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Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

Bio:

Katia is an illustrator, surface designer and mixed media artist based in the New York metropolitan area.

She enjoys drawing objects, nature, places and food. Illustrating recipes gives her an opportunity to combine food with fun everyday objects and hand-lettering.

Katia is thrilled that her recipe for Borscht was published in the 2020 They Draw & Cook Recipe Calendar, available on Amazon!

Inquiries are welcome for licensing and commissioned work.

Recipes By Katia Bulbenko

Pie in the Sky Diner by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Retro diner charm. Pink formica, damn good coffee and classic slices of pie.

Lavender Lemonade by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Make lavender syrup and add it to lemonade for a delightful herbal twist.

Insalata Caprese by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Named for the island of Capri, this classic Italian salad is as summery as it gets. Juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves are the three main ingredients. Thinly sliced red onions are a wonderful addition, but optional. Layer on a platter, sprinkle with salt & pepper, drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. Serve with crusty bread.

Picnic by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou... yes, those are nice, but some fried chicken, watermelon and lemonade certainly couldn't hurt. Not to mention cheese and crackers, salami, grapes, some fresh berries, maybe even some deviled eggs. Now that's a picnic.

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Cucumber Salad by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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This Ukrainian summer salad is cool perfection. I grew up eating it at my Babunya's beach house. We picked the cukes fresh off the vine, and combined them with smooth sour cream, tangy vinegar, a bit of sugar and plenty of fresh dill.

Berry Yogurt Ice Pops by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Berry picking season provides a bounty of yummy, fresh fruit for delicious, healthy, homemade ice pops!

Farmers Market by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Fresh, local and colorful!

Cheese Board by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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A beautiful presentation of delicious tastes: assorted cheeses along with crisp crackers and bread, crunchy nuts, sweet fruits, salty olives and pickles. Brie with figs and honey? YUM!

Edible Flower Garden by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Nasturtiums. Chamomile, Pansies, Chives, and Marigolds are types of edible flowers you can plant in your garden.

Pansy Shortbread by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Pansies are an edible flower! For Pansy Shortbread, bake your favorite shortbread cookie recipe and let cool. Brush each cookie with beaten egg white, and top with a freshly picked, pesticide-free pansy (washed and patted dry). Gently flatten a blossom onto the top of each cookie, brush on a bit more egg white, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 325 degrees for 5 more minutes. Welcome Spring!

Classic Pairs by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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I'm nothing without you....Salt & Pepper, Mac & Cheese, Fries & Ketchup and company. All-time classic pair-ups!

Chickpea Blondies by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Beans Around the World submission. A healthy variation of the popular Blondie cookie bar. Made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and no flour! Use any kind of sugar, but coconut or date sugar are less processed than white sugar.

Black Bean Brownies by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Beans Around the World Contest submission. These brownies are gluten-free, fudgy and easy to make! So chocolatey, you'd never guess they have beans in them.

Forshmak by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Fave Memory! A salty-sweet and oniony appetizer on a slice of rye bread. My Ukrainian grandmother adored entertaining. Every holiday, she would make special dishes and invite the whole family and many friends to crowd around the table. Everyone talked at once! I always enjoyed the scene and the food. This herring spread is delicious, and I'm happy to have re-created it successfully. Babunya would serve it in her vintage dishes, with embroidered linens on the table. So do I!

Swirled and Spiraled by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Swirl, roll, spiral, pinwheel, repeat...whether it's sweets, sandwiches or sushi, there is so much creativity in the world of spiral-shaped things to eat!

Apple Roses by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Yummy, mini apple pies are a snap to to make! And beautiful...they look like blooming roses. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Pina Colada Pool Party by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Birthday Bash! When life gives you pineapples...add rum! Cool off and celebrate the day with this classic frozen cocktail by the pool.

Mushrooms by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Super Food Entry. Mushrooms in all their varieties are super healthy and flavorful. Sauteed 'shrooms are a quick and delicious way to add a nutritious topping or side to meat, soup, toast or egg dishes. A splash of sherry or other cooking wine gives them extra depth and richness of flavor!

Sardine Avocado Toast by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Super Food Entry: This tasty toast is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The combination of umami-noted sardines with buttery avocado and crusty bread is a winner any time of day.

Acai Rainbowl by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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A nutritious superfood smoothie bowl made with frozen acai berry packs, fresh fruit and toppings of your choice. Some cacao nibs would be nice!

Gypsy Soup by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Cinnamon, paprika, turmeric and cayenne contribute to the delicious complexity of this vibrantly colored, warmly spiced vegetable soup.

Graceland Mini Cupcakes by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Elvis would have loved these! Peanut butter, banana and bacon bite-size treats.

Coffee Granita by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Sweet frozen coffee slushie with whipped cream...a delicious Italian treat!

Strawberry Shortcake by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Scrumptious and easy classic dessert.

Borscht by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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Authentic Ukrainian beet soup with meat. Especially delicious the next day!

Persimmon Smoothie by Katia Bulbenko

Weehawken, NJ, US

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A delicious, healthy treat made with just 4 ingredients. You'll need the Fuyu variety of persimmon for this.