Grandma’s Favorite – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb Pie

Grandma’s Favorite – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I can’t wait for summer, when you can buy fresh rhubarb at the local farmers market. No one really makes strawberry rhubarb pies anymore…you won’t find them at the grocery store bakery section. It’s a little time consuming, and who even have time nowadays. But if you really want a rhubarb pie, clink on the title link to follow easy step-by-step recipe with photos. 

Enjoy!

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The Science behind Wine

The Science behind Wine

Victor Hugo: God made only water but man made wine

What is so special about wine? And Why so many people like wine? In this post, I would like to share with my readers some finding I’ve discovered while researching this topic.

In the article The Origin of Wine published in Scientific American, author Brendan Borrell says that wine has been around for over 9,000 years. Basically, its roots go all the to the origin of Western Civilization if not earlier.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word wine as we know it today was originated from Latin vinum and Old Church Slavonic vino.

If you familiar with Greek Mythology, you probably heard about Dionysus. Another name he goes by is Bacchus which is derived from Roman Mythology. He is a god of wine and festivity.

Collection of quotes from famous people about wine:

Paulo Coelho: Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.

Charles Baudelaire: One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.

Galileo Galilei: Wine is sunlight, held together by water

Benjamin Franklin: Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried with fewer tensions and more tolerance.

Thomas Jefferson: By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt…

Below is very important chart that everybody would find useful at some point:
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Foodie Friday @ Whole Foods Market

Foodie Friday @ Whole Foods Market

It’s always good to start planning your weekend ahead of time. It’s even better to start your weekend on Friday night by tasting delicious food and wine or beer samples for just five bucks. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try something you have never tried before!
For more information, you can browse Whole Foods website where you will find the whole calendar of events as well the store locator, recipes, and tips for healthy and well-balanced nutrition.

Fancy Breakfast Table

If you ever felt like surprising your loved ones with an awesome brunch check out this video about how to decorate a fancy breakfast table at home.

Surely, food is the most important thing during a meal, but sometimes the way it’s served could make a tremendous difference. This video shows you how easy you can brighten someone (or even your own) day just by setting a festive mood by adding a little décor to your first meal.

If you have ideas about color palette or how to decorate your breakfast table, don’t hesitate to share it with the world 🙂

Tandoori Chicken by Ellie Krieger

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Scrolling through Bing Food and Drink, I stumbled upon an article about three healthy chicken recipes. One of them had a photo of chicken in a bright red coating. Personally, I’m a big fan of spicy foods, especially, Middle Eastern spices. It was a mysterious Tandoori Chicken.

Ellie Krieger describes this recipe as

“quick and easy way to introduce glorious Indian tastes at home”

Ingredients you will need:
• Cooking spray
• 1 large lemon
• 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each)
• 1/4 teaspoon sal
• 2 medium cloves garlic
• 2-inch piece fresh ginger
• 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Here is how it’s done:
If using a grill, spray it with cooking spray and preheat it over medium-high heat. Otherwise, wait to preheat a grill pan. Halve the lemon. Cut 1 half into wedges and set aside for serving.
Place the chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound out to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. Place the chicken in a medium baking dish (about 8 inches square). Make 4 shallow cuts into each piece of chicken, then sprinkle both sides with the salt and the juice from the remaining half of the lemon.
Mince the garlic, peel and finely grate the ginger, and place both into a small bowl. Add the yogurt and the rest of the spices and stir to combine. Pour over the chicken and turn to coat. Marinate for 10 minutes.
If using a grill pan, spray it with cooking spray and preheat it over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until cooked through and grill marks are formed, about 5 minutes per side. Serve with lemon wedges.

About the author the author of this recipe:
Ellie Krieger, born September 26, 1965, is the host of a show on the Food Network called Healthy Appetite. She is also an author and has written several books on healthy eating.

St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland

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Holidays are great, especially like Maslenitsa or St. Patty’s Day.

Cleveland loves St. Patrick’s Day festivities! The parade’s kick-off is scheduled for 1:04 pm. I found the map of the parade on Plain Dealer’s website, so if you are in Downtown Cleveland, make sure to watch the parade. It should be awesome.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and drink responsibly!

Maslenitsa

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Maslenitsa in 1878

If, by any chance, you were wondering what is Maslenitsa, I can tell you that it’s a holiday when people enjoy a lot of rich fatty foods. Guess what the main dish is? It’s a crepe. Big, round, thin, buttery, sweet or salty crepe.

Here is few facts about this holiday:

  • Maslenitsa is a Slavic holiday that people in Ukraine really enjoy, for not only for its delicious foods, but also because it commemorates the begging of Great Fast which goes all the way till Easter.
  • Maslenitsa is somewhat similar to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. They both relate to the beginning of Great Fast, and involve consumption of rich fatty food. Yay.
  • Maslenitsa symbolizes the end of cold snowy winter and beginning of warm spring.
    • Maslenitsa has its roots in pagan traditions but was accepted by Orthodox ancestors as a way of saying Good-Bye to cold winter.
    • Some of the festivities are accompanied by the burning of a straw ladylike figure ‘winter’
  • Maslenitsa involves not only eating food, but also dancing, singing, and festival activities. But, honestly, it’s mostly about eating a lot of foods as crepes or varenuki bathing in the butter and sugar.
My younger sibling is ready eating crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

My younger sibling is ready to eat a bunch of crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

Russian Maslenitsa 2011

more  crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies :)

more crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies 🙂

CREPESing: Crepes, Blinu, or Russian Pancakes.

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If you never had crepes in your life, you missed out. However, many who have tried crepes think of it as something extremely challenging to make at home. Why struggle at the kitchen if you can get them at your local grocery story in a deli department or simply go out for breakfast to IHOP.
Actually, there is a good reason for do it yourself. Obviously, it’s three times cheaper comparison to a breakfast entry at IHOP. When you are making your own crepes, you can chose to use organic eggs and milk, or even whole wheat flour.
I found this link on YouTube where narrator presents you step by step how to make crepes. You will be surprised by how easy it is to make delicious, melt-in-your-mouth crepes.

Don’t forget to use your favorite topping! Few tips for toppings:
http://allrecipes.com/recipes/breakfast-and-brunch/crepes/sweet-crepes/
http://www.yummly.com/recipes/crepe-toppings