Best Meatballs Ever: Ukrainian/Russian Meat Patties (Kotleti/Котлеты)

These are my version of Ukrainian meat patties (kotleti) which I was taught to make while I was in Ukraine. Kotleti are kind of like American burgers, but sexier. They’re moist and tender, and they are so flavorful! Everyone that I’ve made them for since I’ve been back in the States has loved them. With nearly endless combinations of meats and spices, they are versatile enough to have multiple times in the week without getting bored. (Plus, they’re ovular. And who doesn’t love that word?! Oooovular. Fantastic).

Recipe: Comforting Homemade Chicken Soup

Alisa from Paleo in PDX had an amazing chicken soup recipe recently, and it inspired me to post my chicken soup recipe that The Ukrainian taught me. This soup is a staple meal in our household, and is loved by two out of three family members*. It’s especially good this time of year when the days are short and grey and nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a good book and a fuzzy blanket. And if you’ve got a sickie in the house, make this for them and I’m sure they will perk up soon!

Recipe: How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise

I remember the first time I successfully made my own mayonnaise. I felt like a cavewoman who discovered how to make fire. Since then, I’ve toyed with different ways to make it, using different kinds of vinegars, different ratios of oil to egg, different seasonings, and so on. Some methods have been successful, and others… not so much. At times I’ve found it enormously frustrating. But, I’ve learned from all my mistakes, and I think I’ve finally got a good method nailed. If you want to learn how to make homemade mayonnaise, there are tons of recipes on the internet for basic homemade mayo, but this is my own personal favorite. I think I’ve finally got it doctored up to the right proportions. It’s not too sour, not too spicy, not too sharp: it’s juuuuuust right. #goldilocksmayo