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Saturday, November 27, 2010


I am so lucky to have a birthday around Thanksgiving. When I was born in Russia, I did not know that. Here, in America, people get a few days off work and gather around the table with their families to celebrate my birthday...I mean, Thanksgiving :). Both of my kids can come home since they do not have to work during this holiday. This time they came for four days. The house is not used to having so many people at once instead of just my husband and me. I love it. I love to cook for this holiday and love to be at the table with my family eating, laughing, listening to their stories. We went for a walk to the park, watched movies, football games, my daughter and I did some knitting. I am very thankful for all of this.
I am lucky to have a small but very close extended family. I love them very much and miss living close to them.

I also am very thankful for all of my "fibery" friends whom I either met in person or know through the knitting industry. They are all so talented, interesting, and fun.

I still have friends in Russia and I am very thankful that we can talk with them over Skype. It makes it so easy. I just connected with my dear friend Vera whom I did not see for many years and now we talk often like there were no years between us.

I am enjoying all of this, working with my students, and seeing my designs in print. What else do I need? There is nothing better.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


A beautiful and very interesting book by Donna Druchunas is celebrating the work of Dorothy Reade and the lace knitting itself. So, who is Dorothy Read? To find out you need to read Donna's book... >MORE...

Thursday, November 11, 2010


For every sock knitter in the world making a second sock is not as exciting as making the first one. Some even wait awhile before working on the second sock. For me it was always a worry that they come out the same in size especially the height on the leg part. I also never tried to make socks from a toe up. If you share my sentiments, we do not have to worry about this anymore. Read more ...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Russian soft cheese TVOROG

One of the common breakfast foods in Russian cuisine is a soft cheese called TVOROG. I grew up loving it and learned to make it myself when I still lived in Russia.

It does not take long and is very low in calorie count. Plus it is delicious. It can be eaten as with toast, fruits, jam, nuts, and so on.
This morning I mixed it with egg whites, oats, a little bit of sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Little patties out of this mixture were browned on an oiled skillet. This dish is called SYRNIKI.

Here is how I make TVOROG.

You will need: 1 lb of plain nonfat yogurt and 1 quart of Buttermilk.

Mix both yogurt and buttermilk in a bowl.

Cover the bowl with clear plastic.

Place the bowl in microwave. Set power to about 60%. Set time for 15 min.

Check after the time is up if whey (the liquid) is separated from solid and if not, add 2-3 minutes more. It should look like this:

Let it cool.


Mix the ingredients in the pot itself.

Close the lid. Turn the pot on LOW and set the timer on 2 hours and 30 min.

When it is done, it looks like this.

Let it cool.


In a sink place a strainer with 1-2 layers of cheesecloth. Since I make tvorog often, I have this special strainer. It is in a form of cone and whey drips out of it faster.

Before I had this fancy strainer, I did this:

It works just fine. Paper towel can be used instead of cheesecloth.
Let it drain for about 30 minutes or more.

When the liquid is not coming out anymore, you can put a paper towel on top of tvorog and press more liquid out by placing something heavy on top.

You do not have to do the last step if you like tvorog be moist. It depends on your taste.
Place tvorog in a container ans keep it in a refrigerator.

Bon App├ętit !!