Hello! My name is Olga Galanter, I was a system engineer in Moscow, Russia but now I’m a housewife and mom, living in Garden State, USA with my husband, my son and two cats. I love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to take pictures.
I began to learn to cook in Soviet times, my grandmas cooked great Russian and Ukrainian dishes (my hometown is on the border with Ukraine) such as borscht, kholodets, vareniki, okhroshka, pirozhki and blini. My grandpa was a great explorer and loved to cook stews and soups with his own recipes. My mom is a great baker and now she loves to try my cooking ideas. I was just meant to love to cook, and I did.
The recipes shown here use mostly local, possibly seasonal ingredients and a few things from the can (beans or tomatoes). I love to discover new ingredients and new combinations. We just does not eat olives and seafood (except fish) so, there are no recipes with this ingredients. And we don’t drink alcohol (yeah, no vodka, sorry), but sometimes I’d use something special to add better taste to the dishes. Some recipes has no gluten. And there is some (exUSSR) Russian recipes from my memories.
Oh, and starting January, 2012 I began posting more low-calorie recipes. Counting calories helped me to lose 60 pounds already (December 2012) and the process continues.
My native language is Russian, I’m not very good in English and my recipes stories shorter than I’d like, but I’m working on it. Please, be patient.
All the pictures are taken by me. I’m try my best and want to be better.
What else..? I love holidays!