Russian Crepes (Blinchiki)

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Crepes, or blinchiki, is a favorite breakfast food of many Russians. They are so easy to make, and are meant to bring the whole family together for breakfast. Kids love them! The best blinchiki are paper-thin with slightly crisp edges. They can be eaten with honey, sour cream, jams, or wrapped around various delicious sweet or savory fillings. My favorite fillings are meat (ground beef fried with onions), rice, egg and dill, and mushroom. For the ultimate decadency, some Russians eat blinchiki with caviar.

Baked Apples Stuffed with Raisins and Walnuts

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I’m sure every country that grows apples has some version of a baked apple recipe. Personally, I’m somewhat indifferent to fresh apples, but baked apples are just pure goodness. I love the smell of baking apples sprinkled with cinnamon wafting from my oven. In the fall, I buy the freshest apples at a local veggie store. This time, I used Ambrosia apples grown locally in British Columbia. These apples are firm and sweet and don’t become soggy during baking. Pretty much any variety of apples can be baked, but firmer medium-sized apples are best.