7 posts tagged appetizer

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

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

Sweet’ n ‘Tangy Chicken Wings

Game Day is all about getting together with friends, eating good food, and sharing a great experience. That's why we prepared this incredible Sweet'n'Tangy Chicken wings. We could not think of a more suitable dish for this occasion that traditional chicken wings, but with a modern twist. We wanted to play around with the flavorful ingredient. For the marinade, we use a mix of Asian sauces, brown sugar, fresh garlic, and ginger. So many powerful ingredients in one dish it's almost too good to be ... Continue Reading

Rustic Eggplant Bruschetta with Olive Tapenade

Sometimes you cook a dish, and it's so good you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That's exactly how we feel about this Rustic Bruschetta with Eggplant Spread and Olive Tapenade. It easily can be your weekend breakfast, weekday lunch or light dinner. When we created this bruschetta recipe, we were inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. We wanted to add something warm and summer like to the menu, just to remind ourself that the winter will be over soon (or almost soon), and ahead of us ... Continue Reading

Absolutely Delicious Zucchini Fritters

There are so many dishes you can cook with zucchini, and today I want to share one of my favorite recipes. Zucchini fritters are one of the most popular dishes during zucchini season in Ukraine. My mom always cooked it for us, and now I cook it for my family and friends. It's absolutely delicious, simple, and healthy. What else could you wish for your summer table? These fritters are good for breakfast when served with plain yogurt. You can make them smaller and serve as an appetizer, or ... Continue Reading

Beef and Olive Empanadas

Recently I had a photo shoot at The Brickhouse Cafe at San Francisco. Of course, all the dishes looked delicious, but their empanadas won my heart, and inspired me to cook my own version of this cool Latin American appetizer. So, I'm happy to present you my spin on the empanada. You can make your dough or use a store bought one. Personally, I prefer a homemade, because it's much more elastic, and, of course, more delicious. This empanada dough recipe I found in Pies and Tarts cookbook ... Continue Reading

Festive Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We surely had! Maybe it's hard to believe, but that was our first real Thanksgiving during the time in the US. Our friends invited Alex and me to celebrate this very special day with their family and friends. I don't think I have enough words to describe how grateful we are for sharing this experience with so wonderful and loving people. It's incredibly important to feel like we have a second family in foreign country. Thank you Shana, Ivan ... Continue Reading