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Authentic Russian food for all occasions, and how to cook it

Blini star
Maslenitsa is the Russian version of Mardi Gras and during the festivities, copious amounts of blini or pancakes made with a yeast batter are served and eaten with great gusto.

Borscht The Original Cabbage Soup star
Many traditional Russian recipes are naturally healthy because they're based on wholesome, natural ingredients in their unprocessed forms. To boot, the cabbage in borscht is chock full of vitamin C, folate and fiber. Cook up a big batch and enjoy.

Dr. Konstantin Frank and NY Wine star
A gentleman by the name of Dr. Konstantin Frank, born in the Ukraine, had perseverance and insight when it came to winemaking in the Finger Lake region of the United States. Here is his story.

Eggplant Caviar star
Eggplant caviar -- baklazhanaya ikra -- baklazhan meaning eggplant and ikra meaning caviar -- is a healthy and delicious recipe. It's a great way to use the summer's bounty of eggplant, peppers and onions and it freezes well, too.

Garlic the Russian Penicillin star
Russians have used a powerful, all natural medicine for years with excellent results that have been confirmed by studies worldwide. In fact, this humble plant is known as Russian penicillin.

Goluptsi - Stuffed Cabbage star
The European continent as a whole appreciates cabbage as an important food source with health benefits. Goluptsi is a stuffed cabbage dish that Russians eat with gusto.

Herring - Seledka star
One food that reminds me of my Russian heritage is the ubiquitous herring known as seledka in Russian. Besides being a quick snack, herring is an ingredient in many Russian recipes.

Kasha star
Kasha is a staple of the Russian diet. It is made from buckwheat groats and is full of vitamins and fiber.

Milk, Smetana and Yogurt star
Truly milk and the array of products such as cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, cream and cottage cheese and yogurt are delicious and life would be rather dull without them. Russians agree!

Mushroom Soup star
Griby are mushrooms in Russian. They are a delicacy picked in the forest and often dried for use after the mushroom picking season. Griby impart a delicious flavor to soups, stock and many other dishes.

Okroshka Cold Cucumber Soup star
Summer is the perfect time to indulge in some delicious and healthy cucumber soup. Okroshka is Russian cold cucumber soup, easy to make and good to eat!

Paskha The Easter Cheesecake star
Paskha is a rich cheesecake that is served during the Easter holiday and eaten with the Easter bread known as kulich. Here is an easy recipe.

Russian Cherry Cordial - Vishynyovka star
Every summer, my Papa had a ritual: he bought 10 pounds of sour cherries and proceeded to make his cherry liqueur. The Russian version of this cherry coridal is called vishynyovka, derived from the Russian word for cherries: vishyny.

Russian Easter Bread Kulich star
After the long period of fasting during Great Lent, a delicious accompaniment to the Easter meal is the traditional Easter bread, called kulich. The key to the success of this cylindrical bread is its rising and the magic is in the yeast.

Russian Gourmet Foods Online star[offsite link]

Russian Mushroom Recipes star
Mushrooms have gained popularity as a meat alternative. Mushroom picking is a popular pastime in Russia and they are eaten fresh, cooked or dried.

Shashlik star
My relative, the Mongolian leader Ghenghis Khan, wouldn't have approved of today‘s food production methods. Indeed, the nomadic tribes that roamed the Caucasus and eventually conquered Russia for a few centuries ate a lot of meat. The origins of shashlik are within these tribes.

Vodka star
Vodka is Russia's favorite grog. The word in Russian means "little water." Vodka has evolved into many varieties and in this article I'll share a recipe to make flavored vodka.

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