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Vegetarian Recipes



Vegetarian dishes are a welcome change anytime in my menu planning, not just during the Great Lent.

If you are looking for tested vegetarian recipes, I am more than happy to share some links to my previous posts.

You may also click on “Meatless Dishes”  categories, for other vegetarian recipes.


Eggplant Rollatini  - Serving

Eggplant Rollatini


Ukrainian Borscht (Red Beet Soup)


Portobello Mushrooms with Pasta


Stuffed Green Peppers with Rice and Mushrooms


Halushky (sautéed cabbage and pasta)


Stir Fry Veggies with Pasta


Vegetarian Matzoh Lasagna


Potato Kugel Cups

This link with take you to my previous list of over 25 meatless recipes.

Enjoy these dishes, and share your favorite vegetarian recipes.

SPRING 2014  Easter Eggs decorated by my children

Spring is my favorite season of the year.

It wakes up Mother Nature from its winter sleep, brings back life, hope, and beauty of nature.

Spring inspires me to spend more time outdoors, walking, gardening, and enjoying nature.

Spring also brings Easter; a very religious holiday for me, filled with Ukrainian traditions, including Traditional Ukrainian Easter Baskets, and Pysanky.

Since many of my Jewish friends celebrate their spring holiday, Passover, I prepare and post some of their favorite recipes associated with this holiday.

I specifically chose to resume posting to my blog at this time, to coincide with the rebirth of nature, as well as a new beginning for the people of Ukraine.

The current situation in Ukraine is improving in one way, yet being stifled in other ways, as you probably already know by following the news on internet, or via other uncensored media sources.

The perseverance and unity of the Ukrainian nation via Euromaidan, prevailed by toppling over the corrupted government of Yanukovich, ending up with his cowardly flee to Russia, as well and the escape to various countries, of many of his equally corrupted collaborators.

Hundreds of Ukrainians lost their life in Kyiv, during their fight for human rights, democracy, and freedom, but their sacrifice was not in vain.

The current, temporary government in Ukraine, which was approved by the people, but will hold official presidential elections on May 25th, signed political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday, March 21, 2014.

This is a big step forward for Ukraine and its future.

The current political turmoil in Ukraine was sparked by Yanukovich’s withdrawal from such an association with EU in November 2013, disappointing the majority of  the population of Ukraine.

Thank you for being patient with me during this difficult time.

Thank you for your moral support, prayers, and everything you do to contribute to world peace, human rights, and freedom.

I will continue to share my recipes with you, and am looking forward to reading your comments.



My country's flags

Dear Readers,

First of all, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all your support, your visits and comments on my blog.

I would like to inform you about my intent to take a temporary break from posting to my blog, due to the current unrest in Ukraine.

I am following the old saying:  “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”.

I am “getting out of my kitchen” , since I am totally consumed by the current events in Ukraine, a country of my ancestors, and current motherland of many of my relatives and friends.

I am so blessed and thankful for living in a truly democratic country, where my human rights and freedom of speech are not violated.

My heart aches, watching the peaceful Ukrainian protesters on  Euromaidan in Kyiv, and numerous cities of Ukraine, since November 2013, fighting for their constitutional rights, grossly violated by their dictatorial government.

Many Euromaidan participants are being abducted by Berkut, even from hospitals while recovering from injuries, stripped naked in subzero temperatures, inhumanly tortured, humiliated, and even killed.

Please watch this short video to get a better understanding of what is going on, and you will be appalled of what you witness here.

I am a humble, religious woman, who does not get too involved in politics, but who cherishes freedom and human rights.  I support these values for all human beings throughout the world.

I dedicate this post to the five fallen heroes of Ukraine, who lost their life for freedom and democracy in Ukraine, during this turbulent time at Euromaidan in Kyiv, yet will  never have a chance to cherish it.

They had no weapons, hence not being a threat to anyone, yet their life was taken by sadistic, fascist, heartless, government supported thugs  – Berkut and Titushky.


Yuriy Verbytsky – 50-year-old seismologist and Euromaidan volunteer, was found dead in a forest near Kyiv on January 22. He was abducted from a Kyiv hospital along with opposition activist and journalist Ihor Lutsenko after sustaining an eye injury during a police clash. Lutsenko says both he and Verbytsky, whose hands and clothes bore traces of duct tape, were tortured all night. Police say Verbytskyy died of exposure.

Mikhail Zhyzneuski – Euromaidan activist who was in his late 20s, died of a gunshot wound to the heart on January 22 during police clashes. A native of Belarus, he was a member of the Ukrainian nationalist group UNA-UNSO.Native of Belarus, killed during police clashes on Euromaidan in Kiev

Roman Senik, a protester from a town in the western Lviv region, died in a Kyiv hospital on January 22 after being wounded in the chest during clashes with riot police. Senik, 45, underwent several operations, including an arm amputation, before succumbing to his injuries.

