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The great bird's milk secret
August 01, 1998

The great bird's milk secret

Ptichye moloko -- that famous Russian torte, has its history revealed here. But the recipe remains a secret...

The Tsar of Russian Fish
June 01, 1998

The Tsar of Russian Fish

Osetrina po-Tsarsky -- sturgeon prepared in the tsarist manner. What more need be said?

Dishes to Wow the Women
March 01, 1998

Dishes to Wow the Women

Two dishes that are great for celebrating women's day (with the men cooking!): Beef with prunes and Pork with prune sauce.

A Cure For All Ills
February 01, 1998

A Cure For All Ills

Sour cabbage is made in many countries. But nowhere is it consumed in the quantities it is in Russia.

A Salad For All Tastes
January 01, 1998

A Salad For All Tastes

Vinaigrette is the one Russian salad for which there is no definite recipe...

Potatoes in Uniform
November 01, 1997

Potatoes in Uniform

Try this interesting Russian variation next time you want to make baked potatoes.

Apple Compote for the Soul
October 01, 1997

Apple Compote for the Soul

During the Soviet years, jam was often called povidlo for ideological reasons. It is even rumored that one government member was given the personal mission of taking the foreign name “dzhem” off the menus of public catering enterprises, replacing it with the more neutral povidlo.

Political Jam
September 01, 1997

Political Jam

Apple Povidlo is made from crushed, not whole fruit, which is what makes it povidlo, not jam. In the Soviet era, "zhem", a foreign word, was un-p.c. and povidlo had its day.
A Taste of Honey
August 01, 1997

A Taste of Honey

Myedovukha is a fermented honey drink that is great for quenching your thirst in the heat of August.

A Soup for Real Men
July 01, 1997

A Soup for Real Men

Ukha -- fresh fish soup, is popular across Russia. Here's the recipe!

 

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