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Porcini Barley Soup With Sherry

This was my favorite soup growing up. It was very brothy and meaty, despite the fact that it was often made with vegetable stock. Porcini mushrooms, prized in Russian cooking for their immense flavor, take center stage here. I’ve taken my family recipe and swapped out some onions for shallots’ more mellow taste. I added […]

Russian Quick Buttermilk Oladyi (Buttermilk Pancakes)

Not to start another competition of sorts (the Cold War is not that far behind us), but Russian oladyi (aka pancakes) get me far more excited than their American cousins. Somehow, mysteriously, they manage to feel lighter, and their diminutive size, topped with briny salmon roe and sour cream, or jam and sour cream, makes […]

Creamy Mushrooms on Toast

Mushrooms and cream go way back in Russian cooking. In my family, we often cooked chanterelles (which were dirt cheap in Russia, can you believe it?) with onions, herbs and sour cream to mix with pasta for a deliriously glorious dish. Here in America, chanterelles are a bit too pricey for most of us and […]

Beet Salad with Walnuts, Dates, and Plenty of Garlic

When it comes time for Russian soirees, there’s no shortage of little bites, known in Russian as zakuski, that precede the main event. Personally, I’ve always been of the zakuski persuasion myself, enjoying the generous spread and often skipping the main course all together. The word zakuski comes from the word zakusit, meaning “to have […]

Spiced Sharlotka, Or Everyday Apple Cake

I’m kicking off my Cooking Channel blog series with quite possibly the most everyday cake in Russian culinary repertoire; every, and I mean every, Russian household makes this cake. The famed, quotidian Sharlotka is nothing more than a bit of flour bound together by eggs, sugar and a dash of leavening with some apples. Every […]

Blogging Bittman

We’re not the only ones who love Mark Bittman’s minimalistic approach to cooking. While you wait for the premiere of his show (Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST), check out top food bloggers favorite Bittman recipes:

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