White bean and sausage soup

White bean and sausage soup

This soup is so delicious and so easy to put together that once you gave it a go you will be wondering why you have not tried making it before. It is one of our winter standbys for busy weeknights. I always include beans or lentils at least 2 to 3 times in our weekly...
Meal planning made easy!

Meal planning made easy!

Do you feel sometimes that you are stuck in a cooking rut and just keep cooking the same few dishes over and over again? Are you overwhelmed by zillions of recipes in online databases but do not want to waste money buying many new ingredients only to let them sit in...
Zu-canoes at the farmers market

Zu-canoes at the farmers market

Cooking demos at the local farmers’ market are some of my most favorite things to do. If we were not away for a big chunk of the summer I would have been spending every Saturday here, chatting with friends and strangers and sharing some yummy food we made. Since...
Homemade fish fingers

Homemade fish fingers

Many parents in my private practice complain that their children do not eat fish in any form.  Apparently, fish is a challenging food for many children, but it is so good for them (and for grown-ups, too) that finding a simple and delicious way to prepare it quickly...
Mushroom pizza

Mushroom pizza

If you have been following this blog for a while you probably already know that everyone in our family loves mushrooms. So it is not a big surprise that mushrooms are the most popular topping for our home-made pizza. Those of you who are intimidated by a prospect of...
Turkey-mushroom meatballs

Turkey-mushroom meatballs

Mushrooms are one of our family’s favorite vegetables. Call it a part of the Russian heritage or just a penchant for the easy-to-handle veggies, we tend to add some mushrooms to almost every savory dish we cook. They impart a pleasant “bite” and a...
Asparagus soup

Asparagus soup

Asparagus season is finally here! Nothing says “spring” to me as a bunch of green spears fresh from the farmers’ market. The girls were so excited to bring them home (mainly because I made a really big deal out of finding them on the market), that...
Avocado sushi rolls

Avocado sushi rolls

  Making your very own avocado sushi rolls at home is super-easy once you get the intricacies of cooking the sushi rice. It is also a great way to engage your kids in the kitchen. The rolls make a simple and nutritious lunch or afterschool snack (my 7 year old...
Veggie-rich Shepherd’s pie

Veggie-rich Shepherd’s pie

Share Tweet Yesterday we had a very chilly and windy day in New York city. I was so cold during the school trip to a farm with my daughter’s class that all I could think in the afternoon was curling up on a sofa with a huge cup of tea. As dinner time approached,...
Stir-fried tofu with mushrooms and celery

Stir-fried tofu with mushrooms and celery

  If your family does not like tofu, you should definitely try this recipe. So far everyone who tried it became converted into a tofu-lover. And in case you wondered if tofu was good for you, here are some of the benefits: tofu is very rich in iron, providing...
Tomato soup with zucchini pancakes

Tomato soup with zucchini pancakes

Zucchini is in season! Just grabbed some on our local farmers’ market and decided to make some yummy zucchini pancakes which take only a couple of minutes to prepare. Light zucchini pancakes serves 4-6 1lb zucchini (about 2 large) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 egg 2...