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    Member since Mar 2011

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    About Me

    My story is common....
    I immigrated to the US marrying American. It is might be common for someone, but not for me, because the man who I married is very uncommon.
    He is everything I could only dream about and yet he is real. We got married in 2007 and live happily since then.
    My husband is a Marine veteran and a police officer. He introduced me to America, his wonderful family, new style of living and to so many things in life that I have never tried before. I've never hiked before...and now I do, I've never ride a bike in the I do, I've never search for recipes in the we go- I am here.
    I was born in Ukraine (former USSR), have wonderful parents, beautiful sister and adorable nephew. I had childhood full of fun, living in Ukraine most of my life and in Siberia (Russia) for 5 years, ice-skating and skiing. Like most of the people in USSR, my family eat only homemade food (restaurants were uncommon back then and too expensive). Every fall my Mom would preserve lots of jars with jam and marmalade as well as vegetable salads and we would open it on some cold snowy day during the winter and enjoy the taste of summer.
     My grandmother was a famous cook in our family. She baked the most delicious pirozhki (baked bans with fruit or meat filling inside) and she was the only one who would give me chocolate candy without counting them or would let me put a thick slice of chocolate butter on my bread...thicker then slice of bread itself. LOL!
     I graduated from Medical University and worked as a physician for 3 years before I came to the US. Now I live in Los Angeles with my husband. Most of the time I am studying and taking exams in order to apply for the residency in the hospital. It is tough but interesting, because there is never such a thing like too much knowledge in Medicine.
    P.S. I apologize for my English. Please consider that I am working on it and doing my best Smile.

    Favorite Foods

    I am a big sweets lover!!! I can eat a pound of meat, but if I am not going to eat some dessert after that-I am still hungry :)

    Since I can't sacrifice my dessert I would not drink any soda, sweet tea, neither eat chips or white bread.

    What do I like to eat for dessert? I love cakes with lots of nuts in it and light cream between layers and no frosting...maybe only chocolate glaze on top. Actually, my sweets preferences are a little different from people in the US. Cakes are too sweet for me here, so for a long time I tried to baked something from my native cousin. But my husband wasn't impressed since he likes his dessert to be very-very sweet. So I was experimenting with my old recipes and also took advise of my hubby to go to this web site. Finally, I did made my husband happy after I baked lemon bars!!! My first dessert from this site. Sweet enough for Him and tart enough for Me.

    I also like healthy salads, adores soups (it is a big tradition in Ukraine) and juicy meat stew.

    I am not a snob, so I have my favorites among food in the US as well: pork ribs made by my husband (SO yummy), corn beef, pecan pie and pot pie, tuna casserole made by my Mama-in-law and green beans casserole made by my Sis-in-law.

    There are also some place in my heart for Japanese cousin, mild spicy Mexican and Indian food.

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