Infusing Vodka

I spent the first half of my childhood in Moldova, a tiny republic of the former Soviet Union, rich with fruit, vegetables and wine. It is the Napa of the Eastern Europe! Life in Moldova was simple. Eat seasonally, drink year-round. During summertime, my mom would bring home mountains of produce and my dad would

Homemade Vanilla Extract

  The following recipe is a no-brainer and only consists of three simple ingredients Vanilla beans Vodka Patience But it produces One very potent vanilla extract and Lots of sweetness and laughter My little girl, an older child, a dreamer, a Taylor Swift fan, came home from school, dropped her bag by the door, gave

Russian gazpacho Okroshka (окрошка)

  Odessa, Ukraine. My husband and I are dressed to go out. Dinner, then a nightclub at a beach. A coral dress and blue heels for me.  Hair down. A gray v-neck and faded jeans for the hubby.  Leather wrap bracelets.  It is Saturday night, the air is warm and smells of summer. It is

Uzbek Lamb Plov with Barberries & Raisins

“The wisdom of the ancients teaches us that there are appropriate times for both feasting on rich foods and for fasting on the simplest fare.” Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon. I don’t know about you, but I generally crave richer foods on the days

Vareniki (Вареники)

Le Shana Tova Happy New Year to all my Jewish friends. May this year bring peace and a world filled with happiness, laughter and love. Leshana tova tekatev v’techatem. Tonight, for Rosh Hashana, I am serving Vareniki (варе́ники.) Vareniki is the ultimate comfort food for me. Both my husband and I grew up on these