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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!

jan 05, 2016
Red Lentil Soup with Ginger
easy healthy quick soup vegetarian
After visiting a newly opened Indian store I was inspired by rows and rows of lentils they have for sale and endless spices where many of them were new to me.  It was incredible to learn and see in one place how many varieties of lentils exist. The quick lentil soup I usually make is not vegetarian (it contains a bouillon cube and bacon that makes it similar to pea soup ).
may 10, 2012
Goat Soup with Dumplings
healthy meat soup
I didn't know what the goat meat tastes like until I made a refreshing Saturday morning trip to Blood Farm in West Groton, MA, and cooked the goat meat soup for the first time in my life. I was hoping to get fresh meat, but it was frozen, I should have asked to keep it fresh for me in advance. Who knew?
apr 16, 2012
Frikadellen Soup
easy meat soup
In today's recipe tiny Frikadellen are prepared in a different way. I would say this soup is a healthier way of cooking ground meat, since it is boiled not fried. The soup is simple, the only special skill you need is roll small meatballs out of ground meat.
mar 26, 2012
Sour Spinach Soup
healthy soup
This spinach soup is a nostalgic effort to reproduce one of my favorite soups from the past times. When we bought a house in the US, I was full of dreams and plans about my own organic garden. I tried to grow many things, from greens  to strawberries, and once even cantaloupe (that was relentlessly eaten by some beasts before we had a chance to enjoy it ourselves).
mar 17, 2012
Boiled Corned Beef & Veggies
easy international main course soup
Not that I have Irish ancestors to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day , but I really like this  corned beef & veggies soup.  It is simple and rustic, but very aromatic and filling. It does take a lot of time to boil meat, but if you cook  in two stages, it's really not that bad.
feb 06, 2012
Red Lentil Soup
easy quick soup
Red lentil soup is one of the fastest soups to make! And it is good for you because lentil is one of the healthiest world foods. You come home tired and hungry, you certainly don't want to spend hours cooking, not even one hour, not even 45 minutes...
dec 29, 2011
Tropical Lagoon Soup,
with Seaweed and Mung Beans
Asian healthy soup travel vegetarian
Grocery stores here bear a mark of Japanese influence: dried shiitake mushrooms, wakame seaweed and mung beans are an easy find. Mung beans are tiny dull green beans, almost as small as lentils. Japanese use them to make desserts, but to my mind a bean is a bean and belongs just as well in a soup.
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 06, 2011
Beet Smoothie Soup
easy healthy quick soup vegetarian
This recipe has been brewing in my mind for awhile  - a smoothie and a cold soup in one. The best part - it is almost no-boil, where most of ingredients are fresh vegetables. And the best best part is - the proportions are quite arbitrary, just flow with your desires and you will be good.
jul 10, 2011
Okroshka
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.
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.
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.
nov 10, 2010
Pea Soup
meat soup
I missed pea soup very badly. Later I rediscovered this soup on a new level. Today's recipe is a classic version of pea soup with smoked meat.
nov 07, 2010
Rassolnik - Chicken Soup with Pickles
challenging chicken healthy meat Russian traditional soup
In practice, pickled cucumbers alone are sufficient to give the broth the tangy acidity and the peculiar flavor of pickles. When choosing pickles, brined cucumbers, kosher dill cucumbers, or any other pickled cucumbers not too high in acidity will work fine. Traditionally, this soup is made with chicken kidneys, but this requires quite a bit more patience on the part of the cook, and a lot less squeamishness on the part of the eater.
sep 11, 2010
Red Shchi
Russian traditional soup
She cooked with her own special attitude, appreciating good quality products and enjoying the process of cooking with them. She just loved to cook this red shchi in summer when there were plenty of ripe fresh tomatoes. Actually, at that time in Siberia this soup was possible only in summer because fresh tomatoes were available only then.
aug 28, 2010
Soup with Puff Klezki
healthy quick Russian traditional soup vegetarian
A soup with  klezki,  one of the simplest Russian dishes, must have been handy during the time of empty shelves in the Soviet supermarkets. I barely remember those times, they left in me no bitter sediment, and this soup has left me nothing but warmth. There are other variations on klezki, most notably the German  k ößchen,  but the klezki I know call for nothing but flour, eggs and the broth to make the soup with.
aug 16, 2010
Classic Borsch
challenging healthy meat Russian traditional soup vegetarian
A staple of East European kitchen, this bright beet soup is healthy, delicious, and worth every bit of trouble... If you know of Russian food, you've heard of Borsch. It is popular not only in Russia, but also in Ukraine - its motherland - and in a number of East European republics.
aug 01, 2010
Heavenly Chicken Noodles
chicken meat Russian traditional soup
Some consider chicken soup a winter meal, especially if one has a cold. Luckily,  I don't have this association, and, due to the fact that at my favourite farm fresh chickens are cut some time in mid summer,  that's when I have the opportunity to prepare my best chicken noodles.  Chicken is certainly fresh-not-frozen and organic, and noodles are homemade by yours truly.
may 03, 2010
Lamb Tomato Soup
lamb meat soup
OK, there is no bad weather, and we humans have to accept everything from Mother Nature. Since the cooking for Sunday had been planned ahead, I decided to follow the plan. It was tomato lamb soup, one of our favorites, genius in its simplicity, accompanied by a vegetable salad.
apr 25, 2010
Nettle Soup
healthy Russian traditional soup vegetarian
This kind of dinner together demanded something unusual and appropriate for spring, nettle soup fell precisely in this category. We searched the nearby forest for sprouts of stinging nettle to no avail. For some reason this very common weed is not widely spread in our vicinity.
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