October 1st, 2014

Preparation for a Celebration!

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So, if you didn’t already know that during the midst of all the renovations, remodeling, and chaos that follows a move, I got engaged!  Dakota (Koty) and I decided to make it official and get married first to ease the stress that comes with wedding planning.

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September 30th, 2014

Braised Rabbit with Apples

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This is the last recipe in our apple series and I’ve saved the best for last; it’s one of my favorites!  Rabbit is tender, and the apples and onions are complimentary and very sweet.  I would even go as far as calling it drunk rabbit, because the recipe calls for a bottle of chardonnay and bottle of ice wine.  Game meat reminds me of celebrations at home, and of course, apple trees were always growing in the backyard of my grandmother’s house in Russia.

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September 29th, 2014

Apple Fritters

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These are a fun fall treat great for a Sunday breakfast at home with your hunnie or for dessert dusted with powdered sugar. If you have little ones, these can be a fun afternoon project, as long a there is an adult doing the frying! These are best eaten and served immediately because of the batter. Frying can be intimidating, but these little apple pillows are perfect to practice with! And the results are delicious! Read the rest of this entry »

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September 27th, 2014

Meringue with Caramel and Sauteed Apples

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Meringue, or Pavlova as we call it in Russia, was one of my favorite deserts growing up. As soon as I learned how to make it, this egg white masterpiece was my go to for my sweet tooth. I would make one and break off pieces to nibble on all week! This dessert sounds intimidating, with three separate steps, but can be ready in about an hour and a half, including cook time and is great for serving a large amount of guests something homemade and fall inspired!

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September 26th, 2014

Fall Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad is a great alternative go to on an Indian summer day when you want something hearty, but cool. It was so hot here in southern California last week, but I was craving pasta, so I made this recipe. Apples give the crisp taste of fall, chicken and broccoli for protein, and the dressing is flavored with notes of sweetness, acidity and mustard. It’s a great balance of flavors for this time of year and it will keep for three days covered in the fridge for a snack!

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September 25th, 2014

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

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This apple crisp recipe is one of my favorites! I just made a few changes, substituting oat flour to get rid of the gluten, and using two kinds of apples. We have galas for sweetness and granny smith for tartness! Overall, this dish is ready in about an hour from start to finish, and who doesn’t love the smell off freshly baked apples wafting through the house during the fall?

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September 24th, 2014

Warm Kale Salad

 

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The first recipe in our apple series is this warm kale salad!  It’s great as a side dish, with all the flavors of fall!  Apples, cinnamon, pine nuts, and cranberries all take part to enhance the flavor of the occasionally bitter leafy green and super food. I recommend using dinosaur kale, (other names include lacinato kale, tuscan kale or black kale) for this dish.  It has a earthy, nutty flavor as opposed to its curly kale cousin and is just as widely available in the produce section and at farmers markets!

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September 23rd, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Pear Sorbet

Welcome to my brand new kitchen!  Happy Fall, everyone!  It’s been quite hot in Southern California the past couple of weeks, so what’s better than a nice cool treat?  This apple cinnamon pear sorbet is a perfect treat to cool off and enjoy the harvest flavors.  This is a healthy alternative to ice cream and you can add a little bit of sugar and honey to the recipe if you have a sweet tooth.

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September 22nd, 2014

Apple Season

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It’s the time of year when apples are in season!  This week on Cooking with Olga Valentina we will be using apples of all varieties for wonderful dishes, great for a night at home or even better, shared with friends.  Pink Lady’s, Granny Smiths, Red Delicious, Fuji are all stars this week! In addition to apples being a typically fall food, the Rosh Hashanah holiday is upon us this week.  I have many friends celebrating the Jewish New Year and the traditional dish is apples dipped in honey. Its a symbolic food for the day believed to be when Adam and Eve were created, and this act is meant to evoke a sweet new year! A traditional fruit all around, I cant wait to share some new ways to use these delicious beauties in your kitchen! Kicking off the week is a video for Apple Pear Cinnamon Sorbet. Sugar free, home made, and premiering tomorrow!

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September 20th, 2014

Apple Pear Sorbet

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Welcome to my new kitchen!  The renovations are finally done and we are back filming in a brand new space! Up first we have a delicious apple, cinnamon pear sorbet. The fall is here but it’s still hot in Southern California and lets be honest, sorbet is great any time of year!  And did I mention its completely sugar free?  Check out my new kitchen and learn how to make an all natural, organic, home made treat on Tuesday, September 23!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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