July 4th, Independence Day (United States)

Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, fireworks, parades, carnivals, fairs, family gatherings and political speeches.

What’s in season

Enjoy the flavors of the season all year long by making your own jams, syrup and preserves! Experiment with combinations of fruit, herbs and spices to create your own unique blends.


Try one of these tasty recipe ideas using berries.


Warm days were made for relaxing outdoors with fresh delicious summer food!

Grill time!

Warmer weather means it’s time for backyard burgers, tender kebabs, sizzling steaks, BBQ ribs, cold refreshing drinks and gatherings of family and friends.

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

Between cooking and photography I actually have a life ))) Take a look at some photos and other things that I have been up to.


Pie with Vegetables and Bacon

This is a flavorful, tasty vegetable pie, made with mushrooms, pepper, carrot, shallots, tomato, bacon and cheese. In this pie, you can add any vegetables and herbs to your taste, such as cabbage, zucchini, eggplant, parsley, green onions. I used fresh shiitake mushrooms, but they can be replaced by any other mushrooms and mozzarella cheese can be switched with...
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Stuffed Chicken with Rice and Dried Fruits

Fragrant, tender chicken with delicious rice. Dried fruits and nuts give to the rice a nice sweet-sour taste. I also use lemon thyme which gives the rice a nice flavor and aroma. Take the apples out of the oven a little earlier than the chicken. You can put potatoes, carrots and other vegetables on baking sheet along with apples....

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Borscht, the traditional national Slavic dish in eastern and central Europe, like Blini, Pirozhki or Pelmeni. It is a thick vegetable soup with a deep red, burgundy color because of beets which is the main ingredient. Every nation has their own version of this dish,...
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Chakhokhbili-stew poultry, one of the most delicious and popular dishes of Georgian cuisine. Originally it was prepared from a pheasant, but now is made from any bird, usually chicken. It’s a very tasty, flavorful dish, that does not use water, oil, or fat since tomatoes and onions give this naturally to the dish. I like to add a little...
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Gravlax is a Scandinavian recipe for raw salted salmon. Great appetizer for the holidays, you can serve with vodka, dry white wine, or aquavit (a traditional Scandinavian spirit). Serve plain or on top of rye bread, crackers, or the most traditional way, knackebrod. Here is the recipe:   https://internationalmenu.com/?p=655...
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Chicken Tajine with Apples and Pears

A tajine is a clay dish with thick walls and a large conical lid. In a tajine you can cook different dishes  such as chicken with dates, apricots, prunes, raisins, figs, olives, pickled lemons, or, as fish dishes, meat (lamb, pork or beef) and vegetables such as potatoes get very tasty with tomatoes or beans, peas, carrots, bell peppers,...
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Fall is in the air!

Have you felt the slight crispness in the air and cooler nights? Do you enjoy watching the colorful leaves? There is always a part of me that is sad to see summer ready to leave, I don’t like the time change and the sun setting early, and the cold air reminds me that winter will come soon. But I...
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Ravioli with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Filling for ravioli can be very different: vegetables, meat, mushrooms, cheese, fish or seafood. Ravioli can be a dessert dish too if they are prepared with a sweet filling like fruit or berries. This time I made ravioli with pork meat. I also made two sauces, a mushroom sauce and a tomato sauce. Here is a recipe with a mushroom...
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