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March 5, 2019

Buttery Blini for Russian Maslenitsa

Break out your crepe pan! It’s Maslenitsa, Russia’s raucous and riotous Shrovetide! A weeklong carnival before Orthodox Lent begins, whose origins and traditions, including its signature pancakes, are much older.
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August 31, 2018

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November 9, 2010

Bread and Circuses

         “So,” says my friend Sveta, “If this Tuesday is the actual holiday, that means we get Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday off –“ “No, no,” interrupts Katya, “this Saturday…
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October 27, 2010

In Praise of The Baroness

It can’t be easy, even when you have the finest couturier in Vienna, and the most glittering circle of friends, and even though you do give some gay parties, to…
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October 11, 2010

The Pre-Existing Birkin

It’s that horrible time of year again: the insurance premiums are due.  Once again, I will have to go cap in hand to my “Handsome Russian Husband,” or HRH for…
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September 24, 2010

Okroshka: The Versatile Russian Classic

  My “Handsome Russian husband”, “HRH” is suffering from the previous week’s excesses.    He’s had too much bad food to eat, way too much alcohol to drink, not enough…
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