All things Russian

These are the recipes I develop based on how I remember them tasting. Famous Russian beet soup, of course, and maybe, less famous (but equally delicious) meat dumplings, and other things that relate to Russian culture. Na zdoroviye! :)

Small bowl of vareniki: Russian dumplings with potato and onions

Vareniki: Russian Potato Dumplings

Hello and welcome back to another recipe from Russia, with love! Earlier this year I shared with you a recipe for meat dumplings called Pelmeni. Juicy, comforting, filling, lovely Pelmeni. Vareniki is made with the exact same dough but uses a different filling. It also has a slightly different shape. […]

Bowl of Okroshka: Russian cold summer soup, greens, white napkin

Cold Summer Soup: Russian Okroshka

Some of my fondest childhood memories are from our weekend summer trips to Dacha. Dacha is a summer home, but it is far from luxurious! More often than not, it’s a tiny house with old, mismatched furniture built on farmland. We would go there in the morning (it’s ways away […]

Russian meat dumplings - pelmeni - with sour cream and green onion

Pelmeni: Russian Meat Dumplings

I have a very silly memory of talking to my friend when we were kids. Somehow we got to talking about food and pelmeni in particular. Before we knew it, we got into an argument about who loved them more. (We must have been really hungry). I remember her saying […]

White bowl with traditional Russian borscht and topped with green onion

Traditional Russian Borscht

Some posts take a very long time to “cook”. This is one of them! Most people have heard the word Borscht, yet very few people are familiar with traditional Russian Borscht itself. Chances are, unless someone has cooked it for you – you imagine the Campbell’s Soup canned variety. I […]

Roasted baby potatoes in a skillet topped with sour cream and greens

Roasted Potatoes with Mushrooms

“Roasted Potatoes” are magical words to a Russian heart. It is something very familiar and comforting for most people. In post-Soviet countries, potatoes are consumed in very large quantities, year round. Roasted potatoes are a quick and easy dinner and are usually accompanied by some kind of smoked or pickled […]

Black and white wedding photo of a couple (my grandparents)

Eastern Shore, Memories, and Tea

Several months ago my husband and I took a quick trip to Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. We both felt we were long overdue for a vacation, but because that’s still a ways away, we wanted to clear our heads and spend a day somewhere close by. The Eastern […]

Stack of potato pancakes topped with sour cream and fresh cut greens

Authentic Draniki: Belarusian Potato Pancakes

Story behind the recipe If you search the Web for “potato pancakes”, you will find that most nations have their versions of it – such as Hash Browns in America or Latkes in Israel. Deeply rooted in Belarus’ nation-wide appreciation for potatoes, it is a Slavic version of crispy, savory […]