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Dine Like a Pomor
January 01, 2014

Dine Like a Pomor

By Darra Goldstein

Cod was once scorned in Russia. Now it is properly seen as a delicacy. Start the New Year off right with this version of the fish with an egg and butter sauce.

Some Like it Cold
July 01, 2013

Some Like it Cold

By Darra Goldstein

Summer is a time for cool dishes. Like Okroshka. Typically made from kvass, we offer an alternative recipe for those living in the kvass desert known as America.

The Secret of Little Bites
March 01, 2013

The Secret of Little Bites

By Darra Goldstein

Zakuski have a well-deserved position of honor in the realm of Russian cuisine. In this issue we look at a tasty appetizer with connections to the Pacific: Canapes of Smoked Salmon.

Lucky Cookies
January 01, 2013

Lucky Cookies

By Nikolai Gernet

Kozuli: these fragrant, decorative cookies have their origin in the Russian North, in Arkhangelsk, to be more specific. And they are perfect for a holiday celebration.

A Vessel of Significance
November 01, 2012

A Vessel of Significance

By Darra Goldstein

The distinctive form of the Russian drinking vessel known as the kovsh dates back thousands of years. We consider its form and function, and offer a related recipe for Cranberry Kvass.

For the Love of Currants
September 01, 2012

For the Love of Currants

By Darra Goldstein

A rumination on Fyodor Tolstoy's painting "Red and White Currants" and the role of this powerful fruit in Russian life and culture. And a recipe for jam!

Collective Vision
July 01, 2012

Collective Vision

By Darra Goldstein

Against the grim backdrop of Stalin's rise, Sergei Gerasimov painted a radiant image of collectivism. While politically propagandistic, it makes beautiful use of light and mood. And it features a collective feast where surely Sour Cabbage - this issue's recipe - would be welcome.

A Magic Tablecloth
May 01, 2012

A Magic Tablecloth

By Darra Goldstein

One of the most vivid images in Russian fairytales is that of the skatert-samobranka, a self-spreading (and self-cleaning) tablecloth. We consider this magical mystery and offer a recipe for delightful pirozhki.

 

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