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Nalesniki

nalestniki

I wanted to start the new year off with one of my favorite childhood recipes  – nalesniki. Nalesniki originate in Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland) where they are as popular now as hundreds of years ago. But here across the ocean, we know them by the few different names: blintzes in…

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Sufganiyot-Best Donuts Ever!

Sufganiyot donuts

This year Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown on the second day of December. All over the world, Jewish families will gather to light the menorah, spin the dreidel, and enjoy a festive dinner. And while latkes (oil fried crispy potato pancakes) served with either applesauce or sour cream are the holiday…

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Khinkali {Meat Soup Dumplings}

khinkali

If you haven’t been to Georgia in the Caucasian Mountains, or you aren’t lucky enough to have a few Georgian friends (thank God I got a few good ones so I can share this great recipe with you) and haven’t tried khinkali yet, here is an opportunity to take out your Georgian food bucket list…

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Meatballs and Spaghetti in Homemade Tomato Sauce

meatballs and spaghetti

This Homemade Meatballs and Spaghetti recipe is loaded with classic Italian flavors and touched with the Russian accent the whole family will love! Why can I say it so surely? Because even my kids who are so spoiled with the Russian cuisine flavors are licking their plates clean after finishing their dinner. Of course, you…

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Pumpkin Cheesecake {Instant Pot}

I have been asked to write some Instant Pot recipes and something worthy of a fall season using pumpkin. Well, here you go an Instant Pot pumpkin cheesecake! This recipe just screams ”Hello Fall!”. I absolutely love this time of the year when the temperature is cooler, leaves are changing their colors, the sweaters, boots,…

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Slavic Baked Milk Yogurt {Ryazhenka}

ryazhenka

Slavic baked milk or “toplenoe moloko”, as we call it back home, somewhat resembles the taste of evaporated milk if you ever tried it, but I think it’s much better. It can be drunk as is or turned into something even more delicious like baked milk yogurt also known as ryazhenka. The initial slow heat…

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Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot Pepper Jelly

Hot pepper jelly is a beautiful accompaniment to cream cheese, brie, cheddar, or any type of cheese for that matter. And it looks just amazing on cheese boards and platters with its bright red, golden orange or crispy green colors. And trust me, having a jar of this delish hot pepper jelly and a brick of…

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Liver Paté {Печеночный Паштет}

Liver Paté {Печеночный Паштет}

Liver Paté is a delicious, unashamedly rich starter that’s the sort of dish that makes entertaining stress-free, as it can be made days ahead and even frozen for up to 6 months! Speaking of stress-free right?! Besides the liver is one of those superfoods that has almost the full A to Z list of vitamins…

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Beef Stroganoff {Бефстроганов}

beef stroganoff

The European version of the Stroganoff recipe can be found in cooking books in various forms since the 18th century. However, it’s one of the traditional and classic Russian dishes that even withstood the revolution of the 1917 and Soviet era. The name Stroganoff refers to a family of wealthy merchants from Novgorod who had…

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Marinated Garlic Scapes

marinated garlic scrapes

I do apologize for my procrastination with the recipes posting. But lately, I honestly feel like there are not enough hours in a day! So splitting myself between being a single parent to two most wonderful kids that you can ever imagine (these two daredevils won’t simply let their mommy write), farmer’s market, blogging, running…

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