Bacon, Avocado Wedge with Strawberry Vinaigrette


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Salads are my favorite to make as a side dish or even on it’s own as the main dish. Trying to come up with creative new ideas for a salad with ingredients that you might not expect to taste are something I enjoy doing. This twist on this wedge salad for Fred Meyer has me wishing it was summer again. The fresh flavor of strawberries in the dressing adds a vibrant flavor to the wedge. I’m loving the crispy bacon for the smokey meaty flavor and creamy texture of avocado to bring it all together. Make it a whole meal by adding slices of steak, chicken or fish. (more…)

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Vegan Strawberry + Avocado Smoothie


I’m working on a few recipe developments for Fred Meyers using Strawberries + Avocados. Excited to share this Vegan Strawberry + Avocado smoothie. I wanted to add some beautiful colors and super foods to make this a great morning pick me up. It’s a versatile smoothie to add to your recipe box by making two smoothies in one.

This smoothie uses avocado, frozen bananas and cashew milk for creaminess, raw almonds for texture, baby greens, hemp seeds, ground flax seed and bee pollen for extra superfood for the green part. Strawberries, banana, pomegranate juice, cashew milk and mint to add a natural sweetness to the pink part of the smoothie. Be creative and add your own personal touch to the smoothie when you put it together. I wanted to make sure to keep this smoothie vegan so it’s a healthier choice for you to enjoy.

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Gnocchi with Veggies & Mustard Cream Sauce


gnocchi_platedIt’s monday, a lot of times I sit here, wondering what I want to make for dinner (well every day I do that too, ahhah). Making dinner for me is a way to make my family happy and getting my creative juices flowing. I enjoy feeding them a good and healthy meal, being creative while using some great fresh ingredients. I enjoy the process of stopping by my local Fred Meyers after work, pick up some items I want to make dinner with. I have started working with Fred Meyers in the last couple of weeks and trying to create great recipes to make for dinner and share with my followers. (more…)

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caramelized pear upside down cake


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My kids didn’t have school today, so my daughter and I spend the morning doing some baking together. I bought some pears the other day and have been wanting to bake something. There is something so soothing about spending time in the kitchen for me, especially when my daughter comes to help me out. So we put together this super simple cake. It’s a perfect fall time recipe to intrigue your sweet tooth. (more…)

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Cheese, Quince Jam & Raisin Blinchiki


Blinchiki with Cheese and raisins
Ever since my sister and I were little I remember my mom making her delicious recipe for blinchiki or how some people like to call them crêpes or blintz. The sweet aroma that fills the air when she carefully stands at the stove and makes one after another… which sometimes doesn’t even make the plate that she puts it on since my sister or I would take it and eat it right there and there with nothing on it. So in honor or my mom’s birthday today I want to share her recipe for these delicious blini, but with my own twist. (more…)

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Steak is what’s for dinner. One of my favorite methods of cooking steak lately. Baked low and slow, let it rest and then sear on both sides. If you know how to use an oven, heat up a skillet or a grill… you can make this amazing steak dinner with sides of your choice. I’ve been making steak like this for a while and decided it’s time to share my tips and tricks on making the juiciest and easy fool proof steak. I like to buy Rib eye steak for this, with or without the bone works. Make this for your next dinner party for your guests or for your family to enjoy.




Join us for a Russian Underground Dinner Experience in our backyard. My mom and I will be sharing some of our favorite Russian/Ukrainian dishes with you.

Starters and drink included in your admission ticket :
Pirozki (fried dough filled with meat and potatoes)
Cheese spread with paprika and scallion served with lavash
Blini with sour cream, smoked salmon and red caviar
A glass of (alcoholic beverage) Wine, Russian beer or
(non-alcoholic beverage) Kvas or Kompot
*** These will be served family style and you will be able to enjoy each dish. (more…)




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So excited to announce my first Food workshop I am putting together for those of you who want to know how I go about cooking, plating, styling my food and props around my food and finally how I photograph everything with my Iphone 6.

Here is the info for the event that is being help on June 27th from 10-2 pm. Price is $85 per person. There is a limited space for 15 people.

This workshop will feature :
• cooking class
• food plating techniques
• tasting
• food styling
• prop placement with your food
• food photography

I am excited to share some tips and tricks in the kitchen, walk you through my process in styling and shooting your ingredients and final plating. You’ll learn the basics of food styling and composition, practice hands on styling and shooting, choosing the best angles and selecting props for the perfect shot. You’ll watch and listen as I work a shoot from start to finish and then style your own photoshoot with my guidance on food styling techniques and prop placement. We will emphasize on simple, local and seasonal ingredients for the shoot. There will be a few different stations for you to set up a styled shoot as well.

Bring your Iphone since that’s what I will be using (or if you want to shoot with a DSLR camera you can shoot with that too) and we’ll get shooting together! The workshop will end with seasonal brunch items to feast on made by me including mimosas and wine.

I am looking forward to sharing this experience with all of you. Space is limited so purchase your tickets here to save a spot.

There will be some amazing gift bags for each attendant filled with great items costing close to $50 each, provided by local companies. Some of the sponsors include PassionFruitAds, Red Ridge Farms, Oregon Olive Mill, Krugers Farms, Jacobsen Salt, Quinn Candy, Woodblock Chocolate, Raft SyrupsNew Deal DistilleryTree Top, HeirloomLA Magazine and Field Notes.

Photography by Colleen Amelia Photogrpahy

sponsorship opportunity if you would like your business to contribute to our event we are looking for items to fill our guest bags with- physical product, discount codes, samples, etc.  or an item for a giveaway I will be hosting here on the blog when the event is over.  please email me for details- and if you are local and would like to sponsor the event plus attend, there is a 25% off discount code that I have for you- just get in touch!

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Strawberry Apricot Rhubarb Cobbler


strawberry.apricot.rhubarb cobbler_finalI’m loving these little dessert in a mason jar that I made last night for our after dinner dessert. I love being inspired by spring and all of the abundant produce we are having now at the markets. I stopped by on my way home to one of my favorite fresh markets called Krugers Farm to pick up some produce and got inspired by these beautiful berries and fruits that are available locally now. I’ve never tasted red apricots before until last night… they are sweet and tangy at the same time, which I thought would go so perfect with local strawberries and rhubarb for a cobbler. This recipe is so simple and I thought I would share it, if you wanted to make some for your next party or to enjoy at home. (more…)


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