Squid Ink Pasta with Scallops in Creamy Sauce

This pasta is one of those marvelous dishes that look gorgeous, but take less than 30 minutes to make. I don't want to write to much about it let's just dive in right into cooking. If you don't have squid ink pasta, it's no problem, use any type of spaghetti that's in your pantry. Oh, maybe just one more thing - don't overcook your scallops! Continue Reading

Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan

Since we had self-quarantined ourselves in our apartment a few weeks ago, we stopped ordering restaurant deliveries or pick-ups. For the first couple of weeks, it was super fun to try all the recipes I've been putting for later, or cook my childhood favorite dishes I haven't tasted for years. But on a third week, I was done with Eastern European recipes. I started craving Indian food so much, I was ready to break my quarantine and go to any Indian restaurant even just to stare at their closed ... Continue Reading

Easy Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce

For me, there are very few meals more comforting than good old pasta with thick and flavorful tomato sauce. This dish seems very basic; it actually is. It consists of only six ingredients: olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, and a handful of excellent Italian penne (I don't count salt and chili flakes). The secret is to use the best ingredients you can find and cook pasta to a perfect al-dente. Yes, as easy as that. If you're looking for a quick-fix meal for dinner, this pasta ... Continue Reading

Muhammara with Pickled Bell Peppers

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected sources. Mine found me when I was decluttering my pantry. After going through countless half-full bags of lentils, barley, and some weird grains I didn't even know I had, I discovered a jar of roasted and pickled red peppers, which I bought a few months ago and completely forgot about. For some weird coincidence, I placed them next to a bag of toasted walnuts my mom brought me from Ukraine, and then the lightning struck. I thought that I should ... Continue Reading

Chkmeruli – Georgian Garlic and Walnut Chicken

In my recent trip to Sakartvelo, also known as Georgia, the country not one of the 50 states, I was introduced to so many dishes from different regions; by the end of our travel, my head started to spin from foreign names. It also might be from all the Qvevri wine and chacha generously poured by our hosts, but who counts your drinks in Georgia. Regardless of our drinking schedule, for four days, I did my best to remember the nuances, and soak up all the smells and flavors to later recreate ... Continue Reading

Vegetarian Borscht

Borscht is the ultimate Ukrainian comfort food. It's perfect for every mood and season. Red, purple, green, vegetarian, pork, duck, mushroom, with smoked pears, or kidney beans. The list is endless. You name the ingredient, and there is a high probability we have a special Borscht recipe for it. The magic of Borscht is that it's great in any color and interpretation, and with a dollop sour cream and a piece of garlic Pampushki (Ukrainian savory buns), it's an utter delight. In Ukraine, ... Continue Reading

Ukrainian Kotletki Recipe x FoodSaver

I'm not quite sure about the origin of kotletki, but you can definitely find a slightly different version of it in every Slavic cuisine. Even in various parts of Ukraine, they make them differently, using elaborate combinations of meat, bread, spices, and even grains. Usually, we serve kotletki without any sauce and consider them a lowbrow everyday dish. It's simple, straightforward, and delicious. Kotletki is the dish I grew up eating quite frequently. My mom usually served it with a side ... Continue Reading

The Veggie Feast Shakshouka Recipe

For me, Shakshouka is a truly international dish. As with every brilliant food, it was embraced by different cultures and modified according to their's tastes and culinary traditions. Even though Shakshouka's roots go as deep as Northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), most of us know it as a Middle Eastern classic or as Jerusalem favorite egg dish. And for me, that's unique the beauty of cooking. It allows us to spread great ideas without limits or borders, and adopt them for oursel... 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