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Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

  “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.” Shirley Conran.   I often mention that I try to eat healthy, which is true, but at the same time, I have my own food demons whom I cannot resist sometimes. After living in Florida I developed love of spicy food. The recipe I would like to share with you today is the spiciest of all I ever made. It is fast and easy to make. So, I do not know if I can advertise it as a healthy one, but it is delicious if you are into spicy food! You may serve it with mashed potatoes, on a piece of...

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Avocado & Salmon Mini Tower with Ditalini Vegetable Ragout

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Avocado & Salmon Mini Tower with Ditalini Vegetable Ragout

“I’m into very colorful food. Obviously lots of flavor, but I think we eat with our eyes first, so it has to look great. The presentation has to be great.’ Giada De Laurentiis.   Nice things are often simple things. When it comes to plating your meals, smaller portions will always look neater. Have you ever thought why fancy restaurants serve small-portioned meals? Of course, they can make more money when they serve you a smaller meal for the price of a bigger one. On a positive note, a nicely presented small meal will...

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Organic Chocolate Cake with Yoghurt and Walnuts

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Organic Chocolate Cake with Yoghurt and Walnuts

  “I could give up chocolate but I am not a quitter”. Unknown. Let’s face it: there are many temptations we can resist as adults, but most of us are helpless before our favorite chocolate bar or a chocolate cake. I could do without some desserts for most of my life. But even then I rarely refused indulging in chocolate! In tough times we used an expression ‘to keep a bar of chocolate for a rainy day’. I remember my friend coming over for tea and bringing our favorite bar of chocolate, adding that she...

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Light and Delicious Green Bean Casserole with Zucchini & Garlic

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Light and Delicious Green Bean Casserole with Zucchini & Garlic

  “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving”. W.T. Purkiser   I discovered that it is easy to make someone thankful – just cook for them! This time I experimented with a dish frequently served at Thanksgiving. Green bean casserole! I got inspiration from a few sources, but, as usual, I knew I would have to substitute. I probably tried green bean casserole once at someone’s place. It did not impress me much not because of lack of someone’s cooking...

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Baked Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Baked Butternut Squash Soup

  “A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” Abraham Maslow.   Autumn is the perfect time for soups. I heard someone called a new dieting style ‘souping’ instead of ‘juicing’! Maybe it would be next fad for people seeking healthier nutrition, but this is not something new, at least, to me. With respect and belief in healing powers of soup, let’s cook some butternut squash soup! Ingredients: – butternut squash (4.49 lb squash is used for this recipe), seeds...

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Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers in Tomato Sauce

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers in Tomato Sauce

  “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” Wolfgang Pack, restaurateur & celebrity chef.   When we think of something tasty, somehow it turns out to be a more complex cooking than we are ready to do at the moment. However, there are certain dishes that are very yummy and not that complex as it may seem. Stuffed peppers is one of them. I transitioned to this dish from stuffed...

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Three Ways to Enjoy Buckwheat with Vegetables.

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 1 comment

  “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” Calvin Trillin. I cannot really say that my mother served only leftovers. However, I inherited it from somewhere – there is nothing more relieving for a woman-in-charge-of-cooking than serving leftovers:-) I honestly enjoy it to the full. When I have leftovers of mashed potato I may add some salad, sauteed vegetables and a boiled egg. It may as well be hummus with...

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Gluten Free Angel Hair Pasta with Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) & Sweet Pepper Vegetable Medley

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Gluten Free Angel Hair Pasta with Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) & Sweet Pepper Vegetable Medley

  “I cook to inspire my husband to pay attention to me.” Sonia Rumzi. Here is some simple yet filling dish that is easy to make and pretty to serve. I was recently treated with a new dish containing rapini. It was a clear vegetable soup, and I liked rapini in it so much, that I decided to try to cook something out of it so that my husband would enjoy it as well. Cooked rapini has a slightly bitter taste. It reminds a little bit of spinach, and it looks like broccoli but the buds do not form a head. Its another name is...

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Zucchini, Broccoli & Sweet Pepper Vegetable Medley.

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Zucchini, Broccoli & Sweet Pepper Vegetable Medley.

  “Everything tastes better when cooked by someone else.” Marillyn Taylor Klam. My experiments in the kitchen started when I realized I had to cook for a picky eater. Now I can proudly say, he is not that picky anymore!! If reading this reminds you of your own challenges of pleasing picky eaters, next time try disguising previously rejected ingredient in your next cooking session. I bet, you already did, but you never know how it turns out with a new recipe. Zucchini was not on the top of the list of my husband’s...

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Kiwi, Mango & Banana Fruit Salad.

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Featured | 0 comments

Kiwi, Mango & Banana Fruit Salad.

“The entire fruit is already present in the seed.” Tertullian. Sometimes best discoveries happen spontaneously. I am speaking of cooking. For this recipe even cooking, per se, is not required. I was looking at some fruits in my bowl, and I thought what if… So, I combined a banana, a kiwi and a mango. That’s it. It is even weird that I make a post out of it, since it is so simple! Well, why did I not make it before then? In case you did not try it either, and would like something sweet, this is your dessert. It is...

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