November 27, 2015

Pickleback Slaw

The best slaw I had in America. Really Delicious!

Pickleback Slaw

    1 small head green cabbage
    1 small head red cabbage
    2 carrots, peeled and grated
    2 tart apples, like Granny Smith, peeled and cut into matchsticks
    ½ cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade or Hellmann’s
    3 tablespoons juice from a pickle jar, or of pickle relish
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    2 teaspoons pepper sauce, like Frank’s, or to taste (I did not use)
    Kosher salt
    Ground black pepper

Cut the cabbages in half and remove the core from each side. Cut each half in half and slice each resulting quarter into thin ribbons. I massaged salt into cabbage before adding apples and carrots) Mix with carrots and apples in a large nonreactive bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
Pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss. Season to taste. The coleslaw may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated. Toss again before serving .

Recipe comes from New York Times

November 16, 2015

Imitation crabmeat balls

Great healthy dish, which goes well with salad or sauce. Great to serve for potluck.

Imitation crabmeat balls

Makes 12-13 large balls

2 packages (each 8 oz) imitation crabmeat, chopped or flaked
3 hard-boiled eggs, ruffly chopped
4 oz soft Havarti cheese, cut in small pieces
2 large garlic gloves
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
salt, pepper to taste

Place crabmeat into food processor and process until very small bits. Take out 1/3 of mixture in a separate bowl. Add eggs, cheese and garlic to mixture and process for 30 seconds. Take out mixture and add mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Form 12-13 balls and roll in crabmeat bits reserves earlier.

Russian version

November 09, 2015

Coconut-Date Truffle Bites

Several months ago I made Chocolate Chips ourmeal raising treats They are amazing and very healthy. This time I deicided to make something similar and quite tasty. It's still healthy and very easy to make.

Coconut-Date Truffle Bites

Makes 20 medium size balls

2/3 cup roasted, salted almonds
30 whole pitted dates
1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon coconut oil ( I took sunflower oil)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates; process until finely ground. Add coconut and next 3 ingredients (through salt); pulse until combined.

2. Scoop about 2 teaspoons cocoa mixture with a spoon, and roll into a ball. Repeat the procedure with remaining cocoa mixture. Place the truffles on a platter lined with parchment paper; refrigerate 1 hour.

3. Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute and 20 seconds or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds. Add truffles, stirring gently to coat. Return truffles to platter until the chocolate sets.

Трюфеля из кокосовой стружки и фиников

На 20 среднего размера  шариков

2/3 стакана жареного , соленого миндаля
30 фиников без косточек, нарезать на мелкие кусочки
1/2 чашки стружки несладкий кокоса
2 столовые ложки несладкого какао
1 столовая ложка кокосового масла ( я взяла подсолнечное масло)
1/8 чайной ложки соли
60 грамм сладкого шоколада , мелко нарезанного

. Положить миндаль в кухонный комбайн и прокрутить до полного измелчения. Добавить порезанные финики, кокосовую стружку и следующие 3 ингредиента (включая соль) ; Прокрутить до полного измелчения..

2. Добавить какао и кокосовое масло. Провернуть в комбайне и вынуть смесь. Скатать 20 шариков и поместить их на блюдо, накрытое пергаментной бумагой. поставить в холодильник  на 1 час.

3. Поставить шоколад в микровольновую печь на 1 минуту 20 секунд до полного расплавляния, перемешивая каждые 20 секунд . Вынуть трюфеля из холодильника и покрыть шоколадом. Полохить трюфеля на туже тарелку и поставить в холодильник до застывания. Хранить в холодильнике. .

Recipe comes from Cooking Light 2013

November 01, 2015

Crispy Apple Walnut Strudel with Wine Dough

Crispy Apple Walnut Strudel with Wine Dough

I had never used wine for dough. I saw the dough recipe in Saveur magazine and madly wanted to try it. I decided to use dough recipe for pareve apple strudel, which turned on to be very crispy. Here's the recipe.

The idea came from

P.S. It stays fresh and crispy on next day or two. You can keep strudel at room temperature for 2-3 days. 


2 1⁄4 cups (10 1⁄4 oz.) all-purpose flour
1⁄4 cup plus 2 tbsp. white wine
1/4 cup cold water
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. sugar
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt

Apple filling:

4 medium tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs

Walnut filling

1⁄2 cup ground walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar

Make the strudel dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour with the wine, oil, sugar, salt, and 1⁄4 cup water. On low speed, mix until the dough comes together, and then increase the speed to medium and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Wrap each part of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

In medium bowl, toss apples, sugar, lemon juice and bread crumbs. Set aside.
Make walnut filling mixing together all ingredients

Preheat oven to 350F

Dust work surface lightly with flour. Using floured rolling pin, roll out dough(one part) as thin as possible (15 x 10 inches rectangle) With pastry brush, spread 2 tablespoons vegetable oil all over dough. Sprinkle with half of walnut filling. Using hands press walnut filling into dough. Leaving 2 inches from long side, spoon half of apple mixture onto one long side of dough. Gently lift apple-topped edge of dough and  cover apples, start rolling up strudel toward plain dough edge until filling is completely sealed. If needed, turn log to place seam on bottom.

