Cook the Book: 'Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese'

Cook the Book: 'Pati's Mexican Table'

Guacamole, chips and salsa and fajitas!

Weekend Cook and Tell: A Sandwich a Day

last week I made a persimmon/brie/arugula panini. it was fantastic!

here are a few of my other favorites: Smoked salmon with avocado and cucumbers (
farmers cheese and pan roasted grapes (
nutella/granny smith apple/nuts:
"french onion soup" challah one sided sandwich:

Bake the Book: Bouchon Bakery

Weekend Cook and Tell: Keen on Quinoa

I so knew this was inspired by Joe Yonan :) I happen to feel pretty neutral about quinoa. I don't mind it, but I would prefer mashed potatoes instead. Still, here are a few recipes I made using quinoa:


Breakfast quinoa with nuts and fruit:

Quinoa with beets:

Weekend Cook and Tell: Imperfections

well, I've had a few disaster:
challah, hamentashen, roasting my first chicken and a fugly sandwich that is beyond delicious: French onion soup turned into a sandwich.

Weekend Cook and Tell: The Body on That Buttermilk

I love buttermilk. Growing up in Russia we actually drank it straight up. But I know that seems weird to others, so here are some of the recipes I came up with that use buttermilk:

Buttermilk Pancakes with Boozy Persimmons:

Roasted Pear & Buttermilk Sorbet:

Adobo Buttermilk Chicken and Onions:

Buttermilk Panna Cota:

Cold Beet Soup with Buttermilk:

I think I've made it clear I'm a fan :)

Weekend Cook and Tell: Aw, Shucks

LOVE corn!
How about Sweet potato & corn southwestern soup or my version of Mexican corn, or salad with corn, tomatoes, avocado and shallots? I have you covered for an entire meal :)

Weekend Cook and Tell: Remembering Julia

Although I was part of #JC100 group to celebrate Julia Child's 100th birthday, I only managed to make one recipe, but it was a great one: Vichyssoise Recipe: Cold Leek & Potato Soup.

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Tomatoes to Die For

You guys are adorable! Thanks for ending with me :)

Weekend Cook and Tell: Tomatoes To Die For

Weekend Cook and Tell: Put an Egg on it!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Spring Holiday Spectacular

I made a matzo brei over the weekend, but instead of your usual eggs/cinnamon/sugar, I did something a bit different: Matzo Brei with Roasted Pepper, Olives and Parsley.

7 Brunches We Love in Washington, D.C.

May I also add a few? Blue Duck Tavern, Tabbard Inn, Birch & Barley, and Agora (all you can eat/drink!).

Weekend Cook and Tell: Cabbage Patch

None of these recipes are Irish ;) Just thought I'd let you know upfront.

1) Russian Stuffed Cabbage (aka Golubtsi)
2) Russian Crescent Rolls with Cabbage
3) Russian Cabbage Soup
4) For something other than Russian (LOL), Kimchi Soup

Weekend Cook and Tell: Pancakes Anytime

the latest pancake recipe I made and loved was buttermilk pancakes with boozy pesimmons and mangoes, but I also like them from a mix! I know shocking.

What I do is just add a few extra ingredients to kick them up :) If you are not into it, make these from scratch mascarpone pancakes. They are rich and decadent.

And of course don't forget chocolate chips. Here's a recipe for pancakes with peaches and chocolate.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Romantic Respites Revisited

Weekend Cook and Tell: Romantic Respites Revisited

all I have to say, is do NOT buy chocolate covered strawberries. they are so overpriced! Make them at home instead!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Chips and Dips

Weekend Cook and Tell: Get Back to Your Roots

beeing Russian, I love beets in soup, salad, or even as a dip.

As far as carrots, I love them in soups: roasted with a bit of cayenne, or with Indian flavors , or with sweet potatoes and pumpkin seeds.

BBQ in Savannah, Ga.?

I loved the BBQ in a little tiny Angel's BBQ during my visit to Savannah. It's definitely a casual place, but the food was outstanding.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Cookie Season

Cookies: what's not to like? There is such a large variety of them: everyone would be satisfied!

Here are some of my favorites: Dry Tart Cherry, Nuts & Chocolate Chip, pistachio butter cookies, Milano cookies, and hamentashen.

Ethopian Food in DC

you are in for a treat! there are so many Ethiopian places in DC. I wasn't blown away by Ethiopic. I much rather prefer some of the older and smaller places. And of course, there is always Etete, Dukem or Roha.


