Traditional Cheese Blintzes

I hope you have enjoyed the soup, and now you are ready for the first main course – blintzes.

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Where did blintzes come from and what made them into a Shavuos tradition? The first and obvious idea that comes to one’s mind is Russian blini, thin pancakes essential to Maslenitza, the Butter-Week, an ancient pagan worship retained and transformed with the conversion of Kievan Rus to Christianity in 10th century and still celebrated today. The oldest archaeological evidence of blini dates back to 2nd century C.E.  Heralding the end of long harsh Russian winter and welcoming spring, this week-long revelry comprised many rituals, some differing from one region to another, and most of them lost in the fog of illiteracy. I remember learning in elementary school something about stone idols whose faces were supposed to be smeared in buttery blinis, much like in American pie-in-the-face sitcoms. I also recall the name Yarilo, supposedly one of the ancient pagan deities that represented the sun. So it all made sense…

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  1. How delightful! And light enough for a summer meal, if the weather ever decides to act lie summer…

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronnie, I am so glad you like it! Let’s hope you get some nice weather soon!

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  2. Sumith says:

    These cheese blintzes sounds very delicious! Beautiful share Dolly.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Sumith! Your word means a lot to me!

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  3. super! need to learn more of Tofu recipes..

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    1. Thank you so much – I am so glad you like it!

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