For Your Christmas Baking Pleasure: Uncle Vanya’s Bread Balls

Warning: Don't forget Uncle Vanya's cast-iron rolling pin is always ready for those disrespectful of his recipe. Make sweet roll dough as follows: 1/2 cup warm water 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast (Uncle Vanya uses cake yeast. Don't tell him if you use dry packets) 1 1/2 cups milk, lukewarm (Uncle Vanya says... Continue Reading →

At Fagin’s Final Rest Mortuary

The walls were patterned like glittering silver and black marble, with slender pillars spaced along the sides. Niches held blue flames behind ornate silver gratings cast in the shape of openwork doves. Black benches cushioned with blue velvet, very like church pews, were arranged facing a black velvet curtain fringed with silvery tassels. We took... Continue Reading →

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