Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crepes With Cream Recipe

 These crepes are my husband's favorite dessert, and I think I know why.  Of coarse it's the filling cream!!! And the only way to find out how good they really are, is to make them yourself.


For the Batter:
½ cup lukewarm water
1 cup milk
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted. Plus more to sauté.
1 cup all-purpose flour (you can use ½ cup whole wheat flour and ½ cup all-purpose)
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of Salt

For the Filling:

8 oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 can of condensed milk
8 oz cool whip



    1. Mix all ingredients with a mixer.
    2. Spread the cream on the crepe.
    3. Roll into a tube.
    4. After place all of the rolled crepes in the oven dish and place it in the oven at 350 degree for 10-15 min.
    5. Serve when it's warm! 

    Enjoy =)

    , cream - Family friend

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    Beef Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

    So my hubby requested stuffed bell peppers for dinner today.  I never made them before so I went to  (my favorite blog) and I found a perfect recipe Oh boy they sure tasted amazingly delicious!!!

    10-12 medium bell peppers (any color)
    2 lbs ground beef
    2½ cups cooked white rice
    2 whole eggs, minus the shell
    1 tsp salt
    3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
    1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
    2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes (1 large tomato or 2 small)
    2 large garlic cloves, peeled and pressed
    Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp pepper
    4 tbsp olive oil
    1 tsp salt plus 2 tbsp vinegar for boiling water
    Ingredients for the Sauce:
    2 medium carrots, grated
    1 tbsp mrs dash, or your favorite seasoning
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ tsp sugar
    1 heaping tbsp sour cream
    2 cups freshly chopped tomatoes or 1 cup marinara
    2 cups reserved water from bell peppers
    1. Cut the tops off each pepper and remove the seeds from the inside with your hands.
    2. Fill a large soup pot ⅔ with water and bring to a boil. Add 2 tbsp vinegar and 1 tsp salt.
    3. Place all of the peppers in the pot. Add more water if needed to cover the peppers. Cover and cook 3 minutes, then turn off the stove and let the peppers sit while you prep the rest of the ingredients (about 30-40 minutes). Reserve 2 cups of water from the pot.
    The Meat Mix:
    In a large skillet, heat 4 tbsp oil over medium/high heat.
    Add 3 grated carrots, 1 chopped onion, 2 cups chopped tomato and season with 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Saute until soft. Press 2 cloves of garlic into the skillet and saute another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
    In a large bowl mix: 2 lbs ground beef, 2½ cups cooked white rice, 2 whole eggs and 1 tsp salt. Mix in the sauteed carrot mix until well combined.
    Loosely stuff the peppers with the beef mix. Fill them but don’t pack the mixture in. Arrange them in a dutch oven or a large soup pot with tight fitting lid.
    The sauce:
    In a large skillet, saute 2 grated carrots, 2 cups freshly chopped tomatoes.  Stir in 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp sugar and a tbsp. of sour cream. Add 2 cups water and stir to blend.
    Pour the sauce over the stuffed peppers and cover peppers with lids.
      Using a dutch oven, bake at 450°F for 20-25 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 1 hour.
    Serve with a sour cream.
    Huge Thanks goes to for this wonderful recipe!!!

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    Strawberry- Banana Smoothie Recipe

    This smoothie was exactly what I needed this morning.


    1. In a blender, combine the yogurt, banana, juice, and strawberries for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides and blend for an additional 15 seconds.


    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Soup "Shurpa" - Recipe

    This is my first time trying to make this soup, and let me tell you it turned out super easy and delicious.  Even my 2 year old toddler liked it =)

    You will need:

         500g lamb or beef
    3 tbs olive oil
         5-6 pieces. potato
         2 pcs. bell pepper
         2 pcs. tomatoes
         1 large carrot
         1 large onion
         2-3 cloves of garlic
         2 tbsp tomato paste
         herbs to taste


    1. In the skillet with the oil saute onions.
    2. Add the meat. 
    3. In cooked meat add tomatoes (diced) 
    4. Then add the bell pepper and carrots (diced) 
    5. Add the tomato paste and water to cover the vegetables with meat. 
    6.  Stew for 30 minutes. 
    7. Peel the potatoes, cut into cubes 
    8. Add the potatoes to the meat and vegetables.
    9.        Season with salt and pepper.  
    10. Boil potatoes until tender. 
    11. In the end, add the squeezed garlic.
    12.        Close the lid. Turn off the gas.
    13.        And leave for 10-15 minutes.

    Serve with greens.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Zateryha soup (затеруха) Recipe

    This is one of my favorite soups, my mom used to make it when I was a child.  

    The ingredients used in the recipe:
    6 cups of chicken broth
    1 small onion
    1 cup flour
    1 egg
    1 carrot (grated)
    3 tbsp olive oil
    Green onion

    Cooking Instructions:
    Boil the broth.
    Peel potatoes, wash, cut into small cubes and toss it in the pan with the broth.
    Chop the onion and saute in the skillet with the olive oil on a mid. heat.
    Add grated carrot and saute for 3-5 min.
    On the table, shape the flour into the mountain shape, break the egg on top of the flour mountain.
    Mix it together to form a medium-sized crumbs.
    Add breadcrumbs to the broth, stir, add salt and pepper.
    Add saute onions and carrot to the soup.
    Let it cook 3-5 min.
    Add already cut green onion.

    Green Healthy Smoothie Recipe

     Recently, I start working out in the mornings. After each workout I usually don't eat except a small snack like an apple or banana.  Not until my friend inspired me with her home-made smoothies.  Here is one recipe I tried and I really liked it.  It super easy and super healthy. 


