Food Perestroika's Fourth Anniversary

Happy 4th Anniversary, Food Perestroika!

Four years already! That’s 319 posts, including 167 recipes, 62 restaurant reviews / Red Alerts, and 37 travel posts. And if you want to know what others are reading, here are my 10 most popular posts (Home and About pages excluded): Blini and Oladi, Russian Pancakes Crème de Cassis and Black Currant Liqueur Walnut-Stuffed Eggplant […]

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Switching to the Metric System

I’ve been thinking for a while about using the metric system to weigh all the ingredients in my recipes. This is what many professional kitchens do, by the way. I long ago abandoned nonsensical cup measurements. I’ve made a reasonable effort to keep using ounces, but when it comes to spices and such, it just doesn’t make much sense. […]

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Back from Albania

I spent the last ten days in Albania, drinking mojitos on the beach, driving on mountain roads that give Georgia’s worst nothing to envy, doing some bunker sightseeing, and taking angered gas station attendants to ATMs. Of course, much local food was had. Stay tuned for recipes and travel stories!

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Happy Paskha 2014!

Happy Paskha 2014! Here are a few suggestions to keep your paschal meal interesting: For the first year ever, I’m proud to offer both my Paskha and Kulich recipes in time for Easter! Looking for lamb recipes? I have a couple of them still in preparation, but I would recommend the Roasted Leg of Lamb Stuffed with Uzbek Plov, […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2013

I feel like I spent all my dinners out eating in Eastern European and other post-Soviet restaurants this year! As is now the tradition, here’s a summary of the places I reviewed, rated on a scale from 0 to 10, and grouped into three categories: recommended (rating > 6), not worth a special visit (rating […]

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Happy Holidays 2013!

Dear readers, I wish you all happy holidays! I’m leaving for a 10-day trip to Scotland — no Eastern Europe this time, and even my prospects for a Russian restaurant look very slim. But if you’re still looking for ideas for your dinner parties, or you want to use your time off to try some […]

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Cooking National Dishes for Ingredient Matcher

Ingredient Matcher is a new web site (and app) that offers to compare a list of ingredients you already have to its recipe database, in order to figure out what you can cook for dinner without having to go to the store. It’s so new, in fact, that it hasn’t even officially launched yet. While […]

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Remembering Wayne Masters

I’ve talked about my turkey hunts with Wayne a few times. There was the spring gobbler I killed last year, and the hunt-turned-fishing trip last May. All in all, I’ve known him for about 3 years, and was planning a couple of fishing and hunting trips with him in the coming months. Wayne passed away unexpectedly […]

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