About

Hi, my name is Dolly. Actually, I am Devorah Yentl, but when I was born, clerks in communist Russia were not allowed to record names like that on a birth certificate. So the woman said to my mother, “Little girl, go and come back with a good Russian name.” My mother was little, that much was true, and at 4’11” she did look like a teenager. She wasn’t timid, though, and she did come back with a good Russian name, Dolly. As you can see, it starts with a D and ends with an L. To the clerk’s exasperated whisper, “But it’s still foreign!” she calmly opened a book she brought with her. Leo Tolstoy, the Russian classic, had Princess Dolly among his main characters in Anna Karenina. You couldn’t argue with Tolstoy, and thus it was duly recorded, in memory of my two great-grandmothers. Lest you think it only happened to Jews, I will refer you to a documentary about a famous Russian actress Lyudmila Gurchenko whose father wanted to name her Lucy. The clerk flatly refused to record a foreign name, suggesting “modern soviet names” Lenina, Stalina, Lelud (Lenin Loves Kids), or Dazdraperma (Long Live May 1st). They finally settled on an old Russian Lyudmila, but throughout her long and eventful life she was known as Lucy.

It wasn’t easy to keep kosher in communist Russia. You couldn’t go to a kosher store and buy anything, from soup to nuts, with a Hecksher,  the way it is in the US.  Here, chicken is already shechted for you, and cows conveniently label their own parts as “beef for stew.” As Yakov Smirnov used to say in the eponymous TV sitcom, “What a country!” For us, Cholov Israel meant my Zeide actually watching the milking process.  And when the shoichet was retired because his hands were shaking, Zeide would buy live chickens and shecht them himself. Since childhood, I was taught how to salt a chicken to drain all blood out of it, to make it kosher. When I bought my first kosher chicken in a Jewish store in America, I brought it home, cut it open, and to my horror, found a small clot of blood! I salted it and left it to drain as I had been taught. For quite a few years after that, I kept “kashering” kosher meat, just in case.

I am semi-retired, I love to cook, and I now have time on my hands to share my recipes and exchange new food ideas. My recipes are different from traditional American Jewish food. I invite you to explore, to experiment, and by all means, to get your kids involved in the magical fun of transforming this-that-and the other into something delicious to grace your table. This is truly better than I-pad, so what’s a little mess made by little hands, when there is lots of love and laughter!

This blog is dedicated to my children who have been incredibly supportive throughout an ordeal of my father’s illness and – Acharon, acharon… – to the memory of my father, a beautiful person loved by all.

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  1. petrel41 says:

    Well deserved 🙂 Keep cooking, and blogging!

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  2. InspiresN says:

    Hello Dolly,
    You have a wonderful blog, so I have nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award and here is the link:
    https://inspiresn.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/mystery-blogger-award/

    Congratulations!

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    1. Dear Nisha, thank you so much for this nomination – I am honored!

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  3. Jen says:

    Hi, Dolly, I nominated you for the Blog-aholic award. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Here is the link: https://gypsybus28.com/2017/04/17/the-blog-aholic-award/

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    1. Dear Jen, I love your blog and I am honored to be nominated. Congratulations!

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      1. Jen says:

        Thank you. I love your blog, so many great recipes. You totally deserve the award. 🙂

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      2. Thank you again, dear!

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  4. sangaaa says:

    Hi Dolly,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and also liking it.

    I love the way you write. Hoping to try a few recipes from your blog, during my vacation next month. Keep writing.

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    1. Dear Sanga, I love your blog! You are a professional, so you really know what you are writing about, whereas I am just trying my best to make good food because I love cooking.
      Thank you for your kind comment!

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  5. Shreya says:

    You have a lovely blog and a beautiful story .:) Looking forward to explore more of it . I too have my blog and thanks for following it . This is my profile page do have a look and feel free to share your views 🙂 https://rosesunshine1314.wordpress.com/about/

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    1. Thank you, dear Shreya! I love your blog, and I truly admire your photography and your taste in recipes.Looking forward to more!

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      1. Shreya says:

        Thank you so much it means a lot to me 😊 Happy Cooking Happy Blogging. Stay in touch.

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  6. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for following my blog!

