Dessert, Recipes

Medvezhiy Cake

If there was a family recipe in my family, this is it right here — Medvezhiy tort, or Bear’s Cake. My mom prepares it every 31st of December, without a fail. Usually early in the morning, before it is time…

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Fall, Preserves, Recipes

Quince Pomegranate Jam

Nothing can prepare you for the robust grainy flesh of quinces hiding behind the innocent bright yellow exterior. A quince might look like a huge apple or “a pregnant pear”, as Bee Wilson, a British food writer, describes it, but…

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Breakfast, Recipes

Apple Oladushki

Oladushki with apple is my first spin-off on the classic Russian oladushki, plump fluffy pancakes every babushka makes in copious amounts whenever grandkids come over. In the works are oladushki with pumpkin, tvorog, and gingerbread spices. But since it’s fall…

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Mains, Recipes

My Mom’s Pan-Fried Potatoes

My mom makes killer pan-fried potatoes. I once told her it’s her signature dish and she got offended. “Pan-fried potatoes? Really?” Not her solyanka, not her kholodets, not the “bear cake” she makes for every New Year celebration (no bears…

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