September 2nd, 2014

Olga Visits Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente

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I am so excited to introduce you all to one of my favorite restaurants in San Clemente, Cafe Mimosa. I spent the afternoon with owner Antoine Price Jr and Executive Chef Sheena Daniels.  On the menu were two brunch favorites, one sweet and one savory; braised pork belly and a their twist on french toast.  Grab a mimosa and sit back to enjoy this episode of Cooking with Olga Valentina, premiering in two days!

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September 1st, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

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So excited to be shooting in my new kitchen today!  Here is a sneak peak of me back in action in my new creative lab!  We finally wrapped construction this past friday, hours before I had my guests arrive to my house for a little weekend get together and belted birthday dinner! Some minor projects left, but today is all about doing what I love in a new space I adore!  Looking forward to sharing it with all of you!

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August 30th, 2014

Shrimp and Crab Lettuce Cups

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I love lettuce cups!  If you are tying to be healthy, using a lettuce wrap is a great way to skip the carbs. Also, they make great little mini salad bite appetizers for a party or BBQ!  The shrimp and crab salad can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for a quick, cool, go to snack! Enjoy these this weekend, along with the last bit of summer!

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August 29th, 2014

Sophie’s botched spa day

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For those of you that don’t know, Sophie is my teacup poodle.  I adopted her from New Orleans as a puppy, and she has been by my side, in my bed, bringing me joy and keeping my heart rate down for the last two years. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28th, 2014

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

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Fire up those grills for labor day weekend! This recipe is a twist on a classic! Grilling the romaine gives a unique flavor to this savory salad.  Notes of rosemary, bacon and creamy home made caesar dressing are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your labor day BBQ!

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August 27th, 2014

Spackling 101

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Another renovation learning experience. This time, adventures in spackling!   Read the rest of this entry »

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August 26th, 2014

Asian Cheese Steaks

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These little sandwiches are a great lunch option for your guy (Koty loves them) or for a labor day appetizer!  They are ready in no time! Leave the meat marinating, go do some errands, and come back to cook up a tasty bite! Great for football finger foods too! You can substitute the large rolls for the small slider size ones and have a flavorful finger food appetizer! Priyatnogo appetita!

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August 25th, 2014

Labor Day is almost here!

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Labor day is a week away! It’s the last three day weekend for a while, and a great opportunity to have friends over! I’ve lined up some great recipes that can be meals them selves or appetizers for your labor day party! This week we have asian cheese steaks, which the men in your life will love and are a great dish for football season! Then I have one of my favorite ways to reinvent a classic, a grilled caesar salad!  And lastly shrimp and crab lettuce cups, which make a great appetizer or light lunch! Priyatnogo appetita!

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August 23rd, 2014

Birthday Celebrations!

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Today is my birthday!  I am another year older and wiser!  Party time! Koty and I dropped our little princess Sophie off at his moms, left my assistant in charge of the construction crew, and headed to the airport for our early flight to Vegas!  We are celebrating not only my birthday, but its Marina Monroe‘s bachelorette weekend!  I am so happy to be out of the house, away from the chaos, and spending time with the ones I love the most!  Next weekend, I will be hosting a dinner in Laguna Beach.  In trying to decide how to celebrate, I thought I would share with you pictures from last years festivities and little hints I keep in mind when planning a great party!

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August 22nd, 2014

Partida Tequila Chicken

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Back again with another outstanding use for Partida Tequila!  This time as a marinate for grilling chicken!  Summers almost ending, but for most of us, especially in Southern California, we grill all year long! This recipe can be prepared on the grill or just as easily in a grill pan! The flavors of summer linger with this refreshing, easy to make dish!

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