Serhiy Nihoyan, 21, was shot dead on January 22 during a violent clash between riot police and protesters in Kyiv. An ethnic Armenian, Nihoyan was part of Euromaidan’s security team. The authorities insist Nihoyan was killed by bullets that are not used by police forces.

Pavlo Mazurenko -  was badly beaten by the police on the roof of the trade centre on Gnata street in Kyiv, for participating in Euromaidan. On 20 December he however refused to go to the hospital, and died on 22 December in life support department of Kyiv city hospital from pneumonia.

Please join me in prayer for the souls of these fallen heroes,  speedy recovery of hundreds of others who are gravely injured, and for Freedom of Ukraine from their Dictator Yanukovych with his thugs.


If you are interested in learning more about these events, here are some links for you to check out:

I will be back, once the situation in Ukraine progresses towards peace and democracy.

According my  Google report, thousands of my readers are from over 39 different countries, some of which can easily identify with the current situation in Ukraine.

Please contact your country’s government to support freedom in Ukraine, impose sanctions against the grossly corrupted government, force resignation of  equally corrupted Ukrainian President Yanukovych, and do not allow any of those thugs to seek exile in your countries.

Slava Ukraini – Glory to Ukraine!

Heroyam Slava – Glory to her Heroes!

Thank you for all your support.

blueberry french toastIf you need a break from savory breakfast food, and wish to spoil your taste buds with something sweet, enjoy this cream cheese and blueberry stuffed french toast.

The Original recipe is pinned on my Pinterest board, however the one I am posting is improvised slightly, to suit my taste.

This breakfast dish is very moist, full of flavor, and simple to prepare.

It yields 4 servings.


  •  1/2 loaf of french bread, sliced to 1/4 inch slices then cubed
  • 4 oz. 1/3 fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • zest of 1 orange (or lemon, if your prefer)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (split in two)

 Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter

Step one = blueberry french toastblueberry french toast  - step 2

Directions for French Toast casserole:

  1.  Prepare this recipe the night before. Cover and refrigerate.  Bake it next day.
  2. Grease (I used butter) 9 x 9 glass casserole dish.
  3. Spread 1/2 of the cubed french bread, over the bottom of the casserole.
  4. Sprinkle 1 cup of blueberries over the bread.
  5. Drop cream cheese cubes all over the blueberries (see photo above).
  6. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, milk, syrup,vanilla, zest, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  7. Pour 1/2 of the egg mixture over the first layer of french toast.
  8. Cover with remaining cubed bread.
  9. Pour remaining egg mixture over the top of the casserole and sprinkle with 1tsp. of cinnamon.
  10. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate over night.
  11. Next day, preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  12. Place the covered casserole dish in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.
  13. Uncover, and bake 25 minutes longer.
  14. Serve with prepared blueberry topping, which may be prepared day before, or while the toast is baking.

Directions for Blueberry Topping:

  1. Mix sugar with cornstarch in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add water.  Bring to boil, and cook until thickened (about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add blueberries and cook few more minutes, stirring continuously until blueberries burst and form a smooth sauce, with few whole blueberries still remaining.
  4. Remove from heat, mix in butter, and set aside until ready to serve.
  5. For best results, serve it warm.

Blueberry french toast - all baked

All baked, and ready to enjoy with blueberry topping, or maple syrup.


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Christmas celebrations are just beginning for all our family and friends who follow the Julian Calendar, and are awaiting Christmas Eve holiday on January 6th, and Christmas Day on January 7th.

This Christmas holiday is followed by New Year celebration on January 14th.




As an American of Ukrainian descent, it is my duty to bring to your attention that our brethren in Ukraine are spending this year’s holidays outdoors in frigid temperatures.  These Ukrainians are actively participating in the protest, dubbed Euromaidan, in the capital city of Kiev, as well as numerous other cities all over Ukraine.   They participate in Euromaidan every day, around the clock, and for over two months.  Ukrainians are fighting for their severely violated constitutional rights and for their absolute will to join the European Union (EU).  The current corrupted government, under constant intimidation by Russia and Putin’s political games, has turned its back on integrating Ukraine’s economy with the EU.

During this holiday season, please remember all the Ukrainians in Ukraine in your prayers.  May their prayers be answered and may they prevail in eliminating their disgracefully corrupted government.  May they regain their human rights and may they continue to build their country in a true democratic fashion, supported by a righteous and fairly elected future government.

If you are interested in learning more about these current events in Ukraine, and enjoy many entertaining musical performances by Ukrainian artists, you may visit the following sites :\

For  news updates in English, you may visit Brama site, and select any of their numerous posts listed there.





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