Burgers – a test drive for summer barbeque

Though I hate the heat and humidity of New York summers, there is one element of summer that I enjoy: grilling. Ribs, chicken, steaks – we grill everything, just about every weekend. Having recently seen some Pat LaFrieda burgers on FreshDirect, I decided that it would be nice to try them out before the grilling…

Tortilla Española (potato omelet)

Tortilla española, or tortilla de patatas, as it is known in Spain (not to be confused with tortilla francesa, which is an egg omelet),  is a dish you will find all over Spain. It is often served as a sandwich on crusty bread, and when we visited Spain in April of 2012 we had it…

How to keep your man (well fed) chicken

Ladies, I am sure you have heard of the famed engagement chicken, the magic bird that gets your man to seal the deal. Maybe you’ve made the chicken, and maybe it worked. Gentlemen, if you have not heard or seen the chicken before, beware: when a roast lemon chicken is on your dinner menu, it…

Vegetarian Borscht

Every Russian family has their own borscht recipe. Some are complex two-step meat and cabbage soups, some are a combination of fried and boiled vegetables, and so forth. Over the last ten years or so, my mother stopped making the traditional meat borscht but continues to make the all-vegetable version that can be eaten hot…

Bank that actually pays interest

Having low interest rates are great if you need a mortgage and your trying to get more house for your money but its horrible if your trying to save money and you want to make it work for you.  Right now many of us are experiencing savings and checking accounts that have interest rates of…

Individual Apple Mini-Pies

This year for Mother’s Day I was faced with a dilemma – not a “what dessert to make”, but a “how to make a delicious and easily transportable dessert”. The thing is, we were set to take a trip on Mother’s Day weekend, and whatever I made needed to be easily transportable without the need…

Capture The Spring

One evening, you step outside after two days of rain. And you feel that the spring is here. You follow your nose and it brings you to such beauty. You realize then that you don’t need to travel far and away to find something noteworthy. You bring fragrant bunch home, murmuring “Are there lilac trees…