About Unwind Cooking

Hi. My name is Liuba. Realizing how unhealthy it was to eat ready-made and frozen foods over the long-term – I decided one night to put on my apron and make the effort to use fresh ingredients and cook a real healthy meal. The result was a lovely dinner that my family enjoyed. And me? I sipped some wine while cooking, and discovered that cooking can be a great way to Unwind while sipping a glass of Wine!

Talk about instant gratification from the stove to the table – it’s an amazing feeling but only when I like the outcome of my dishes. I’m rather hard on myself when I don’t get things right. But that won’t stop me from trying again, especially when there’s a glass of good wine to enjoy.

My recipes are a combination of my own ideas with variations of recipes from cookbooks and magazines. I enjoy fine dining but only on occasion to celebrate a closing or a special date with my hubby.

Photos: I snap all my photos with my Android. So the photos are mine.

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I started wine tasting some 15+ years ago and went wine tasting anytime I could in Napa Valley and more recently in Livermore and Santa Clara Valley.

When I shop for wine I look at the region of where the wine is from. The region determines the type of wine grape. If a region is well known for producing fabulous Pinot Noir I look for that region on the wine bottle. Perhaps the wine maker counts for good wine and how good of a crop year they had. ButΒ  if I don’t know the wine maker (which I usually don’t) I figure out how good the wine might be by the region it comes from. And most of the time I’m right!

Cook, sip and unwind! – Liuba


69 thoughts on “About Unwind Cooking

  1. Beautiful five star blog thank you!!

    Posted by exoticanddomesticwoodart | December 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
  2. …..and thank you for following my blog!

    Posted by ohiocook | November 30, 2014, 3:12 pm
  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    Posted by ohiocook | November 30, 2014, 2:15 pm
  4. Sipping wine while cooking with wine! I love that too! πŸ˜€ Almost forgot to say ‘hi’! Hi!:) just discovered your blog and it’s lovely! πŸ™‚

    Posted by milkandbun | November 3, 2014, 10:38 am
  5. Hi Liuba,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m glad you liked it.
    I like to cook with wine too. πŸ˜‰
    Little bit in the pot, little bit down the hatch! Makes the cooking that much more fun!! πŸ˜‰

    Posted by Capt Jill | April 1, 2014, 6:13 pm
  6. Hi Liuba:) Thanks for your like on my “Grigliata / BBQ” post and welcome!! Yes, keep on trying cooking while sipping a good glass of Wine πŸ™‚

    Posted by Antonio Caggiano | March 17, 2014, 9:21 am
  7. Thanks for following my blog! I look forward to sharing recipes with you. I certainly know what it is to need to unwind, and cooking is the best prescription I know for that!

    Posted by rachelhammer | January 6, 2014, 2:01 pm
  8. Greetings from Seattle Washington! I visited your blog some time ago and thought I “followed”, but as I can see this morning it didn’t take. I’m glad you stopped in to mine to “steer” me back your direction! Thank you! Your recipes are wonderful and I can tell we have a very similar palate. And, sigh, the wine country of California, I miss it so. I grew up in California and have spent lots and lots of time in the Silicon Valley (actually lived in Los Gatos for a few years)… Looking forward to seeing what’s cooking in your kitchen. πŸ™‚

    Posted by tinywhitecottage | September 2, 2013, 9:44 am
    • Thank you so much for the note, the compliments and the follow! I’ve never been to Seattle but in photos it looks so much like San Francisco. Los Gatos, nice! Just visited there for a seminar. The Bay Area has it all, except affordable housing! :/
      Looking forward to finding some great recipes on your blog too.

      Posted by Unwind Cooking | September 2, 2013, 12:09 pm
  9. Really cool blog!

    Posted by Joanna | July 17, 2013, 8:26 am
  10. Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster award (http://wp.me/p2JXcQ-3k). I always enjoy reading your blog! -Lucie

    Posted by Cestlaviecuisine | July 8, 2013, 10:22 am
  11. Your recipes look so good! Thanks for stopping by my blog so that I found yours. I look forward to reading your posts!

