Romanian Duck Pâté Pantin and Cluj-Style Vegetables

Romanian Duck Pâté Pantin and Cluj-Style Vegetables

Despite my original intention to go to the Finger Lakes for the January duck season like I did last year, I ended up making other plans. My only waterfowl hunting trip this season has been a weekend in the Thousand Islands region with the usual Bill Saiff Outdoors crew, but it was a productive one. A […]

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Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar - Produce

Uzbek Adventures, Part 2: Chorsu Bazaar

As I mentioned in my last post, Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, doesn’t have the same touristic appeal as Samarkand or Bukhara. The 1966 earthquake caused massive destruction, and gave the USSR the opportunity to get rid of a good chunk of the old town, building in its stead a modern Soviet city with characteristic desolate avenues, occasional neoclassical […]

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Restaurant Review: Cheeseboat

It was only a matter of time before New York’s (modest) Georgian cheese bread trend hit Williamsburg. But with Cheeseboat, opened about a year ago, the hipster-turned-yuppie neighborhood doesn’t do things half way. From the giant neon vulva representing an Adjaran khachapuri in the window, to a menu featuring well over a dozen different cheese breads, the joint […]

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2017!

Happy Holidays! As is the tradition, here is a selection of my favorite recipes from this year’s posts, perfect for your table whether you’re planning a quiet dinner for two or a feast for the whole extended family. Check out my freshly released King Crab Rillettes and Apple-Onion Mostarda and its tortuous ties to Russian cuisine. […]

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Croatian Food - Zagrebačka Kremšnita

Croatian Stories, Part 1: Kremšnita

In my last post, I made my own contribution to Croatia’s culinary heritage by creating a new dessert, the Dalmatian Kremšnita. It’s now time to take a deeper look at the history of this cake. Kremšnita simply means “cream slice” in Croatian, although “custard slice” would have been more appropriate, since every variation contains various layers of […]

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Croatian Cuisine - Dalmatian Kremšnita

Dalmatian Kremšnita, a Twist on Croatia’s Favorite Dessert

Several years ago, I blogged my very first Croatian dessert, the Dalmatian fritters, little balls of fried dough coated in flavored confectioner’s sugar. That’s not, however, the sweet dish you’ll come across the most in Croatia. Instead, based on my scientific survey using a representative sample of 1 person, the title of Croatia’s favorite dessert should go […]

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