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Russian Beet Salad (Vinegret)

Russian Beet Salad (Vinegret)Russian Beet Salad (Vinegret) is a “staple” of Russian/Ukrainian cooking. This salad is one of the biggest Soviet classics that was served at most holidays, special occasions and parties. It’s been awhile since I made this salad, but my sister-in-law was visiting us for Christmas, so I decided to surprise her with some Russian food. I made this salad and also Russian dumplings “aka” pelmeni, which I will post later. Hope you all had a great Christmas! Continue Reading…

Appetizers and Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pancetta Parmesan Topping

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pancetta Parmesan ToppingThis simple side dish is perfect with roasted meats or a holiday meal. You can’t go wrong with crispy, salty pancetta, nutty parmesan cheese and sweet roasted squash. Its packed with big earthy flavors and got amazing crunchy texture. Its got that salty/slightly sweet thing going on from the butternut squash-pancetta-parmesan combination. Hope you give it a try:)

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Appetizers and Sides

Hot Creamy Kale Dip

Hot Creamy Kale Dip

Hot Creamy Kale Dip

Move over spinach…. kale, has taken over the dip scene. Kale is at the top of the superfood list… everyone knows. This delicious green dip packed with all kind of goodness, it’s nutritious and very tasty. Super easy to make and takes less than 15 minutes. And did I mentioned it dairy free… You can serve it with small toasts or crudités. It’s also great as a side dish with roasted veggies, grilled chicken and maybe quinoa. Top it with some hemp seeds and a pinch of smoked paprika and enjoy immediately. Continue Reading…

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