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
Servings
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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.

Vegetable Tian

This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉

Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.


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Vegetable Tian

To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

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Course Main Dish

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

Servings
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Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.

  2. In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.

  4. Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.

  5. Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.

  6. Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.

  7. Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.

  8. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.

  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.

Fried Cabbage With Sausage

Fried cabbage with sausage is so simple but tasty, and the leftovers are tastier than it was the first day. When it comes to sausage, you can’t go wrong with this one. You can use any sausage you like: it can be Italian sausage, Polska kielbasa, smoked sausage, lamb, turkey or chicken sausages. Any of them will give a great taste to cabbage. My favorite is Frankfurter sausage.

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Fried cabbage with sausage
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cut the cabbage into thick slices.
  2. Dice onion into the small squares, shred the carrots.
  3. Slice the sausages.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until lightly brown.
  5. Add shredded carrots and continue cooking for couple more minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Add cabbage and stir well.
  7. In a few minutes add sausage. Bury the sausages under the cabbage, to get the brown color.
  8. When the sausages are lightly brown, add salt and pepper, bay leaf, and some water (about 100 ml), mix well. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet with lid and simmer for about 10 minutes. Mix every 2-3 minutes.
  9. Once cooked, add fresh herbs and serve.

Tuna Rice Salad

Very nourishing and yet simple to make salad from canned tuna, rice, corn, avocado, eggs and tomatoes. No mayonnaise! This salad always comes to my mind when I have leftover rice.

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Tuna Rice Salad
You can add english cucumber to this salad.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a nice big serving plate, mash tuna using a fork. Add rice and stir to combine.
  2. Cut the avocado in half, using a sharp knife, slice through the avocado lengthwise until you feel the knife hit the pit. Remove the pit and dice avocado into cubes.
  3. Add avocado, corn, tomatoes, and red onion. Carefully mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Slice eggs into quarter. Arrange them on top of the salad. Garnish with green onion.

Whole Roast Duck With Apple And Cranberry Stuffing

Impress your holiday guests this year with crisp, delicious and full of juices roasted duck. This recipe is very simple and easy to make. The best way to serve it is with mashed potatoes.

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Whole Roast Duck With Apples And Cranberry Stuffing
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry duck with paper towels. Season inside and outside with salt and pepper.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Cut celery into thin slices.
  4. Peel, core and cut apples into small cubes.
  5. Heat olive oil or butter in a frying pan. Add onion and celery and sauté for 3-4 minutes until golden. Season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Add apples and cranberries. Remove from the heat.
  7. Add bread crumbs and mix well.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Stuff duck with prepared stuffing. Secure skin underneath with skewer or toothpicks.
  9. Rub the skin with olive oil and place it into the roasting pan with the breast side down. Roast for one hour.
  10. Baste all over every 15-20 minutes with juices from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Flip the duck over and continue to roast for another 20-30 minutes. Cover wings and legs with foil if it gets too brown.
  12. The duck is done if the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted in the thickest part of the leg. Remove from the oven and cover the duck with aluminum foil for at least 10 minutes.

Salmon Wrapped In Puff Pastry With Sour Cream

Who says you need to make a special dough for amazing appetizers? Thank goodness for puff pastry! It is so easy to use and you can buy it in the freezer section at any grocery store. I want to introduce you to this delicious puff pastry packets that are filled with salmon, sour cream and herbs. And can be served with any green salad of your choice. It’s great for brunch, lunch, or light dinner. This will definitely be on my holiday table this year.


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Salmon Wrapped In Puff Pastry With Sour Cream

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

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Ingredients

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Servings
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Ingredients


Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add finely chopped onion cook and stir until tender.

  2. Cut salmon into small cubes. Season with salt and pepper, add sour cream, cooked onion and fresh dill. Gently mix.

  3. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Gently roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Using 8 cm round cookie cutter carefully cut out circles.

  5. Place pastry rounds on a flat surface, divide salmon mixture between them and spread one tea spoon over pastry, leaving a 1/2 cm border all around.

  6. Brush pastry borders with water. Top with pastry rounds and press edges together firmly to seal.

  7. Place the pastry packets on baking sheet and brush with egg yolk.

  8. Make a small hole in the middle of the top of each lid. Use a paring knife to score the top of the pastry as desired. Be careful not puncture through.

  9. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Pumpkin Soup

French recipe of a silky and smooth Pumpkin Soup with only two main ingredients. Healthy, colorful, and easy to make. If you have a blender, you have to try this recipe as soon as pumpkins are in season.
To impress your guests, serve this soup in individual pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Soup
This soup is delicious and silky even without any cream. I add very little, just to make it look beautiful.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash and chop the leeks.
  2. Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half horizontally. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean with the spoon or ice cream scoop (you can use the seeds for another recipe).
  3. Peel and cut into regular cubes.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir leeks until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add pumpkin cubes and cook for 5-7 more minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Transfer the veggies into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Simmer about 15 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked.
  7. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Add a little more boiling water if the soup is too thick. Taste for flavor, and feel free to add more salt or pepper.
  8. Serve hot, with sour or heavy whipping cream and fresh herbs.
For a special presentation:
  1. Cut off the top of a small pumpkin and scrape the inside.
  2. Before adding the soup, heat the pumpkin for few minutes in the oven, then add the hot soup and serve immediately.

Easy Apple Cake

Delicate and full of apples easy to make cake. Recipe is very similar to famous Russian Apple Sharlotka but with a little of olive oil and baking powder.  Must try!

 

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Easy Apple Cake
Take sour apples for this recipe.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F. Grease and flour a round cake pan or line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar. Add flour and baking powder. Mix well, then add oil and mix last time.
  3. Peel and dice apples into small pieces. Lay out the apples on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Pour the batter over the apples.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until а knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool then transfer to plate.
  7. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

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
Servings
people
Ingredients
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.

Cabbage and Carrot Slaw

This cabbage and carrot slaw is simple, healthy and nutritious. It is super easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. A perfect side dish to literally anything.

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Cabbage and carrot slaw
It tastes even better the next day.
Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the cabbage in half and peel of a few of the thin outer layers. Cut each half into quarters, then cut out the tough core in the middle. Slice each quarter crosswise into thin shreds. Add salt and squeeze the shredded cabbage with your hands.
  2. Peel the carrots and shred them.
  3. Transfer the shredded carrots and cabbage into the mixing bowl. Add sugar, white vinegar and olive oil. Gently toss everything together. Taste and add some more salt if needed. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.
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