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Pyrizhky | Pies

This is one of the best dough recipes for small stuffed baked pies common for Eastern-European cuisines. It is best for its ability to keep the crumb soft, fluffy, and moist for a few days, because this enriched dough comes close to the dough for brioche. Can you imagine two-bites sized stuffed brioche pies? That’s what I am talking about.

December 23, 2018
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Smoked Sauerkraut

This holiday season, add this healthy Alsatian delicacy as a side dish to your festive table!

Do you like sour cabbage served with smoked sausages or pork or poultry? Everything we enjoy eating WITH smoked foods will also taste outstanding when smoke-roasted. This rule works for me every time. Though I experimented with adding smokey flavors to some unconventional foods, sauerkraut didn’t come to my mind until my friend mentioned a restaurant serving it smoked. Now, after making it at home time after time, fermented cabbage with its distinct tang looks like an obvious candidate for roast-smoking.

With Cameron’s stovetop smoker, it takes 20 minutes to add a hickory smoke flavor to fermented cabbage and another 5 to saute it with onions and heavy cream. It is as easy and quick as impressive for its complexity of well-balanced flavors. In France, it is served with cooked white fish, sausages, pork, and various poultry. Enjoy and happy holidays season!

December 22, 2018
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Healthy Diet: Kefir Cheese Pancakes | Syrniki

Made with relatively low-moist fresh cheese, traditional syrniki don’t need a lot of flour. Less flour helps to maintain low-carb diet and appreciate the natural taste of cheese in cooked pancakes. Syrniki are light textured, soft and fluffy, with only a hint of sweetness and vanilla. Serve them hot or warm, simply with a dollop of sour or whipped cream. The more elements you add, the more exciting this dessert becomes. You can add fresh seasonal or preserved berries and fruits. On top of the cream, sprinkle syrniki with sliced and toasted nuts, or cocoa nibs, or any other crunchy crumbs to add more texture and flavor variety to the dessert.

March 28, 2017
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Cold Summer Soups: Vegan Okroshka

The best vegan okroshka is made with salted mushrooms (L.deliciosus/Ryzhik and L.resimus/Gruzd’), fermented apples, and malossol cucumbers with ice cold kvass, green onions, and fresh dill. In hot climate of Central Texas, we have to be careful when playing with long-term fermentation at home. I was wondering how pickled ingredients would work here…

May 31, 2016
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Kvass Batch 4 [Crystal Rye Malt]

This recipe is based on Crystal Rye Malt by Simpsons and rye sourdough starter. Flavor complexity of this drink is somewhat in the middle between kvass made of regular rye bread and special kvass bread. Filtering the extract is a bit challenging, but other than that the recipe is pretty simple and straightforward. Since crystal rye malt is non-diastatic, we need to add sugar to the extract. This batch was the least active of all I’ve made so far.

May 30, 2016
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Kvass Batch 3 [Rye Malt Liquid Extract]

This recipe is based on Rye Liquid Malt Extract by Briess and rye sourdough starter. Makes pretty decent highly carbonated but light every-day drink.

May 20, 2016
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Pork Ribs: Cowboy Bigos

There are magical recipes so simple, a child can follow and get professional quality results. They do not require any special skills or equipment. I’m serious! I shared this recipe with my friends, clients, strangers, who were experienced and inexperienced, poor and rich, teenage students and mature adults, cooking for one or for large family — they all made perfectly cooked ribs.

When you pack seasoned ribs relatively tight in foil and cook it low (270-300F) and slow (~3 hours), you do not let any moisture to escape. Thus, you keep in all the juices and flavors of meat, bones, cartilage, and fat. They gelatinize tough tissues and concentrate. The result is full of flavor and melts in your mouth!

January 18, 2016
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Sauerkraut / Kvashena Kapusta / Suan Cai, etc.

Хороша закуска квашена капустка!
И подать не стыдно, и сожрут – не жалко!

Sour cabbage is the best health salvage!
No shame to dish up one, no pity when all gone!

January 17, 2016
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