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Recipe Studio is an online family cookbook by a mom & daughter team. In this blog, you’ll find Russian recipes from old notebooks as well as modern culinary experiments. Step-by-step instructions for healthy soups, traditional pies, challenging cakes, quick dinners, and anything else worthy of our family’s recipe box. Happy cooking!

dec 10, 2015
No-egg Dairy-free Dough for Pirozhki
baking breakfast main course mushrooms Russian traditional vegetarian
Wish me luck! But lack of favorite food makes one invent something new to please the palate and tame the constant hunger and cravings. Today's recipe is strictly vegetarian: there are no eggs or dairy in the dough and the fillings.
apr 12, 2015
Kulich - Orthodox Easter Bread
baking challenging Russian traditional
For many Orthodox Christians kulich , the festive and colorful bread, is traditionally a part of their Easter morning table, along with paskha and colored boiled eggs. During Soviet era, when people were deprived of God and faith by the regime, many older people still prepared traditional meals for religious festivities and observed religious holidays at home. My grandmother Anfisa (father's mom), for example, baked kulichi (plural from kulich) pretty well.
apr 17, 2012
Hot Non-Alcoholic Fruit Punch
Russian traditional
Under these circumstances one can't go on drinking mulled wine every day (next fall I promise to post our amazing mulled wine recipe and you will understand why it may be tempting). This spiced hot fruit punch is a non-alcoholic alternative that warms the body and soul just as well. The recipe is a hybrid between our fragrant and sophisticated mulled wine recipe and and Russian kompot , a dead simple boiled fruit drink I enjoyed growing up.
mar 29, 2012
Buttermilk Blini
appetizer baking breakfast Russian traditional
Loved by many as a common weekend breakfast, blini are also a ritual food in Russia. They symbolize sun and are the main food during Pancake Week (Maslenitsa) , a celebration of upcoming spring. They are also served during mercy meals and memorial dinners, where they also carry a symbolism: the connection between lower and upper worlds and eternity of life.
mar 01, 2012
Yeast Blini
baking challenging Russian traditional
Food is abundant and copious: pelmeni, pirozhki, blini to name a few. Blini is the main dish since a  blin  (singular form of  blini ) symbolizes Sun. I cook different types of blini, but yeast blini I make once a year at the end of Pancake Week, and it is our family tradition here in America.
feb 24, 2012
Belyashi - Fried Pies with Meat
baking challenging main course Russian traditional
These small meat pies come from Tajik cuisine , but were traditionally cooked in Russia. In the Soviet era they used to sell hot belyashi from big pots right on the corners of busy streets, where hungry students immediately formed a line to buy a hot pie for about 15 kopecks each. It was not as good as homemade, but still a very popular food on-the-go.
nov 26, 2011
Fish Soup - Ukha
fish Russian traditional soup
When you buy fish at a fish market they usually ask if you need it to be trimmed, beheaded, scaled, skinned, and filleted. Well, if you need just pieces of flesh for a main course - yes, but not when you intend to make a fish soup. Ukha (Russian fish soup) is made out of a whole fish, it only needs to be scaled, and the insides must be cleaned out.
aug 29, 2011
Open Fish Pie
appetizer baking breakfast fish main course Russian traditional
Since we had plenty of fabulous fish of different kinds ( pike , sturgeon , sterlet to name a few), mama made various fish dishes - ukha (fish soup), fish jelly, and certainly fish pies. The fish pie was the winner among all. After eagerly waiting as the wonderful aroma of the baking pie spread from the kitchen, - what joy it was to finally land at the table and indulge in this winter treat!
aug 25, 2011
Red Radish Salad
easy quick Russian traditional salad
An advocate of minimalism in life, which unfortunately is possible mostly theoretically in our world of consumerism, I adore simple dishes that do not involve many ingredients. Some of those dishes come from my childhood in Russia, where minimalism was dictated by permanent deficit. Our memory carries on all our life impressions including food, and these simple things we experienced in early years are remembered as good.
