Hi, and welcome to Cookingcrossroads.com!
My name is Nina Phomina.
I was born in, studied, and got married in Moscow, Russia. However, life takes unexpected turns, so over the last few (quite a few!) years I have been living with my husband and son in the suburbs of the wonderful city of Chicago (well, actually, our son is far away from home now, in graduate school, and we are the proud parents).
When my son Peter was a baby, he, like most kids his age, would nap during the day. I would usually use this free time for cooking, cleaning, and laundry. To make doing this routine more fun I would often turn on the TV. During these moments I was first introduced to the outstanding Julia Child and the famous Jacques Pepin.
Watching Jacques Pepin’s culinary show I was speechless. For me it was a fantastic fusion of pots, pans, knives, food, and a man. This magical show served to completely change my perception of cooking and opened a door to a new world of culinary arts.
The years passed and many countries and continents flashed with them. My collection of recipes began to fill up with every new voyage, which lead to the creation of my first cooking blog Cookingpalette.net. The site was made for Russian readers and I was so excited to share my culinary experiences with everyone who loves to cook. I was looking forward to opening a door to a new world of food and breaking the stereo-type about the American table, that it consists of only hamburgers and hot-dogs. I wanted to introduce people to the diversity and treasures of American regional cuisine amidst other recipes from through out the world.
People enjoyed what I had shared with them. Many times I was invited to participate in cooking shows on Russian and Ukrainian television, to present and taste some products, as well as to host various master-class cooking workshops. However, living far away, these opportunities were hard to realize.
Today I contribute my recipes for the local ‘Gregg’s Landing magazine’. I was the columnist for the IgNite, mind and body health magazine, a Russian-American newspaper Obzor and Kontinent Media Group of the Midwest, where I published a “Recipe of the Week”. My recipes can be found in the “Our Kitchen” magazine, Russia, and Texas based the Russian newspaper “Our Texas”. I was also the author of a culinary column “Cook With Pleasure” in the Israeli Geographic Society where I share recipes from different cultures and traditions.
Cooking Crossroads is the result of my travels around the world and this wonderful country, from the East to the West coast. The more my family traveled, the more I wanted to share what I have experienced and tasted, what inspired me to create new recipes. So a new site was born – a site where many different culinary styles and kitchens intersect, where on one table you can try warming Russian borsch, juicy and delicious homemade American burgers, simple satisfying Italian pasta, bright flavorful Yemeni hot sauce and stunning French dessert.
I hope you enjoy all of these small treasures from around the globe.
Cook with pleasure and enjoy the world!
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