Chicken Caprese Wraps


Chicken Caprese Wraps-1-4I didn’t really consider sharing this recipe here, since it seemed TOO simple, and is not really a recipe, but more of an idea. However, it dawned on me one day as I was making myself this wrap for the umpteenth time,  that something this tasty just has to be shared and enjoyed by others too. Who am I to hog deliciousness like this all to myself? Yes, it is my obligation to bring this amazing wrap to your attention.

I’ve been working in hospital settings since I was 18 years old. When I was in college getting my nursing degree, I also had a job as a Nurse’s Aid/Unit Secretary, first of all to earn money and second of all to get more hands-on experience in the nursing field. One thing I can definitely vouch for is that hospital cafeteria food is not exactly a gourmet experience. Succumbing to cafeteria food becomes part of your identity as a medical worker; it’s the topic of conversation – “What do they have to offer tonight?” or “Does anything look remotely decent?”  However, even in such settings, some gems can be found. That’s where I first fell in love with wraps. It was the one meal that I actually enjoyed with a nice side of crunchy pretzels.

Since then, I love trying out different combinations of ingredients in wraps. Hospital wraps were fairly simple, but this Chicken Caprese Wrap is prize-worthy. Chicken, soft, creamy mozzarella and juicy tomatoes, fragrant basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar as the dressing and all of that encased in a soft, thin tortilla. You can play it up with other flavor combinations and different ingredients, such as avocado, bell peppers, roasted red peppers, lettuce, etc. There is nothing cafeteriash about this wrap – it’s headed for the hall of fame. … 

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Almond Cookies


Whenever we bake sweets for the holidays or special occasions, my Mom and sisters like to satisfy the cravings of as many family members as possible. On Christmas, Mom makes sure to bake every single person’s favorite cookie. I know, she’s awesome. It’s always nice when you can please as many people as possible with… 

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Holiday Preparations – Easter Ideas


With Easter right around the corner, holiday preparations are in full swing. Whether you will be hosting Easter brunch or dinner in your home or attending the holiday gathering as a guest and are bringing something to share for the meal, many of us are scouring the internet for great ideas. I’ve put together a… 

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Apple and Blueberry Cheesecake Crepes


Dessert has a lot of responsibility weighing on its shoulders. Dessert is the punctuation to a meal. It’s the last thing people eat and the taste will linger until the next meal. If you want a stunning and exquisite dessert that doesn’t take all day to make and every pot and pan in your pantry, you’ve just… 

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Sausage, Peppers and Broccoli Pasta


Necessity is the mother of invention. Thus was the creation of this dish. A few years ago on a very busy night, I needed a very quick dinner option, and this is what I came up with. I’m always craving veggies, and this dish has plenty of them. Any dish with sausage has a tendency… 

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Braised Chicken With Vegetables


The taste of homemade cooking never gets old does it? It’s interesting, but I don’t think it’s possible to get tired of homemade food. We may get sick of cooking (he he) but not the actual food. I think I appreciate homemade food the most after a road trip. I enjoy eating out as much… 

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Ponchiki – Russian Donuts – Творожные Пончики


Ponchiki are a walk down memory lane for me. My Mom used to make them quite often when I was a little girl. I just happened to have some farmer’s cheese in my refrigerator and this was the perfect recipe to use it in. Sergi and I couldn’t stop eating them. They turned out even… 

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Puffy Omelet


It has been almost 18 years since I first tried this omelet. The scene: Dad at home with 5 kids. Mom in the hospital after giving birth to our last sibling. We were all so excited! We were old enough to understand the joy of a new baby and couldn’t wait to bring her home…. 

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Frugal Tips From An Immigrant Part 2


In the first part of this post, I wrote about some of the frugal tips that I observed in my parents, grandparents and other immigrants. As I wrote in the first post, I know many multigenerational Americans who use many of these tips as well, while many immigrants are not frugal at all. This is just… 

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