Dolma Shurpa, Uzbek Stuffed Vegetable Broth

I’ve previously posted a pepper dolma recipe from Azerbaijan, but today’s dish hails from Uzbekistan and is prepared fairly differently. Shurpa means soup or broth in Uzbek, and the stuffed vegetables here are served in a flavorful broth. My recipe is loosely adapted from Hakim Ganiev‘s Oriental Feast, but I’ve made many changes, such as the use […]

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Food Perestroika at the Dalton Chorale Winter Concert

As a holiday surprise, a program ad was placed for Food Perestroika at the Dalton Chorale Winter Concert by my partner (she’s an alto). They sang works by Franz Joseph Haydn, the famed Austrian composer (who, incidentally, spent the majority of his career under the employment of the wealthy Hungarian Esterházy family). It was a beautiful concert. […]

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Restaurant Review: Café Glechik

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! Recently, I reviewed Café Glechik of Sheepshead Bay, a mostly Ukrainian restaurant. Try as I might, it’s impossible […]

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Moldovan Turkey Gratin

It all started with Sergey Donika’s Moldovan Cuisine, a book that one might call obscure for rather obvious reasons: 1) it’s written in Russian, 2) it was published in Chișinău, and 3) I found it in a bookstore in Kiev. Overnight, I went from not knowing a single Moldovan dish to having at my disposal “500 ancient and […]

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Azeri Food - Quban Pakhlava

Azerbaijan Adventures, Part 7

It’s been almost 3 months since I last wrote about my adventures in the Caucasus. All this time, I’ve been planning to talk about the various kinds of baklava in Azerbaijan (locally known as pakhlava), but the task turned out to be harder than I anticipated. There are almost as many kinds of pakhlava as there […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! If you haven’t made a dinner plan for Turkey Day, it’s not entirely too late: Instead of preparing a whole bird, make Turkey Schnitzel. Go for a smaller beast, and try the Guinea Hen Satsivi or Chicken Tabaka (though if you don’t want to eat at midnight, you’ll have to shorten the marinating time). As […]

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Wild Boar and Porcini Pirozhki

Pirozhki are Russian buns, usually individual-sized and baked. As with varenyky, you can fill them with pretty much anything you want — in fact, you could even use the exact same fillings for pirozhki and varenyky. It’s not rare, however, to find more diverse recipes, some of then even in classic French cookbooks. Escoffier’s Guide Culinaire, for […]

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