Mushroom risotto

Mushroom risotto

Whenever we visit my husband’s family in Spain , we get to enjoy the most smooth and flavorful mushroom risotto I have ever tried. My mother in law is one of those incredible women who are perfectly happy in the moment, enjoying every minute spent in the kitchen and...

Cauliflower mac&cheese

To be honest I never knew mac&cheese existed before my own kids discovered it at a birthday party in a restaurant a few years ago. They loved it, of course. Since we often try to recreate our favorite restaurant meals at home, mac&cheese was destined to become...
Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce

Like most children, my daughters are big fans of pasta and noodles.  I think they can eat it 3 times a day! So if I include a pasta and noodle dish in their lunchbox, then I'll usually serve a different type of starch at dinner.  Or offer this spaghetti squash as a...
15 minute vegetable meat sauce

15 minute vegetable meat sauce

Tomato sauce is a perfect vehicle for many wonderful additions. It is a true blessing for parents of small (or big)  kids who are not into vegetables, since it is almost impossible to identify them once they have been cooked with the sauce. We add lots of veggies to...
No-Vinegar Russian Pickles

No-Vinegar Russian Pickles

When we look for a good source of probiotics, we typically think about yogurt or kefir. But pickled vegetables can also be a great way to boost of these beneficial bacteria. Most of the pickles found on the supermarket shelf have been prepared with vinegar and...
Super easy lentil kale soup

Super easy lentil kale soup

Lentil soup appears on our family's dinner table at least once a week. It is hard to imagine that I did not know lentils existed until about 10 years ago. Once a staple food and one of the main export crops, lentils became a forgotten ingredient in Russian cuisine. If...
Massaged kale recipe with variations

Massaged kale recipe with variations

I wrote this post for Stone Soup, the blog of Food and Nutrition Magazine. This recipe is one of my favorite ways to prepare kale so I could not resist republishing it on my website. I discovered kale a few years ago and it quickly became one of my favorite vegetables...