April 14th, 2014

Easter!

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The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and I am SO ready for Easter! I’m not sure if you know this, but Easter is kind of a big deal in Russian culture. (You may have seen those beautiful, intricately painted eggs before!) Well, this year, I’m doing my own spin on things. Stay tuned for my Banana Split Shortcake recipe and some really fun egg decorating tips! Priyatnogo appetita!

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April 11th, 2014

Poached Eggs with Mushrooms

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Here’s another healthy but VERY flavorful recipe that’s great if you love mushrooms as much as I do! ;) If you’re really counting calories, you can substitute olive oil for the butter in the recipe, or reduce the butter to 1 tablespoon. Personally, I love using a bit more butter, because it gives the mushrooms a nice, creamy coating and a lovely texture!
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April 8th, 2014

Zucchini Salad

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Well, as promised, I’m bringing you another one of my favorite, healthy spring recipes – Zucchini Salad! Serve it as a colorful side dish or enjoy it alone for lunch! It’s so quick and easy to cook that I’m sure you and your family will love it! I know I do! ;) Priyatnogo appetita!
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April 3rd, 2014

Halibut with Tomatoes

Now that it’s officially April and all of the winter holidays are over, I feel like I finally have a break to cook a few healthy recipes and get to work on my New Year’s resolutions! This recipe for Halibut with Tomatoes is one of my favorites, because it’s healthy and low fat but big on flavor. It’s also quick and easy to cook, plus, the arugula and cherry tomatoes make for a wonderfully colorful dish! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! ;)

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April 1st, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions – In April!

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Okay, so we got a little excited here at Cooking with Olga Valentina and did a whole series of decadent holiday recipes and self indulgent treats for the past couple of months. But, spring is officially here, and do you know what that means? Time to start on those New Year’s resolutions that maybe you’ve been neglecting (I know I have)! It’s the beginning of April, and I want to celebrate springtime by featuring an array of delicious and healthy recipes to get your tastebuds going. Keep checking the blog! I’ll be posting my recipes for Halibut with Tomatoes, Mushrooms with Poached Eggs, and Zucchini Salad very soon! Priyatnogo appetita! :)

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March 26th, 2014

Salmon Pasta

This week at Cooking with Olga Valentina, we’re continuing the seafood is sexy theme from last week! Today, I am very excited to share another “date night” recipe that you can make from home, right in your very own kitchen! This recipe for pasta with salmon is delicious and SO easy to make. Plus, seafood is a bit lighter than other dinner proteins, so you won’t be too full for some after dinner fun! ;)

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March 21st, 2014

Mussels and Shrimp

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This is one of my favorite “date night at home” dishes. It’s colorful, flavorful, and, of course, seafood is an aphrodisiac! If you or your man is a fan of bacon (and who isn’t?), I would definitely suggest doing the bacon option I mention in the recipe. I didn’t do it this time around for the photos, but, trust me, it’s heavenly!

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March 18th, 2014

Seafood Is Sexy!

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Well, spring has sprung, and do you know what that means?? Romance is in the air! For the next 2 weeks, I’ll be bringing you some of my favorite seafood recipes, since seafood is an aphrodisiac after all! ;) Keep checking back, because soon I’ll be sharing my delicious recipes for salmon pasta and mussels with shrimp. One bite, and your lover will fall for you all over again! Priyatnogo appetita!

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March 14th, 2014

Fish and Chips!

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Hello again, everybody! Today, I wanted to continue our little trip to the United Kingdom with another pub favorite – fish and chips! If you plan on knocking back a couple of pints this St. Paddy’s Day, my recipe for fish and chips will be the perfect hangover cure! It’s fast and easy to make (and so deliciously self-indulgent). I used halibut, but you could use monkfish, mahi-mahi, or any other firm, white fish that you like! Enjoy and remember to wear green, so you don’t get pinched! ;)

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March 12th, 2014

Shepherd’s Pie

This week, I wanted to take your taste buds on a trip to Ireland – just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day! My recipe for shepherd’s pie is super fast and so delicious that you’ll find yourself craving it year-round. And, as always, I put a little twist on this old classic by using two different kinds of meat in the filling – yum! Priyatnogo appetita!

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