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Pirozhki With Sauerkraut & Egg Filling

Dealing With First-World Problem The Third-World Way: Sauerkraut Pirozhki

Am I the only one constantly finding myself with a surplus of sauerkraut? Yeah, that’s how I know I am a crazy person. I love sauerkraut and make it at home all the time. Ever since I started reading on benefits of lacto-fermented (naturally pickled) foods and found out that sauerkraut stands a cut above […]

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Pass The Prosciutto -- Making Flat Pies With Parma Ham, Caramelized Onions, Roasted Beets & Goat Cheese

Flat Pies With Prosciutto, Roasted Golden Beets & Onions

The fall is here.  The leaves aren’t the only thing turning yellow and red.  Noticed how blogs everywhere start popping with red, yellow and brown colored dishes?  And that means the best foods are here, kids! And with the mother of all foods fall — Thanksgiving — just around the corner, it’s time to stock […]

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Russian Oatmeal Cookies

Nostalgic Posts: Oatmeal Cookies

We didn’t have a lot of cookies growing up. This whole love affair with cookies is more of an American phenomenon.  What we did have was  more like crackers — dry and crunchy things of various shapes, flavors and colors, which my grandpa in the very old-fashioned way called biscuits. We loved them.  When I […]

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1935 Russian Bagels

Enough with the cravings, already! Making Russian Bagels, circa 1935

Gosh, I got so excited yesterday while typing up the 12-Kopeck Sugar Buns, that it put me in the next bout of cravings immediately — bagels.  Pfft, you may say, what’s so special about bagels? You can get them anywhere.  Well, that’s just the thing: first of all, there are no *good* bagels in 80 […]

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12-Kopeck Sugar Buns

Nostalgic Baking: 12-Kopeck Sugar Buns

In the years of being immersed in another culture I have learned to substitute most of the foods I missed about my native land with local versions of one kind of another.  Some products I learned to replicate quite successfully. Take kefir for example. I am now making a very nice creamy version of kefir […]

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Carrot Cake On A Dare

Carrot Cake On A Dare

I poke around Russian culinary forums from time to time, for good ‘ole time’s sake.  Once in a while I stumble upon a good recipe or two and feel compelled to translate them for my English readers.  Recently, I had a discussion with a few ladies who happen to be big fans of Belonika. If […]

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Challah closeup

Hello, Challah!

If there is anything there is seriously no shortage of in the bottomless pit of the Internet, it’s Challah recipes.  You find Challahs ranging from mildly dry bland quickly slap together loaves to fancy multi-egg and raisins, multi-stage productions with the rain-dance performed mid-baking, and everything in between.  To me, Challah is a very fine […]

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