Archive | Challenge RSS feed for this archive
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 […]

Continue Reading
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 […]

Continue Reading
Danish Sweet Soup & Pancakes

Literary Works: Danish Sweet Soup & Pancakes

Russian literary genius Aleksander Pushkin concluded one of his fairy tales with these words: “The tale is a lie, but there’s a hint in it, a lesson for the fine lads”…  Indeed, we find that each fairy tale, while not exactly a true story, inevitably leaves us a breadcrumb trail of clues, tiny glimpses into the time when the […]

Continue Reading
Cheetahs & Tigers

Cheetahs and Tigers and Cupcakes, Oh My!

Ah, the things we are willing to do for our offspring! I don’t consider my kid being spoiled. Yeah, she does get showered in gifts by grandparents a few times a year, but my husband and I aren’t big on that at all. Ok, maybe I am in denial about it, but in my heart […]

Continue Reading
Grits Pecan Pie With Molasses

Not So True Grits: Molasses Pecan Pie

I’ve been entertaining the idea of entering into The Great Grits Cookoff. I am now past the entry deadline, though there is still a slight chance that I may squeeze myself in, just as an exercise in batch cooking and building self-confidence.  In preparation, I’ve been checking out some interesting recipes, trying to come up […]

Continue Reading
Potato Moussaka Bolognese

Potato Moussaka With Bolognese Sauce

Recently, I received a request for a meat-n-potato type dish for someone who doesn’t eat vegetables.  Not judging. I am sure they have their reasons.  Rather than fussing about it, I took it upon myself to go as fancy as I could with the meat-n-potato idea, as it sounded pretty challenging. My first thought was […]

Continue Reading
Whole wheat batards with buckwheat

Always Be Cookin’

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, […]

Continue Reading