Beet Pkhali – Favorite Georgian Appetizer

Pkhali is a traditional Georgian dish which comes in many forms and colors. It's usually made with different vegetable, fresh herbs, garlic, and of course plenty of walnuts. In Georgian they make it with beans, beet leaves, and chard, but two of the most famous variations, which were adopted by other countries, are Beet and Spinach Pkhali. Those saturated vegetable juices add not only distinguished flavors but also attractive bright colors to a dish which otherwise may look like a plain ... Continue Reading

My One and Only Falafel Recipe

Since the weather is getting hotter and hotter every day, I started to crave more simple veggie dishes to include in my diet. I thought about something with Mediterranean vibes like hummus and Greek salad but wanted to add something a bit more substantial to my vegetarian meal. It didn't take me a lot of time to figure out that nothing can be better with hummus than crispy homemade falafel. It's easy to make, delicious, and look so beautiful on a plate! As I mentioned before, falafel is ... Continue Reading

Sous Vide Steaks Recipe x The FoodSaver

I wanted to make this post for a long time and for some reason kept putting it for later. But since a lot of you guys have recently asked me to share my favorite sous vide steak recipe, I thought the time has come. There no special secret behind my steak. There two essential things you need to have - high-quality meat and reliable equipment. Other than that everything else is pretty straight forward. I got my sous vide machine as a present a few years ago. At that time it was a hot new ... Continue Reading

My Grandma’s Roasted Duck

If you'd ask me what's my favorite dish. I would answer in a heartbeat - My grandma's roasted duck, of course! I know that duck is not a typical food here in the US. People rarely cook it at home, and only occasionally order it in their favorite restaurant. For me, it's an entirely different story. I grew up in Ukraine, and roasted duсk was one of the centerpieces of our holiday table. We had it for Christmas, birthdays, and family gatherings. My grandma was always in charge of it, and she ... Continue Reading

Delicious and Easy Crab Cakes Recipe

This Delicious and Easy Crab Cakes Recipe is a result of my first all-day fishing trip in California. People who know me personally can tell you that I'm a real seafood lover. And after going hunting for crabs in Halfmoon Bay, my love grew even more. Seeing that connection between nature and food you eat and love, is a magical experience that changing one's perspective. You learn how to handle the food with respect and care it deserves. My husband and I cleaned, shelled, and cooked those crabs ... Continue Reading

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancake) Recipe

Okonomiyaki is one of those funky dishes that at first you don't even want to try, but once you had your first bite, you can't stop eating. It's almost too much going on in this dish. It might overwhelm you with a robust smoked smell of katsuobushi, an intensity that comes from pickled ginger and sweetness from okonomiyaki sauce. But somehow all those strong flavors can harmoniously coexist in a peaceful marriage in one bizarre but unpretentious dish, and although Okonomiyaki is a very casual ... Continue Reading

The Best Butternut Squash Potato Latkes

Recently I've been thinking about one dish I could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and feel completely happy and satisfied. It didn't take me long to come up with the answer - it's Butternut Squash and Potato Latkes. I grow up eating those, although in Ukraine we call them Derynu and make mostly with grated potato and onion. My mom always made Derynu as a quick dinner option and served them piping hot with a dollop of farm sour cream on top. Even as a kid I could easily eat half a dozen ... Continue Reading

Perfectly Juicy Thanksgiving Roast Turkey

We need to admit, that Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. We can have a dozen of amazing dishes on the table, but they will be just a background for this masterpiece. I think that's fine, as long as you can cook you turkey to perfection. That means golden and crispy skin, and tender, juicy meat. And that's where the most problems start. Somehow the process of cooking turkey can scare the bejesus out of people. Well, I kinda get it because you have only one turkey on the table (most of the ... Continue Reading

How to Work with Brands and Build a Successful Blogging Business – SF first Picture Perfect Event

We Did It! We could have never imagined such a success but September the 23rd has proven that everything is achievable – all you need is inspiration, creativity, and… a badass team! Our first Picture Perfect event was an amazing beginning for women-only gatherings that boost self-confidence and motivation to build lucrative collaborations with brands. And, most exciting of all, is that this fabulous experience is going to last! How Many Women Does It Take to Throw an Event? 2 to ... Continue Reading

CK Supper Club: Taste of Eastern Europe

For me sharing food is the most sincere form of generosity. Because it’s like giving people a glimpse of your inner world, your background, and personality. You’re opening yourself to them, and they respond the same way. Somehow food has this magical power of uniting people regardless of their differences and backgrounds, making them feel connected. It’s almost an intimate experience. There is something special about gathering people around the table, and it’s truly the place where ... Continue Reading