Spring is Here – How to Grow Herbs



Spring is here! Earth Day is right around the corner. It’s time to get your garden growing. But where does one start? I suggest starting with herbs. It’s easy, rewarding, inexpensive and you’ll reap daily rewards in your kitchen.

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Rosemary and thyme growing on a window sill. Rooted and grown from a plastic clam herb packages.

I’ve tried growing herbs from seed. And while mostly successful, it takes a long time. The other option is to buy herb starters from your local nurseries or grocery store. That is a good option but you might not feel as smug about your diy abilities.

Here, I present option #3. You know those plastic clam herb containers you can find at your grocery store? Will you believe me if I tell you that you can root them and plant them to turn into potted herbs? Believe!

Last year, I successfully rooted sprigs of Italian and Thai basil and enjoyed a summer full of pesto, basil salads, dressings and Caprese salad.

This year I decided to try the same trick with rosemary and thyme. I simply placed sprigs of rosemary and thyme in glasses of water and waited for the roots to appear. Be sure to change the water and get rid of any fallen leaves.

Once the roots are about an inch long, go ahead and plant the herbs in a pot or ground. If planted in pots, these guys get pretty thirsty, so be sure to water them regularly. For now, I’m keeping them on my window sill. Once the weather stabilizes a bit and it gets warmer outside, I’ll move the pots to my balcony.

Curious what I’ll be doing with all the rosemary and thyme? I’m thinking rosemary potatoes, thyme roasted chicken, herbed ricotta, and so much more.

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As a little bonus, here’s a photo of my succulents. I’ve been regrowing the “babies” the same way as discussed earlier for the herbs. Once the babies are formed on the “mother” plant, carefully cut them off and root in a bit of water. Then, plant in dirt and watch them grow!

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Mama and baby succulents. A little family.

Give this a try and share your photos of growing herb garden.

Easter Breakfast Eggs



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I wanted to share a really fun and easy idea for your Easter breakfast. You’ll need a few slices of bread, a few eggs and bunny-shaped cookie cutters. Wait till your kids see this breakfast plate hopping to the table. Hopping, get it?

Start by cutting out the bunny shapes from two slices of bread. I had two shapes on hand, so I used one of each. You can certainly cut out the same shape, if you wish.  Individually saute the cut outs in a little bit of olive oil until golden brown and crisp on both sides.

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For the main toasts, sautee each slice of bread in a skillet over medium high heat until golden on one side. Then flip and carefully add in an egg. I used one whole and one scrambled egg for each slice. Lightly salt the eggs for flavor.

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And really, that’s all. I served the toast with some baby spinach and added Sriracha eyes to each bunny. If Sriracha is too hot for your taste, you can use ketchup.

Happy breakfast!

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs ~ 50 Shades of Grey


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This is what happens when a girl who celebrates Passover is assigned to test natural egg dyes for Easter at work. I lovingly call the results of this project “50 Shades of Grey”. What do you think? To me, these eggs are quite beautiful. Ranging from lightest, barely-even-there grey (from spinach) to a really dark, stone-like grey of grape juice.

If first hollowed, I would happily keep these eggs forever, perhaps displayed in a large glass jar or a shallow bowl.

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The beauty of this project is that it can be done at any point with the items you are likely to have on hand in your kitchen and pantry. Here, I used paprika, turmeric, grape juice, spinach (unsuccessfully), tea bags and onion skins.

The methods vary depending on the source you use. There are cold-overnight methods. There are hot-quick-and-easy methods. You decide what works best for you. Here, I boiled the color agent in water with white vinegar and then submerged boiled eggs into the solution and simmered for about 30 minutes.

Do you see the splotchy, blotchy, imperfection in the color? To me it’s beautiful. If you are looking for a more perfect, even color, I’d suggest straining the color agent first and simmering the eggs in the dye with the vinegar.

I am a fan of the matte look. For a shinier, happier exterior, rub the dyed eggs with a little bit of vegetable oil.


