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Russian Beet Winter Salad

Comments (0) | Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • 2-3 medium potatoes
  • 1 medium beet
  • 3 small to medium carrots
  • 1 can of beans (I prefer butter beans)
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 pickled cucumbers
  • 0.5 bunch of dill
  • dijon mustard
  • olive oil
  • salt and paper to taste.
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Ok, so nobody really calls this salad 'winter salad'. There is no 'winter' in the actual name of the salad, but I like to think of it as such because to me it's rather too heavy for a summer or a spring meal. I normally wouldn't be cooking anything like that, winter or summer. I prefer to eat light and avoid lots of starches and carbs, but baby Peaches, who's been living inside my belly for almost 3.5 months, is starting to develop a taste for a heavy, starchy Russian food, and is forcing me to remember my Russian roots. I like to think that my Russian DNA is currently downloading into a little baby I am currently carrying, which is causing me to crave my native food, something I have been happily avoiding for a good 10+years. I wonder if I'll switch to a Korean cuisine when it's turn for my husband's DNA to get downloaded?

As I said, this venigret is a fairly heavy salad, but there is hardly any other kind in Russian cuisine. Our favorite vegetable is potato and our favorite dressing is mayo. Here is all you have to know about making a salad a-la Russia: Just boil, peel and dice several different kinds of root vegetables, mix them up with any of the following, also diced (boiled eggs, herring, canned fish, grated cheese, canned peas, mushrooms, bologna or any cheap ham, etc), add lots of mayo, mix it all up and there you have yourself a variation of a popular Russian salad. Luckily, venigret is one of the healthier Russian salads; it has no mayo...

To make it:
* Boil, peel and dice (any size, really; my mother prefers to dice all her veggies into small cubes, however I prefer it when the cubes are much chunkier) potatoes, carrots and beets. Don't over-boil your veggies!
* Dice onion and pickles into small pieces.
* Combine all diced ingredients in one mixing bowl.
* Open a can of beans, drain. Add beans to the rest of the ingredients.
* Finely chop dill, add to the rest of the ingredients.
* Salt and pepper to taste. *Add 2 table spoons of mustard, generously drizzle with olive oil, mix well and serve.


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Quick Italian Dessert Recipe - Tiramisu

Comments (0) | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If you are looking for a tasty and fast recipe that is authentic Italian, this quick Italian dessert recipe is for you. There is no better way to finish off a delicious Italian dinner than with a tasty and light dessert. This recipe is great to serve your guests after a pasta dinner and wine. You can also serve this as a social dessert with coffee at any time. Tiramisu is a favorite among Italian food lovers.

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Ingredients for this Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:

o 30 Italian lady fingers that are divided
o 2 ½ cups of strong warm espresso
o 2 ounces of chopped chocolate
o Unsweetened cocoa used for dusting the dessert
o 6 egg yolks
o ¾ cup of white sugar
o 1 ¼ pounds of mascarpone cheese
o 2 cups of heavy cream
o 1/3 cup of white sugar


Directions for making Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:
o Dip the first 18 Italian ladyfingers into the espresso
o Line the bottom of a 12 x 9 pan with the ladyfingers
o Sprinkle half of the chopped chocolate over the mixture
o Add a generous dusting of the cocoa on the mixture
o Set this aside
o Combine the egg yolks and ¾ cup of the sugar
o Mix this on high in a mixer for about ten minutes
o Mix the mascarpone by hand until it is completely mixed and lump free
o Set this aside
o Mix by a mixer or by hand the cream, 1/3 cup of sugar until it forms stiff peaks
o Add the mascarpone mix and whip this again until completely homogenous
o Spread half of the egg and cheese filling onto the ladyfingers in the pan
o Soak the rest of the ladyfingers in espresso and make a second layer over them
o Leave some spaces in between the ladyfingers and sprinkle the remaining filling evenly over the ladyfingers
o Lightly sprinkle this with more cocoa
o Wrap and refrigerate for about four to six hours
o When this is chilled, sprinkle it again with a light dusting of the cocoa
o Slice and serve with a spoon or spatula

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This quick Italian dessert recipe for tiramisu will delight your taste buds and you will love how light and tasty this dessert is. You can serve small servings after a big dinner, or a little bit larger pieces as an afternoon social treat. Some prefer to serve this dessert with espresso, coffee



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