Turkey Potato Casserole

“Without the potato, the balance of European power might never tilted north”. (Michael Pollan)

Turkey Potato Casserole is very personal, everyone makes theirs differently. I make my Turkey Potato Casserole with shredded potato.

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Turkey Potato Casserole
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Dice onion as finely as you can.
  3. Mix together ground turkey with onion, add salt ant pepper to taste.
  4. Place the turkey mix in an even layer on the bottom of a 9x13 inches baking dish.
  5. Peel and shred potatoes.
  6. Spread the shredded potatoes evenly over turkey.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, eggs and water. Add 1/2 tsp of salt.
  8. Evenly pour the egg mixture over casserole and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake uncovered for 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  10. Serve it hot with sour cream and cilantro.

Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner

Pasta and ground beef is nothing new, but when you add feta cheese, onion and fresh dill to it, it takes your pasta to a whole different level.

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Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner
You might seriously consider making a double batch of this Beef and feta pasta dinner because your family will definitely ask you for more.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the onion.
  2. Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil. Add onion and sauté until softened and brown, stirring once in a while.
  3. While the onion is cooking, cook pasta, according to the package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. Fully cook the ground beef. Drain grease. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Use your hands or the tines of a fork to crumble the feta cheese.
  6. Add onion, ground beef and crumbled feta to cooked pasta. Shower on a generous dusting of fresh dill and using two spoons, toss the pasta well.

Ground Beef Hardshell Tacos

These are to die for tacos. I’ve made it so many times and each time, it turns out so great. It goes awesome with Virgin Mojito.

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Ground beef hardshell tacos
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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  1. Fully cook the ground beef. Drain extra grease. Add water and taco seasoning then cook for 3 more minutes.
  2. Dice tomatoes.
  3. Cut avocado into small cubes.
  4. Shred lettuce.
  5. Finely chop cilantro.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place empty taco shells on a cooking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  7. Assemble each taco with meat mixture, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and lettuce. Top it with sour cream and salsa. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Serve immediately.

Lemon Cake

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Whether it be a plain piece of dark chocolate or a decadent caramel cheesecake, I can’t remember the last time I turned down dessert. My mouth  waters every time I see or think of this Lemon Cake. Each time I’m at Starbucks, I know what I will be ordering. I can’t guarantee  this Lemon loaf tastes exactly like Starbucks, I personally think it’s better. You tell me. 🙂


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Lemon Cake

Course Dessert

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes

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Icing

Course Dessert

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes

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Icing


Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

  2. Combine eggs and sugar.

  3. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract.

  4. Add vegetable oil and mix.

  5. Gradually add greek yogurt and mix until combined.

  6. Stir in baking powder.

  7. Slowly add flour. Blend until smooth.

  8. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and quickly cover the pan with aluminum foil, and return to the oven, for the last 10 minutes, to prevent excess browning.

  9. Cool the loaf in a pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool completely.

  10. Whisk confectioners' sugar with lemon juice until smooth. Spoon evenly over the loaf and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Walnut Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Once baked the walnuts get that gooey-caramel and crunchy coating.

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Walnut Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-10 inch round cake pan. Place pineapple slices on the bottom of the pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla on high speed for about 8 min. Slowly add flour. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
  3. Add chopped walnuts.
  4. Carefully spoon mixture into a pan cake.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool for at list 10 minutes, then turn the pan over onto a serving plate. Wait 30 seconds then lift the pan off.

Potato salad (Russian salad)

This is the most traditional Russian salad we make for any holiday, and New Year’s Eve is the biggest holiday of all, when “Olivie” would be on all tables. What makes it more special is “leftovers”… You can eat it the next day and joke that the salad is from last year.

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Potato salad (Russian salad)
Course Salads
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cook potatoes and carrots in a medium pot in their skins until tender. Do not overcook.
  2. Peel the vegetables and eggs.
  3. Cut the potatoes, carrots, bologna, eggs, pickles and onion into small 1/4 inch squares.
  4. Mix all the ingredients with mayonnaise, salt and black pepper. Chill salad before serving.
  5. For a fancier presentation, serve it in mini cups.

Lemon Rosemary Salmon

Tasty, simple and beautiful looking dish for everyday or special occasions.

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Lemon Rosemary Salmon
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Add 4 Tbsp of olive oil to baking dish. Place one slice of lemon and one rosemary spring under each salmon fillet.
  3. Add salt, pepper and paprika evenly over salmon and place one slice of lemon and one rosemary spring on top of salmon.
  4. Drizzle 4 Tbsp of olive oil over salmon.
  5. Bake 25 minutes until salmon is flaky.
  6. Place salmon on serving platter and enjoy.

Bread Kvass

A traditional Russian bread kvass is a fermented and carbonated beverage in which the main components are Rye bread, yeast, sugar, water and raisins. In Russia kvass is used in some cold recipes such as okroshka.

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Bread Kvass
Course Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Passive Time 14 hours
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Course Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Passive Time 14 hours
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Instructions
  1. Slice Rye bread.
  2. Position a rack in the upper third of an oven and preheat the broiler. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet. Broil the slices until dark brown, turning them over only once, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together active dry yeast, sugar and water. Place bread and raisins in 3 Mason jars and fill the jars with water.
  4. Cover the jars with lid or plastic wrap and let it stand on the countertop for 6-8 hours at room temperature, stir the mixture occasionally.
  5. Carefully remove the toasted bread and raisins and discard them. Using a strainer pour the kvass into empty jars or plastic containers and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Serve chilled and ENJOY!

Ponchiki (Russian Doughnuts)

Every kid of the Soviet Union should remember the taste of golden and crunchy on the outside and fluffy and tender on the inside tvoroznye ponchiki. It’s a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a small ball and covered with powdered sugar. They don’t just look delightful, they taste the same.

You don’t have to take a trip to Russia to get the real taste of ponchiki : I’ll be sharing my recipe with you today.

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Ponchiki (Russian Doughnuts)
If you couldn't find farmers cheese in your local grocery store, don't panic : use ricotta. This is a good substitute for farmers cheese. Very similar taste. But be sure to drain the water out of the ricotta.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with sugar and salt, add baking soda and vanilla. Continue beating for 30 more seconds. Add two cups of farmers cheese and beat for 20 more seconds. Add flour and stir with a spatula. Dough will be sticky.
  2. Using a small ice cream scoop, or wet hands form dough into a small balls.
  3. In a large iron skillet, heat the oil until hot (350 degrees F). Add ponchiki, one at a time, and fry over medium heat until golden brown. Normally ponchiki roll over on their own, and you don't have to turn them over.
  4. Lift them with tongs, drain on paper towel. Toss ponchiki in powdered sugar while they are still hot. You can serve them right away.

Potato Pancakes (Draniki)

One of my husband’s favorite food is draniki. Russian style potato pancakes. Perfect for breakfast or branch. I’ve seen draniki  recipes that use mashed potato also, but I personally prefer my potato to be coarsely  grated, because then you have more crispy ends. Traditionally draniki are served with sour cream, but you can also serve them with ketchup or cottage cheese.

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Potato Pancakes (Draniki)
You will need some extra olive oil, draniki absorb oil very fast.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze grated potatoes with hands, extracting as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a large bowl beet eggs, baking soda and buttermilk, add grated potatoes, salt, pepper and flour, mix well.
  3. In a large iron skillet heat the olive oil until hot. Place the tablespoons of batter in the pan and flatten with spoon.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the bottom is golden brown.Turn over and cook on the other side.
  5. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve them hot with sour cream.
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