Seattle Seahawks SuperBowl Cocktail

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the last SuperBowl. It’s even harder to believe that I watched the last SuperBowl and saw Seattle Seahawks’ win! What will happen this year? Who will win? Who will lose? Who will have a clothing accident during halftime? It’s hard to tell.

What’s easier to predict is your drink of choice during the game. Last year, the allrecipes.com video team gave you Beast Mode Vodka.

This year? We have the 12th Man-Hattan. It’s not for the faint in heart. The drink is strong, and powerful, just like Seahawks are.

So, watch the video, check out the recipe and cheer on to our team!

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How to Make Lattice Crust ~ Video

Happy Thanksgiving my dear readers! I have missed you much and am sorry for my absence. In order to repent and gift you with something wonderful in time for Thanksgiving, I am sharing this quick video we made at Allrecipes.com that will teach you how to do a lattice topping for any pie.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Strawberry Bread with Strawberry Compound Butter

Have you been enjoying the summer strawberries?  I find these beauties especially sweet and plump in the summer months, especially when picked right from the garden.

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The other day, I was shooting a video for Strawberry Bread and it just happened that it made two beautiful loaves.  We shared one loaf at the allrecipes.com studio, and I took the second one home to share with friends at a going away party.  The recipe really rocked out – the bread came out moist, studded with pecans and strawberries.  Notice the sliced strawberries on the top of the loaves?  That was the extra flare I decided to add, mainly for food styling purposes.  Try the same when baking banana bread as well.

The time of the party was approaching, and I wanted to elevate the bread by making a quick Strawberry Compound Butter.  I’ll confess to having the leftover butter on a toasted baguette the following morning, and it was quite a success!

Strawberry Compound Butter


1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup strawberries, pureed


1.  Beat together butter, sugar and cinnamon.

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2.  Fold in strawberries.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  About 30 minutes before serving, remove the butter from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature.

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Judging by the reaction of guests at the party, this combination was a success.  Want a recipe variation?  Bake up the bread as muffins, and adjust to butter to a more spreadable frosting consistency.

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Enjoy this recipe and summer’s strawberries.

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Shishito Peppers – Culinary Memories from Spain

The other day, I picked up a package of shishito peppers at a local Asian supermarket. It’s somewhat amusing, because to me, padron peppers are associated with Spain. That’s where I had them for the first time, on my first trip to the country. In fact, they were part of the first meal my sister and I enjoyed in Madrid. The memory has stuck, and I have often ordered these relatively small and mild green peppers at Spanish tapas restaurants.

Back to the pack I bought. It has been sitting in my refrigerator for a bit too long. Every time I’d see the green peppers staring at me, I thought I should roast them or perhaps broil, but preheating the oven on these hot summer days is just unbearable. And so, today I cooked them in my trustworthy cast iron skillet. Boy, were they delicious!  I could almost taste Spain as I ate one, by one, finishing up almost the entire skillet.

Note: the same could be done with padron peppers.

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1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 pack shishito peppers, 2-3 cups
coarse sea salt, to taste


1. Preheat cast iron skillet to high. Add oil and wait for it to start shimmering.
2. Add peppers to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until the skins begins to char and blister, about 5 minutes.
3. Season immediately with salt and eat (seeds and all!)

My smoke alarm went off several times as the peppers were cooking and continued to sound off after the peppers were off. You might want to open your windows and turn on the exhaust fan (fair warning!).

Enjoy :)

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How to “Grill” Lettuce ~ Broiled Romaine


Salad lovers, rejoice!  Romaine lettuce, it’s your time to shine.  You are no longer the supporting role, the “bulk” or the “bed” for the salad.  You are the main ingredient!  No longer cold and chopped, you are heated and charred, held together, and presented in all of your beauty.

I’m talking about grilled lettuce.  Have you had a chance to try it yet?  I’ve had my first grilled Caesar Salad a few summers ago and was hooked.  The thing is, I don’t have a grill at home, and spent many months without this delicious take on salad.

