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Mushroom Pie WIth Egg

Form vs Content: Mushroom Pie With Egg

Aaaah, the good ‘ole form vs content dilemma, old as this world, much discussed by artists, philosophers and critics alike. What do these things mean to us, and how do they operate in our daily lives? Are they important? If so, why? If not, why not?  Since we are dabbling in culinary arts here (as humbly as […]

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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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Freshly made plăcintă pies stacked on a plate

Theme With Variations: Quick Plăcintă Pies

Grab a piece of simple soft dough, roll it out and it will open a world of possibilities to you.  A skillet pie can turn your ordinary weeknight into a  feast fit for a king. Should you feel like you need to be convinced, let me give you just a few bullet points: making the dough […]

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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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Fragrant Chakhokhbili With Green Peas

Say It With Me: Chakhokhbili

Chakhokhbili. I can’t blame you if your first urge was to say Gesundheit when you read this.  Yes, sounds a lot like a sneeze, and for some people it is very hard to pronounce.  Khokhobi in Georgian means pheasant.  Traditionally this dish was made with pheasant, but chicken took its rightful place right next to pheasant because […]

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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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