Category Archives: Culinary Dictionary

Kulich

Kulich is a Easter bread-like cake that is traditional in the Orthodox Christian faith. Kulich is shaped like a cylinder, often prepared with raisins and decorated with powdered sugar or glaze on top. Spices like vanilla, cardamom, and nutmeg are often added. Traditionally after the Easter service, Kulich, Paskha (cottage cheese cake) and colored eggs are blessed by...
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Empanada

Empanadas need no introduction - popular especially in Latin America and Europe, as well as southwest United States and southeast Asia. Empanadas like pirozhki are little pies with different fillings such as cheese, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables, minced or chopped pork, beef or chicken, shrimp, zucchini blossom, fruits, etc., the fillings are endless but generally...
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Paella

Paella is a national of Spain, particularly in the Valencia area, made of rice, saffron, and additionally seafood, chicken, vegetables and sausages. Traditionally paella is served on Sundays or on March 19 which is St. Joseph Day. There are several versions of the origins of this dish, the first derives from the Latin word "patella" which translates to pan....
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Golubtsi

Golubtsi is popular dish in many Eastern European countries and the Middle East made of cabbage leaves stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Very similar to dolma, which uses grape leaves. In Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia, cabbage rolls with smoked pork are very popular at Christmas. They are cooked in a skillet or baked in the oven. In Romania,...
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Macarons

Macarons are a French dessert made from egg whites, powdered sugar, sugar and ground almonds, and shaped like small sandwiches in pastel colors. They have a crispy crust as smooth as eggs shells, but inside they are sticky and soft, very tender. They do not stick to the teeth. Before they were found exclusively in luxurious Parisian pastry shops,...
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Strudel

Strudel is an Austrian dish of rolled puffed pastry, usually with a sweet filling. This is a popular dish in countries like Bosnia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia. Strudel dough should be very thin, you can cook the dough yourself or buy ready-made. You will get two strudel rolls from one package of puff pastry....
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Taratushki

Taratushki was one of our favorite childhood treats. It is a popular dish among Slavic families. It’s hard to describe, something like a semi sweet donut. They deep fried which makes them a little crispy outside but soft and tender. Depending on how sweet you make them, the toppings will differ. Serve honey, jam or maple syrup to this...
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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is a classic Italian dish: chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned, and served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers, and either chicken stock or white wine. Sometimes I use a breadcrumbs with the addition of Italian herbs for the chicken instead of flour, it adds more flavor to the meat, and I also mix white...
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Pumpkin

Pumpkin - a bright orange color vegetable, which is home to South America. They can reach up to one meter in diameter and weigh more than 200 kg. Cultivation of pumpkins started by ancient Indian tribes. They used the flesh for cooking a variety of dishes, the seeds oil, and rough skin as a cookware. Pumpkins are the most famous...
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Hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise sauce – a classic French based sauce made from eggs, a component of many French dishes. The flavor is rich and buttery, ideal for cooked vegetables. Better to cook the sauce in a water bath otherwise if the heat is too high that the yolk will cook and the sauce will turn into melted butter with slices of...
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