How to Make Perfect, Just-Fluffy-Enough Blini

I recently fell back in love with blini. Yes, we had been on a bit of a hiatus—I remembered them as not-always-flavorful disks, mere vessels for whatever tasty filling tops them. But true blini, made from yeast-risen buckwheat batter, are actually burs…

I recently fell back in love with blini. Yes, we had been on a bit of a hiatus—I remembered them as not-always-flavorful disks, mere vessels for whatever tasty filling tops them. But true blini, made from yeast-risen buckwheat batter, are actually bursting with flavor and have a lovely texture.

They make amazing appetizers and cocktail party fare, but larger-sized blini (read on!) can make fabulous brunches and even dinner entrées, especially with a crisp salad nearby. Want to get in on the blini action? Here’s what you need to know.

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What Exactly Is Russian Food Today?

Darra Goldstein’s written four cookbooks on Russian cuisine—each starkly different, reflective of her own ever-evolving understanding of and relationship to the continent. Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore, her latest book, came from a …

Darra Goldstein's written four cookbooks on Russian cuisine—each starkly different, reflective of her own ever-evolving understanding of and relationship to the continent. Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore, her latest book, came from a realization that the her first three cookbooks—on elaborate tsarist, austere Soviet, and cross-cultural Georgian—were not at all indicative of how Russians eat and cook today. To define “Russian” cuisine today called for a return to the elemental, the geographical.


Coral Lee: What first sparked this interest in Russian culture and cuisine?

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