    Posted by cookazido | June 12, 2013, 9:06 pm
  12. Great blog! Love your recipes and photos. And I’m with you on cooking, sipping some vino and unwinding!

    Posted by ohlidia | May 27, 2013, 6:41 am
  13. I have nominated you for the Shine On Award πŸ™‚ You can check it out here: http://thehomeheart.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/macaroni-salad-a-shine-on-award/

    Posted by thehomeheart | April 5, 2013, 6:25 am
  14. Hi πŸ™‚ I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award, you can find it here: http://welcomebackbelly.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/the-liebster-award-d/

    Posted by shikoomkoom | April 2, 2013, 8:13 am
  15. I love your blog so… I have nominated it for Blog of the Year Award 2012. I hope you will receive your star and participate in this exciting blog award. For details about participation and receiving your badge icon, please see this post:

    Posted by yummyfoodmadeeasy | December 30, 2012, 7:17 pm
  16. Hi ,
    I am so happy to nominate you for the award for this lovely ‘REALTY AWARD’! Please visit http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/thanks-for-the-awards/ For further details.
    Thanks you,

    Posted by vinicooksveg | October 31, 2012, 9:20 pm
  17. Hi ,
    I am so happy to nominate you for the award for this lovely ‘REALTY AWARD’! Please visit http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/thanks-for-the-awards/ For further details.
    Thanks you,

    Posted by vinicooksveg | October 31, 2012, 9:19 pm
  18. I have nominated you/your informative/creative blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Congratulations!
    Pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:http://cookingwithmamamiyuki.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Posted by Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy | October 12, 2012, 6:03 pm
  19. I like this write up…esp. about copyrighting recipes…so true !
    thanks for sharing !

    Posted by sspost | October 9, 2012, 4:09 pm
  20. Loved your blog! So many amazing recipes! so much of variety!

    Posted by vinicooksveg | October 9, 2012, 8:51 am
    • Thank you! Yours too! I’m not following any Indian cuisine blogs but yours is definitely on my list. Perhaps I can impress my sister – who lives in the West Indies – with a new Indian recipe.

      Posted by Unwind Cooking | CA Realtor | October 9, 2012, 12:27 pm
  21. I love wine! I am going to love your blog πŸ™‚

    Posted by thehomeheart | September 4, 2012, 11:58 am
  22. Thanks for the like! How lovely that you enjoy cooking now. Looking forward to checking out your blog.

    Posted by pondblog | July 30, 2012, 11:29 am
  23. So, so true! It’s like a recreational activity… a little cooking, a little wine, and then some good food as a result. I, too, am really hard on myself when I mess something up. Ugh!

    Posted by lolabees | July 11, 2012, 6:17 pm
    • Now if only washing dishes was that much fun. There’s still dishes in the sink from 2 days ago, just no time, work work work, parenting parenting and other chores. At this late hour I had to choose between blogging and dish washing. Well guess which one I chose. I’ll be cooking dinner for 10 this Friday. I’ve never cooked for that many people before. I’m thinking of a large rigatoni spicy chicken sausage dish with mushroom wine cream sauce and leek potato bake. And a salad. That should be good. And of course, wine! I hope they’ll like it.

      Posted by unwind cooking | July 18, 2012, 1:00 am
  24. I have to say welcome to the wonderful world of preparing and cooking meals for your family. I am so inspired that you have come to enjoy the whole process, even if it does take wine to unwind. It’s a wonderful feeling when you share a creation with the ones you love and they enjoy it, isn’t it? Glad to have found your blog, you have lovely recipes, which I will be trying.

    Posted by flyfishbrat | May 26, 2012, 6:07 am
  25. I really like your philosophy! (Having a glass of wine while cooking IS the perfect way to unwind!) I saw lots of recipes here I’d like to try – I’m sure I’ll be back often . . .

