Golubtsi (stuffed cabbage leaves)

Sorry for completely disappearing on ya! Hopefully you follow me on Facebook and saw that I announced I would take a little break from blogging and weren’t surprised to keep seeing those delicious looking chocolate covered cheesecake lollipops every time you loaded the page. For over a month. But anyways, this whole hot and cold act I’ve been putting on with this blog is going to stop because I quit my day job last week (today is actually my very first day “off”) which means a lot more cooking. And blogging. And sharing. I hope you’re as excited as I am. Yay for more Russian treats!!

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Speaking of sharing, I received 2 emails from 2 different Elinas in the last 2 months. I’ve never ever met another Elina before (and yes, Elina and Elena are two different names!) – let alone 2- so this is exciting. What’s even more exciting – my fellow Elinas love Eastern European food as much as I do and they’ve been sharing some

Russian chocolate covered cheesecake pops (sirki v glazure)

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Do you ever come across a food that instantly brings up a specific memory? Most things I make for Russian Bites just bring up general nostalgia mixed with excitement about eating my childhood favorites again. This time though, during my usual refrigerator check-in I noticed a package of farmers cheese (left from what was supposed to be stuffed blini, except they were devoured too quickly before I had a chance to convert them into anything else) so I decided to research what new Russian thing I could make. The second I realized I could make sirki I was instantly hit with the memory of the last time eating these. It was such a fun little trip down the memory lane! Smile

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So this memory is actually about my trip to Russia. It was during my junior year in college when I studied abroad in England. My

Savory vareniki (vegetarian Russian dumplings)

If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you that I’m the hardest working and most ambitious person he knows (and no, his friends aren’t deadbeats and he’s not saying this to score some brownie points from me – he truly believes it). I always find this hilarious (there may be some laughing in his face every time I hear those words) because I swear I’m one of the best procrastinators in the world. It’s true.

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In college I pulled countless all nighters, setting up my work space right in the hallway (since my roomate didn’t share my “work ethic”), tripping up drunk kids running around. You may mistake this for being ambitious/hard working, but you’d be wrong. I’m just a master procrastinator who eventually needed to face the music and get the damn paper done. Yes, it was no doubt due the very next morning.

Today my todoist account has 31 items for TODAY. And no, brushing my teeth is not on the list. And yes, I will probably add

Russian layered jello cake (jeleinyi tort)

It’s September. Students and teachers are back to school. Halloween candy and decorations are on display at every retail store. Mornings have become a little more brisk, and everyone around me seems eager for fall to be in full swing. On the food related front that means lots and lots of pumpkin. How many pumpkin lattes and pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipes have you seen this month alone? Pinterest is sure buzzing with those! Even those that mourn the summer (nearly!) ending appear to be unable to contain the excitement of all that is pumpkin. Are you one of them?

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I didn’t grow up drinking pumpkin lattes and eating pumpkin muffins, so I am not as anxious to move into fall just yet. For me, fall always meant going back to school and a little less playing time in the yard with my friends (our food didn’t change much… except for maybe less okroshka and more borscht and shchi). Even now that I’m an adult, fall means getting closer

Blini (Russian Crepes)

Is there a recipe you’ve always feared of making? Have you tried it or does it just seem way too complicated? I can honestly say I’m generally quite fearless in the kitchen. To me, recipes are for the most part a set of instructions. And I’m good with following instructions. You read, you measure, you chop/mix/whatever… and eventually you get to eat. My favorite! But then there were blini

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…making them scared me. Seriously scared me. Blini (Russian crepes) is absolutely my most favorite breakfast. I just love these buttery crepes dipped in sweet condensed milk or sour cream with jam. Love. So a few years back (when I had very little interest in cooking actually, so this memory surprises me), I asked my mom to show me how to make them.

The batter was a piece of cake – mix some flour, eggs, milk (or cream), a pinch of sugar and salt and you’re ready to go. Easy! This is where things got a little scary. You pour the

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