Normandy Apple Pie

My version of Normandy Apple Pie, with calvados and sour cream, of course.

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Normandy Apple Pie
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Thaw one sheet of puff pastry until room temperature. Roll the pastry dough into circle and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Prick with a fork.
  2. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  3. Peel the apples and cut them in half through the stem. Remove the stems and slice the apples cross wide in very thin slices. Add lemon juice.
  4. Arrange the apples slices in an overlapping spiral pattern.
  5. In a medium bowl beat the eggs with sugar. Add calvados, sour cream and almond powder, mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture over the apples.
  7. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and keep baking for 30 more minutes until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Smoked Salmon Puffs

These irresistible little puffs are filled with a delicate cream made of smoked salmon. Excellent as an appetizer with a glass of Champagne!

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Smoked Salmon Puffs
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
small puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Salmon filling
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
small puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Salmon filling
Instructions
Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  2. Add flour and mix well, until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  3. Add the eggs one by one. Stir well. The dough should become smooth and shiny.
  4. Place saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag.
  6. Pipe puffs (no bigger than a walnut). Space the puffs on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  7. Lightly brush the top of puffs with egg yolk.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let them cool down completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Smoked salmon filling
  1. In a food processor, combine the smoked salmon with the onion, garlic, sour cream and olive oil. Process until smooth.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix once more.
  3. Whip heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
  4. Gently fold in salmon mix into the whipped cream. Add the minced fresh dill.
  5. Cut puffs in half. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag and fill the puffs. Replace the top.
  6. Dust puffs with paprika. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator.

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
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  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.

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

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients


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.

Tuna Quiche

This French open-faced pie with canned tuna, egg & cream filling seems completely simple, but it is so delicious. Don’t forget to add mustard to this Tuna Quiche, it will give a charm to it.

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Tuna Quiche
I usually serve it with green salad. Aragula works the best.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry out on a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
  2. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the crust starts to turn light gold. Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the center down with a fork, if it puffed up a bit.
  3. Meanwhile mix tuna and mayonnaise with fork. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the mustard across centre. (I use mustard "a l'ancienne).
  5. Spoon the tuna mix on top.
  6. Combine eggs with sour cream and mix together. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour over tuna.
  8. Slice tomato and arrange them on top of your quiche. Sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is golden brown.

Salmon in Puff Pastry

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 in Puff Pastry
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
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.

Salmon Теrrine

An elegant french recipe made of fresh and smoked salmon, eggs, sour cream, and parsley. This refined and delicious appetizer is perfect for cold buffets. Serve the Salmon Terrine with mayonnaise, vegetables, or a green salad.

 

 

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Salmon Terrine
This Salmon Terrine is served cold and gets even better the next day. Very convenient to prepare in advance.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 390° F (180°C). Grease a loaf pan using cooking oil.
  2. Cut the fresh salmon into pieces and mix with a food processor.
  3. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. Add the sour cream and parsley.
  5. Add the smoked salmon, salt and pepper. Mix with a spatula.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Allow the salmon terrine to cool before removing it from the pan. Serve the dish chilled.

Ice Cream Cake Iceberg

I don’t mean to brag, but as far as homemade ice cream cake recipes go, this one is the winner. The red berry coulis topping is the perfect balance between sweet and sour. This No-Bake Ice Cream Cake Iceberg is the ideal dessert to serve at your next party on a hot summer day.

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Ice Cream Cake Iceberg
My suggestion is to pick red sour berries for rich color and a sour taste. Drain the sour cream to avoid liquid.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
servings
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
servings
Instructions
  1. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Whisk egg yolks with sugar.
  2. When the sugar is dissolved add vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. In a mixer bowl, whisk together very cold sour cream and heavy cream together until fluffy. Add sugar and continue whisking until firm (don't over whip).
  4. Using a spatula, combine egg yolks with whipped cream together.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff.
  6. With a spatula, carefully combine egg whites with whipped cream.
  7. You should get a nice fluffy cream.
  8. Spread the cream evenly into a silicone pan or salad bowl.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  10. Rinse and drain fresh berries and puree until smooth. If you are using a frozen berries, place them in a leak-proof container and set the container in cold water for 10-15 minutes, then puree them.
  11. Pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove all tiny seeds. Coulis is ready.
  12. Remove it from the silicone pan and return it back to freezer until serving. (If you used a salad bowl, place it into hot water for a couple seconds). Prepare fresh berries for garnish.
  13. Right before serving, pour the coulis over the ice cream cake and garnish with fresh berries.

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
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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.

Cucumber Tomato & Green Onion Salad

Looking for a “quick” salad  to make? This cucumber and tomato salad is not just fast and easy salad to make, it is also a great summer side dish that goes perfectly with fish, potato, rice, omelet or just by itself.

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Cucumber tomato & green onion salad
Adding any other vegetables to this salad is not prohibited! Use olive oil instead of sour cream if you don't like sour cream.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In the bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and gently toss. Serve right away.
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