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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!

nov 30, 2013
Meringue Cake "Siberian Mama"
This cake is based on a Pavlova recipe by Nigella Lawson, and inspired by another meringue cake that my (yes, Siberian) grandmother used to bake. I baked it with my (Siberian) mommy, and it invoked some memories, so we decided to call it "Siberian Mommy. " Let it recall for some the sweetness of raspberries grown by a potato plot at a Russian dacha, let others remember the soft white of the Siberian snowdrifts, and let everyone feel just a bit of mother's love in this unsophisticated blissful treat.
aug 18, 2012
Pink Summer Salad
with Gooseberries and Mozarella
healthy salad vegetarian
It's Saturday, it's summer and the sun is shining in Zurich. Because I live alone these days, I hardly ever cook anything interesting (except for parties, when things get too hectic to make pictures). When I do cook, my most favorite thing to cook for just myself is a salad.
feb 16, 2012
Valentine's Day Fool
alcohol dessert international
A British dessert dating back to the 1500's, fruit fool is as simple as its name suggests. Traditional fool (or foole ) is nothing more than pureed fruit folded into sweetened whipped cream. For Valentine's day I took it a notch further and added a bed of peaches and bourbon syrup under the swirly folds of cream.
aug 21, 2011
Black Currant Ice Cream
dessert easy quick
Just buy some simple vanilla ice-cream, and arrange it in a bowl with generous amount of currants and a splash of black currant liqueur (or jam mixed with brandy). Sit back and indulge in it! Notes: An even more simple way to eat black currants is to whip 1/2 cup sour cream with 1 tbsp sugar and mix it with berries.
jun 26, 2011
Classic Tiramisu, with Blackberries
challenging dessert international
5 hours to prepare (but ideally you'd want to keep it in the fridge for 4-5 hours more). It is summer, so I add berries. Blackberries, the most luscious of berries, are the best addition in my opinion, but you can go without if you like.
jun 28, 2010
Fresh Berry Tart
baking challenging dessert
Today's recipe was not composed by me, but it comes from a book that I gave my mom for Christmas this winter: The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Brown. I have not tried many recipes from it, but I did cook this Fresh Berry Tart from it before I actually gave the book to my mom as a present. It came out so lovely that the four of us (Mama, Alex, Gary, me) nearly devoured the whole thing in one sitting.
jun 14, 2010
Wild Strawberries Thrill
dessert easy quick
The aroma of this kind of berries is unique, delicate and so ravishing that garden strawberries are not even close to it. Once and again my senses evoked memories of my childhood summers in a Siberian village where we used to pick wild strawberries in a cool pine forest. Then in the heat of summer afternoon we had a bowl of sun-pampered berries with a glass of cellar-chilled raw milk.