    Posted by KarenCooking | May 10, 2012, 7:11 pm
  26. Thanks for liking my blog. I look forward to checking out your home cooked recipes.

    Posted by Barbara Garneau Kelley | April 26, 2012, 6:55 pm
  27. Hello! I have really enjoyed reading your blog and I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can read more here: http://thelittlegsp.com/2012/04/16/versatile-blogger-award/

    Posted by TheLittleGSP | April 16, 2012, 4:43 pm
    • Thank you for the very nice compliment! Love your page on your GSP Bailey. I love dogs. I always wanted one growing up. I got my first dog 7 years ago – a salt & pepper miniature schnauzer. They’re not built for Bailey’s sport but I’m sure she’d love to watch!

      Posted by unwind cooking | April 17, 2012, 8:15 pm
      • Miniature schnauzers are adorable! There’s one in Bailey’s agility class and I love his little bushy eyebrows and beard. I’ve never seen a miniature schnauzer compete in Dockdogs, but we have had pomeranians, cocker spaniels, and a very brave yorkie try a jump or two. πŸ™‚

        Posted by TheLittleGSP | April 18, 2012, 9:41 am
      • LOL, when I read the last line about the brave Yorkie that just made me laugh. I can just picture the little fluff flying into the water then coming out with his fluff all soaked. πŸ™‚

        Posted by unwind cooking | April 19, 2012, 7:39 pm
  28. Really like your blog…and wine too.Here is your Kreativ Blogger Award:


    Posted by acorninmykitchen | April 16, 2012, 9:48 am
  29. Hi – I am happy to hear you’ve learned the secret that cooking can be relaxing. As a food and wine lover I hope to see you explore new foods and tastes. You live in an area blessed with a bounty of fresh foods to cook with and delicious wines. When you are ready to splash out – try a Duckhorn Pinot Noir – I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Best to you on your foodie adventures….

    Posted by Audrey | April 11, 2012, 3:15 pm
    • Hi! I tried looking for Dockhorn Pinot Noir online and could not find it. I saw some of their other labels for Pinot Noir. I’m familiar with Sonoma County but not the other wine valleys. Where is their Pinot Noir from?

      Posted by unwind cooking | April 11, 2012, 8:37 pm
      • Hi Unwind, try searching for Duckhorn Pinot which I think is in Napa. Very excellent wine. Another favourite is a somewhat cult wine called Pride. Mostly Merlot and Cab Sauv – delicious!

        Posted by Audrey | April 12, 2012, 8:11 am
  30. Ah, my kind of cook! No one in my family can believe I actually know where the kitchen is & look at me – blogging about recipes. I’m having a fun time exploring your blog.

    Posted by dianeskitchentable | April 11, 2012, 2:54 pm
  31. We have a magnet on the ‘fridge that says “I love to cook with wine, and sometimes I even put it in the food”…how true is that!??!

    Posted by Our Kitchen Inventions | April 11, 2012, 2:44 pm
  32. thank you for the “Like” of my post!

    Posted by ohiocook | April 9, 2012, 4:07 pm
  33. I really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the Kreativ blogger award. http://kolpona.com/2012/04/04/sharing-the-love-blog-award/ ~ you go girl!! Tahmina

    Posted by Desi Chick | April 4, 2012, 9:54 am
  34. I really enjoy your blog and nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. http://kolpona.com/2012/04/04/sharing-the-love-blog-award/ – you go girl! Tahmina

    Posted by Desi Chick | April 4, 2012, 9:53 am
  35. Here’s to that! Couldn’t agree more. Drinking wine or the occasional martini accompanies most of my cooking. So wonderful. Enjoy the cooking journey & thanks for visiting Play a Good Knife and Fork.(And your like of yesterday’s soup post – I also have cooking videos that you might enjoy, another one coming up shortly today….) Cheers, PK (@pknewby)

    Posted by P. K. Newby | April 3, 2012, 10:20 am
  36. Amazing! I had kids and became interested in cooking too!

    Posted by veg-ease | March 29, 2012, 1:07 pm

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