July 22nd, 2014

I host guest star Susan Irby!

Susan Irby coolking with Olga!

Susan Irby of The Bikini Chef and I get hot in the kitchen when we flambé scallops in Partida Tequila! Stay tuned for the video of us cooking up a great, light, sexy summer meal filled with healthy alternatives to keep your body bikini ready and taste buds wanting more!

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July 18th, 2014

Chicken in Butter Lettuce Cups

Asian chicken in butter lettuce cups

Looking for a healthy, flavor-filled, protein-packed lunch option? Look no further! This recipe for Chicken in Butter Lettuce Cups makes a great lunch, appetizer, or pre-date snack! The Asian-inspired combination of scallions, chili peppers, and shitake mushrooms makes a meal that’s far more exciting than your average chicken salad! Share with your friends or save some for quick, easy snacks throughout the week.

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July 16th, 2014

Branzino with Lemon and Thyme

Branzino with lemon and thyme

Here’s another healthy, summer dinner idea that’s SO easy to make and is ready in under an hour – Branzino with Lemon and Thyme! I typed up the recipe to be flexible, so that you can adjust it depending on however many fish your heart desires! Click below for the full write up and a cute, printable recipe card! Priyatnogo appetita!

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July 14th, 2014

Watermelon Sorrel Salad Stacks!

Back in May, I was featured as a guest on Jen Tapiero’s fabulous radio show, Jeneration Radio (part of the iHeartRadio empire!). It was so much fun that I decided to have her on my show as part of my healthy summer recipes series. I wanted to feature a unique, fresh, delicious recipe for those hot summer days when you’re desperately trying to maintain your bikini body. That’s how this recipe for watermelon sorrel salad stacks was born! Drink a little champagne and dig in! Priyatnogo appetita!

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July 11th, 2014

Next Week – Guest Star Jen Tapiero and Watermelon Salad!

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Stay tuned to OlgaCooks.com for an extra special guest star next week – Jen Tapiero from Jeneration Radio!! Jen was gracious enough to feature me on her show this past May, and I just had to return the favor and teach her a couple of my kitchen tricks! We’ll be making a scrumptious summer salad with watermelon and sorrel, so check back soon for the video! Priyatnogo appetita!

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July 9th, 2014

Citrus Lobster Salad

grapefruit arugula lobster salad

Happy summer, everyone! I created this recipe for a press event a little while ago, and it was such a big hit that I decided to bring it back for a photo post! The tanginess of the grapefruit is perfectly accented by the peppery flavor of the arugula, making this a perfect, crisp salad for spring and summer. And, as we all know, seafood is an aphrodisiac… ;) So, why not cook up a fancy little salad for your significant other tonight? I’m sure you’ll both love it!

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July 7th, 2014

Tropical Summer Popsicles

tropical summer popsicles

Summer is officially here, and I’m already starting to swelter in the heat! Luckily, this problem can be easily remedied with a little creativity and kitchen magic! I threw together this super delicious and easy recipe for tropical fruit popsicles the other day, and they are amazing!! This recipe makes about 25 in my popsicle maker, but if yours is smaller or bigger, it will, of course, make a few more or a few less! :)

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July 3rd, 2014

BBQ Oysters!

BBQ barbecued oysters with garlic and cheese

In my last post, I went to Dakota’s grandma’s house to learn how to make a more traditional 4th of July barbecue. But, as I’m sure you know by now, I always LOVE to take holiday classics and put my own little spin on them. So, this Independence Day, in the middle of grilling mayhem, I wanted to share with you my incredible recipe for barbecued oysters. It’s a snap to make and so delicious. Quick note – the photos below show me only making 5 of these little goodies, but this recipe is for two dozen. Enjoy with friends and family!

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July 1st, 2014

Fourth of July Celebration!

When you have a boyfriend with a huge family, you gotta know that there are some fierce matriarchs behind the scenes running things whenever there’s a big, family get-together. So, this week, I teamed up with Dakota’s mom and grandma to learn precisely how they feed so many people so well on every holiday! Our mission? The Fourth of July. They showed me how to serve up a scrumptious feast without breaking a sweat! I hope your family will love these recipes as much as I did! Priyatnogo appetita!

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June 26th, 2014

Done Traveling (for now)!

Fourth of July Barbecue Recipes

So, my friends, it’s time to put down that suitcase and pack up your passport. We’re going to be nestling down in the good ol’ U.S. of A. to celebrate the Fourth of July in true family-style. I stopped by Dakota’s grandma’s house to get the real deal on this all-American celebration. His mom and nana Kathy were hilarious to work with as they showed me how to make three of his family’s favorite 4th recipes – macaroni salad, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and a very patriotic cake for dessert! Have a laugh with us as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July!

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