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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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Mushroom Barley Soup With Chanterelles

Barley Mushroom Soup With Chanterelles

You have to forgive me for giving you a false start of the soup season earlier this fall, in 85 degree weather. I hope you’ll be understanding because soup is my favorite thing.  But now I no longer have any formal restrictions. We are officially in the end of fall folks, even here in the […]

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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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Substitution Magic: Pasta With Sausage & Broccolini

Substitution Magic: Pasta With Sausage & Broccolini

How far do you think you can deviate from the original recipe and still be able to recognize it?  I mean, there are hardly any real people out there that have all ingredients on hand at all times.  We are bound to substitute here and there, even omit some stuff, but can we still call […]

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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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Putting together Spinach & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pasta Bowl

Spinach & Pumpkin Seed Pesto Chicken Pasta Bowl

There are dishes that appear to be very complicated, while they are not.  As it was the case with my last night’s dinner, whose labor-to-yum ratio is extremely favorable.  The whole meal start-to-finish took about 20 minutes to put together.  It’s robust, bright in both color and flavor and irresistibly good looking.  The secret is […]

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