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Slow Cooker Borscht

This one’s for Deb, a friend of mine up in Seattle. :)

It’s been super-windy and rather cold all this last week. After spending some time in the morning listening to the wind howl about the eaves and against the windows, we decided yesterday that soup was definitely in order for dinner. We also wanted to get stuff done, so anything requiring a lot of time was out. Enter the slow cooker. But what to make?

We had some beets that were harvested in Grantsville that needed to be used up. Now, naturally we could have done…

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Šašliks – Two Ways


As promised on Friday, here are the recipes we used for this year’s šašliks.

What are šašliks? You probably know them as shish-kebobs or shashliks (š is sh) – just skewered, marinated meat that’s grilled. Nom.

I don’t think I could pick one of these as a favorite of the night – I wished for more of both!

Cranberry Chile Pork Šašliks [printable recipe]

  • 1/2 lb to 1 lb pork1, cut into 1″ – 2″ chunks
  • 150 g cranberries
  • 1
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Ryazhenka (Baked Cultured Milk)

See my post, On Baked Milk and Slow Cookers, for how to use a slow cooker to “bake” the milk before culturing.

One night, when we still lived in Liepāja, we were at Rimi picking up food for the next day or so and my husband decided he felt like ryazhenka. He loves the caramelized taste of the milk and thought I might like it. I did, though I couldn’t drink much of it at once. (It actually wound up being my gateway to drinking kefir!)

But, I hadn’t had ryazhenka again since well before we left…

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Thoughts on Pelmeņi

Boiled Pelmeņi with Vegetables

For my birthday today, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite Latvian foods: pelmeņi. I’ve always loved dumplings of all sorts, especially potstickers and gyoza which have been the source of many a great meal for me over the years. These aren’t very different – simply a different mix of ingredients. They’re not natively Latvian – pelmeņi are a very popular Russian (and previously Soviet) “fast food” and are found all over Eastern Europe. Then again, pelmeņi are related to ravioli, gyoza and wontons – every country and culture seems to have their own twist on stuffed pasta.

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Kvass (квас)

Kvass Extract

In a lot of ways, I almost feel I shouldn’t post this since it calls for an ingredient that is potentially very difficult to obtain. Then again, it might not be, depending on where you live.

So what is this ingredient? Kvass extract.

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