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Rumbledethumps | Potato and Cabbage Casserole

Rumbledethumps is a traditional dish from the Scottish Borders. The main ingredients are potato, cabbage, and onion. Mashed potatoes are mixed with lightly sautéed shredded onions and cabbage, seasoned, topped with grated cheddar, and baked until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

November 27, 2016
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Experimenting with Kvass in Texas

“What’s more absurd than a novel about salmon fishing in Yemen?” Kvass Madness 2016 It’s time to summarize my 2016 kvass quest. Last Sunday, my kvass-craving guests came to Lyukum Cooking Lab to celebrate kvass! I had 5+ batches of kvass and three traditional Russian cold kvass-based summer kinds of soup to taste. Everybody was…

May 31, 2016
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Basting Sauce for Japanese Grill

Tare (垂れ?, “tar-eh”) is a general term in Japanese cuisine for basting sauces used for grilling. Mannen Tare (10,000 year old sauce) is and old school tare created by continuous use in traditional yakitori joints, where skewers are partially grilled, dipped into the tare, and then grilled to doneness. Every dipped skewer brings some drippings of dissolved proteins and fats into the sauce, which makes its flavor more complex and concentrated. At home, we can make a pseudo version of tare adjusted to our taste.

April 20, 2016
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Ode to Texas Peaches: Peach & Pecan Churchkhella

The idea of Cowboy Peach & Pecan Leather comes from my childhood delicacy. It’s a natural fruit-n-nut snack popular in Georgia (ჩურჩხელა — Churchkhella). The main idea is to use what is locally plentiful and in season. In Central Texas, they are pecans and peaches. Unlike grape juice, 1 gallon of peach puree needs only 4 tablespoon of corn starch and 2-3 minutes of boiling to become thick enough for dipping.

March 19, 2016
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Badambura, Almond Puff Pastry

Badambura means almond (badam) pie (bura). It belongs to Azerbaijani cuisine, one of the cuisines of the Caucasus. This multylayered pastry is filled with almonds meal, sugar, and ground cardamom. Badambura is usually prepared for the spring holiday Novruz, but can be enjoyed all throughout the year.

March 3, 2016
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Family Recipes: My Mom’s Apple Rogaliki

Flaky apple rolls are part of my Ukrainian tasting menu Bud’mo!. This recipe is one of the most cherished in our family. Every time I bake apple rogaliki, my home smells like childhood and bring back my best memories.

February 21, 2016
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Tequila Tasting Party Recipes: Palate Cleansing Salad

“The true southern watermelon is a boon apart and not to be mentioned with commoner things. It is chief of this world’s luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat.” — Mark Twain, Puddn’head Wilson

September 27, 2015
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Cold Summer Soups: Watermelon Gazpacho

I finally made this soup for the first time and it proved my every expectation! The only modification to the original recipe was replacing yellow bell peppers with charred hatch. I also added 1/3 cup balled watermelon. Amazing! I highly recommend the cookbook, this cold soup, and Texas Hill Country in August!

August 23, 2015
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The Feast of Seven Fishes: “Fur Coat” Dressed Salted Herring

Thinly sliced potatoes, carrots, and young beets are layered with salted herring, eggs, onions, and mayo to make n appetizer version of famous Eastern European salad known as “Fur Coat”.

January 5, 2015
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