What’s in season

From cakes and quick breads to pies and pancakes, everything benefits from the sweet and spiced flavor of pumpkin.

Great idea for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

How cool is this? Use the pumpkin as the serving bowl for this Rice and Vegetables dish. If you don’t like rice with fruits, substitute meat instead, and add different herbs. Rice can be replaced with potatoes too.

Autumn is here…

Keep warm as the weather turns cooler with these easy fall recipes!

Slow cooker (crock pot)

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


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.

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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Mini Berry Pies

Tasty dough with a nice sweet and sour berry stuffing. For the filling you can use not only fresh or frozen berries, but also a different fruits or jam depending on your taste. I really liked the filling of fig jam. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour. I used a special mini pie mold...
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Chives are a perennial plant, blooming with beautiful purple flowers from May to August. The leaves can be used all year round. Rich in vitamin A and C, calcium and iron. Chopped chives can go with nearly any dish whenever you want the flavor of onion without the bite. In the fall, you can finely chop the chives and...
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Radishes are edible root vegetables,  a member of the mustard family that can grow nearly all year. They are very tasty and healthy with a slight peppery flavor and a crisp, crunchy texture.There are many varieties of radishes varying in shape, size and colors. Some of them are reddish pink and round vegetables while others are white and oblong....
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Spanish Peppers Appetizer

Bright, fragrant, and flavorful appetizer from peppers,  perfectfor any holiday, party or a picnic. Very good with meat, fish. The longer the peppers marinated, the brighter and more expressive the peppers taste....
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Russian Sandwich with Herring

Excellent Russian sandwich with herring. This appetizer looks great on the table (but they won't last long, especially for men with vodka:)) You can make a canape by putting the herring onto a small piece of bread (in the store they sell rye bread in the form of squares). Instead of herring, you can substitute salted trout...
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A delicate member of the onion family, with a hint of garlic. Chives are a perennial plant, blooming with beautiful purple flowers from April/May to August. The leaves can be used all year round, snip with kitchen scissors or chop. Rich in vitamin A and C, calcium and iron. Chopped chives can go with nearly any dish whenever you want the...
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How to store asparagus

When you are buying asparagus look for smaller spears since they are especially tender. It's better to choose the sprouts of the same length so that they cook evenly. To store asparagus, wrap the asparagus in a moist paper towel, then put it in a plastic bag and keep it in a refrigerator salad drawer. Also, you can keep it...
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Chicken Tajine with Herbs and Spices

I wrote earlier about cooking with a tajine and here is another recipe that is delicious!There are many advantages to cooking in the tagine and this recipe takes advantage of it by keeping the chicken moist and tender and combining all the flavors of the ingredients put into the tagine. This rich flavor can't be made in an ordinary pan....
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