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...
Pumpkin muffins

Pumpkin muffins

What says “fall” better than the flavor and color of pumpkin? We are using pumpkin in almost every recipe these days, from a salad to a smoothie. So when I was cleaning the fridge yesterday and found some leftover canned pumpkin puree I knew pumpkin was on...
Salmon red pepper skewers

Salmon red pepper skewers

We use wild salmon in this recipe which is typically higher in Omega 3 fatty acids but lower in fat.  This makes it trickier to cook since it dries very quickly. To prevent this, try marinating the fish. Marinating salmon for just 15 minutes adds moisture and...
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...
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...