dr. Bieler's soup

Dr. Bieler’s Soup

It’s finally summer, and my life starts to feel like a giant whirlwind again – kids’ activities, work travels, unavoidable dinners out, cookouts.. During times like this I crave simplicity and moderation more than ever. That’s when I turn to my tried and true fermented oat kissel, kefir flax seed […]

Lemon Pudding {self-saucing}

Reminiscent of souffle, lemon pudding is a combination of melt-in-your-mouth spongy cake with a layer of cream. I have all the ingredients on hand any given day, and can quickly whip it together with no special prep. The layers separate on their own, with the cream collecting at the bottom. […]

Beet Gazpacho {Recipe Idea}

Russian folks love their cold soups; it’s one of the things that was around in the 15th century and is still going strong. In the olden days, cold soups were made with flour kvass, and any vegetables (very rarely – meat) that were available, most often turnips, onions and greens, […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup is one of my family’s favorites, my husband requests it regularly, my kids actually eat it, and my Russian mother who turns her nose up at spices like chili powder and cumin somehow can’t get enough. Homemade chicken stock gives it an incredible flavor, and it only […]

Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is one of my all time favorite things. I keep it on hand as a base for soups, stews and sauces. I love the smell of my house on the mornings when it’s cooking. And amazingly my toddlers can slurp two bowls in one sitting, it’s that good! […]

Coconut Tamarind Chicken Soup

Sour and a tad sweet, spicy and creamy, this coconut tamarind chicken soup combines the exotic flavors of tamarind, lemon grass, ginger, coconut and Thai chiles with the healing power of chicken stock.

Thai Basil Noodle Soup

Thai Basil Noodle Soup with homemade wholesome chicken bone broth, fresh lime, cilantro, basil, bok choy, and shrimp. Gluten free, delicious and simple.


I bet when you hear the word ‘borscht’ – you picture bread lines, harsh winters and scruffy bearded men in funny hats. Oh, the stereotypes, gotta love them… There was even a time when I felt compelled to learn tennis just because everybody told me that it has to run […]

Mulligatawny Soup

‘Dear Jerry Seinfeld, you rock. If it wasn’t for you, I could’ve never experienced the delight that mulligatawny soup brought to my belly. Sincerely yours, Valeria.’ If you not a Seinfeld fan, or haven’t come across this dish, it started out as Indian ‘pepper water soup’ during the British Raj, […]

creamy pumpkin corn soup

Creamy Pumpkin Corn Soup From Scratch

This soup found its way to our table as a kid pleaser. A couple of times we bought creamy Wolfgang Puck soup that my four year old liked enough to eat, so I decided to make my own version of a creamy soup that would have texture of her favorite […]

Quick Russian Style Gazpacho

This soup is so simple to make that it’s hard to call it a recipe.We often make it on those hot summer days when nothing else sounds good. In Russia, folks often add kefir or plain kombucha to the cold soups. Yes, kefir goes great with pickle juice! It creates […]

Simple Creamy Tomato Soup with Fresh Tomatoes

This soup is one of the few ‘make-mommy-feel-good’ foods that my four year old would eat. Great for the month of August with all the tomatoes ripening, even my urban yard is being quite generous this year. I keep a small mason jar of tomato paste in the freezer, and […]