jul 10, 2011
easy quick Russian traditional salad soup
Okroshka is a traditional cold Russian summer soup that doesn't need to be boiled. It is usually made on hot days when nobody wants to move, let alone cook something serious in the kitchen. This soup contains mostly raw vegetables, boiled eggs, and fermented drink kvas.
may 14, 2011
Quick Olady - Mini Buttermilk Pancakes
breakfast easy Russian traditional
Olady (pronounced [aladyi]) is one of many Russian traditional flour treats, usually served for breakfast. There are classic and simple olady. Classic are made with yeast, and simple are made with baking soda and buttermilk or sour cream.
apr 24, 2011
Happy Easter!
breakfast dessert holiday Russian traditional
May Peace, Love and Prosperity follow you at all times. I love Easter: winter with its snow aggravation is behind, the sun shines more, and people look happier. Today we had a lovely Easter branch with painted eggs, buns, and a variation of no-bake cheese cake Russian style that is traditionally prepared at Easter.
mar 20, 2011
Golubtsy - Cabbage Rolls with Meat
main course meat Russian traditional
Russian golubtsy that are known in America mostly as Polish golabki , are simply cabbage rolls with meat and  are  popular in many European countries. I consider golubtsy one of Russian traditional and loved dishes. It takes some effort and patience, but the payoff is just great: steaming hot rolls with most delightful meat filling accompanied with a dollop of cold sour cream.
feb 23, 2011
Solyanka - Meat Soup with Pickles
meat Russian traditional soup
Salt to taste Pepper to taste (any kind) 1 bay leaf Slices of lemon & black olives to garnish Chopped greens (dill, parsley, green onions) Method: Make a nice beef broth (use this recipe of the beef broth, for example ). Fish out and discard vegetables. Take out meat, remove all bones, cut meat in small pieces, and put back to the broth along with other meats.
feb 21, 2011
Charlotte - Easy Apple Pie
baking dessert easy quick Russian traditional
This is a Russian favorite (pronounced Shar-lot-ka ), and also probably the easiest cake you will ever bake. It requires hardly any preparation and only the most basic ingredients. And yet...
jan 30, 2011
Mushroom Soup Russian Style
mushrooms Russian traditional soup vegetarian
The reward was a few baskets of one of the best mushrooms. We dried them for winter use, mostly for soups. You can also make a soup of fresh porcini, but dried mushrooms acquire a unique scent, and these two soups are quite different in taste and flavor.
jan 12, 2011
Cloaked Herring
appetizer fish holiday Russian traditional salad
Since herring makes just the first layer of the dish,  its taste is masked , or better put - mixed, with other ingredients, the result is a textured rich taste, teasing and pleasing for any palate. Notes: To simplify the process you can coarsely grate ingredients, except herring and onion. A rare person is satisfied with one helping of cloaked herring.
dec 12, 2010
Olivier - Russian Salad
easy holiday Russian traditional salad
Most of the potato salads served in American Restaurants under the name " Russian Salad ", are simplified variations of this 20th century Russian classic. In Russia this salad is most commonly called Olivier Salad , and no self-respecting Russian feast can go without it. Where I come from, we call it simply the Winter Salad.
dec 06, 2010
Vinegret - Jazzy Holiday Salad
holiday Russian traditional salad vegetarian
3 packed cups of good quality sauerkraut 4  medium (or 6 small) beets, boiled in skins, peeled, cut in 1/2" cubes 2 medium carrots, boiled in skins, peeled, also cut in 1/2" cubes 3 medium pickled cucumbers, diced 2/3 green apple, peeled, and cut in 1/2" cubes 1/4 big red onion, finely diced 2 medium potatoes, boiled in skins, peeled, and cut  in 1/2" cubes 4-5 tbsp sunflower oil (better not refined) Salt to taste Method: Fold cubed beets in 3 tbsps oil and set aside. This will prevent beets to bleed a lot in your salad.   If sauerkraut looks too coarsely cut, shred it a little more with a sharp knife to make finer pieces.
nov 17, 2010
Kholodets - Meat Jelly
appetizer chicken meat Russian traditional
You can make a chicken meat jelly, if you boil a good whole chicken for a few hours. It is very tasty, too, but I prefer a combination of meats. The boiled meat pieces could be minced.
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