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Ruscuisine.com - More Than Borscht
Posted: September 24, 2006
Today when I think about my growing up in a fearful world separated by politics and cold war (yes, I'm telling my age) I think about lost opportunities to share customs and culture, especially food culture.
Such is the case with Russia. As I grew up in the 1950's and 60's, I loved Russia. Communism and cruel politics kept us from the truth, but Hollywood let me see a glimpse of Russia in Doctor. Zhivago. That was all I needed to begin my romance with Russia, cold war or not.
I have a friend who journeyed with her father to Moscow and returned with stories about warm people, a beautiful country, splendid architecture, and delicious food. If you can't travel to Russia at the moment, travel vicariously through a wonderful site I've round called RusCuisine.com.
The site is not just about cuisine. It touches on history, dress, and other traditions. For example, click here and you can purchase a beautiful authentic Russian dress. If you are a history enthusiast, you might enjoy this brief account of Peter the Great and the enlightened city of St. Petersburg.
But back to food for a moment - after all that's what Delicious Destinations is all about. The Russian recipes are well organized into categories such as appetizers, breads - even a wild game section. The recipe I've selected to highlight is most fitting for this time of year, Borscht from Kiev. To make this recipe correctly you are instructed to make your own stock so go for it. Bring a little of Russian into your kitchen today with RusCuisine.