And then, almost like in a dream, I thought of trying preparing grilled romaine under a broiler!  A miracle of miracles – it worked!


“Grilled” Romaine Lettuce Salad


1 romaine lettuce

1 tablespoon of olive oil

salt and ground black pepper to taste



1.  Slice romaine in half, lengthwise.

2.  Drizzle with olive oil on the cut side and season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.  You can use your favorite seasonings here and spices, but I chose to keep the salad simple and let the natural sweetness of romaine lettuce shine.

3.  Place lettuce on a baking sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes, or until the desired charred is reached.  I broiled mine on both sides for extra char.


What’s next is up to you.  I topped romaine with diced cucumbers, red bell pepper, crumbled feta and basil.


What will you put on your “Grilled” romaine?

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Easter Mini Bundt Pan Frittatas


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If you are celebrating Easter, I’m wishing you a Happy one!  While Easter is not in my holiday rotation, I did want to share this recipe for Easter Mini Bundt Pan Frittatas that will be ideal to make with Easter ham leftovers.  Serve this up for brunch and make an extra batch to pack for easy breakfast throughout the week.

You can certainly bake these in a standard cupcake pan, but I was fortunate to find these gorgeous mini bundt pan at my parents’ and was happy to make it my own.  The frittatas were my first project and I’m certainly looking forward to future bundt creations!

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nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil

1 cup diced ham

1 cup diced asparagus

1 cup diced yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup diced green olives (used jalapeno stuffed)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

6 eggs

salt & pepper to taste


1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 6-container bundt pan with cooking spray or vegetable oil.

2.  Combine ham, asparagus, bell pepper, olives and dill and divide evenly among the bundt pan cups.

3.  Whisk together eggs with salt and pepper and pour over the filling.

4.  Bake in the oven until puffy and the eggs are set, 20-25 minutes.

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And that’s it guys!  Hop on over to your table to enjoy these delicious frittatas.  And as always, experiment with your favorite filling ingredients – cooked chicken, sauteed mushrooms and spinach, add a jalapeno for some spice – all appetizing possibilities!

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Passover Chocolate Covered Matzo with Hazelnuts, Cranberries and Ginger


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Passover starts tonight.  This year I have decided to follow the no-gluten rule as a way to show my solidarity and test my will power.  To lessen the blow of giving up bread and cookies, I made this sweet Passover Chocolate Covered Matzo with Hazelnuts, Cranberries and Candied Ginger. I used the chocolate-covered-strawberry method, where I melted the chocolate with a little bit of butter and spread it over oven-toasted matzo crackers before topping them with chopped hazelnuts, cranberries and candied ginger.  This is in my opinion a much easier and faster way and gives you a splendid result.

Let’s give it a try!

Passover Chocolate Covered Matzo with Hazelnuts, Cranberries and Candied Ginger


9 matzo crackers

24 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons butter

3 cups roasted hazelnuts, chopped

2 cups dried cranberries, chopped

1 cup candied ginger, chopped


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 3 baking sheets with aluminum foil and arrange matzo evenly among the sheets.  You might need to break a few crackers in half.

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2.  Toast matzo in the oven for 10 minutes.

3.  Place chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring in between with a spatula.  Once melted, stir in butter.

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4.  Spread chocolate evenly over matzo crackers and sprinkle with hazelnuts, cranberries and candied ginger, lightly pressing the toppings into the chocolate.

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5.  Set the matzo crackers at room temperature or refrigerator before breaking into individual pieces.

Now that you know the basic method and proportions, it’s time to play.  Try this with sea salt, candied orange, different types of nuts, or a drizzle of white chocolate over the top.

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I wish you all a happy Passover.  May you have a sweet year.

