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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 - 12:00 am

Sierra FoodWineArt shows where to find Russian food locally

Russian cuisine is comfort food, with dishes such as borscht, piroschki and beef stroganoff, so the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi are an ideal time to sample the ethnic fare. And some Russian delights, from caviar to vodka, are being made in the Sacramento and Sierra foothills region. ... Firebird is one of the best Russian restaurants in the Sacramento area. It offers a dining experience that reflects the extensive knowledge of and passion for Russian art and cuisine.

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Foods for the Soul bakes heart-shaped sugar cookies

These low-calorie cookies begin with the dry ingredients. Compared to regular drop sugar cookies, the roll-out variety generally require a bit more flour and a lot less baking powder. Too much baking powder creates a funny-looking bump in the center of your shapes, making them awkward to decorate. With a mere quarter of a teaspoon, you’ll end up with perfectly smooth tops and just a hint of airiness inside.

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In Search of the Finer Things takes a class in Jamie Oliver’s Big Rig Kitchen

After watching the television program “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” back in June of 2011, I wrote this evaluation of local school lunches. Then one day last month, I was reading the newspaper published by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op and saw a blurb that made my heart jump. Jamie Oliver’s Big Rig Kitchen, it said, was doing a tour of California cities and would be stopping in Sacramento in January and February. As a longtime fan of the chef and fan of the Food Revolution, I knew I had to sign up for a class.

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