Cherry Varenyky and Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Cherry Varenyky and Goat Cheese Ice Cream

I thought I’d written everything one needs to know about varenyky. I’ve prepared the Ukrainian dumplings with potatoes, cabbage, butternut squash, and artichoke. I’ve eaten them at countless restaurants reviewed on these pages, I’ve even tried some at a dumpling festival. So what did I forget? I forgot to blog a dessert version! So here are my supercharged cherry varenyky. […]

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Hungarian Goulash, Blood Sausage, Foie Gras and Pear Tartlets

Hungarian Goulash, Blood Sausage, Foie Gras and Pear Tartlets

Right. It’s the middle of the summer, 30 degrees outside (we’re using the metric system here, remember?), and here I am with my recipe for goulash, blood sausage, and foie gras, like it’s Christmas all over again. As you can imagine, I actually started working on this several months ago, but now you’ll just have […]

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Morel "Strudel" Shashlyk

Morel “Strudel” Kebabs and Vegetarian Plov

Here’s a recipe I’d like to share before morel season is well and truly over! Morels are among my favorite mushrooms, and even if some species are more flavorful than others, they rarely disappoint when they’re bought fresh and handled properly. And with two elements each calling for a generous amount of these delectable fungi, […]

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Moravian Pike Goujonnettes, Bacon Sauce and Spring Vegetables

Moravian Pike Goujonnettes, Bacon Sauce and Spring Vegetables

When I last talked about my trip to Moravia, I didn’t actually give you many details about the fishing itself. Truth be told, I almost came home with nothing to recount at all. I had booked a full-day trip with Fisherman John, with the optimistic objective of targeting pike in the morning, and lake trout in the afternoon. […]

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Roumanian Steak and its Accompaniments, from Romania and Beyond

Roumanian Steak and its Accompaniments, from Romania and Beyond

Inspired by my most recent visit to Sammy’s Roumanian and, posthumously, by a dinner at the now defunct Kutsher’s Tribeca, I decided to try my hand at the Romanian tenderloin — that intriguing dish that’s neither really Romanian (do you know how they call a restaurant that serves properly cooked steaks in Romania? An American steakhouse), nor […]

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Stuffed Wild Pheasant with Morel Coulis and Spring Vegetables

Stuffed Wild Pheasant with Morel Coulis and Spring Vegetables

So, I decided to skip the spring turkey hunt this year. Not because of my mixed success at shooting birds with brains the size of peas, as some ill-spirited mockers might say, but because I’m actually not all that thrilled by the possibilities that their meat offers in the kitchen. The taste of wild turkey, while certainly more […]

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Moravian Trout Rillettes and Tartare

Moravian Trout Tartare and Rillettes

True story: A couple weekends ago, I went fishing in rural Moravia. I caught a trout, picked up a bottle of Riesling from a nearby vineyard, came up with this recipe, inspired by local specialties, and got back home on Sunday night. Still, no jet lag, and no need to break the bank — I wasn’t in the Moravian […]

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Georgian Cuisine - Mingrelian Khachapuri

Mingrelian Khachapuri, Georgia’s Double Cheese Bread

While Blini and Oladi, Russian Pancakes remains the most visited post on this blog, things are slowly changing. The top post for the past few months has been the Imeretian Khachapuri, followed by the Lángos (another greasy bread!) and the exotic Tajik Qurutob. So in the continued spirit of giving people more of what they want, I’m happy to bring you another […]

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Beet-Cured Steelhead

Beet-Cured Salmon River Steelhead

As I wrote a couple years ago, fishing the Salmon River in autumn can be pretty hectic. Thousands of fishermen, many of them about as clueless as me, crowd the river bed, the shores, and the bridges, occupying every inch of public land available. At the same time, anybody in a 50 mile radius who […]

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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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