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Making Russian Napoleon

Nostalgic Musings On Making Russian Napoleon Cake

From time to time, abiding by the unbending code of conduct of first generation transplants, I succumb to strong nostalgic cravings.  In case you are not the first generation transplant, let me explain.  I refer to craving foods I can’t have because there is no place to get them — either they no longer exist or […]

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Koubiteh -- Lamb Pie From Crimea

Easy As Pie, A Lamb Pie From Crimea

As days are getting warmer — some places already headed full-throttle into scorching summer heat — meal preparation is dwindling down to a few quick and easy basics. I don’t blame you people,  I mean, who wants to spend the entire evening after a stressful work day cooking when it’s so nice outside (well, that excludes me, […]

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Pickling Bliss Attained…

Finally, a batch of sauerkraut I can get behind. I think I finally figured out the perfect salt to cabbage ratio, and the air insulation in my pickling crock helped develop that amazing zest. No spices needed — cabbage has its own perfect punch…

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Oatmeal & Molasses Muffins

Forget The Chocolate — Oatmeal & Molasses Muffins

Last night I found myself thinking of breakfast options for my kid.  Lately, she hasn’t been into eggs, no matter the style, and porridge has been making her cringe. We aren’t serving conventional cereals in my house, and we are all out of yogurt.  So what does one do besides pancakes and smoothies?  Muffins, of […]

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Beef Heart Stroganoff In Slow Cooker

Matters Of The Heart — Crock Pot Stroganoff With Dried Mushrooms

Pssst… Want to know something? There is more to a cow than steaks, ribs and ground chuck.  Most people I know, at least here in the States, are squeamish at the very thought of consuming organ meats. Uuuuuuhhh, too scary, too bloody, too smelly, too … Well let’s take a moment and figure out what […]

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Making 100% Rye Borodinsky Supreme

Baking Memories — All Rye Borodinsky Bread

Borodinsky bread is my childhood staple food.  We had it practically every day and never grew tired of it. The aroma, the well balanced sweet and sour, the substantial “meaty” crumb and thin glossy crust — should I go on listing all the wonderful things that put this loaf in the bread hall-of-fame? Nowadays, it […]

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Wild Sourdough Challah

Wild Sourdough Challah

If you are into bread baking, as I am, you probably know by now that finding the right kind of flour is a very important task.  Using predictable, good quality flour is key in getting predictable, good quality bread loaves day after day.  The task becomes doubly challenging if you are trying to stay away […]

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