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    1. My pleasure, and I am looking forward to reading your posts.

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  7. Tony says:

    HI, Dolly! Love the story of your name! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my health and fitness funnies as well as becoming a follower. I am enjoying my visit to yours.

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    1. Welcome to my kitchen, Tony! Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad I found you!

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  8. vinnieh says:

    Nice little blog you’ve got going here.

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    1. So do you, sweetheart, very interesting reviews and well written.

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      1. vinnieh says:

        Thanks so much for following me and saying that.

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      2. My pleasure, dear, looking forward to reading your reviews.

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      3. vinnieh says:

        You are welcome any time.

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      4. So have you seen The Student?

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      5. vinnieh says:

        No I haven’t, but I will look it up.

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      6. It’s Russian, just came out.

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      7. vinnieh says:

        Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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      8. vinnieh says:

        I am always on the look out for movies to see. I usually get some fantastic recommendations from bloggers.

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      9. This one was shown at the Cinemateque here on the night when we couldn’t make it – I read the official reviews, and I am very curious.

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      10. vinnieh says:

        I’m very curious too now.

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  9. Mozer G. says:

    Hi, you know how much I love your blog, I just nominated you for the Liebster Award https://hasidic.me/2017/07/03/liebster-blogger-award/ feel free to accept and participate
    Enjoy

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    1. Thank you so much for nominating me; I am truly honored!

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  10. Hi Dolly!
    I just came across your blog and I’m excited to read more posts 🙂 I am also Jewish and I started my blog last year while I took a gap year in Israel with the main goal of helping girls stay healthy while in seminary. Now that I am in college, the goal has expanded to include college students as well! Feel free to check it out https://theartsypalate.wordpress.com/. I post recipes and advice for how to eat healthfully, and I am a dietetics student.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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    1. Dear Dena,
      Thank you for stopping by, and welcome to my kitchen! I visited your blog and found it very interesting. I am looking forward to new posts from you.
      Shavuah Tov!

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  11. sydspix says:

    Enjoy your blog. Regarding sailing, we used to sail out of St. Augustine until my husband’s back injury. Our sailboat was a Hunter and we used to sail in the Bahamas when we could. I miss sailing so much! Where do you like to sail?

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    1. We live on South Beach, so we mainly sail up and down the bay, to various keys, depending on how much time we have. Hunters are nice! We have a little 26 ft Catalina.

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  12. pranabaxom says:

    What a beautiful story.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  13. quiall says:

    Your smile shines through your words! Thank you for following my blog.

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    1. You are so kind! Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  14. duskalert says:

    The positivity reflects on your face!
    Your smile😍
    Love u Dolly Aunt💗
    Can I call you Aunt ?

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    1. If it makes you comfortable – sure! 😻

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      1. duskalert says:

        Awww😍 So sweeetttt of u💞

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      2. duskalert says:

        🌹💞🌼🌷🌸🌹

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  15. Charu says:

    Nice Blog. Keep the good work going 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Charu! Thank you for stopping by.

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  16. Great About statement! I so appreciate all your views and your consistent support for my works! Thanks so much for following me!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love your blog and always enjoy your poetry.

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  17. Thanks for following meatballsandmuffins.com. I look forward to spending some time visiting your blog very soon,.

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    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to exploring yours.

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  18. Thanks so much for the pingback!

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    1. My pleasure, dear friend!

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  19. conspicari says:

    Thank you for following my blog. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure! Looking forward to your upcoming posts!

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  20. Diana says:

    Love your blog. Great receipies! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! Is that you?

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  21. geno says:

    great statement! you’re welcome:

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Geno! Cheers!

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  22. 1ubit says:

    Я не владею английским достаточно, чтобы читать сайт в оригинале. Поэтому читаю в переводчике. Если это не противоречит вашей концепции, то буду давать комментарии на русском. Вы замечательно обращаетесь к читателям, в переводчике – красивые люди. Интересные рецепты блюд. Не уверена, что смогу многое попробовать, так как в России нет некоторых инградиентов.

