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

Cheesy profiteroles (korzinochki s sirom)

Apparently I’m a liar. I promised a post last week and well, clearly that hasn’t happened. Embarrassing… and sort of mean to hold out on you like that! I’m sorry. Let’s be friends again. I come with fancy finger food with cheese. : )

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I made these cheesy profiteroles for my dad’s birthday dinner last month. They were the perfect little starter…and incredibly fun to make! This recipe originally came from a Russian magazine my mom found about 20 years ago… and we’ve been infatuated with these little guys ever since. Fun fact: “korzinochki s sirom” translates as “little baskets with cheese” but these aren’t baskets, are they? Silly Russians Smile

Now that I know what profiteroles are, I realize this recipe is basically French (there is a lot of French influence in Russian cuisine actually)… except the garlicky tvorog filling puts a Russian spin on them. Wikipedia also tells me that savory profiteroles are actually called gougere. I kind of think of

Ponchiki (Russian donut holes)

Are you a creature of habit? Do you have the same special treat on every birthday? I could never commit to just one thing. I like mixing things up. I like experimenting in the kitchen. In fact, I very rarely make the same thing twice, even when it is really delicious the first time.

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What I do like doing on my birthday is filling my day with my favorite people, gifts (yep I said it), and delicious food (it is usually new food as a birthday is the perfect occasion to try out a new restaurant in my opinion!). And it is essential that the delicious food part begins the moment I wake up!

Birthday breakfasts should be a little more special, don’t you think? I had some tvorog left from the pirojki I made the week prior which I wanted to put to use for a new recipe here on the blog. Luckily, my mom reminded me of the perfect (special) breakfast – ponchiki! By the way, before we

Baked Russian hand pies (pechionii pirojki)

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This little intro is going to (a little prematurely) excite my parents (and probably grandmas once my parents decide to share this little nugget with everyone they encounter)… but hell, I might as well say it… I’ve been thinking about my future kids lately. A lot. At some point a few months ago, out of nowhere, the idea of being a mother stopped being uncool, completely hypothetical and something I probably “had to do” and became a lot more real and sort of exciting (could it be because I’m getting that much closer to the big 3-0?). Before you-know-who gets a little too excited, let’s be clear. I am not pregnant and I don’t plan on being pregnant for at least a year and a half (or longer, depending on where I am in my career, house plans, etc.). But like I said, I have started thinking about it and actually imagining what it would be like.

Of course being the food-obsessed self, after wondering whether I’d be the good cop or the bad cop (actually that one is easy, Adam will be caving with one look at

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