Halloween Mini Butternut Squash Compote Pavlovas

Halloween is one of my favorite American holidays. Witches, demons, and ghosts are my theme =) Plus you can dress up as silly as you want to. I always wait for this day with a childlike excitement. But this year is even more special! Why is that? Because I collaborated with amazing girls from LatteJournal to bring you not only cooking inspiration, but also a whole bunch of ideas for a sophisticated Halloween Dinner decoration. Awesome, isn't it?! Wait for my next post and see our cool ... Continue Reading

Amazing Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak

You know I'm crazy about meat, and a properly cooked steak always puts me in a good mood. Especially, when it's paired with elegant, full-bodied red wine. Delicious steak (medium-rare of course), roasted potato, and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec, that's how my perfect dinner would look like. Over my blogging career, I've cooked lots of steaks, and always tried to be adventurous with the rubs and marinades. I never wanted to buy rubs from a store. Instead, I dreamed of ... Continue Reading

Blood orange Jam and Grapefruit Goat Cheese Crostini

Every time I want to throw a party, I'm struggling with finding the right appetizer to serve. Seriously, it's a very important decision to make. Because appetizer is the first thing that your guest will taste (if not to count wine), and you need a proper starter to set the tone of your party and to put the guests in the right mood. On my parties, I prefer to serve simple yet elegant food, which goes well with the wine I picked. Yeah, in our house there are mostly wine parties. You know my ... Continue Reading

Healthy Avocado Toast for Quick Breakfast

Quick and healthy breakfasts are so in trend right now. No wonder! They taste great and don't require much time or cooking skills. This recipe my version of Healthy Avocado Toast. Love to have it after my morning workout. Hope you'll enjoy it as well! You might also like my Savory Oatmeal and Sakshuka. Stay fit and healthy =) P.S. Would love to hear about your favorite pre- or post workout meals! Continue Reading

Gluten Free Pasta with Homemade Mint Pesto in 30 minutes

You know I eat anything: meat, gluten, dairy, nuts, you name it. I'm pretty lucky not to have any allergies. However, today I tried to cook gluten-free pasta just out of curiosity. Wanted to find out how does it taste like. Recently I got a box of Corn Quinoa pasta from my September Degustabox and decided to give it a try. Actually, it's not bad at all. Honestly, I'm even surprised gluten-free pasta tastes so good! Especially, when you toss it with homegrown tomatoes, green peas, and aromatic ... Continue Reading

Honey Fig and Almond Tart

September for me is definitely a fig season. I buy them a lot from local Trader Joe's. Usually we eat them all before I can think of a good recipe, but this time, I decided to act fast and cook a nice fig dessert. This NY Times article is where I got my inspiration. I changed the recipe and transformed it into a Honey Fig and Almond Tart. I also wanted to practice in taking moody food pictures, so this is my first experiment with colors and light. Looks pretty nice for a rookie! You ... Continue Reading

Degustabox September 2016 Review

Decided to start autumn with something new and fun. So today I'm reviewing new September Degustabox. Very excited! Each box is full of cool stuff; it's like getting a surprise gift every month. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, I'll make a quick intro. Degustabox is a subscription box, for $19.99/month you'll receive your monthly Degustabox with 10-15 food products, shipping FREE. Inside the Degustabox September 2016 In my first box, I got 12 brands of items, and ... Continue Reading

Weightless Belgium Waffles with Caramelized Pears

I guess I can write a cookbook and name it "10 000 Calories Breakfasts." You know I just love crazy decadent breakfast recipes. What can a girl do with such a passion? Just let herself go and cook Belgium Waffles with Caramelized Pears =) A few Christmases ago Santa got me a pretty cool waffle maker I wanted so bad. And I used it only once. I don't know why maybe I needed a powerful dose of inspiration or something. But this excellent piece of culinary equipment was waiting until this day to ... Continue Reading

Lemon Burrata and Poached Plums Crostini

With summer being so perfectly warm and sunny, we tend to use our spacious balcony to make dinners for our friends and neighbors pretty often. And this kind of meals requires new creative recipes from me. Yeah, there are a lot of foodies in our circle. And I try to please all of them =)  That's why for every dinner I create a whole new menu with at least 2 appetizers, salad, a couple of sides and a few dessert That's why for every dinner I create a whole new menu with at least 2 appetizers, a ... Continue Reading

4 Ingredients Apricot Sorbet

Apricot season is almost over. But we can make it last a little longer by making this amazing frozen treat. I adore quick and easy desserts, and this Apricot Sorbet is my perfect choice for summer dinner. It's incredibly simple and consists of only 4 ingredients. That's why you need to pick the best available fruits because all the flavor comes from them. Go to your local farmer's market and choose the ripest, freshest and most fragrant apricots you can find. It will make a huge difference!... Continue Reading