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    1. Разумеется, не противоречит! Я тоже читаю с переводчиком на языках, которыми не владею, и искренне блгадарю Вас за внимание и усилия. Я живу в тропиках, поэтому и экспериментирую с экзотическими ингредиентами, но всегда Вам подскажу чем их можно заменить из того, что Вам доступно.
      Хочу заметить, что с удовольствием читаю Ваш сайт и иногда использую Ваши советы в работе со студентами. “Красивые люди” – это все дети, без исключений, все мои студенты которые учатся работать с трудными детьми, и вообще большинство людей на свете. Так я считаю, и так легче жить на свете!

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      1. 1ubit says:

        Спасибо за теплые слова и ваше отношение к людям и миру. Буду уточнять у вас информацию.

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      2. Всегда рада помочь!

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  23. Your profile is fascinating. Reading it is like stepping into a different world. It’s good to meet you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Robert. It’s great to meet someone who understands how different that world was. Even my husband, who came here as a child, sometimes does not understand the specifics of pre-perestroika films.

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      1. I knew about Russian Jews because my grandparents discussed them. There were Jewish organizations in the U.S. that collected money to help Russian Jews emigrate to the U.S.

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      2. I am familiar with those organizations, of course, and grateful to them! The funds were actually collected to help Russian Jews whose families had been separated during WWII to join those families in Israel. That was the official reason the Russian government issued exit visas, since communist dogma did not allow for the idea of emigration from “the happiest country in the world.” My case is different, as I did not emigrate for a simple reason: I was a refusenik for 7 years, and then I was expelled from the USSR as “The enemy of the people” – official formula. I went wherever asylum was offered, which was Philadelphia.

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      3. Wow. That’s quite a story. You are clearly a person with courage. Thank you for explaining what those funds were for. My memory gets a bit murky.

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      4. Oh no, it’s not your memory; it’s the understanding of convoluted Russian logic. As it is, I am amazed at the extend of your knowledge and understanding, Robert!

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      5. Russia’s persecution of Russian Jews was a big topic in my family. I remember weekly letters from the American Jewish Appeal. The Holocaust was another big topic. I was so glad to be a kid in the U.S. and not stuck in a country where I would be killed and persecuted for being different. It feels a bit ironic in the Trump era.

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      6. There is a lot to discuss there, especially with someone like you, Robert, who is both familiar with the issue and interested in it.

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  24. MOMENTS says:

    Very beautiful blog. Thank so much for the follow. I really appreciate this.

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    1. My pleasure, dear Marta, and I am looking forward to exploring your beautiful blog!

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      1. MOMENTS says:

        Thank you. Much appreciated.

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  25. lbeth1950 says:

    I am going to enjoy getting to know you.

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  26. ywwp says:

    thanks for following my blog
    regards
    Your Well Wisher Program

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  27. Brenda Sue says:

    Hi there! Your story is facinating. Are you in Russia now?

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    1. Thank G-d, I am in the US, have been here since 1978. Thank you for stopping by, dear Brenda!

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      1. Brenda Sue says:

        Hello there! I’m assuming that you’re Jewish, please follow us! I need to follow you. I don’t care where you are. I love your culture.

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      2. Dear Brenda, I have tried to get on your site to follow you, but it keeps saying “Site is no longer available. Owners deleted the site.” Perhaps you should change settings, if you want to be followed?

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      3. Brenda Sue says:

        Try tapping or clicking this link: https://davidsway.blog It seems to be working. I don’t know what’s wrong.

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      4. Got it, and will follow. Looks like an interesting and very informative blog. Thank you for pointing me towards it.

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      5. Brenda Sue says:

        Thank you! ♥️

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      6. Brenda Sue says:

        I followed you!

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      7. Thank you so much, darling! Why don’t you look into your settings, so I could follow you as well.

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      8. Brenda Sue says:

        I followed you. I love your culture.

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      9. Thank you so much, darling!

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      10. Brenda Sue says:

        You’re welcome!

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  28. Brenda Sue says:

    Okay, I thought it was easy to follow us. Thanks for this information. I’ll check into it!

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  29. I really like the layout of your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dr Tanya!

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  30. Especially your home page.

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    1. I am simply plugging my content into a theme. I am really a total techno-idiot!

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      1. You can’t be worse than me.
        My kids are still living at home so they help me out.

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      2. Lucky you! I just muddle through the best I can.

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