Summer Recipes

We don’t have palm trees here in New York (the stamp above represents the botanical garden in Sukhum), but the heat wave that’s befallen us for several weeks now makes it clear that summer’s in full swing. Here are some of my past recipes for the season. It’s prime time for preserves galore: try the peach-raspberry […]

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Happy May Day, and Spring Recipes

You may be working today (I am), but I wish you a happy May Day all the same! And now that spring is more or less here — the first ramps, asparagus, and strawberries have made their appearance at New York’s farmers markets, but it was snowing in the Finger Lakes on Friday — here is a […]

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Happy Paskha 2012!

Paskha, the Orthodox Easter, usually falls on a different day from its Christian counterpart, because its computation is still based on the Julian calendar. I realize I don’t have many Paskha-themed recipes, and almost no new ones since last year, but here it comes: If you want to try something different, I suggest the roasted […]

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Happy Novruz!

Wishing you all a happy Novruz! I am including some pictures of President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva taking part in the festivities in Baku, eating plov (above) or drinking tea with the traditional sweets (below). I realize that Food Perestroika’s repertoire of Azeri cuisine is somewhat limited at the moment (the most notable […]

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Happy Maslenitsa 2012!

If you live in New York, you probably haven’t noticed that winter’s coming to an end — because you haven’t realized it even started! Nevertheless, Maslenitsa, the Orthodox pancake week symbolizing the end of the cold season, is already well under way. And what’s not to love about a week dedicated to stuffing yourself with dairy […]

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Now on Facebook!

You may already follow Food Perestroika on Twitter. Now I’m happy to introduce the Facebook page. Please drop by to say hi, like it and share it with your friends!

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Almost Famous

Food Perestroika gets its first mention in print media! If you happen to be in France, check out page 42 of the December 2011 – February 2012 issue of Zeste magazine: Can’t find me? Look again, in the small blue insert in the bottom right corner 🙂 The article refers to my page of Trout, Char […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2011

2011 is coming to an end, and I must say I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten in as many Eastern European restaurants all in one year as I have in the past 12 (or 14) months! Here is a list of all my reviews, sorted by rating. As a reminder, I usually mention decor and […]

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Happy Holidays 2011!

Happy holidays, everyone! I’ll be away for the next 2 weeks, but if you’re looking for menu ideas, here are some suggestions: The  Duck Foie Gras Terrine and Lake Trout Rillettes (you could use salmon instead) are great cold holiday appetizers that can be prepared in advance. For a large pie to share, check out the Kurnik, Russian Chicken Pot Pie, or […]

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Happy 1st Anniversary, Food Perestroika!

It’s been exactly one year since my first recipe (Tvorog, Russian Fromage Blanc), and I’m now writing my 108th entry! I thought I’d use the occasion to review Food Perestroika’s most and least popular posts. Among the most popular posts, the Vladimir Poutine has been an overwhelming success from day one. And what’s not to love about […]

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