Monthly Archives: February 2015

Dacha on the Delaware

On Sunday we went to Vadim’s and Galina’s for a late lunch.  They have a beautiful European style country house whose living room picture window affords an uninterrupted view of the frozen Delaware river.  The gazebo next to the river … Continue reading

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“So This Is Where She Makes Her Mistake”

In some classic literature novel there is a character who always says, “So this is where (he/she) makes (her/his) mistake.”  I think it was Mr. Wickfield in David Copperfield, but I’m not sure.  Still, it’s a quote I’ve always liked … Continue reading

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Lady Fingers

When I was in New Jersey, I bought a pork belly at the Asian Market, thinking to make Shinae Robinson’s caramelized pork belly again. And I did, but what I really wanted to make today was lady fingers/okra/gumbo.  That, and to … Continue reading

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Cabbage with Turmeric, Bacon and Tomatoes

  The vegetables in the refrigerator bins have been giving me accusatory looks for a while now.  It’s not like they’re people or anything, nor are they quite alive, just dying a slow ugly death in the refrigerator bin.  Not … Continue reading

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Vadim’s Bones

The family was excited about trying a new Uzbek restaurant, Cafe Vostochniy Palace, in the neighboring town of Hawley, especially after we looked at the google images for Uzbek cuisine! In fact the food we were offered at the Vostochniy Palace … Continue reading

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Russians

  I could never understand countries like the Soviet Union who strictly regulated or prevented their citizens’ travel to other countries.  Who made travel so difficult and near impossible that when Russians were allowed to exit, it was like they … Continue reading

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Size Matters

Back in the day, before Perdue and Tysons, I was always impressed with large poultry.  “Look and this big ole, juicy chicken” I would triumph to my husband in grocery stores, who frankly didn’t care until it was cooked and on … Continue reading

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