Kartofdzhyn- the pie stuffed with potato and cheese. These popular Ossetian pies are baked with different fillings and often prepared on holidays. In Ossetia they traditionally serve three pies on a plate and only on days of mourning – an even number. These pies are a cult food in Ossetia and have ritual significance.

Spring is in the air! Celebrate warm weather with a casual-yet lovely- spring dinner!

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata are chicken breast cutlets coated in flour, fried and served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, white wine or broth and capers. Simple ingredients, but the result are great, delicious, and tasty!


Whether it’s a special occasion, or just the weekend, one of these breakfast ideas will be the best part of waking up!

Slow cooker (crock pot)

Slow cooking allows flavors to steep and blend together. It circulates heat and liquid so food stays moist.

Love my garden

I love gardening so much, it makes my world beautiful. I have a vegetable/herb garden, flower gardens, fruit trees and berries. When I am outside I feel happy, too bad we don’t have nice weather all year but when we do, we are gardening! 😉

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Snapshots from life

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Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

Creamy, tender risotto with crispy asparagus and mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms can be replaced white mushrooms if you like. Do not use highly concentrated broth, rice absorbs a lot of liquid and additional flavors. Add the broth gradually until it evaporates the previous portion. The finished risotto can be decorated with lemon zest, chives, thyme or parsley leaves. Use vegetable,...
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Our trip to wineries

My husband and I  along with our friends recently have visited a number of local wineries.  Each winery has unique wines and specialities, some have better whites and some have amazing fruit wines. Not only is the wine wonderful, but they also have a great events like live music, vineyard tours or special dinners from the chef. At each winery the setting is...
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Kumquat Syrup with Herbs

Fragrant flavored sweet-sour syrup. This syrup is nice to add to different drinks, both alcoholic and non, sour taste of kumquat pleasantly cool especially in hot summer weather. You can add the syrup in your tea, spread it on bread, served with spicy meat or use it in a milkshake or served with ice cream....
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Avocado and Cucumber Smoothie

This smoothie is good for a light summer supper. I did not expect that I will enjoy it. Fruit smoothies, yes, tasty, refreshing, but a vegetable...I'm not a fan. But, after trying it, I couldn't stop, delicious, original, nourishing and very healthy. Blend the celery and parsley in a blender (I don't have a juice machine) and then squeezed...
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Chicken in Wok with Vegetables

This tasty Asian-inspired meal is both healthy and easy to make! Serve it hot over white or brown rice or even Chinese noodles. For this recipe you  can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs and add some more vegetables such as asparagus, snowpea pods, soybean sprouts, etc....
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Focaccia with Tomatoes and Rosemary

Focaccia - An Italian bread prepared from the same dough as pizza. Focaccia can be sweet or salty. The simplest is flavored with just olive oil or salt, but can also add herbs, cheeses, tomatoes, olives, onions, fruit, etc. In this recipe instead of milk, you can use warm boiled water and fresh yeast instead of dry-(7-10g). On top...
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Chinese Beef

It's better to marinate the meat about 2-3 hours to get a richer flavor. If you like a spicy food, you can add 2-3 hot red peppers. Just fry a few red hot peppers in oil for a few minutes, remove them, and continue cooking in the same hot oil. Instead of beef you can use not fatty pork....
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