Archive | May, 2011

Kotlety – Russian Meat Patties

22 May

Today i went around shopping with my mom in jersey, and after a pretty unsuccessful shopping day followed by a quick Shop Rite trip – it was time for dinner. My family makes these russian ground chicken patties called “Kotlety”. They’re a really fast dinner and really good…. especially with ketchup ❤ guess who made them herself?


1 Package of Ground Chicken

1 Egg

¾ cup of flavored Italian bread Crumbs

Salt and Pepper to Taste

½ an onion, grated

Olive oil


In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken, 1 egg, onion (previously grated), salt and pepper (amount to your liking), and breadcrumbs. Coat a large pan with olive oil. Heat up the pan. Form patties.


Place on top of oil, lower the heat to medium. Allow to cook on the first side. Check to see the underneath has lightly browned. Turn over, put on low heat, allow to continue to cook. Let them simmer under low heat.  Check periodically how it looks on both sides. Flip them a few times.


These should cook for about 20 minutes all together for 1 lb of chicken. Easy and quick. Feeds 3-4.

I made couscous with it. I like Near East Pearled Couscous with Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil. YUUUUUUUUM



Scrapbooking and More

20 May

So a lot of people know that I make scrapbooks, but I haven’t done a project in a while. Hopefully i’ll be getting my hands on doing one for my brother and new sister for their wedding, just as a gift. I made one for my cousin as a wedding gift and it took me about a full year, just to wait for events to happen like bridal showers, engagement parties, bachelorette parties, etc. and at the end it came out seriously beautiful. Here are some of my favorite pages.

So lately i’ve been attempting to do little projects like scrapbook pages with photos that i would put into shadowbox frames, and i’m trying to find the time to work on a black and white with red accents piece. I’m still trying to figure out how to put it together, maybe a newspaper background with photos surrounding, borders, and red cut outs or something. If you are interested in having me make a scrapbook for you – please contact me. I would love to do it!

Other than that fun stuff, I saw bridesmaids yesterday, which was really funny. It wasn’t the story i expected but was really random and full of good stuff. Me and Dave went to out in new york city since we only have a few weeks left around here. We hung out in union square, relaxed a little and made our way to the Heartland Brewery (so good), and then went to Eataly (Mario Batali’s grocery store/restaurant/gelato/heaven). We sat in front of the flatiron building by the Madison Square Park and ate Hazelnut Pistachio Gelato. If you ever go, please try this its incredible.

I also went to Forever21 and spent 140 bucks on so much stuff, its so cheap and cute and always keeping up with the latest trends. Since we’re moving to FL i was in need of shorts – bad….I got like 5 pairs of  shorts that were $11.50 each! SNAG.

On Tuesday I’ll be making chicken cutlets and chicken soup, pics will be posted along with recipes. I also did laundry for the first time MYSELF this week!!!!!


Moms Keesla-Slotkia (Sweet and Sour) Stew

17 May

Since there is only about a month left until I move, I have been learning my moms recipes. This one was quick and really easy, not to mention so delicious and has my mom making this dish on request specifically when my aunt comes to visit us from Washington. A lot of my home recipes are Russian/Moldovan/Romanian inspired because my parents are immigrants from Moldova.

Keesla-Slotkia (Serves about 5 people)

2 Packages of Beef for Stew or Filet Mignon
1 Jar of Hunts Tomato paste
4 Onions, Diced
Pepper and Garlic Seasoning that contains salt and sugar in the ingredients
Olive oil


Defrost 2 packets of beef or filet. On a cutting board, dice 4 onions into small squares, Put the onions into a large cooking pot on high heat. Put a little olive oil into the onions so that they start to look like this, browning consistently.

When they begin to brown, keep adding water to make them softer and browner, keep adding water and stirring so the onions don’t stick to the walls, stir onions swiftly to release heat, so they brown evenly.

Meanwhile, open the meat in the sink and rinse the pieces. If there are big pieces cut them in half. Leave the fat on the meat for juiciness. The meat should be cut in small squares. Add the meat to the pot when the onions get nice and brown. Stir the meat with the onions.

Sprinkle pepper and garlic seasoning on top of the meat mixture. Just a coding on top. Most of the spices go in at the end.

Stir the meat mixture every so often. When the meat is not pink anymore (after continuing stirring) and you see the juices starting to boil around, lower the heat a little bit. The pot should still be boiling.

When the water from the juices comes all the way up just about halfway through the meat and there is no blood in the meat, finally, you have to add 2 cups of water (based off of two packages of meat) just so that the meat is covered by our mixture completely and boiling again.

Add more garlic and pepper, cover the pot, lower the heat to a very low setting, and let this cook for 2 hours.

Stir periodically!

After 2 hours, use a fork and either taste or touch to see if the meat is nice and soft. It should taste juicy and delicious.

Add 1 full jar of hunts tomato paste. Stir. Add salt to taste. Add about 2 teaspoons of sugar to taste. Stir again. Finally, Let it cook for another 10 minutes.

Serve over any kind of pasta or with mashed potatoes! This dish is incredible on day 2 (best leftovers ever) because the flavor really sits in. ENJOY!



17 May

Hello! My name is Marina. I’m moving in June from suburbia in New Jersey after living with my parents for my entire life, to Florida with my boyfriend. I just graduated college and I don’t know how to cook, clean, do laundry, etc. Here is my adventure. Enjoy!