• Cheesecake
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    Classic Cheesecake

    Serves: 6-8

    Time: 1.5 hrs

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

    This is my take on classic cheesecake, every rich decadent mouthful. I make this roughly once per year because it is so rich and decadent. Often it is my husband’s birthday cake and works particularly well for his Christmas birthday because it isn’t holiday themed. I also use it as a base layer for whatever “flavored” cheesecake you want, strawberry topped, add a swirl of homemade caramel, top with banana slices, chocolate curls, a sprinkle of pie spice. It makes the perfect palette.

  • Chicken Pot Pie
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    Chicken Pot Pie

    Serves: 4

    Time: 1 hr

    Freezes: Yes

    Reheats: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Ingredients Scatterer

    I don’t know if with spring coming up it counts as pot pie season, but then again, is there ever really a bad time of year for chicken pot pie? I personally don’t think so. I like to make this recipe after I’ve made a roast chicken and have leftovers.

  • Chocolate Potica
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    Chocolate Potica

    Serves: 6-8

    Time: 2 hrs +rising

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Spreading filling

    I will start off by saying that you will probably only like this recipe if you like the taste of dark chocolate because it features bittersweet chocolate. However, if you do like dark chocolate you will LOVE it as it tastes rich like a candy bar or nutella. It’s a love it or hate it sort of thing. If you tend to like eastern European sweets that have that dark chocolate bite to them you will totally love this recipe. You’ve been warned. Now the back story. I have a lovely friend who is Slovenian, living in Slovenia, and she mentioned that she makes walnut (the most traditional flavor) potica every year for Christmas and Easter.

  • Walnut Potica
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    Walnut Potica

    Serves: 6-8

    Time: 2 hrs + rising time

    Freezes: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Spread Filling

    I have a lovely lady friend who is my pen pal in Slovenia. Recently she wrote to me about one of their Christmas traditions, potica and how she made it for her entire family as per usual. She mentioned that there were a variety of flavors, but that she herself always sticks with walnut and was planning on making another round for Easter. Well since Easter is coming up I decided to google around and try this tasty sounding Slavic holiday tradition. I found a blog of Slovenian food with a tasty sounding recipe that was different in that it called for sour cream in the dough. Now I’ve worked with sour cream doughs in the past when I’ve made usky and pelmeni and I like them quite a bit. They are richer and so easier to stretch, handle and work with so I decided to give her recipe a spin. The results were very tasty, although my potica cracked, probably because sour cream dough is weaker than regular milk dough. I’ve asked my friend for her recipe and can’t wait to compare results. Meanwhile, below is the recipe for “apple” as my children so oddly call it, probably because of the cinnamon, potica which I would totally make again on another holiday just for fun.

  • Lamb Pulao
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    Lamb Pulao

    Serves: 4-6

    Time: 1 hr

    Freezes: Yes

    Reheats: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Rice mixer

    Despite the spices listed, it’s actually not at all a spicy dish. It’s sort of a cross between Russian plov and a more Middle Eastern plov. You can sub in chicken for the lamb, but lamb is definitely the traditional meat for the dish. I like the fact that you can reheat it or freeze it as well. It makes a ton and goes amazingly with either green salad or pickled veggies

  • Persian Salad
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    Persian Salad

    Serves: 4

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Dressing Shaker

    Technically this is a version of Fatoush which is a salad I totally adore. However, my recipe lacks the awesome croutons of the original generally because I don’t have Middle Eastern bread frequently on hand. That said, you could serve this with any stale (or toasted) strong tasting bread and it would be excellent. I could eat this every day and twice on Sundays.