Weekend Cook and Tell: Cranberry Confidential

Love cranberries. I mostly use the dried variety, but I've made Challah French Toast stuffed with Boozy Cranberries with the cranberry sauce I made from the fresh berries.

The dried cranberries were great in the brown rice dish that also had maitake mushrooms and beets.

And for dessert, how about a gorgeous Cranberry, walnut & chocolate tart?

Weekend Cook and Tell: Thanksgiving Post-Game Roundup

Challah disaster

I decided to make challah last week because it was Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year. I've made challah before, but this time it was a disaster. It did not rise, baked to be dense and chewy and ended up in the garbage.

have a foolproof recipe? Please share.

Or look at the photos of mine and let me know what I did wrong.

Nashville, TN

I'll be visiting Nashville, TN for the first time for 4th of July. Looking for casual/authentic fun places to eat. Cuisine doesn't matter: I love all food! :)

April in Madrid

I'm traveling to Madrid in the middle of April. I'm excited b/c I rented an apartment with a friend, so we'll be able to cook a few meals. But I'd love to hear your recommendations for inexpensive, authentic restaurants in the city.

Gracias :)

Food Photo classes in DC, Philadelphia, NYC

I'm looking for in-person (as opposed to on line) food photography or styling classes (preferrably a workshop) in Washington DC, Philadelphia or NYC area.

If you know any, could you please share?

I was thinking about taking one at the Washington School of Photography in DC, but changed my mind.

Thank you!

Seafood on display

Just curious, how would you feel if you came into a restaurant and saw a display of fresh seafood on ice? I guess it might be similar to seeing fish swimming in a tank?

Here is a photo of what I'm talking about.

Freezing kugel

Question for y'all :)

I'm making a noodle kugel for a friend (she's the only one in her family who likes it), and was thinking about making it in a muffin tin. Do you think it'd be possible/smart to freeze some of the cooked kugel? Or is it weird to freeze dairy things?

here is the recipe I'm using.

Thank you for your advice!

Do you twitter?

Do you twitter? Looks like everyone is doing it.

I've been saying forever that I will not be joining Facebook or twitter, but actually might possibly try out twitter for a bit :) (just for my food stuff).

Question: what name should I use?

1) my actual name? Olga
2) my blog name? Mango & Tomato
3) or my email name, which I use to leave comments sometimes? orchidgirl1979

Any advice as to how to proceed from those of you who already use twitter?

Healthy snack for your kids

I don't have kids, but if I did, I think they would love this simple popsicle recipe I came up with (I know I do!).

Puree together 1/2 melon and 1 mango. Pour into ice cube container. Stick toothpics into the individual "popsicles" and freeze. DELICIOUS. And you can use whatever fruit/berry combination you want.

Want to see photos? click here.

Gourmet Marshmallows...what to do?

Hi, all!

I received a gift of 3 gourmet marshmallows: caramel, chocolate and lemon flavored. Other than eating them on their own, adding them to hot chocolate (in this weather??), what can I do with them?

Ideally looking for something I can make and either share with others or freeze for the future.


Egg in a Hole

Last weekend I made egg in a hole and although it was tasty, I feel like it could have been better.

Anyone has a better technique that they are willing to share that will result in a runnier yolk?


Hamentashen Help

I know Purim is over, but I failed at making hamentashen again! (

Do you have any fail proof recipes? Thank you!

Who knew I liked fennel?

For the longest time I've been saying that Idon't like fennel. Then yesterday, after testing a recipe for fennel salad I discovered that I was wrong!!!

What foods have you thought you did not like, only to discover that you actually liked them (or at least did not hate them)?

Pasta Primavera

I made Pasta Primavera earlier this week...and something was just missing.

Any ideas on how I can improve it? Thanks!

Savannah, GA

I'm traveling to Savannah, GA for the first time for MLK weekend.
I would love to hear your recommendations for places to see, visit, restaurants to try out, etc.

I'll be staying in the Historical District and be car-free.

Thank y'all in advance :)

Food Photography/SLR Camera

Not sure if this is the right board, but I'm thinking I might need to invest in a SLR camera to improve my photo skills and to possibly try to turn this hobby into a food styling/magazine career.

Any recommendations? I cureently have a Cannon PowerShot 1000, but all the classes seem to require an SLR. Thank you!

feel free to email me directly.

Restaurant Week in DC

Just had a great lunch in Rasika

What are your favorite places for Restaurant Week in DC?

Tomorrow is Equinox!

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