     2 handfuls of baby spinach
     1 apple
    1 bananas
     1 cup of yogurt
     5 strawberries
     1/2 orange

    Blend well and enjoy!

    Please feel free to share with your favorite smoothie recipe =)


    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Nordstrom’s Tomato and Basil Soup Recipe

    Every time when my daughter and I go shopping at the mall, we will almost always eat lunch at  Nordstrom's CafeLately I was craving their tomato and basil soup, that is when I decided to make it myself.  I found this recipe at  When I made it, it tasted just like at the Nordstrom's Cafe.  This recipe is a keeper for sure!!!


    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    5 carrots, peeled and chopped
    1 large yellow onion, chopped
    1 tablespoon dried basil
    3 cans (28 ounces each) whole Italian-style tomatoes in purée
    1 can (14.5 ounces each) low-sodium chicken broth
    2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
    Kosher salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons lightly packed fresh basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons


    1. In a 6- to 8-quart saucepan, over medium heat, warm the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.

    2. Add the carrots, onions and dried basil, and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes.

    3. Add the tomatoes, including the purée, broth, and fresh basil and bring just to a boil.

    4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes to blend the flavors.

    5. Remove from the heat. Purée the soup in the saucepan using a wand-type emulsion blender; or working in batches, purée the soup in a blender or in a food processor fitted with the metal blade.

    6. Return the puréed soup to the saucepan, add the cream and place over medium heat. Warm until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Biskvit Cake with Berries and Cream

    This is one of the easiest and delightful cake I have ever tried. Big Thanks goes to my friend Alina, for this creamy and light cake recipe.

    Ingredients to make dough:

    6 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup flour

    Ingredients to make cream:

    1 cup sour cream
     1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
    1/8 oz. cool whip


    In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat together
      eggs with sugar, until white fluffy cream.
    Slowly add flour, and mix it into the cake batter using a spatula.
    Bake in 10" or 12" round baking pan at 350, until its ready about 30-40min.
    Let it cool.
    Cut the inside out just leave 1" edge around.
    Take the part you cut out and break it up into small pieces and mix it with cream.
    Put this mix back into the cake.


    In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together all of the cream ingredients.
    Spread the cream on top of the cake.
    Add fresh berries over the top
     (it can be strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, ect).

    P.S - you can make this cake with single layer or double.

    Now its time to enjoy it!!!


    Monday, April 1, 2013

    Medovik - Russian Honey Cake Recipe


    2 eggs
    2 Tbsp. honey
    1 cup sugar
    1 stick butter
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 Tbsp. vinegar
    3 1/2 cups flour + about 1/2 cup for rolling

    2 cans cooked condensed milk
    1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

    1. Get a saucepan and mixing bowl that would fit the top of the saucepan for a double boiler. Add water (about 4-6 cups) to the saucepan and bring it to a simmer; in a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar and honey. Add butter and place the bowl on top of the saucepan and mix until the mixture will warm up, butter gets melted, sugar gets dissolved and everything will get combined. 
    2. Turn off the heat and take mixing bowl down. Add baking soda mixture (in separate little bowl mix baking soda with vinegar), and mix well.  Gradually add in flour. The dough should be kind of soft. Cover the dough with plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes. (it will thicken).
    3. After dough has been refrigerated, transfer it onto lightly floured flat surface and shape into a log.  Then cut it into 7 equal sections.
      Preheat the oven to 400F.
      Take wax paper and cut 11 inch long sheets.  You will need at least 7 of these; one per layer.
      Next, take one piece of dough, place it at the center of the floured wax paper, sprinkle some flour on top of the dough and roll into a thin flat circle. 
    4.  It needs to get about 9” circle. Next, using a large 9” circle bowl, place onto the rolled dough upside down, so the edge of the bowl in touching the dough. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough around the edges of the bowl. Lift the bowl and you should have a perfect circle.
    5. You can roll all the circles of dough and then bake, or can bake as you go, one at a time.
    6. Combine all the scraps from the sides and at the end roll it to one layer (it does not have to be perfect shape; I crush that and use crumbs to decorate the sides of the cake.)
    7. For baking, place a baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven.
    8. Take the wax paper with the rolled and cut dough on and place it on the baking sheet.
    9. Bake for about 6-7 minutes, take it out, let cool and peal the wax paper from the baked layer.
    10. Continue until all of the sections of the dough are baked.
    With electric mixer beat butter until soft and creamy, add condensed milk  and beat the  cream until it will thicken and fluffy, for about 4-5 minutes.

    Place one layer onto the cake platter, spread 3-4 tablespoon of filling evenly over the layer, place another cake layer on top of filling and repeat until you finish all the cake layers. 

    Thank you for this easy to follow recipe!!!


    Red Lobster Biscuits Recipe

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    I fell in love with these biscuits from the first time I tried them at Red Lobster,  I fell even more in love when I made them myself!!!  If you liked them at the restaurant why not make it yourself?

    Red Lobster Biscuits 
    2 cups all purpose flour
    3 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    1/3 cup cold, cubed butter
    1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    1/2 - 2/3 cup cold milk
    oven: 450
    1) Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and garlic salt. 
    2)Cut in butter, until the butter is about the size of small peas. 
    3)Mix in shredded cheese. 
    4)Add milk gradually, just enough to make a crumbly-ish dough- stir only until all ingredients are moistened. 
    5) Pat out to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut with a round cutter or top of a glass.
    6) Bake on an ungreased baking sheet at 450 for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
      When they get out of the oven, brush with this:
    Melt together 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, and 1/2 teaspoon basil flakes.
    Huge Thanks for this recipe goes to =)