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Living In: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Actually I was born and raised in Russia, but since there is no option for your home town rather than one from the States, I chose the city I live in since I moved to the States. Elementary school teacher by education, fiber art designer by choice, Reiki Practitioner since 2006, I love to experiment in everything I do - from designing to cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love my native Russian cuisine, but also like diferent Italian dishes, Irish and some of Asian. As to my favorite things to cook, I think they would be: fried potatoes Russian style, borsch, okroshka, deviled eggs, salad Mimosa, tort Napoleon (my Mom's recipe though).
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of the best memories about my family cooking traditions would be: traditional Russian pancakes with sour cream on Sundays, baked goodies with tvorog and home-made jams for Easter and New Years, and countless variations of salads for any kind of holiday. Now when I have my own family, we like to grill out with our friends (lots of veggies and some meat), I like to bake all kinds of cakes and cookies on weekends, and make some traditional Russian dishes during the holiday season.
My cooking triumphs
I think it would be my first ever Russian pancakes I made when I was about 9 years old. I was home alone and my friend came over, and we decided, that to have pancakes for lunch would be splendid idea. So I mixed the batter from scratch (always in our family!) and made them, and we took some of them for a "test" to an olderly lady next door. She said that they were "OK", but devoured both of the pancakes we took for her to try in just a few seconds. I thought then I was the best cook ever.
My cooking tragedies
I don't really remember many of my disasters, because I don't dwell on them. Whatever didn't turn out this time, will do better the next.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
LOVED THEM! Except for being too fatning, they are perfect! I didn't make them as pretty as in the photo, just rolled a log and sliced, like some other folks, but it didn't diminish their flavour! Great for sharing wth friends, if you are watching your figure! ;)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2010
Lavender Cookies
This is not the first lavender cookie recipe that I've tried, but I liked the result! I adjusted time of baking (eyeballed, actually) given mine were smaller in size, so they wouldn't dry out. If I've baked them for whole 20 min, they would have turned into coals. Next time I will add more lavender (I used 1T of dried flowers) and make them bigger in size. Very tasty with an afternoon cuppa.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2010
Smothered Tilapia
I actually changed this recipe slightly to ingredients that I had - I used feta cheese instead of Swiss and I didn't entirely covered tilapia with cheese, so my version was a little bit lighter in calorie count, and I used not just oregano, but home-made Italian seasoning. Even my husband, who doesn't like fish at all, gobbled it down and said that it was great!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 19, 2010

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