Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore

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Weeknight dinners are always a challenge for me since I almost never buy frozen foods, canned products, and even pre-made sauces. But last night I have sinned… As I was walking out of a supermarket I grabbed a can of Rao’s marinara sauce on the go.

I didn’t know whether I did the right thing until after my chicken cacciatore came out of the oven. It turns out that some brands still care about the quality and flavor and I’m happy I made it.

Chicken cacciatore is an Italian dish made the “hunter style” way. It’s basically a stew with tomatoes, basil, onions, garlic and peppers thrown together and stewed for an hour or so. It can also be baked or prepared with lamb or beef.

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Asparagus, Cherry Tomato, Mushroom and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette

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Hey! May is officially here! It’s time to really use up those spring ingredients because summer is just 1 month away!

During my long-term relationship with asparagus, I ‘ve’learned that many people either love it or hate it. Guess what? I am the one who is deeply in love with this ingredient and can think of a 100 recipes that I can make with asparagus.

Today we are making rather a simple recipe that is good for warm weather and is suitable for family events!

Ladies and gents: Asparagus galette!

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Blood Orange Roasted Chicken

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Blood Oranges are typically a very winter fruit but it always reminds me of upcoming spring (mainly because of its color). That is why I usually cook dishes with them on first days of March.

I found the similar recipe on Williams Sonoma website but realized that it lacks something and added green olives. It is super simple and blood oranges make the chicken pop in flavor!

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Classic Mushroom Pasta

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Whenever I travel somewhere, I always want to make sure to get the most authentic experience from the country. Especially food experiences. When I was in Rome, it was hard to recognize authentic restaurants since there are so many tourist traps with overcooked pasta and cream in the sauce ( how could you treat your pasta this way?!).

Anyway, one of my Instagram followers – Livingintravels is traveling across Italy and currently spending time on Rome. Her pictures reminded me of how great the food is in there and how awesome they treat their pasta. So I decided to make an authentic Italian pasta and show you the proper way of cooking it.

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BeetBurger

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Superbowl is coming up this Sunday! For me this football event has always been sort of like a Thanksgiving or Christmas: we feast, we drink and we celebrate! Food on this day is extremely important and I try to do my best to prepare the table.

Since I decided to become peschetarian/vegetarian for a while, I realized  that this year’s menu should look a little different, at least for myself. Sticking to the burgers was a great option because who doesn’t love them? I came up with a fancy recipe for burger patty made of beets, experimented for the first part and the week and voila!

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Vegan Stir Fry

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Since I moved to San Francisco, my knowledge about various cuisines got a little broader. I promised myself that starting in 2018 I’ll finally expose myself to Asian cuisine.

Not quite sure why it took me so long to stock up my kitchen with rice vinegar, few types of soy sauce and sesame seeds. But I think because where I am from (I am from Russia), these ingredients are sort of luxury. To cook Pad Thai or simple Cantonese sauce, It would take hours of research, days to wait for a package that may or may not pass the customs and of course, lots of money.

For now, since I have been practicing for quite a while, it’s time for me to show you some of the recipes that I came up with. Let’s start with the healthy one.

P.S.: I Used P.F. Chang’s sesame sauce for this recipe, and it turned out absolutely delicious, but just in case I included the recipe for the sauce itself.

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The Easiest Lobster Tail Recipe

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Remember that one time you ordered lobster at the restaurant and paid an idiotically high price for it? Well, this should stop! The thing is, lobster tails are usually inexpensive and the price range could vary from $8 to $15 depending on the area you live in. Hint: the once who live near the sea or the ocean typically pay a little less. You can find lobster tails in your local supermarket in raw fish department or frozen in the seafood section.

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Baked Cauliflower With Healthy Peperonata Sauce

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Well Hello there my dear readers. I’m alive and finally back from this madly long holiday season which happen to be the most unhealthy one.

January is one of the most stressful months of the year: you have to pull yourself together after partying line an animal or being on omnivore for a month, go back to work, start eating healthy and finally pay a visit to the gym. I’m sure that most of you have been swearing in your NYE resolutions to start eating normal foods, drink less alcohol etc, ect.

The bad news is: Mondays will never make you lose weight, so won’t any first day of the month. The good news: your commitment and passion to your “lose weight” resolution will definitely do something good! So why wait for tomorrow when you can start cooking healthy today?

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