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My Love Affair with Burrata Cheese

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And so begins my love affair with Burrata. The what?  Burrata is Italian cheese made out of water buffalo or cow’s milk. Think of it as a sphere that holds a creamy, soft, decadent cheese inside that is encased in a fresh, stretched mozzarella.  Apart from calling it burrata, I prefer to refer to it as Angel Pillows.  I imagine angels resting their heads on burrata as they fall asleep.

The other day I went to DeLaurenti and Pike Place Market to pick up a few must-have items.  In my bag, I collected burrata, broccolini, tomatoes, olive roll, watermelon, rainbow olives, and Castelvetrano olives.

The fist night, I roasted broccolini and carrots (simply drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and ground black pepper, broccolini got a healthy sprinkle of garlic).  Give this a try in a 425 F for 15 minutes.

I drizzled the broccolini with pomegranate molasses and added a few slices of burrata.  Once the plate was composed and photographed, I quickly moved burrata to a toasted olive bread and cheered my success with a glass of white wine.



Two days later, I could hardly wait until breakfast.  The whole grain slice of bread was already getting warm and crisp in the toaster.  The tomatoes were sliced and lightly salted.  The olives scattered on the plate.  Then it came time to delicately slice a ball of burrata cheese.  Be gently, you don’t want the creamy filling to ooze out.  Once out of a toaster, I quickly topped the bread with slices of burrata and a drizzle of olive oil.  And then I inhaled and took a bite.



And just for fun, here’s a shot of what some of my plates really look like, when they are not photographed.



Your turn!  Are you having a love affair right now? Do share – keep it PG13 please :)

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Preserving Herbs: Dry Freezing


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How is it that there is always a bag of herbs, slowly wilting in my fridge?  I try my best to use them up, wash and dry them ahead of time, but still I fail.  It seems that almost weekly I end up throwing out bunches of cilantro and parsley.  I’m sorry my dears! I wish I would have taken better care of you.

In the past, to solve this unfortunate death, I’ve made pesto, and froze it in ice cube trays for later use in sauces, soups, etc.  But what if I didn’t want to use oil, salt, pepper, garlic, etc. to store the herbs?

In comes my friend Dana.  When visiting her home, I peaked into her freezer to find a glass jar with something green inside.  Turns out it was parsley!  Dana claims her family has been using this freezer method to preserve herbs for ages.  Good enough for them?  Good enough for me!


The method is quite simple.  You start by thoroughly washing and drying herbs.  A salad spinner works like a charm, or you could dry them in multiple layers of kitchen towels.  If you would normally not eat the stems of the herb you are preserving, go ahead and discard the stems (or better yet, save them in the freezer to flavor soups and stocks).

All clean and dry?  It’s time to get chopping.  I used my mini food processor to chop the herbs, but you can certainly use a knife.  I’d suggest going for a rough chop vs a mince, you don’t want to release too much juice.


Once you are all chopped up, transfer the herbs to a freezer-safe container.  You might want to even label and date the containers.  Try freezing individual herbs  or make a blend of a few.

They stay bright green and fragrant.  So much better than premature death, don’t you think? :)

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April Fools’ Day Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potatoes Frosting


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Happy April Fools’ Day.  Have you been fooled today yet?  The day is still young.  While there are no announcements of engagement, pregnancy, or moving to Australia in this post (who am I kidding?), I am going to share with you this April Fools’ Day recipe and video I got to style for Allrecipes.com ~ Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potatoes Frosting.  These are so believable, you might just fool your friends and family at dinner.  Better yet, they are also delicious.


For the frosting, I chose to color the mashed potatoes with red and green food coloring.  Feel free to pick your own colors and try going with natural colors, using beet and spinach juice (or even blueberry juice).  Add as much color as your wish to achieve desired shade, but don’t go too wild, making sure the color is still frosting-believable.

When it came to decorating, I designed Vanilla Raspberry cupcakes with natural mashed potatoes and cherry tomatoes, Strawberry Shortcake with red mashed potatoes and Parmesan cheese, and Mint Chocolate with green mashed potatoes and bacon bits.  What combinations will you come up with?


