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

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

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

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

Jingalov Hats Armenian Flatbread Stuffed with Greens and Feta

The spring is finally here, and the only thing I want to do is cooking with all the fantastic produce that's in season right now. To be honest, I got a bit over-excited and stocked my fridge with an immense amount of luscious greens and herbs. When I realized I need to utilize all of that crop before it turns into brown mush, the fabulous Jingalov Hats instantly came to mind. Jingalov Hats is the Armenian flatbread stuffed with herbs and fried on a dry skillet. It's a very rustic dish ... Continue Reading