Thursday, July 29, 2010

Coming Soon

I'm figuring out my Internet connection at the moment, but I have some recipes piling up! Stay tuned for...

-Chocolate-chip meringues

-Spinach quiche

-Chicken curry burgers

-Ranch chicken

Back soon!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How to Make Key Lime Pots de Creme

Key Lime Pie without the crust! Yum. This post is cheating a little bit since I haven't tried this recipe in Russia yet and I'm not sure about lime availability/quality there. But I have seen them in stores, so I'm sure it would be doable, for a special occasion.

This recipe courtesy of GourmetSleuth....

Monday, July 19, 2010

How to Marinate Chicken for Fajitas

This is an easy, tasty marinade. Definitely a staple!

Friday, July 16, 2010

How to Make Pancake Mix for Camping

This is a tip from a friend that I'm passing along.

Annnd...I don't have a picture, so enjoy the random nature scene.

The tip is: If you look at my original recipe for pancake mix, you would typically add egg, milk, and oil to cook them. For camping, substitute some egg powder and dry milk. All you need to do is add water!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

How to Make Russian-Style Beet Salad

This is sort of like "vinegret," a Russian salad made from beets and other veggies. I'm not strict about the recipe though, so it's more Russian "inspired" than the real thing. But all in all, beet salads can be pretty tasty, healthy, and colorful!

Monday, July 12, 2010

How to Make Asian Ginger Salad Dressing

I love that dressing that comes with the Japanese lunchboxes (what are they called?) in Asian restaurants. This dressing comes pretty close to the taste, yet is made mostly from fresh ingredients. A versatile dressing; nice alternative to something heavier on the mayonnaise or sour cream.

A basic version may be found at, and I adjusted based on reader reviews and personal preference.

Friday, July 9, 2010

How to Make Pico de Gallo

It took me awhile to figure out that this tomato garnish was not the same as salsa! I love the citrusey (sp?) pizazz it adds to meat, rice, and more. It can also be substituted for salsa in your favorite Tex-Mex dishes: tacos, quesadillas, dips, etc.

The key flavors here are the cilantro and the lime juice. If you leave those out, you're left with a bland salsa, or a plain tomato salad...not really worth it. Go for something different!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

How to Make Pancakes from Homemade Pancake Mix

No need to buy Bisquick anymore! If you keep a supply of homemade pancake mix on hand, that is. Then all you have to do is add eggs, milk, and oil, and the pancake batter is ready...


(from my mom plus the "More with Less" Cookbook...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How to Make Chocolate Cake (or cupcakes) with Mocha Frosting

There is a secret ingredient in these which may be surprising, but makes for a very moist, rich finished product. If you're going to make chocolate cake, why not go all out?

See recipe below