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Curried Cabbage & Kale Gratin

Eat Your Veggies! Curried Cabbage & Kale Gratin

When I think of vegetables, I  think of a side dish or a salad. The vegetable could certainly play an important part of the main dish, but usually in a form of a wrap or a container for delicious stuffing, or a backdrop to fragrant meat.  To put it into an American way of thinking — vegetables are […]

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Rabbit In Creamy Mustard Sauce

Puss-In-Boots: A Study Of Culinary And Business Savvy

“The tale is not true, but there’s a hint in it, a lesson for fine lads” —Alexander Pushkin Russian literary genius was right — a million times right. Fairy tales are not entirely true, but they do carry seeds of wisdom for all of us to pick up on.  And those of us who read very carefully, may even […]

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White Onion & Tuna Tart

Tantalizing White Onion & Tuna Tart

This is my dinner from last Tuesday.  I’ve been meaning to make this for a long while.  What took so long? Lack of careful planning — when I have the fish, I don’t have the white onions, when I have fish and onions, I don’t have the dough.  Finally, they all came together to my […]

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Quick Lamb Stew with Prunes and Grape Tomatoes

Quick Lamb Stew With Prunes & Tomatoes

Today there is going to be no nostalgic excursions. I threw this stew quickly together for dinner the other day, and it turned out very well. It’s got a somewhat soupy consistency because I didn’t brown the meat, I sweated it together with onions, just like my mom taught me. Then I added a few […]

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Turkey in Sour Cream & Dill Sauce

Turkey In Sour Cream & Dill Sauce

This is the way my mom always cooked rabbit.  Rabbit was served for New Year almost every year, alongside Salade Olivier, Carp in Tomato Sauce, Beet Salad With Prunes, Green Apple & Celeriac Salad, etc. My family (not me) has very rocky relationship with rabbit as food, so if you are anything like them, I […]

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Creamy Asparagus Soup With Homemade Croutons

Creamy Asparagus Soup With Homemade Croutons

Soup is my favorite. If I were a poet, I would probably write an Ode To Soup at least once a week. But I am not a poet and besides, Lewis Carroll had already said it all in Alice, so I can only adore soup through cooking and devouring vast quantities of it. Lucky for […]

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Chicken Tapaka -- A Simple Georgian Dish

Worth Your Trouble — Chicken Tapaka

First let’s get the formal intros out of the way — Chicken Tapaka is a simple dish from Republic of Georgia, a nice hospitable country in the heart of Caucasus Mountains.  It’s called tapaka after a skillet tapa, in which it’s prepared. Tapa is a close relative of our cast iron skillet with an addition of a very […]

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