Be sure to check out this video to see how to make the Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potatoes Frosting: http://allrecipes.com/video/4506/meatloaf-cupcakes/detail.aspx

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Thai Sticky Rice with Mangoes from Pok Pok Restaurant ~ Dessert

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The last time you dined at a Thai restaurant, do you remember what you ordered for dessert?  More likely than not, you enjoyed a bowl of sticky rice, topped with sweet mango.  If you were lucky enough to taste this at a Portland Pok Pok, consider yourself lucky.  This is probably one of the most talked about Thai restaurant in the United States.  Although I haven’t had a chance to eat at Pok Pok yet, I got a chance to try many of its dishes few weeks ago, during my cookbook club meeting.  Our cookbook selection was Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand” by Any Ricker, JJ Goode, Austin Bush and David Thompson.

Among the dishes, there was pad thai, fried egg salad, pork ribs, and much more.  For my selection, I picked Andy’s recipe for Sweet Sticky Rice with Mangoes and Sesame Seeds, published in Food & Wine magazine.

You can find the full recipe on the site.  I found out, later, that it was different from one published in the book, perhaps an easier, more shortcut version.  In this version, the rice is prepared in the microwave instead of steaming, and there are several ingredients missing, that perhaps could be harder to find at a local grocery store.

As such, I adjusted the Food & Wine published recipe but cutting down on the salt and adding vanilla to the coconut sauce.  I also chose to use black sesame seeds to offer contrast to white rice and yellow mangoes.

You start by combining coconut milk with sugar and salt in a saucepan and simmering it until slightly thickened and the sugar melts.  Feel free to throw in a vanilla bean into the sauce.


For the rice, you might need to head down to your closest Asian grocery store.  You’re looking for long grain Thai rice, also called sweet, sticky, or glutinous rice.


Soak the rice for an hour, then rinse it, and cook in the microwave in three stages, until it’s tender.


Meanwhile, you’ll make the second batch of coconut sauce (i added a vanilla bean to this one as well) with sugar and salt – you will add it to the cooked rice and stir it in until it’s fully absorbed.  Be sure both the rice and the sauce are still warm.

Toast black sesame seeds and peel and slice mangoes.  If at all possible, it’s best to use champagne mangoes.


Serve the rice in individual bowls along with coconut sauce (the first batch you made), mangoes, and sesame seeds.  I arranged the mangoes over the bowl of rice and sprinkled with sesame seeds – looks like a happy bumble bee, doesn’t it?

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Faro and Vegetable Salad Recipe

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Do you love whole grains?  Are you a fan of bringing in daily lunch but making it only once a week?  Are you tired of pb&j sandwiches?  Then this Faro and Vegetable Salad just might be what you will want to make and pack up for your daily lunch this week.  Packed with nutrients and vitamins, it’s colorful, cheerful, crunchy, and delicious.  The zesty lemon-mustard dressing is light and can be kept separate from the salad, to be added right before serving.  Don’t have faro on hand?  This will work equally well with brown rice and wheat berries.

Faro and Vegetable Salad

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1 cup faro
2 cups water
1 bunch kale, torn into pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 English cucumber, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced
2 carrots, shredded
2 tablespoons dill, chopped

1 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Faro and Vegetable Salad


1.  Add faro and water to a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer faro until tender, about 15 minutes.  Add in kale, cover, and let sit for a few minutes for kale to wilt.

2.  Combine cooled faro and kale with the remaining vegetables.

3.  Whisk together dressing and pour over faro and vegetables.  Toss gently.

Pack this lunch daily and you’ll be happily fed.  Want to mix it up?  Add grilled chicken, tofu, or shrimp along with the salad.  Love cheese?  Add crumbled feta cheese to your daily lunch.  As the salad sits in the fridge, the vegetables take on somewhat of a marinated quality and the faro soaks up the dressing nicely.

