Firecracker meatballs

Firecracker meatballs

Wonderful variation of meatballs.  The full recipe is here. You will need: 2 lbs ground chicken or turkey 4 tsp. garlic, minced 2 eggs 1 cup bread crumbs 1/2 tsp. paprika salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup hot sauce 1 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp. apple sider vinegar 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes salt … Continue reading

Cheesy chicken fritters

Cheesy chicken fritters

These cheesy treats are a family favorite.  The original recipe is here. You will need: 1.5 lbs chicken breasts or tenders, diced into small pieces 2 eggs 1/3 cup mayonaise 1/3 cup flour 4 oz your favorite shredded cheeese Fresh dill Salt and pepper to taste Oil for frying Directions: In a bowl, combine eggs, … Continue reading

Arugula salad with awesome vinaigrette

I was looking for a simple salad, and found this one on Food Network.  It’s a simple arugula salad, but the dressing is beyond amazing.  I added some shavings of parmesan which made the salad even better, and prettier.  The original recipe is here. You will need: 1 shallot, finely minced 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard … Continue reading

Risotto

This classic Italian dish is very easy to prepare at home, and very versatile.  You can add anything you like to your basic risotto.  My favorite additions are crab meat, frozen peas and lemon zest, and sautéed mushrooms, but really your imagination is the limit here. You will need: 1.5 cup Arborio rice 3/4 cups dry white … Continue reading

Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil

This is a really flavorful and simple pasta recipe.  Perfect for a weeknight dinner.  You can find the original recipe here. You will need: 1 lb spaghetti 1/3 cup olive oil 8 cloves garlic, sliced 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes some chopped parsley Parmesan cheese salt and pepper Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. … Continue reading

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

Chocolate salami

Chocolate salami

This is a chocolate lover’s favorite. You will need: 14 oz. butter cookies 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 3 tbsp. cocoa 1/3 cup milk 1 cup slivered almonds powdered sugar to cover (optional) The recipe: Break up 1 cup of cookies by placing them in a plastic bag and crushing them with … Continue reading

Котлеты (Russian sliders)

Котлеты (Russian sliders)

Even though this is a Russian staple, there are many recipes of these.  One recipe I found includes yogurt, so I recently started adding it instead of an extra egg and my family loves the texture.  You can bake them for healthier version, but the classic recipe is fried. You will need: 1 lb. ground … 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

Hachapuri

Hachapuri

A classic Georgian dish. You will need: 1 cup buttermilk 1 egg approx. 3 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tbsp. vegetable oil your favorite shredded cheese for filling (Georgian Sulguni is traditional) The recipe: Mix buttermilk,, egg, salt, sugar, oil, and soda together.  Add flour 1 cup … Continue reading