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Summer Cold Beet Soup

Easy Summer Refreshment: Cold Beet Soup

My grandma and mom used to make this refreshing soup very frequently in summer.  It was typically made from young beets — tender bunch beets no larger than 2-3 inches in diameter. The idea here is to extract as much flavor and color from the beets as possible in the shortest possible time.  Then you […]

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Spiced mixed for Kharcho

Once Upon A Time: Reviewing An Old Review

Once upon a time, a Ukrainian girl met a good Southern boy and liked him so much that she tried to impress him with all sorts of old school Soviet cooking… She tried everything, and the only dish that was lacking in her repertoire was rabbit in creamy garlic sauce. The problem was — she […]

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Russian Burgers

Burgers, The Russian Way

I am going to say something utterly un-American right now.  But before you start rallying the outraged crowd  to go egg my car, just promise that you’ll finish this article first.  Here it goes: I don’t like burgers.  Whew… got that off my chest.

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Sourdough Pumpernickel Baked In Cast Iron Combo

Cast Iron Combo Pumpernickel Photos

I’ve tried many breads now, and this one, despite its being a hybrid of conventional and wild sourdough, remains a staple in our household. I mostly baked it in a loaf pan, but I read about cast-iron-combo bread baking technique and always wanted to try it. We purchased the combo a couple of weeks back, […]

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Quick Chorizo & Three Bean Stew

Quick Chorizo & Three Bean Stew

Here is my take on beans — they can be wonderful sometimes, but you won’t typically find me making delicious bean based dishes.  I enjoy a clear beef broth with giant lima beans occasionally; I do like them inside a burrito, and once in a while I have a hankering for a bean soup (how […]

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Making Strawberry Cake -- ready to eat!

The First Promise Of Summer — Making Strawberry Cake

Strawberries — sweet little kisses of summer…  I know, I know, it’s not summer yet. But can’t a woman dream? Don’t know about you, but I had a perfect Mother’s Day weekend.  Part of the program was a trip to a local strawberry patch, where we gathered three gallons of ready-to-eat picture perfect delicious strawberries […]

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Coconut Bake

Our Take On Coconut Bake

I was looking for quick and easy bread recipes and stumbled upon this page.  I liked the use of the whole wheat and the coconut (though I didn’t have fresh coconut), and the whole biscuity feel of the overall method.  I would definitely recommend it, though personally, I prefer buttermilk or, better yet, kefir to straight […]

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