Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Tsar and the President

With Labor Day around the corner I am reminded of yet another connection between the histories of the United States and Russia.  The link is the  little known but longstanding friendship between Tsar Alexander II of Russia and President Abraham … Continue reading

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My Family’s Favorite Uncle

He was always there, as far back as I can remember. He never missed a family celebration. Everybody looked forward to seeing him – always. He was so sweet! He taught us that quality was important, that what we do … Continue reading

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More on Food and Wine

I am always looking for food and wine pairing recommendations for my readers. I find dessert wine pairings particularly difficult. However, Halter Ranch  just gave me two choices for dessert pairings: their Vin de Paille and El Pecado Port. Details … Continue reading

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Halter Ranch Steps Up for TNDC

Good food, good times, and good wine. That’s the winning combo for TNDC’s Celebrity Pool Toss http://www.tndc.org/news-events/pool-toss/coming up soon in San Francisco. Invitations will be out shortly for one of The City’s most beloved charity events which supports programs for … Continue reading

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The Beet(on) Goes On…

  Have you ever heard of “The Molokhovets?” As I’m getting ready to launch my latest e-book, The Russian Sweet Tooth on Amazon, I couldn’t help but reflect on two giants of the culinary world that influenced countless generations and … Continue reading

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Bicentennial Weekend Celebration – a Huge Success!

Thousands of visitors and numerous dignitaries from around the world attended the Fort Ross bicentennial celebration at  this past weekend. Hosting the event were former commandant Alexander Rotchev and his lovely wife, Princess Elena. In addition to the annual living … Continue reading

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