Mushroom Crack AKA Russian Mushroom Julienne

Mushroom Julienne at The Russian House

A while back, as we were studying about Russian in our chronological journey through history, I decided to research Russian restaurants in the Austin area. I remembered going to a place where we got some fantastic brine pickles and bought a beautiful book on Russian cuisine right after we first moved back to this area in 2007, but […]

March IG Challenge, Desktop Wallpaper, Holidays, and Cooking Tips

Hey you! Yeah, you the one that’s wrapped in a fleece blanket with your heater cranked up and the news on (to see if your husband will be able to get to work tomorrow after the freeze). There’s hope that spring will eventually thaw this icy planet. I’ve got a few minor reminders and a […]

Taste of Spain – Easy Dinner Recipes for Entertaining

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I’m participating in Carbonell Olive Oil’s #DareToCarbonell campaign – highlighting their three distinctive flavors of Spanish olive oil – number one in Spain since 1866, and sold in more than 50 countries. I used all three versions of oils in these recipes, and although I didn’t use the correct ones for the correct things in […]

Adaptable and Delicious Asian Fried Rice

When it comes to fried food in our house, the number one requested item besides Spanish rice is Asian fried rice. My teen son has this on his list of “birthday meal” requests, and it makes a super meal for when you want to wow your company. You can make this with brown or white […]

Asparagus and Eggs – Two Ways

My latest food crush grows in ditches and tastes like summer. I always hated asparagus growing up, but have come to really like it as an adult. In my early married years I tried baking it a few times, and even enjoyed success with it when I had it smothered in sauces. My white Béchamel […]

Authentic Italian Risotto with Chicken and Rosemary

Risotto is one of those mouth-watering comfort foods that you just have to love. It’s like a glorified chicken and rice dish that is all grown up. It may not be that pretty, but hardly a grain is left in the pan after everyone fights for the last spoonful. I learned how to make it […]

Spanish Rice

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Spanish Rice was the dish that catapulted me in to foodie love. My grandmother used to make it for me as a snack when I went to visit her. If you’ve seen the movie Ratatouille – the moment when the food critic remembers back to his mama’s home cooking – I get that kind of […]