While we enjoy eating Russian food, we really don't know how to cook it, besides of course opening a bag of pelmini and dumping it into boiling water, then waiting 12-15 minutes for the ravioli-like pasta to finish cooking.
So we cook American food. One of our friends in Yazoo City sent us his special sausage seasoning. Wow! We have been eating high on the hog, literally. And we've even mixed it in with some ground chicken as well. Quite tasty!
I've been trying to expand my cooking repertoire, and for that task, I often turn to the 2 cookbooks that I brought with me from the States. Below you'll see the Better Crocker cookbook that I brought with me. I LOVE this cookbook. When I don't know how to cook something or cut something or separate something, I turn to this wonderful cookbook. Here I can read all the technical cooking terms in plain language. I've also found some great recipes, which is no small task considering some ingredients aren't here, or at least I don't know how to translate them yet!
The other cookbook was given to me at a bridal shower. It is full of recipes from women in my family and Thomas' family and all the women who attended the shower. It's very special and contains some of our favorite dishes!
And in that attempt to cook more entrees, I tried calzones from my Better Crocker cookbook. Yes, one of them messed up because the recipe said to spread egg on top to help it brown, but the book didn't know that I have a communist stove. Yes, really, I'm not kidding, check out the CCCP (that means USSR) on the front of the stove! So, anyway, we've made lots of jokes about the stove, but the basic problem is that it only heats from the top, so unless I cover things, they burn, and quickly! So I put egg on 2 of the calzones before I realized that this might not be a good idea, and sure enough, I was right. Oh well, I know for next time.