Cooking Melangery

My name is Yelena, and I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and now I live in small historic town near Philadelphia. I am a wife and mother of two precious children 7 and 11 years old and I run food blog called Cooking Melangery. My blog is my portfolio, although I have real portfolio at, and it is a place where I can introduce my work to the world. I “meet” new people there all the time, and I am happy about it. I have a degree in Culinary Arts and a passion for anything beautiful and creative. In the recent past I have worked for number of major financial companies in Information Technology field. My corporate environment experience is a real asset in creative work which I have decided to pursue after the birth of my second child.

Currently I work out of my home studio as a freelance food stylist and photographer.

Important Announcement!

I am delighted to inform you that Sweet potato chips image, in Food Bloggers category, has been shortlisted in the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016 and has progressed to the next stage of judging. If you like my work and I hope you do, please vote for me!Here is a link: ...more

Russian Monday: Cheese & Garlic Salad

Although, today is not a Monday but I feel this post is very appropriate for Easter. It was my husband’s idea to make a post about this salad. He loves it and remembers eating it back home on every holiday ....more

Roasted Spiral Root Vegetable Salad with Citrus Dressing

Earthy beets, rutabagas and slightly sweet carrots are a winning combination, especially when they are tossed with a citrus dressing with the bright flavors of orange and lemon juice. This salad is also tasty if a green apple spirals are tossed with the roasted vegetables.Read more » Copyright Cooking Melangery 2014 at ...more

Irish BarmBrack Bread with Dried Apricots Perfect for St.Patrick's Day

Barm Brack is a yeast bread with added raisins (I added dried apricots) ...more

Whisky Marinated Flank Steak Broiled with Mushrooms & Onions

If you celebrate St. Patrick’s day here is a recipe you will not regret to cook. Tasty and absolutely stress free dish ....more

Russian Monday: "Blini" - Vanilla Crepes with Berries

“Maslenitsa” is a Russian carnival week originating from pre-Christian times. Originally, it was celebrated around spring solstice and was dedicated to the boy-Sun named Xors becoming a man-Sun named Yarilo. The main dish of the holiday week are pancakes (or “blini” in Russian) in all their varieties ....more

Victoria Sandwich - Get ready for Downton Abbey's final episode this Sunday!

America's love affair with the show about the lives and loves of family and servants in an aristocratic home across the pond is coming to an end as the series Downtown Abbey wraps it's sixth and final season.Read more » Copyright Cooking Melangery 2014 at ...more

Russian Monday: "Kurnik" - Chicken Pie with Mushrooms, Kasha, Eggs & Homemade Chicken Broth

This is not your everyday meal, but rather a very special occasion one. If you have invited dearest friends for dinner or perhaps you’d like to spoil your family with a great dish, this is what you need to cook! It is complicated and time consuming, but it is worth every minute of your time.Read more » Copyright Cooking Melangery 2014 at ...more

Baked Brie with Wild Mushrooms, Garlic & Fresh Parsley - Video Post

Today I have a video recipe for you. This is my first attempt, hence please treat it kindly-)) I would love to hear your thoughts, impressions and what other recipes you would like to see on video. Thank you for visiting Cooking Melangery!Read more » Copyright Cooking Melangery 2014 at ...more