Balsamic Roasted Asparagus Salad With Brie

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It’s Asparagus time of the year! I always get ridiculously excited about that since Asparagus season is incredibly short and typically lasts from late February through the beginning of May in California (months may vary depending on the country).

This recipe was inspired by a piece of truffle brie that was in my fridge for over two days and I decided to use it up.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad With Goat Cheese

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This salad starts my story in Los Angeles. It is hot, a little humid and I noticed that for the past 4 days I don’t want to eat heavy meals. Maybe meat comes later but now let’s check out this fresh and crunchy strawberry salad with goat cheese, spinach, red onion and a bunch of other healthy stuff.

This recipe contains video instructions at the end.

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Red Cabbage Salad With Fried Apples and Turmeric Yogurt Dressing

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This salad was made out of the ingredients that I had in the fridge. I didn’t go to the supermarket specifically to buy them. I also love cooked apples! I think they make a great addition to crunchy red cabbage and creamy turmeric yogurt dressing!

The recipe is also packed with vitamins and you can consider it healthy(ish) 🙂

This recipe contains video instructions at the end.

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Thanksgiving 2.0: Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Honey And Goat Cheese

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In my last post, I sort of had a little breakdown on the subject of what is going on in the United States for the past few months. Watching TV and taking things calmly is not my cup of tea, so to bring more joy and delish food to your table, I will try to read more food mass media and give you more definite information. 🙂

So what is Thanksgiving? Why are we making such a big deal out of it? Why do we eat so much and do other countries celebrate that? Let’s start with the food.

Let’s begin with the early pilgrims that arrived at the United States around 1620’s – the 1630s.

Simply put they were celebrating the end of the harvest season by holding massive feasts. Turkey was not a part of the table yet, it is more in modern history. Some writers claim that the turkey was easily accessible in some states and pilgrims caught it to feed their large families when others say that the turkey was an animal often consumed by native Americans and was native to these lands.

Thanksgiving is always associated with indulging into massive piles of food and lack of healthy options on the table. I found that one ingredient that is both seasonal and comes out right before the celebration and healthy. Bring some Brussel sprouts to the table this year and your stomach will say “thank you!”

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Great Depression Cooking: Potato Salad With Homemade Cooked Dressing

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After reading a book about great depression “A square Meal”, I started wondering: “What caused the country to break into pieces? What happened before the great depression? What did the people eat?”.

I stumbled upon a book called “Poison squad” by Pulitzer Prize Winner – Deborah Blum.

This book shocked me to the ends of my hair. I thought the Great Depression was bad but in fact, before, the food in the US was even worse…Generally speaking, people ate embalmed meat filled with poisonous formaldehyde (for preserving), coal tar dye (for color), and borax (also for preservation) without even knowing how much chemicals they consume. Many of the chemicals caused unfortunate lethal circumstances.

The protagonist of this story is Dr. Harvey Whiley who was fighting for the transparency, food purity and general requirements that we see on the packages today. Thanks to Dr.Whiley, every product we consume has a thorough ingredient list and the government has requirements for food processing.

We all know that the best and the purest foods are homemade, so let’s look at an easy potato salad that contain homemade cooked dressing which also goes well with other salads.

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Great Depression Cooking: Cream Of Celery Soup With Spinach Pesto

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During the 1930’s Americans sought to escape the horrors of the Great Depression by listening to the radio or spending a dime to go to the movies. Around 60-80 million people went to the movies every week.

The most popular films during the era were ‘Gone with the Wind’ (1939), ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1937), ‘King Kong’ (1933), the ‘Wizard of Oz’ (1939) and ‘Mr. Smith goes to Washington’ (1939) or simply the classic movies is how we remember them by.

Mickey Mouse was an extremely popular character since he first appeared on television right before the great depression in 1928.

Housewives made a lot of “comfort” soups, usually creamed or with canned proteins. Today we are going to make an easy cream of celery soup.

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Great Depression Cooking: Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

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Great Depression was followed by Wolrd War II and the United States needed healthy soldiers badly. The government was hoping for a good amount of strong young boys who can stand out but they got shocked by the stats.

After children starvation during the Great Depression, about 60% of the men did not pass the test. Many of them were too skinny, weak, had multiple decreases caused by lack of nutrition and years of emergency diet.

Some of the states had a food stamp system but it was not enough to feed a family of four.

Caramelized sweet potatoes was a delicacy that appeared on the tables on a thanksgiving day. The recipe is simple and can be treated as a dessert, a side dish and a meal. I usually treat it as both a side and a dessert.

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Great Depression Cooking: Tomato Bisque

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In May 1933 FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) was created.

Its main goal was to alleviate household unemployment by creating new unskilled jobs in local and state government. Those jobs were psychologically more beneficial to the unemployed, who wanted any sort of job, for self-esteem, to play the role of male breadwinner. It was completely necessary during the hard times of the Great Depression.

Poor people lacked enough food in the Depression, and farmers had too much. The mismatch was solved by the FERA and WPA programs which aimed to reduce farm surpluses by government purchase and then redistribution of food to the needy.

This way some people got access to fresh produce like fresh tomatoes, turnips, rhubarb and some sorts of seasonal fruit.

Despite the fancy name tomato bisque is just a delicious soup which can be easily made and ingredients don’t cost a ton.

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Perfect Breakfast Burrito

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Happy Sunday football everyone!

Since the start of NFL season, I have to host hangouts, make breakfast, think through the menu and make sure my friends are happy, full and have a drink in their hands at any time.

This year I joined a fantasy football league which warmed up my interest in NFL to the max. Today I have a great idea for easy and tasty breakfast burritos.

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Farro Porridge With Figs, Cinnamon and Walnuts

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I had quite on and off relationships with breakfast until I moved to California.

Three years ago my husband and I realized that there is not much going on in our lives and we decided to move to San Francisco. All of the sudden I had tons of quality ingredients in front of me, in any time of the day in any place I go, so I started experimenting with the first meals of the day.

Farro is an ingredient that’s widely used in Russia. Even though I did not grow up eating it I love the taste and the smell somehow bounces me back to good old days.

This porridge is specifically good if you are training for the marathon or half marathon.

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