Old Fashioned Croissants (with Lard)

Homemade, old-fashioned croissants that are soft, aromatic and perfectly flaky. Basic recipe that can be made with or without filling. Made with fresh lard, these croissants melt in your mouth.  What is lard? Is lard healthy?  Lard is a type of animal fat, derived from…

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Russian Pancakes – Blini

Blini, or Russian crepes (pancakes) are a highly popular breakfast dish that can be enjoyed with both sweet and savory filling (it’s up to you) . An authentic family recipe from my Russian grandma’s cookbook.  Being half Russian, but lived in Moscow only as…

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Orange Juice Blueberry Bundt Cake

Wonderful easy sponge cake with orange juice and frozen/fresh blueberries – no fail bundt cake recipe that can be made with different kinds of fruit juice (like lemon or apple juice). Kid-friendly too.  It’s that time of year – when my oldest boy constantly…

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Homemade French Chocolate Crepes Recipe

Wonderful easy homemade crepes recipe (authentic), carrying chocolatey note of sweetness into your life. Ideally enjoyed at breakfast or brunch. Vegetarian and kid-firendly too. With instructions and pictures.  Some things never go out of style. Like a classic brown coat or a pair of…

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Phyllo (Filo) Dough Pumpkin Pie

Crunchy phyllo (filo) dough crust hugs layes of shredded sweet pumpkin and walnuts that blend into each other in this heary seasonal pumpkin pie. Making pumpkin pie has never been easier.  The pros of living in Eastern Europe is that phyllo dough is in…

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