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Eyelet Pancakes for the Russian Sun Festival (Масленица)

In Cakes and Bakes On February 25, 2013 1 Comment

I might be a tad early with this recipe for Maslenitsa, an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday that marks the end of winter and the arrival of… Read More »

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All Natural Steamed Rye Bread . . . in a Can

In Cakes and Bakes On February 6, 2013 5 Comments

A can of all natural steamed rye bread, anyone? I am giving away a litter of half a dozen cans after a week’s worth of experimenting and feasting… Read More »


Whipping Up Some Snow and a Festive Cake

In Cakes and Bakes On December 7, 2012 3 Comments

As Christmas is drawing near, the weather here in South Florida seems to be getting warmer and warmer. Pretty depressing, if you ask me. I don’t know how… Read More »

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An Authentic Russian Cake for an Authentic Russian Wedding

In Cakes and Bakes On October 23, 2012 3 Comments

So my younger sister Katya (a.k.a. Kate) got married, and I got to witness a demure but incredibly powerful ritual of an authentic Russian wedding. The St. Prince… Read More »

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Pig Licking Carrousel Cake That’s Pig Licking Good and a Way to Slow Down Time

In Cakes and Bakes, Kids On October 20, 2012 2 Comments

I had been brainstorming this cake for Nikolasha’s fifth birthday for about six months. Little by little, detail after detail, I had been putting together a picture of… Read More »

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The Day I Saved a Bunch of Mangoes and Was Rewarded with the Best Ever Mango Lime Pie

In Cakes and Bakes On August 9, 2012 4 Comments

  “What the heck am I going to do with all these mangoes?” I threw my arms up in the air, sizing up yet another batch of mangoes… Read More »

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Not Your Average Blueberry Muffins

In Cakes and Bakes On July 16, 2012 2 Comments

I can take a lot of things. Like, Nicole going to a Toy Story birthday party and bringing home an unexpected party favor, namely the flu and all… Read More »

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Bedner’s Bounty

In Cakes and Bakes, Kids, Travel On April 6, 2012 1 Comment

This Good Friday was very good indeed. The yeast dough for my hot cross buns did double in size, Nicole graciously agreed to put on her wide-brimmed Easter… Read More »

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Mei-Mei’s Rice Cake Rolls with Toasted Pine Nuts

In Cakes and Bakes On January 23, 2012 2 Comments

That’s the thing with my beautiful friend Mei from Hong Kong: After almost a decade of living in the States (we both came to South Florida some 9… Read More »

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Hosting a Kids’ Birthday Party: Before- and Aftermath

In Cakes and Bakes, Kids On October 10, 2011 1 Comment

  Yesterday we celebrated my daughter Nicole’s fourth birthday. At our house. With a medium-size party. For the first time. And most likely… the last. The night before,… Read More »