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.

Berries

Try one of these tasty recipe ideas using berries.

Summer

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

What’s in season

Strawberries are easy to grow in the garden or even in a pot or container on your balcony, rooftop, patio, or even doorstep on a sunny spot

What’s in season

Rhubarb adds a distinct sweet, tart and tannic tone to pies and tarts, especially when combined with other fruits.

Kartofdzhyn

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.

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.

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!

Slow cooker (crock pot)

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

Breakfast

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

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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Thai Fish Cakes

Delicious fish cakes that are quick and easy to cook. You can use tilapia or steelhead trout for this recipe. The rice flour can be replaced with normal flour and a little corn starch. Serve this dish with rice and the sauce of your choice, I recommend jalapeno jam, sweet chili sauce or oyster sauce.  ...
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Cooking with Kids

The best way to teach a child to try and eat healthy food as well as be exposed to a variety of flavors, is to cook together, explaining about the ingredients, the recipe and food. This is great way to bring the family together, and parents' life becomes much easier because after awhile kids become a real helpers and....
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Russian-Korean Carrot Salad

This dish is very popular in my country, it's a must for any holiday. The funny thing is that in Korea this salad doesn't exist, but it was made by Koreans who  immigrated to Russia in the 1860s. This is a marinated salad with fresh carrot as the main ingredient and seasoned with oil, vinegar, fresh garlic, coriander seeds, and...
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Salmon Ceviche with Mango

Light, flavorful dish, this tasty appetizer looks wonderful in small bowls or martini glasses. The flavor of salmon is perfect with cucumber and mango, but be sure to use fresh fish for this dish. Perfect when eaten on hot summer days. Fresh, delicious and low calorie appetizer!...
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Spring Vegetable Salad

In Ukraine we made this salad often, as soon as vegetables and herbs appear in the garden or in the market, which meant that spring has come! Simple, tasty, fresh and healthy spring salad. Instead of sour cream, you can add olive oil or yogurt. Also you can add bell pepper and more herbs in a salad....
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Sorrel

Sorrel, perennial herb that is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable. Sorrel has a sharp, lemony flavor - the name derives from the French for 'sour'. Another name for sorrel is spinach dock. Sorrel is a very useful herb with a sour taste, the leaves contain a lot of protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, B and K,...
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What’s in season. April.

I don't know about where you live, but here in Minnesota, winter is not over yet. It's still cold and even snowing a little today. Last year at this time was nice and warm and we already had planted some seeds in the ground. This year anyone can only guess when spring will come. But all is not lost,...
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Fish Ceviche on Corn Tortillas

Ceviche is a Latin American dish of raw fish or seafood marinated in citrus juice. Every Latin American country has given ceviche their own unique take and style. In Peru, it is served with slices of cold sweet potatoes or corn, and in Ecuador - with popcorn, potato chips, nuts, and corn, where as in Mexico, we ate ceviche...
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Cucumber appetizer with cheese and radish

Cool, light, fresh and healthy spring-summer appetizer bites. Great idea for any occasion as a light appetizer. For a stronger flavor, you can use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. What makes this snack more interesting is that you can use different herbs to change the flavor dramatically. Try green onions, parsley, estragon, thyme, mint, or basil, each will give...
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