Pike Roe

Pike, Buckwheat, and Green Apple Burger with Celery Root Gratin

The weather was bitterly cold that March morning, and whiteout conditions were looming. Only a handful of indomitable fishermen (us, obviously) had braved the elements and ventured out on the frozen lake, drilling holes through several feet of ice covered by about as much snow. The fishing was hard, but we persevered, and our efforts did […]

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Russian Food - Blini With Smoked Salmon

Blini with Smoked Salmon

Despite my efforts to create original recipes, the most popular post on this blog remains Blini and Oladi, Russian Pancakes. Not exactly the most innovative dish, one must admit. But I guess I’ve got to give the people what they want, so here’s another idea to cash in on the blini’s success: blini with smoked salmon! Well, […]

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Russ & Daughters Café

Restaurant Review: Russ & Daughters Café

A note about my restaurant reviews: New York City counts many Eastern European restaurants scattered across the five boroughs, most of them ignored by restaurant critics and diners alike. I intend to visit as many as I can and report! Russ & Daughters has been a Lower East Side institution for a century. The story of this […]

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The Chef Watson Cookbook

… is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! The above video, produced by the Institute of Culinary Education, gives a taste of things to come. I introduced Chef Watson on this blog last year, and I’ve posted a few recipes made with its help: a Baltic apple pie created by Michael Laiskonis, a […]

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Estonian Sea-Buckthorn Sundae

Estonian Sea-Buckthorn Sundae

After the recent birch syrup pie, here’s a second serving of kefir ice cream with birch syrup — but in a totally different format, and with the very peculiar flavor of sea-buckthorn. Sea-buckthorn is an orange berry found throughout Europe and Asia, with an exceptionally high content of vitamin C and carotenes. While it’s sometimes used in […]

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Tirana - National Historical Museum

New Server, New Theme!

Frequent readers will certainly have noticed some changes in Food Perestroika’s look and feel over the past few days. This is still a work in progress, so I apologize for the less-than-perfect appearance. Here’s what’s been cooking: I’m out of wordpress.com! Now I can install whatever themes and plug-ins I like, but what this means for you […]

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