If I were to write a book about my time here in Syracuse, I would call it "Everything Is Ice." Because it is. I wouldn't say it's brutally cold because that word should probably be reserved for places higher up north - like Canada - but, the temperature is rarely above freezing and it has not stopped snowing since mid-December. At first, it was cute. Staying in all weekend long, watching the snowflakes dance outside, cooking through gorgeous cookbooks, and cozying up on the couch with whatever I'd just made. But by now it's gotten old - way old - and I find myself . . .
When I was a kid back in Ukraine, my family and I lived in a communal apartment - a kommunalka, as it was called. This phenomenon was a response to the housing crisis of 1900's Soviet Union. One communal apartment could house two or more entire - often multi-generational - families. Each family would be given a room, which would serve as their bedroom-slash-living room. The entryway, kitchen, and bathroom would be shared by everyone in the apartment, and all the rooms were connected by long, dimly-lit corridors. You can think of it like a college dorm, but way less . . .
Continuing on with Friendsgiving Month here on TNB, I've got something new and fun to share with ya'll today: a video! That's right. I've been unofficially scheming about launching a YouTube channel as an addition to my blog for a while now and thought, what better way to start than by showing you a recipe from my new cookbook? So without further ado, ta-da! The printable recipe is just below. If you like this video, please give it a thumbs-up and subscribe to my channel. Your support means the world to me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaV8AHS3las . . .
My love for doughy things knows no bounds. In fact, my all-time favorite food is bread - and pizza, gnocchi, and dim sum (or any kind of stuffed dumplings) are not far behind. When I was a child growing up in Ukraine, every morning would start with a walk to the local bakery to pick up the day's bread with my mom. The crusty-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, still-warm loaf would be eaten with butter for breakfast, with kielbasa for lunch, and always alongside dinner, no matter what we were eating on any given night. To me, bread symbolizes warmth and comfort, . . .
Today is the day, you guys! It's September 5th - the date I've had underlined, circled and highlighted in my planner for months. My first cookbook is out in the world today! The project I put my heart and soul into, the recipes I fell in love with, the images I toiled to perfect - it's all out there in the universe. Weee!!! As you might have guessed, Friendsgiving is a near and dear tradition for me. As Ukrainian immigrants, my family did not always celebrate Thanksgiving, so when my sister and I were in high school, we made it a point to adopt the holiday with . . .
Phoebe Lapine is someone I've admired for a long time. With her blog, Feed Me Phoebe, she manages to strike a balance between personal stories filled with self-deprecating humor, and seriously creative yet good-for-you recipes that make you go, "Hmm, why didn't I think of that?" When I finally got to meet her in person - when we co-taught a course on food blogging at NGI - I was thrilled to learn she was just as cool in 3D as she is on the interwebs (always a relief, isn't it?). Aside from writing an award-winning blog, Phoebe is also a culinary instructor, . . .
December has officially arrived and that means we've all got holiday parties, travel, this Mariah Carey song, and sugary cookies on the brain. With all the booze- and indulgent food-filled celebrations going on, this festive month makes it very easy to fall off our respective wellness wagons. But suddenly being down to party 24/7 is no cause for filling your body with questionable ingredients, just so you can commit to 3x/week workouts and quitting carbs as your new year's resolution come January... Enter: this healthy-ish treat from Danny Seo's Naturally, . . .