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Feb. 7th, 2015



Triple Citrus Shortbread Bars

The perfect sunshine treat for this gloomy winter.

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Dec. 22nd, 2014



How to Store Foods

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Sep. 13th, 2014



How to Peel a Kiwi or Mango

Give this a try and let us know if it works for you too!

Mar. 10th, 2014


Panna cotta with blueberry sauce


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Feb. 25th, 2014


Ukrainian borsch


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Feb. 17th, 2014



Pastry Folding 101

I want to try all of these! Especially that last one. Yummy! Found here.

Feb. 2nd, 2014


Chovrygy from Transcarpathia


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Jan. 19th, 2014


Beet salad with apples and walnuts

Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah! I am back. During this time, I seriously plunged into a workout, so now my family have two types of eating : fitness food and home nutritious cuisine :) . I will post some photo of my new tricks and achieved results, but first - recipe. Today I offer you a very delicious, healthy winter salad. We are used to eating beets with cheese or with prunes, but in Transcarpathia region this salad is very populatoo. Bon appetit.
I'm with you all missed :)


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Jan. 2nd, 2014




And not your usual pancakes either, these are 27 pancakes worth waking up for.

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Do you like pancakes? How do you eat yours? I usually have frozen fruit in my freezer, so I make plain pancakes (or put a little spice in them) and while they are cooking, put the frozen fruit and spices in a pot to heat up into a delicious fruit mush I pour over the pancakes. I'll use real maple syrup when I have it, but I am not really a fan of table syrup.

Dec. 27th, 2013



Jello Shots

Just in time for New Years; a whole site filled with gelatin shots! Some really pretty ones too.


1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup orange flavored vodka
1/4 cup Roses lime juice (or fresh lime juice and a dash simple syrup or agave nectar)
1/4 cup Grand Marnier (substitute Cointreau or Triple Sec for a milder tasting jelly shot)
2 ½ envelopes plain Knox gelatin (1/2 envelope equals ¾ teaspoon)
Lime zest for garnish, if desired

In a saucepan, sprinkle cranberry and lime juices with gelatin. Allow to soak for a few minutes. Heat on low, stirring constantly, until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes). Stir in the liquors, making sure to fully incorporate. Pour into pan or molds, and chill until set, several hours or overnight. .

To serve, cut into desired shapes.  Garnish with the lime zest. Makes 18 to 24 shots.


Classic Waffle Jelly Shots

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, strained to remove solids

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup (just because its more flavorful - use what you have on hand!)

  • 2 envelopes plain Knox gelatin

  • 1 cup cake flavored vodka (or vanilla vodka with 2 tsp amaretto)

Prepare molds with a quick spray of cooking oil, and then wipe clean with a paper towel. This leaves a slight film to aid in removal without affecting the appearance or taste of your jelly shots.

Pour juices and syrup into a medium saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the vodka.

Fill molds with the mixture, and refrigerate for until firm, several hours or overnight.

To serve, remove from molds.

Rainbow Jelly

Spiked Rainbow Jelly Mold

  • 4 1/2 cups boiling water, divided

  • 6 (85 g) packages gelatin dessert mix (rainbow colors – red/strawberry or cherry, yellow/lemon, orange, green/lime, blue/blue raspberry and purple grape)

  • 3 envelopes plain Knox gelatin (6 teaspoons of gelatin powder total)

  • 3 cups flavored vodka or rum, divided

  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp vanilla yogurt, divided

Prep Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 4 1/2 hrs
Place the bottle of vodka in the freezer for several hours before beginning this recipe, to ensure potency!
Lightly spray bundt pan or gelatin mold with non-stick cooking spray.  Wipe off the excess spray with a paper towel.  A slight residue should remain, just enough to help unmold your gelatin, without affecting the taste or appearance.
Pour 3/4 cup water into a saucepan and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the plain gelatin.  Allow gelatin to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Wisk in the first package of flavored gelatin.  Whisk for at least 2 minutes, or until completely dissolved.  (I find the sugar free mix dissolves much faster than the regular!).
Remove from heat.  Add 1/2 cup of the cold liquor, and stir to combine.
Pour 3/4 cup of the gelatin mixture into the prepared mold, and place in refrigerator.  Allow to set for 20 to 30 minutes, until the gelatin is a little firm, but still sticks when touched.  Very important – if the layers set up too much, the next layer won’t bond appropriated. 
Refrigerate the remaining gelatin mixture in bowl about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Gradually stir in 3 tablespoons of yogurt and stir until well blended.  This cooling step is also important – the gelatin must be cooled to room temperature before adding on top of other layers, or the layers will not be well defined!
Gently spoon the gelatin/yogurt mixture over set gelatin and return to the refrigerator Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until gelatin is set but not firm (again, it should stick to finger when touched).  As the layers progress, the setting time will become shorter as the pan and gelatin becomes colder, and the layers become thinner as more layers are added to the mold.
Repeat steps with remaining gelatin flavors, for a total of 12 alternating clear and creamy gelatin layers.
After completing all the layers, refrigerate the gelatin overnight.  (This will allow the layers to fully bond!)
To unmold, fill a larger container or clean sink with warm water (not too hot!).  With clean fingers, loosen the gelatin around the edges of the mold cavities. Next, dip the mold almost to the edge into the warm water for just a few seconds (10 seconds worked for me). Dry the bottom of the mold with a towel and check the edges to see if they are loose, if not, repeat the dip for just a few seconds. Place your serving plate on top of the mold and invert.   Voila!

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