Gotta Love Russian Dills

If you haven’t tasted Russian or Ukrainian dill pickles, then you are in for a treat. They are the best I have ever eaten; and here in ex-Soviet country, they are so popular they are practically a food group–about as popular as chocolate. In fact, when the pickles are gone, families fight over who gets…

Red Pepper Soup

Can you tell I like soup? Many recipes posted on this blog are soup or stew. That’s because I really learned to cook while living in Ukraine. Soup is a staple there, so I developed an appetite for it… maybe even a flair for it… This is the recipe of a friend of mine that…

Curried Lentil Stew

This is a favorite winter stew of mine–very inexpensive to make. It is tasty and uncommon enough to serve guests. The smoked turkey and smokey cumin, along with the hot, red curry gives this stew a savory and unique flavor. Here’s the recipe. You can see how much I like this recipe…

Home-made Chicken and Noodle Soup

In a frosty, pre-dawn inspiration, I was moved to make home-made chicken and noodle soup this morning. We just finished a piping hot portion and were licking the bowls for more. Recipe for Egg Noodle 1 cup flour 1 large egg 1/2 of 1/2 eggshell of milk Mix ingredients. The dough will be sticky. Roll…

Scary Good!

I just finished the Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes, and they are scary good! This is a recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas alone, otherwise put it away. It could be heart attack on a plate–there is so much half and half and butter and cream cheese. Since mashed potatoes are so labor intensive, I like to do them…

Autumn Garden Party

Today I hosted a family autumn garden party for just the ladies. It was fun to get together and catch up, and the weather was perfect for eating under the backyard arbor next to the koi pond. The brook bubbled, and the dragon flies flitted about the yard all afternoon. I wonder if they were…

Quick Mediterranean Salad

Fall is here finally, and I am in the mood to cook and entertain again. So here is a salad I made last night for supper. I love it because it is so quick, easy, and a crowd pleaser.

100 Simple Things (just the first ten)

“Sunset at Sea” by Monet 1) I love art and get lost in it, could study one great piece for hours. The best art is metaphorical like this piece by Monet. What metaphor do you see in this? 2) I don’t like peas or lima beans. I stuffed them in my pockets as a kid, so…

haiku: cooking today

curry, cumin, sage and cayenne–ancient spices filling my kitchen.   garlic, rosemary, ginger, cardomon–the world comes to me today. therapy, tonic, and love–a man’s heart connects still to his stomach.