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Mushroom mac and cheese

Mushroom mac and cheese

This recipe is inspired by Ina Garten.  You can find the full recipe here.  I really dislike mac and cheese as a combination, but I love this “grown up” version of it, and what’s even better – my kids love it as well.  It’s a real family pleaser. You will need: 1 lb. elbow macaroni, … Continue reading

Чахохбили (Georgian chicken)

Чахохбили (Georgian chicken)

This flavorful dish is family approved and delicious. You will need: 2 lbs chicken thighs or drumsticks 2 tbsp. butter 2 yellow onions, cut in half moons 2 bell peppers, any color, cut into thin strips 2 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced 28 oz canned tomatoes 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 tsp. хмели … Continue reading

Cheese fondue

Cheese fondue

We used to buy pre-packaged fondue at Trader Joes until I found out how easy it is to make at home.  And it tastes better, too.  And, you can customize it by using the ingredients that you like.  You can use any cheese you like, even goat cheese and blue cheese. The idea comes from … Continue reading

Beet and prune salad

This is an old Russian classic. I love beets, so I make this a lot. This is the kind of classic that does not get old. I roast my beets because I love the flavor of roasted beets, but you can boil them as well. You will need: 2 medium beets 1 cup prunes 1 … Continue reading

Butternut squash soufle

Butternut squash soufle

For the last Shabbat family dinner, a lady brought this dish and everybody went crazy about it.  I personally don’t like squashes and pumpkins, but the dish was such a success that I decided to make it.  I didn’t know the lady well so I didn’t venture to ask for the recipe.  Instead, I went … Continue reading

Stuffed mushrooms

I made these mushrooms for Thanksgiving, and they were amazing.  After making the stuffing using the original recipe I found that it needed a little bit more flavor, so I added mayo.  It kicked the flavor up a notch as well as making the stuffing creamier.  The mushrooms were gone in a second, I will make … Continue reading

Nun’s puffs

Nun’s puffs

Another idea from my friends on Cooking with Friends.  These are very versatile.  You can make them savory by adding cheese and omitting sugar, and use them in substitute of bread or biscuits.  Or, you can make them sweet by adding more sugar or honey and enjoy them with jam and tea.  You can find … Continue reading

Deviled eggs

Deviled eggs

In Russian kitchen, they are called stuffed eggs, and there are as many recipes for them as there are women who make them.  This is the recipe for classic American deviled eggs.  See if you can modify the recipe to suit your taste. You will need: 6 extra large eggs (extra large are easier to … Continue reading