Pico de Gallo

I absolutely love Pico de Gallo. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s basically a fresh tomato salsa. The main difference between Salsa and Pico de Gallo, at least from my observations, is that Pico de Gallo is always made with fresh tomatoes and is chunkier than salsa ....more

Almond Apple Puff Pastries

Thank you so much for all your warm comments, everyone! I am so touched by how many caring people are reading my blog and have been praying for us and encouraging us since the birth of our baby. I am doing much better, but would appreciate all your continued prayers so I can make a complete recovery ....more

After a Month Long Absence….

I’m back! Wow. It’s been over a month since I last posted a recipe ....more

Beef, Shitake, and Green Bean Stir Fry

Sergi and I both really enjoy green beans and I serve them as a side dish almost every week. I decided to make them the star in a beef stir fry, which just happens to be my favorite protein to use. With just a few other simple ingredients, this dinner is just chock-full of flavor ....more

Chicken, Mushroom and Buckwheat Casserole

As a girl with strong Slavic roots, I grew up eating buckwheat and I still love coming up with different recipes that will incorporate this nutty, flavorful and very nutritious grain. Even though my favorite way to enjoy buckwheat is as a kasha with mushrooms, I wanted to come up with a way to make it into an entree....more

Pasta with Artichokes, Fennel and Onions

Sometimes, I like challenging myself to play the “pantry game”....more

Enjoying Our Time At Home

“Home is the nicest word there is.” Laura Ingalls Wilder We’ve been home from the hospital for a week and a half and let me tell you, there’s no place like home. It’s wonderful to be in the midst of familiar surroundings and in my safe haven. I love to relax with my books, a cup of tea and in the presence of family....more

Pan Fried Butterflied Trout

Sergi and I love seafood, as you are well aware of, if you’ve been hanging around this blog for a little bit. We never seem to get tired of the taste, and it also helps that it’s not complicated and quick to prepare....more

Honey Lemon Glazed Chicken and Baked Barley

We are finally home! After a 10 day hospital stay, it is especially nice to be in our comfortable, cozy surroundings. This weekend, we basked in the joy of having our son home with us and have the hospital experience behind us ....more

Preparing For a Baby

It was a GORGEOUS Sunday today. Sergi and I on the last day before our son is born. I wrote this post on Sunday, February 22, the day before we had our baby ....more