I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah! I had another enjoyable Christmas festivities with my loved ones! It takes a lot of effort and time to put this all together, but I enjoy it.

Christmas Dinner 2016

This is an outlet for my creativity, my family is vowed, I have meals for the next couple of days, I don’t gain weight during holidays since I work so much – Win-Win, right!
Christmas Dinner 2016 Shuba Salad
My version ‘Herring under a Fur Coat Salad” (Seledka pod Shuboy)
My centerpiece this year was ‘Herring under a Fur Coat Salad”, the famous Russian salad, which sounds so funny, but since we are in Florida and have no use for Furs, decided to rename mine and take the herrings from all those layers on top: “Herring on top of a T-shirt” sound more appropriate! 

Christmas Menu


Seledka (herring) and boiled potatoes
Bread with butter and Caviar
Eggplant spread
Deli meats and cheese platter


Christmas Caprese Wreath Salad
“Herring under a Fur Coat Salad”, “Shuba Salad” (Seledka pod Shuboy)
Classic Russian vinaigrette salad (Винегрет)

Main Dishes

Baby Back Ribs with roasted peppers 
Pierogies with 3 types of mushrooms and onions
Shrimp Scampi

Pasta with cheese


Dulce de Leche Waffle cake with Chocolate and walnuts on top
Cinnamon Coffee Cake with pecans and raisins
Store-bought cake
Fruit bowl


Wine Cocktail
Apple/Grape Punch

Christmas Caprese Wreath Salad

Christmas Dinner 2016 Caprese salad

HOW TO MAKE Christmas Caprese Wreath Salad


  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
  • Basil

Basil Pesto dressing

  • basil leaves
  • garlic
  • raw pine nuts
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Pulse the basil, pine nuts (leave a few to add later), cheese, and garlic together in a food processor or blender.  Transfer to a small bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and salt/pepper to taste. 

Super Delicious and adds so much to the festive mood of this magical season!
The beloved by Russians: Seledka (herring) and Boiled potatoes
Christmas Dinner 2016 seledka
Pierogies with 3 types of mushrooms and onions

Christmas Dinner 2016 pierogies

HOW TO MAKE Pierogies with 3 types of mushrooms and onions


  • Mrs.Ts Potato and Onion Pierogi
  • Red bell pepper, sliced
  • Onion, sliced
  • Baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • dill weed, or fresh dill


Cook Pierogies according to instructions on the package, less 1 to 2 minutes.

Saute onion in light olive oil/butter, then add mushrooms and bell pepper. Salt/pepper to taste.

Add cooked pierogies to the skillet and saute with veggies for a few minutes.

Garnish with fresh dill or dill weed. 

Classic Russian vinaigrette salad (Винегрет)

Christmas Dinner 2016 Vinegret Salad

HOW TO MAKE Classic Russian vinaigrette salad (Винегрет) recipe here

Shrimp Scampi

Christmas Dinner 2016 shrimp scampi
Fall-off-the bone Baby Back ribs with roasted peppers

Christmas Dinner 2016 ribs

HOW TO MAKE Fall-of-the-bone Baby Back Ribs with roasted peppers

The Russian favorite: Bread with butter and Caviar

Christmas Dinner 2016 bread caviar

Christmas Dinner 2016


Christmas Dinner 2016 desserts

Christmas Dinner 2016 sweets

Christmas Dinner 2016 Keks
Cinnamon Coffee Cake with pecans and raisins, dry cherries
> Click here for the recipe <

Christmas Dinner 2016 Waffle cake

Dulce de Leche Waffle cake with Chocolate and walnuts on top

Combine cooked condensed milk, ½ stick softened butter, and 1 tsp lemon juice.

Beat them at high speed for 3 minutes. But, I’ve used 2 Tbsp. butter and warmed up the condensed milk in the microwave until it was easier to work with.

Melt chocolate in the microwave and spread the top layer. Add walnuts on top, plate, and something heavy on top of it for a couple of hours. Then you can serve or make it a night before, wrap it in plastic, and put it in the fridge.

Christmas Dinner 2016 fruit


My favorite song: “I’m dreaming of a WARM CHRISTMAS.” and we had another one of those! Too bad couldn’t go swimming with my crew the day before, but I was able to go the next day.
We’ve decided to celebrate for two days since videos and pictures take too much time. Didn’t want to keep my family waiting.
So happy to see my In-laws in good spirits having a Great time with us! My Father-in-law talked and laughed and made jokes, so glad to see his old self back!

Christmas Dinner 2016 family

My Loving Crew!

Merry Christmas, my friends!

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