Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing

I wanted to post this Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing recipe before the 4th of July because I think this dish goes exceptionally well with grilled meat and fish. The beauty of these zucchinis is that they can be a lovely side dish or a completely independent vegetarian main coarse. It's up for you do decide. Since I don't have access to a grill right now, so I pan-fried these bad boys. But if you're among those lucky people who can enjoy a backyard BBQ, you can grill your zucchinis, ... Continue Reading

Seared Peaches with Greek Yogurt

Seared Peaches with Greek Yogurt is one of those recipes that takes minutes to make, but as a result, you get a restaurant-quality dish. I mean, who wouldn't be impressed with beautifully caramelized peaches topped with tangy yogurt and drizzled with honey? I think it's one of the simplest yet elegant desserts to celebrate stone fruit season and warm summer weather. It's also an ultimate crowd pleaser and a great dish to make for your 4th of July celebration or backyard BBQ, minimum effort - ... Continue Reading

Georgian-Style Vegetable Salad With Walnut Dressing

For me, this Georgian-style Vegetable Salad With Walnut Dressing has both familiar Ukrainian and vivid Georgian vibes. I say Ukrainian because my mom made a very similar summer salad when I was growing up. She always used seasonal veggies and herbs from our garden. Most of the time the mix was pretty simple and included at least two different varieties of colorful Southern tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, juicy gypsy peppers, sweet Crimean red onion, and a bunch of lush dill (the dill is an ... Continue Reading

Perfect Smashed Potato with Zesty Tarragon Dressing

This recipe called Perfect Smashed Potato for a reason; in my humble opinion, it's one of the best summer side dishes which works great with almost anything cooked on a grill. I'm talking charred veggies, bbq chicken, and beautiful grilled salmon. What makes this dish so perfect, you ask? The answer is simple - this potato is soft and almost creamy inside but has an irresistible crispy golden skin. And the best part is the vibrant tarragon dressing with minced shallot, umami anchovies, and ... Continue Reading

Shkmeruli – Georgian Chicken Cooked in Milk and Garlic

Shkmeruli is a traditional Georgian dish made with fried chicken slowly simmered in a flavorful mixture of milk and garlic until it fully soaks all those beautiful flavors. It's delicate, tender, and hearty. Also, it's one of those dishes that are very easy to master even if you don't have a lot of cooking experience. It's a one-pot meal and requires very few ingredients. You probably already have them in your fridge. The only thing you might need to order is this Georgian spice blend - Khmeli ... Continue Reading

Roasted Carrot Hummus From Scratch

Today is a National Hummus Day. And I want to celebrate by sharing one of my all-time favorite hummus recipes - Roasted Carrot Hummus. This hummus is naturally sweet, thanks to roasted carrot, creamy, and packed with vibrant flavors. You can serve it with your favorite fresh and roasted veggies, grilled chicken, or toasted flatbread. It tastes wonderfully well with almost everything. How To Make Hummus From Scratch? I'm one of those people who don't like store-bought hummus. To me, it ... Continue Reading

Vatrushki – Eastern European Sweet Cheese Buns

Vatrushki is one of those sweet childhood treats that makes me very nostalgic. Mom often baked them for me when I was living with my parents. Probably that's why I decided to share this recipe right before Mother's Day. This recipe is a bit time consuming, but the result is totally worth the effort. Also, you can divide this recipe by two and make a smaller batch. What's Vatrushki? Vatrushki - plural, Vatrusha - single, pronounced vat-roosh-kah. It is a traditional Eastern European ... Continue Reading

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette with Buckwheat Crust

I'm posting this Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette recipe right before Mother's Day. So if you're looking for something special to treat your mom, look no further. Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette is one of those desserts that instantly reminds me of spring. Every year I wait for April to go rhubarb and strawberry hunting at my local farmers market. And every year I look for the recipe that will make those ingredients shine together. I think this time I found a perfects one that will stay with me for many ... Continue Reading

Lahmacun Recipe – Divine Middle Eastern Flatbread

Lahmacun, also known as Lahmajoun, is a genuinely multinational dish. This thin flatbread topped with ground meat and spices is very popular in Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, and multiple Middle Eastern communities worldwide. It's also often called "Turkis pizza," although I don't like to use that term. To me, "crispy flatbread" sounds more on point. But no matter how you call it, Lahmacoon is an incredibly delicious and versatile dish. In Turkey, it's one of the most favorite street food dishes. ... Continue Reading