boiled buckwheat here for example).

Trickiest trick here is to not burn the sauce while cooking, just make sure cooking temperature is low enough for light simmer and stir pot from time to time, using thicksided cooking pot or a deep cast iron skillet is a good option too.

Butternut Squash Soup Puree

October 20th, 2018 in Hot Soups, Soups by Julia Volhina
Butternut Squash Soup Puree

With pumpkin and squash season comes time for vegetable soups using said vegetables.

Today’s recipe features butternut squash and some other fine veggies to accompany it.

It is full of veggie goodness, has hint of a spice (which you can tame a bit if you are looking for something less spicy by reducing amount of peppers) and totally great taste.

If you are a fan of the season, butternut squash soup is definitely a dish to try.

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.