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How to Enjoy a Sugar-Free Halloween

By |2016-09-18T13:42:41+00:00September 18th, 2016|Categories: Fun, Halloween, Holiday Ideas, Holidays|Tags: , , |

Halloween can be a difficult time for kids with diabetes. The very word is likely to send many parents and children into a sugar-induced comma, although for different reasons. As kids look forward to trick-or-treating, parents are concerned about keeping tabs on the sugar intake — especially if their kids have diabetes. As a parent [...]

Summer Grilling & Russian Dacha

By |2016-06-17T18:51:42+00:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Food, Fun, Meats, Russian|Tags: , , , , |

Summer is Dacha season in Russia. Grilling, foraging and chilling is the name of the game for most Muscovites who trade in the muggy heat of the big city for the cool breeze of the Russian countryside. As the temperatures climb in the highly polluted and populated cities, so does the desire to get away [...]

All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

By |2016-04-10T12:21:02+00:00April 10th, 2016|Categories: Easter, Holidays|Tags: , , , |

Traditional and all-natural dye recipes for Easter egg coloring are all the rage now. In line with Russian Orthodox Church customs, Holy Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday) is considered the best day to decorate Easter eggs.  This week we’re introducing tried and true tips and tricks for all-natural Easter Egg dye recipes. Tips for Prepping Easter [...]

Blinis for Maslenitsa

By |2016-03-13T22:58:43+00:00March 13th, 2016|Categories: Appetizers, Blini, Breakfast, Cuisine, Food, Maslenitsa, Recipes, Russian, Ukranian|

Today is the last day of Maslenitsa — an old Slavic festival that precedes the period of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church’s traditions. Also known as Pancake Week, Maslenitsa lasts an entire week and gets its name from ‘maslo’ the Russian word for butter which literally signifies that only dairy products are eaten. A cheerful [...]

Russian Holiday Gifts Guide

By |2015-11-22T11:30:39+00:00November 22nd, 2015|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Holidays|Tags: , |

Every year, right around the Holiday Season, we start making our list … and checking it twice. Holidays are always a combination of amazing times with family and friends, and just a tad too much stress about what to get all your loved ones. And let’s not forget all the small gifts we give to our [...]

Russian Halloween

By |2015-11-01T11:06:12+00:00November 1st, 2015|Categories: Holiday Ideas, Holidays|Tags: , |

Halloween is a fun time for adults and children alike. Dressing up and (lots!) of candy collection are the name of the game, and this year we’re also seeing a resurgence of cultural costumes. In Los Angeles, there was certainly a number of Russian-themed parties to attend. From Matreshka’s to Pioneers, Russian costumes were prevalent. In [...]

Mushroom Hunting: DOs and DON’Ts

By |2015-09-13T14:46:07+00:00September 13th, 2015|Categories: Cook Academy|Tags: |

Russians have been perfecting the art of mushroom hunting for centuries. Much like apple picking in August, mushroom hunting in September is so ingrained in the Russian culture that is has pretty much become a national sport. Many of us can recall the beautiful memories of our childhood mushroom foraging experiences. It’s the perfect weekend family [...]

Exclusive Russian Caviar Will Make You the Life of the Party

By |2019-03-22T20:52:56+00:00August 31st, 2015|Categories: Food, Food Art|

One cannot live well, think well or sleep well without dining well Life is really all about friends, family and the experiences that we have with people around the dinner table and at holiday gatherings. Most people remember what they ate in association with what they were doing at a certain time. Forge great memories and [...]

Turkey With Prunes

By |2019-03-22T20:53:47+00:00August 31st, 2015|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Holidays, Poultry|

Turkey is one of the traditional holiday dishes. It is believed that wild turkeys have been turned into home-state residents of Mexico, and in Europe they were first brought Christopher Columbus at the beginning of the XVI century. Traveler thought that turkey - peacock bird family, and named it tuka, that one of the Indian languages ​​means [...]

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Vegetable Recipes for Great Lent

By |2015-02-24T05:45:36+00:00February 24th, 2015|Categories: Food, Holidays, Recipes, Vegetables|

The Great Lent is a 40 day spiritual preparation for Pascha (Easter) marked by reflection, personal improvement, repentance and fasting. Much like the Greeks and other Eastern European cultures, Russian Orthodox Christians begin observing Great Lent on “clean Monday”, a time to cleanse and purify everything from the clothes we wear, the pots and pans we [...]

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Caviar and Champagne Breakfast Romance

By |2015-02-08T12:45:36+00:00February 8th, 2015|Categories: Breakfast, Holidays, Recipes, Valentine's Day|Tags: , , , |

Cupid’s arrow is about to strike the hearts of lovers once again. Yet as every woman knows, cupid is secondary if you can keep your honey’s stomach satisfied. This year, skip the Valentine’s Day dinner date and go straight for a romantic breakfast with your amour. Treat your partner to a luxuriously tasty creation of Russian [...]

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Sochelnik: Russian Orthodox Christmas

By |2015-01-06T12:45:36+00:00January 6th, 2015|Categories: Holidays|Tags: |

Sochelnik: Russian Orthodox Christmas. On January 6th, many Orthodox countries including Russia will celebrate Christmas Eve — also known as “Sochelnik”. While the date of Russian Christmas has always been on January 7 many traditions have changed over the past 200 years. In this post, we explore a number of folkloric rituals, and illuminate the differences [...]

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