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RUSSIAN, UKRAINIAN, GEORGIAN, and former SOVIET UNION

Pilaf Seasoning

Pilaf Seasoning

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    From as simple as a three ingredients mixture to a more complex combination of spices, this pilaf seasoning is a staple for making the plov – a cult dish in Central Asian countries Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (former Soviet Union republics). Even if you […]

Cauliflower Pilaf

Cauliflower Pilaf

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    I have some rice leftovers in my refrigerator, but it is not enough to make a full side dish for the family. I definitely need to add something to the rice – vegetables, I guess. Onion, carrot… – it looks like I’m ready […]

Georgian Plum Sauce Tkemali

Georgian Plum Sauce Tkemali

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    Georgian cuisine (Georgia as a country) took a great part in my family menu. When I was living in Moscow at least ones a year during the summer we had a Georgian feast. We marinated meat for kabobs, made lobio (type of a […]

Summer Borscht with Beet Greens

Summer Borscht with Beet Greens

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    If you want something refreshing and cooling, or you want a bowl of healthy soup loaded with vitamins and minerals, or if you are open to new dishes and want to taste something beyond popular gazpacho, this purple bright summer borscht is for […]

Chicken Tabaka

Chicken Tabaka

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    “Tabaka’ or ‘Tapaka”? It is still not really clear how to call this dish. Some people say this name came from a Georgian skillet ‘tapak’, others claim that flat tobacco leaves inspired the cooks. I think “Tapaka” was accidently transformed to ‘Tabaka” as […]

Summer salad with Green Peas

Summer salad with Green Peas

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   I brought a new twist to this traditional Russian summer salad. Green peas, which I added to the old fashioned vegetable mix, improved the look of the salad and enriched the taste. The ‘dressing’ for the salad is simple, just to enhance fresh and […]