  • Chicken with Olives
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    Chicken with Olives

    Serves: 3-4

    Time: 1.5 hrs

    Reheats: Yes

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Olive Taster

    I like to make this dish with homemade chicken broth on the weekends when I have time to let it slow simmer. It would be great in a Crockpot though if you own one (I don’t amazingly enough.) This was my daughter’s favorite dish when she was little because she really loves olives. Actually, all three kids love olives even though my husband isn’t a fan. My daughter loved them so much she tried to give daddy “mama’s special (oil cured) olies” as a Father’s Day gift when she was two. I tried to explain that perhaps something else would be better, but she loved those olives so much she couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t be a hit.

  • Heart-shaped Chocolate Baby Cakes
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    Heart-shaped Chocolate Baby Cakes

    Serves: 6

    Time: 25 mins

    Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

    I got this cute heart shape cake mold at least 15 years ago on a Valentine’s Day whim. At the time I was making things with a Valentine’s Day theme. Now, alas 10 years of marriage and three kids has sort of taken that to a standstill. I still kept the mold though and I did find the time to make these cakes. These are really a light sponge cake, not a brownie, although I like brownies a lot in this pan too. Now I make the little heart cakes for my kids and sometimes fill the center with either cream or frosting.

Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Ingredients Scatterer

Chocolate Potica

Chocolate Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs +rising

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spreading filling

Walnut Potica

Walnut Potica

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs + rising time

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spread Filling

Lamb Pulao

Lamb Pulao

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Rice mixer

Persian Salad

Persian Salad

Serves: 4

Kid Friendly Tasks: Dressing Shaker

Chicken with Olives

Chicken with Olives

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1.5 hrs

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Olive Taster

Heart-shaped Chocolate Baby Cakes

Heart-shaped Chocolate Baby Cakes

Serves: 6

Time: 25 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Filling

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Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

Serves: 4

Time: 10 minutes +1 hour sitting

Kid Friendly Tasks: picking cucumbers

Summertime and the cucumbers are cheap, plentiful and fresh at the market. They make a lovely cooling, crisp summer salad. The salad below is one of my favorites to make each summer. It pulls together quickly although you absolutely have to remember to mix the cucumbers with the salt ahead of time. Otherwise they dilute the dressing too much once the salad has sat for a while and then you get soup. This salad keeps for about a day after it’s made. I like to serve it with shashlik or mousaka, but it would be lovely with anything.

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Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

Yeah for spring and strawberry season! I corralled my three, mostly willing, helpers (hey there was the promise of ice cream from nearby at the end) and we set off on a grand picking adventure. After the usual hour it took to lotion everyone up and put on hats we set out towards the strawberry fields. The first thing we learned, other than that the berries were plentiful, was that my toddler had no interest in picking. However, he was very interested in the part where you put the berries in the bucket. Lucky for us his older sister agreed to be a team with him. She picked and he dropped the berry into the bucket while his brother struck out for parts unknown in search of the largest berries

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Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1.5 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring filling

This is my take on classic cheesecake, every rich decadent mouthful. I make this roughly once per year because it is so rich and decadent. Often it is my husband’s birthday cake and works particularly well for his Christmas birthday because it isn’t holiday themed. I also use it as a base layer for whatever “flavored” cheesecake you want, strawberry topped, add a swirl of homemade caramel, top with banana slices, chocolate curls, a sprinkle of pie spice. It makes the perfect palette.

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Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Serves: 4

Time: 30 min

Kid Friendly Tasks: Washing Veggies

This is going to be one of those no brainer recipes that almost doesn’t seem worth posting but I’m going to do it anyway. I love roasted veggies as a side dish to any meal, especially Mediterranean. They are quick to prepare and will happily cook while you make the main course of something else. You can adjust the seasonings to match whatever your central dish is. Personally, I like to roast veggies in just a bit of flavorless vegetable oil, just enough that they don’t stick and then toss with butter, salt and pepper.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Ingredients Scatterer

I don’t know if with spring coming up it counts as pot pie season, but then again, is there ever really a bad time of year for chicken pot pie? I personally don’t think so. I like to make this recipe after I’ve made a roast chicken and have leftovers.

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