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

Georgian Satsivi – Chicken in Creamy Walnut Garlic Sauce

Satsivi is one of the most famous Georgian sauces made with ground walnuts, garlic, and spices. Everything is mixed together with a bit of liquid, water or broth, until velvety smooth. This sauce tastes great on top of salads, grilled vegetables, and meat, but the most praised combination is with poultry. In Georgia, they make with whole chicken or turkey and serve it during the New Year celebration. I prefer Chicken Satsivi made with skinless chicken breast or thighs. Another unusual fact ... Continue Reading

Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes

I've been playing a lot with my infant sourdough starter lately. It still fascinates me how incredibly versatile this thing is. Although I have big plans for my starter, making sourdough croissants, pizza, brioche, and biscuits, I've decided to start with something a bit more simple and familiar. Yes, I'm talking about scrumptious sourdough pancakes. This recipe is very easy and straightforward. The only thing is it takes some time to make. You'll need to prepare an overnight sponge and leave ... Continue Reading

Scallops with White Beans and Bacon

When I crave seafood, scallops are always my first choice. These Scallops with White Beans and Bacon are a perfect choice to start the week with something fun and unusual. This dish is elegant, comforting, and full of flavor. It looks impressive and takes only 40 minutes to make. What else could you wish for? I'd would never have guessed that seared scallops would go so well with beans and bacon. But this dish was love at first bite. It's loaded with my favorite savory flavors, of applewood ... Continue Reading

Lobio Georgian Bean Stew Recipe

Lobio is a traditional Georgian dish and one of the pillars of their cuisine.This dish has a concise and straightforward list of ingredients, just dried beans, onion, walnuts, garlic, and cilantro. As for the spices, I like to keep that part simple and traditional as well, using salt, chili pepper, coriander, a pinch of black pepper, and a splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar. That's it. But despite its modest appearance, Lobio is a vibrant and versatile dish, and it always holds a special ... Continue Reading