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Borscht ~ Russian Vegetarian Beet Soup Recipe


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Before I begin with the recipe, I do admit to the Russian name of the soup not having a “t” at the end.  But this is in English, so we will stick with Borscht.  Now, I have grown up eating this hearty, ruby red soup prepared lovingly by my Dad.  In fact, I just ate a bowl at my parents’ house tonight, and it was as usual, the best.  But sometimes, I want to make borscht at home, and this is my quick, one-pot version of my dad’s recipe.

The are numerous of recipes for borscht out there, with each family using their own particular technique and a set of ingredients.  But for the most part, there are a few must-have ingredients: beets, cabbage, and carrots. The rest?  It’s up to you!  I was out of potatoes, but normally would put those in as well.  Celery, celery root, and even zucchini are great additions to the soup.


Borscht ~ Russian Vegetarian Beet Soup


1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 beets, peeled and sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 carrots, diced
4-6 cups of water (can substitute vegetable broth or chicken/beef stock for a non-vegetarian version)
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste
juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
1-2 teaspoons of sugar

Serve with: Russian black bread, dill, sour cream


1.  Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook for 10 minutes.

2.  Add beets to the onion and cook for another ten minutes.

3.  Add garlic and carrots and cook for another five minutes.  At this point, you can also add a few tablespoons of tomato paste.

4.  Pour in water (or stock), making sure the vegetables are covered by a few inches.  Bring to a boil.  If you were using potatoes, you’d add them now, and cook half way through.

5. Lower the heat to medium and stir in cabbage. Cook just until the cabbage is wilted.

6. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and sugar.

Soup is ready!  Add a dollop of sour cream and freshly chopped herbs (dill, parsley, even cilantro).  I often serve it with fresh grated garlic for an extra kick and a dash of hot sauce.

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Brine Your Chickens!


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I have a confession to make.  Yesterday I made my first brined chicken.  For someone who has been cooking for quite some time, it’s honestly shameful.  Why have I roasted whole chickens without brining them first in all the previous years?  This overnight brined chicken was ridiculously juicy, tender, and flavorful.

Roasted Chicken Brine Recipe

I got to test the brining method on the set of Allrecipes.com video studio, using the Simple Chicken Brine recipe.  The recipe was indeed, simple.  A mix of water, salt, sugar, soy sauce and olive oil.  I resisted adjusting the recipe by adding extra seasonings and herbs, but will experiment the next time I decide to brine.

The whole chicken bathed in the brine overnight, then got rinsed and patted dry.  I stuffed it with lemon, fresh thyme, onion and celery before getting it into a hot oven, seated on a bed of more onion and celery.

Roast the chicken in a 400 degrees F oven for about an hour – depending on the size.  Make sure the internal temperature registers at 165 degrees F.  Allow the bird to rest, loosely covered with foil, to keep warm, before carving.  One of the benefits of brining, is even a bird that might be slightly overcooked, will still be juicy.

If every chicken I ate came out looking so beautiful and delicious, I’d be a happy girl!

Keep an eye out for a video to show you how we made the brine.

Would love to hear your experience in brining – do you have a favorite recipe to share?

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Valentine’s Sweetheart Cupcakes – Recipe & Video


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Happy Valentine’s Day.  I hope that we all have the love in our lives worth of appreciating and celebrating.  Whether it’s the love of the parents, siblings, friends, or platonic.  Let’s wish someone in your life happy love day.


And with that, how about a cupcake?  I worked on this recipe video for Allrecipes.com and today is the perfect day for sharing!  With the recipe, I would recommend using a regular yellow cake (instead of white), or your own from-scratch recipe.  The layering of colors is not as intimidating as it might look or sound – just take your time, and be careful of not inserting too much air into the cupcakes.

These are the perfect fun and decorative cupcakes to make for any holidays – just change the color scheme and you have Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter cupcakes at your disposal.

Recipe: Sweetheart Cucpakes


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