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Oysters Bienville

Oysters Bienville is a NOLA cuisine appetizer — baked oysters covered with creamy shrimp sauce. Pairs well with white, rose, or sparkling wines.

February 22, 2021
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Tasso | Traeger Grill

Tasso is a specialty of Nola cuisine and used to flavor many dishes. Sounds like Mexican chorizo for Mexican and TexMex, right? But it is not a sausage, and it’s smoked. Traditionally, it is made with pork butt that was sliced across the grain 3″ thick. What if we use the same rub and smoke a pork tenderloin using Traeger Grill?

February 9, 2021
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Taro Dumplings | Wu Gok

Лохматый пирожок из таро! Так я прозвала этот dumpling, when saw it for the first time in the picture 10 years ago. I became obsessed — needed to find the recipe and try making it. If I remember correctly (the original is not available anymore), I found a Chinese recipe and had somebody help me translate it. It was challenging and fun!

February 8, 2021
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Panforte Margherita

This recipe became my ultimate Christmas treat. Just like my other seasonal favorites — Medieval British Fruitcake and German Spiced Christmas Cookies — panforte Margherita is made with a lot of dry fruit and nuts. It also gets better with time when properly stored. But it seems easier and faster to make because there are no time-consuming steps. The original recipe comes from a collection of traditional Tuscan recipes. 

January 22, 2021
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Moroccan Eggplant Salad

I came across this warm eggplant salad 10 years ago, when discovered harissa. Unfortunately, this salad is less know than zaalook, another Moroccan eggplant salad — with tomatoes. Or, let’s say there are fewer references to it available out there in English. 

It is sweet and sour, refreshing and citrusy, mildly spicy, with very pronounced Middle Eastern flavors. Pairs well with crispy grilled flatbread.

January 21, 2021
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Smoked Blood Sausage | Кров’янка | Traeger Grill

It’s my third serious attempt to master Ukrainian blood sausage using local ingredients. Every time I slightly change the approach with a better understanding of what and why I am doing with every step.

January 19, 2021
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Smoked Lamb | Traeger Grill

Traeger Grill was THE 2020 cooking device for me. And the best tasting smoked meat I made with it was the rack of lamb.

January 12, 2021
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Smoked Christmas Goose | Traeger Grill

Roasted young goose became my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas dish only a few years ago. And I wrote a very long text about it. This year, I gave my heart to another version of cooking goose — smoke-roasting with Traeger Grill. I tried it once out of curiosity and will never go back to oven-roasting for as long as I have my little Traeger.

January 5, 2021
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Roasted Sevruga | Tsar-Style Cooked Sturgeon

Both species from Sturgeon Aquafarms — sevruga and sterlet — are relatively lean. I tried multiple cooking methods to see which one is the best for my taste —  grilling, frying, smoking, boiling, and baking/roasting. The last one was the most awarding. I call it baking/roasting because of the oven, but it is cooked in moist heat. The fish is covered all the time (more like in a dutch oven), and it cooks in its own juice and steam, which is the best for it. The vegetables are arranged around it, share the same cooking method, and absorb the same flavors. This cooking method unlocks the best in this fish in terms of flavor and texture.

January 4, 2021
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Smoked Wagyu Brisket | Traeger Grill

In Central Texas, we see more and more rare for Prime and Wagyu beef cuts every holiday season. Since beef brisket is one of Texas BBQ specialty, it was very tempting to smoke Wagyu using my Traeger.

December 29, 2020
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