Repeat with second part of dough and half of apple-walnut fillings. Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool slightly, about 20 minutes, before cutting into pieces.

I hope to have time later to translate the recipe on Russian.

October 26, 2015

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 22-25 medium size cookies

1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the ricotta cheese, butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar, whipping until well blended and slightly fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
To the wet mixture, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mixing well to combine. To this mixture, add the three types of chocolate chips, again stirring until well blended.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Once chilled, use an ice cream scoop to place golf ball sized pieces of dough on baking sheets covered with parchment paper or cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.

Recipe comes from

October 17, 2015

Banana Ricotta Pancakes

Banana Ricotta Pancakes

You can make then in the evening and warm up a little bit in the morning. they are so good.

1 cup all-purpose flour (I used 1 1/3 cups flour)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole-milk ricotta
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small ripe banana, mashed

1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together ricotta, egg, milk, butter, vanilla and banana. Gently stir flour mixture into ricotta mixture until just blended.

2. Grease a large nonstick skillet over medium heat with cooking spray or melted butter. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter into skillet. Cook pancakes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Keep pancakes warm on a plate in oven while cooking remaining pancakes.

3. Stack pancakes on dessert plates, top with caramel and sliced bananas, if desired, and serve.

Блинчики с сыром рикотта и бананом

1 чашка муки (я использовала 1 1/3 чашки муки)
2 столовые ложки сахара
2 чайные ложки разрыхлителя
1/2 соли
1 чашка сыра рикотты
1 яйцо
1/2 чашки молока
2 столовые ложки сливочного масла, растопленного
1 чайная ложка ванильного экстракта
1 небольшой банан, разнятым до состояния пюре.

Перемешать муку, сахар, разрыхлитель и соль в небольшой посуде. В большой посуде смешать рикотту, яйцо, молоко, масло, ванильный экстракт и банан. Добавить мучную смесь и все хорошхо перемешать.

Нагреть сковороду. Пожарить блинчики до ярко жолотистого цвета на каждой стороне. Подать теплыми.

Recipe comes from

October 14, 2015

Weekdays banana bread

Weekdays banana bread

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Set oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Beat sugar and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Drizzle in oil. Add mashed bananas, creme fraiche, and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients and nuts. Pour into a lined loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Кекс с бананами

1 2/3 чашки муки
1 чайная ложка соды
1/4 чайной ложки молотой корицы
12 чайной ложки соли
1 чашкa + 2 столовые ложки сахара
2 яйца
1/2 чашки подсолнечного масла
3 1/2 банана, измельченного в пюре
2 столовые ложки сметаны
1 чайная ложка ванильного экстракта
2/3 чашки мелко нарезанных грецких орехов.

Нареть духовку до 350Ф. Положить пергаментную бумагу на дно формочки для выпечки.
в отдельной посуде смешать муку, соду, корицу и соль. В дугой посуде взбить яйца с сахаром (10 минут). Добавить масло, банановое пюре, сметану и ванильный экстракт. Все перемешать. Добавить мучную смесь и орехи. Вылить тесто в форму и печь 45-60 минут.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery in Boston

October 05, 2015

Chewy rugelach with walnut filling

Chewy rugelach with walnut filling

Makes 24 medium size pastries.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup pepper jack cheese or mozarella grated on small grating side of a box

Filling (from  "Eating the Bible" by Reva Rossner)

1 & 1/4 cups (300gramm) ground nuts (walnuts, peacans or almonds)
1/3 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon meted butter or margarine
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoons maple syrup (I took honey)

Egg wash
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together flour, salt, baking soda and sugar. In a separate bowl combine buttermilk and cheese. Add flour mixture to cheese mixture and form a dough.

Make a filling combining all ingridients together,

Divide dough and filling in 3 equal parts. On a well-floured board, roll each part of dough into a 9-inch circle. Spread one part of filling on each circle. Cut the circle into 8 equal wedges. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.Brush each cookie with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.

Рогалики с ореховой начинкой.


1 чашка кефира
1 чашка тертого сыра на мелкой терке
0,5 чайной ложки соли
2/3 чайной ложки соды
1 чайная ложка сахара
2 стакана муки


1 + 1/4 чашки (300 грамм) перемолотых грецких орех
1/2 чашки сахара
Щепотка соли
1 столовая ложка расплавленного сливочного масла или маргарина
2 столовых ложки воды
1 столовая ложка кленового сиропа или меда

1 яйцо для помазки.

Нагреть духовку до 350Ф.

Приготовить тесто и начинку. Разделить тесто и начинку на 3 равных части. Раскатать каждую часть в круг и смазать одной порцией начинку. Свернуть рогалики, вылоижть на деко и помазать яйцом. По желанию посыпать сахаром. Печь 15-20 минут. Вынуть из духовки и дать остыть.