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Polina Chesnakova

Articles written by Polina Chesnakova

Polina Chesnakova is a cook, baker and the writer behind Chesnok, a food blog inspired by her Russian-Georgian heritage. If she could, she would eat every meal as a picnic, followed by ice cream. She currently lives in Providence, RI.

Orecchiette with Peas, Pancetta, and Truffle Tremor

Orecchiette with Peas, Pancetta, and Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor


Tangy and irresistibly heady, this truffled goat cheese elevates ear-shaped pasta studded with green peas and crispy pancetta. Special thanks to Cypress Grove for sponsoring this recipe.

Larry's Market

Shop Talk: Larry’s Market


Today, Wisconsin is famous for award-winning wheels, but—believe it or not—there was a time when artisan cheese was lacking in America’s Dairyland. In 1971, most cheese was the mass-produced brick variety, of which Larry Ehlers, a grocery store owner in Milwaukee, was not a fan. Seeking an edge in the supermarket industry, he traveled to […]

collard greens in season

In Season: Collard Greens


Collards may be spring’s most versatile vegetable.

Humboldt Fog Asparagus Soup

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog


A wedge of this soft-ripened goat’s milk cheese adds an irresistible creaminess and tang to each bite of the classic spring-forward soup.    

Righteous Cheese

Shop Talk: Righteous Cheese in Washington, D.C.


Set foot inside DC’s Union Market and you’ll find oysters on the half shell, gelato in freshly pressed waffle cones, and Indian dosas perfuming the air. You’ll also find some of the country’s best artisan cheeses at Carolyn Stromberg’s cut-to-order counter, Righteous Cheese. “We’re in a big food hall, so people often come up to us […]

Shop Talk: Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta, Maine


You might think it would be difficult for 4,000 people to run a store together, but with a 40th anniversary coming up, that’s clearly not the case for the owners of Rising Tide Community Market. The co-op, located in scenic Damariscotta, Maine, began as a food-buying club on nearby Round Top Farm. While it’s since […]

Adjaruli Khachapuri

Everything You Need to Know About Khachapuri


Repeat after me. Hatch-ah-POO-ree. Khachapuri. If you haven’t heard of Georgia’s national dish—a cheese-carb wonder that has taken the internet by storm—consider this your lucky introduction. Khachapuri to the Georgians is what pizza is to the Italians. In the larger cities, parlors devoted to the culinary feat welcome locals and tourists alike to indulge in […]

Ratinaud French Cuisine in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Shop Talk: Ratinaud French Cuisine in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Having grown up eating his grandparents’ homemade pâté in Limoges, France, and then working in European and Canadian kitchens for years, classically trained chef Frédéric Tandy settled in Nova Scotia to start something of his own. “I wanted to do something different,” he says. “I saw that no one was preparing their own charcuterie, and the […]

Huckleberry's Natural Market

Shop Talk: Huckleberry’s Natural Market, Spokane, WA.


Huckleberry’s, Spokane’s first organic market, has been working with farmers, food producers, cheesemakers, and bakers to source fresh and healthful products.

Twenty Paces Farm: The ‘Newe’ Guys In Town


Head “twenty paces from the ole’ oak tree” on Bellair Farm and you’ll most likely find Tom Pyne tending to sheep and goats while they graze away on lush, green pastures and cozy up in the nearby barn. Take in the bucolic surroundings, hang out with the happy, well-fed herd, and then direct yourself to […]