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Russia’s enormous size accounts in part for its rich culinary diversity. Fertile plains provide grains for breads, brews, pastries and cereals. Rivers and seas offer fish, including the coveted caviar-laden sturgeon. Tundra in the north provides wild game; while the southern and eastern reaches welcomed Middle Eastern and Asian influences. In a land of harsh winters, it’s no surprise that soul-warming soups are a mainstay. Borscht is a beet soup served with sour cream. Cabbage, potato, fish and mushroom soups provide additional comfort during the long Russian winter. Other traditional Russian foods include blinis (thin, yeast-risen pancakes traditionally made with buckwheat flour), pirogi (sweet or savory turnovers), and beef stroganoff. Cucumbers, sour cream and mushrooms are important ingredients, as are dill, horseradish, potatoes, and pickled vegetables. Potatoes took a slow route to popularity in Russia. Despite continual governmental encouragement to plant them, peasants remained skeptical until the 19th century. Today Russians cook potatoes in every conceivable way.

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Penne with Eggplant

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2014 by Marusia   view full review
I have made this recipe a few times, almost exactly as written except for adding an onion and...

Russian Cabbage Borscht

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2014 by Roger Scott   view full review
Been living in Russia for 10 years, and this was one of the best I've tried. There are several...

Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2014 by Marusia   view full review
Lovely vegan recipe, took 2h, not 3h - I left the squash in the oven a little longer, as...

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