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

CK Supper Club: Taste of Eastern Europe August 27th 2018

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 the ... Continue Reading

Vegan Coconut Mango Tapioca Pudding

Today I'm sharing with you a recipe of delicious Vegan Coconut Mango Tapioca Pudding, which was a huge hit on my first cooking master class. This pudding-like coconut milk dessert combined with ripe mango pulp is rich but at the same time very light. With this simple dish, I tried to capture a little bit of summer warmth and sunshine, because the food is not only fuel for our bodies but also a great source of joy for our souls. There are two small tricks to make this Vegan Coconut Mango ... Continue Reading

Asian Style Meatballs with Rice Noodles

If you love Asian cuisine like I do, and need an easy and quick dinner recipe, look no further, these Asian Style Meatballs with Rice Noodles is what you need for a stress-free weeknight meal. This dish is neither traditional nor authentic, but still better and healthier than any takeout. Try it yourself and tell me what you think! I always thought of meatballs as an authentic Italian dish that comes with Marinara sauce and pasta. That was far before until I started to explore different ... Continue Reading

Vibrant Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls

When I'm looking for a light and healthy dinner ideas, these Vibrant Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls instantly comes to my mind. There is nothing more daunting for me than to spend the whole evening cooking in a hot kitchen. I truly believe that summer food should be fresh and simple because we have the luxury to eat delicious fresh produce while it in its prime season. So let's leave stew and roasted meat for colder seasons and enjoy eating crunchy raw veggies and delicious ripe fruits. T... Continue Reading