• How to,  Snacks

    Homemade Potato Chips

    Love chips? Well follow these quick and easy steps on how to make potato chips at home! Enjoy them as a side for lunch! Ingredients for homemade potato chips: Potatoes: Idaho or russet potatoes. Oil: Avocado oil, canola oil, vegetable oil or any oil that haves a high smoking point. Seasoning : Kosher salt or any favorite seasoning such as bbq, cajun, etc. How to make homemade potato chips: Washing and peeling potatoes: Wash and peel your potatoes. If you choose to keep your skin on your potatoes, then you won’t have to peel them. Slicing potatoes: Slice your potatoes thinly with a knife or use a mandolin and slice at 1/16″ or 1.5mm. Keeping…

  • Grilling recipes,  Main dish,  Sandwiches

    Bacon wrapped hot dog with caramelized onions

    Bacon wrapped hot dog topped off with caramelized onions infused with sherry, cheese and chives! Serve it with your favorite sauce! Mmmm….. P.S. a new way to impress your guests for Memorial Day! Ingredients for bacon wrapped hot dog with caramelized onions: Hot dog: Smoked Knackwurst or a hot dog of your choice. Buns: Brioche hot dog buns. Bacon: Thinly sliced bacon. Caramelized Onions: Sweet white onion, butter and sherry or a white dry wine. Dijon Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise and GREY POUPON MUSTARD Country Dijon Made with Coarse Ground Mustard. Cheese: Shredded fontina, swiss, or gruyere cheese. Butter: Unsalted softened butter Chives: Fresh chopped chives. How to make bacon wrapped hot dog with caramelized onions: Caramelizing…

  • Dessert

    Künefe

    Künefe or knaef is a traditional middle eastern dessert. It’s made up of kataifi which is shredded fillo dough, filled with a sweet cheese, soaked with a simple rose syrup (which is known as attar) and topped with chopped or blended pistachios! What is the difference between künefe and knaef? Both are made up of the same ingredients except künefe comes from the Turkish cuisine and knaef comes from Palestinian Arabs. In a knaef, the kataifi is shredded in a food processor to a fine consistency while a künefe is chopped into about an 3/4 -1 inch slices. Ingredients:  Kataifi: Athens Shredded Fillo Dough Kataifi. Cheese: Sweet cheese. Syrup: Rose…

  • Grilling recipes,  Main dish

    Chicken pesto tomato skewers

    Chicken pesto tomato skewers are the perfect skewers to make this summer, especially during grilling season! Basil pesto added gives a good kick and a garlic flavor! This recipe is definitely super easy and super delicious! Ingredients for chicken pesto tomato skewers: Chicken: Chicken breast or you can also use skinless boneless chicken thighs. Tomatoes: Cherry round tomatoes. Onions: White onion. Pesto: Basil pesto. How to make chicken pesto tomato skewers: Prepping bamboo skewers: Soak your bamboo sticks in water for at least 3 hours or overnight. Cutting the chicken: Cut your chicken into cubes. Seasoning the chicken: Season your chicken with salt and white pepper on both sides. Cutting the…

  • How to

    How to make butter and buttermilk out of heavy cream

    Making homemade butter is easier than you think! Follow these few easy steps and you’ll have butter in no time! Save that leftover buttermilk and use it for marinades, baking and many more! Ingredients for making butter and buttermilk: Heavy whipping cream: Cold heavy whipping cream. How to make butter/ buttermilk: Whipping the heavy cream: In a stand mixer, pour in your cold  heavy whipping cream. Use the whisk attachment to beat your heavy cream on a medium to high speed. Once you start seeing that your cream is over-beaten, and butter is starting to form, turn down your mixer speed to a low setting. If you keep beating it at a high…

  • How to,  Main dish,  Ukrainian Recipes

    How to cook buckwheat

    Buckwheat or aka “kasha” in Ukrainian is made for breakfast or even during the day. It’s a gluten free grain that has a good source of fiber and many more nutrients! You can serve it on the side with an egg, sauté some onions, carrots and mushrooms or keep it simple! Ingredients for buckwheat: Buckwheat: Toasted buckwheat. I get mine from a European store. Salt: Kosher salt Butter: Unsalted butter How to make buckwheat: Removing seeds: Sort through your buckwheat removing any seeds or different grains that may have been combined on accident. Adding boiling water: Boil some water and add it to your buckwheat. Mix with a spoon for up to…

  • How to

    How to make clarified butter

    Clarified butter aka “ghee” is a butter when the milk solids are boiled out and removed. It is used for a variety of culinary sauces, frying, sautéing and many more. Use clarified butter instead of oil for a better caramelization! Ingredients for clarified butter: Butter: Unsalted butter or salted butter. How to make clarified butter: Melting butter: Melt butter in a heavy bottom saucepan on low heat. The milk solids will start to rise up. Do not melt your butter on high heat or else it will burn. Removing milk solids: Use a spoon to remove the milk solids. Keep your butter on low heat until there is no more…

  • Main dish

    Shrimp Pesto Skewers

    Shrimp pesto skewers are definitely a crowd pleaser! They are super easy to make and and can be prepped in less then 10 minutes! Make these for your next party! Ingredients for Shrimp pesto skewers: Shrimp: Jumbo raw shrimp. Pesto: Basil pesto. Full recipe here: https://just-craving.com/basil-pesto/ Salt: Kosher salt. How to make shrimp pesto skewers: Prepping bamboo skewers: Soak your bamboo sticks in water for at least 3 hours or overnight. Prepping shrimp: Devein and remove the shell off the shrimp keeping the tail on. Wash and dry your shrimp. Marinating shrimp: Season one side of your shrimp with salt and mix. Add your pesto and mix. Cover with plastic…

  • Appetizers

    Stuffed Mini Peppers

    Stuffed mini peppers filled with a cheesy garlic mixture! One bite and all of them will be gone!🤤 Ingredients for stuffed mini peppers:  Peppers: Mini sweet peppers. Cheese: Fancy or finely shredded mozzarella cheese. Garlic: Crushed garlic. Mayonnaise: Any mayonnaise will work. How to make stuffed mini peppers: Washing peppers: Wash and dry your peppers. Cutting/deseeding: Cut all of your peppers in half and remove the pith. Mixing ingredients: In a bowl mix your cheese, garlic and mayonnaise. Place into a piping bag or a ziplock bag. Stuffing the peppers: Pipe out your filling into each pepper. Stuffed mini peppers filled with a cheesy garlic mixture! One bite and all of them will be…

  • Appetizers

    Bell Pepper Canapés

    Crispy, crunchy and cheesy! Mmmm.. Now that’s what I’m talking about! The perfect appetizer to make for your next party. Ingredients for Canapés: Bread: Country French bread or a baguette. Peppers: Red, orange, yellow and green bell peppers. Carrots: Shredded carrots. Condiment: Mayonnaise. Cheese: Shredded mozzarella cheese. Seasoning: Salt, black pepper and garlic powder. How to make Canapés: Prepping ingredients and cooking: Deseed and julienne the peppers. Peel and shred your carrots. In a large pan on a low to medium heat add your oil. Add your peppers and cook until halfway cooked. Tip: you can use a lid to cook the peppers faster. Then add in your carrots and cook…