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Polina Chesnakova

Articles written by Polina Chesnakova

Polina Chesnkova is a Seattle-based food writer, cooking class instructor, and the author of Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes.

Can Do: Pucker Up


Tart-sweet shrubs offer the taste of summer all year long.

Savory Granola with Yogurt and Spring Vegetables


This savory mix of nuts and seeds adds a healthy kick of flavor and crunch to salads, vegetables, and even your morning yogurt.

Lemon Ricotta Waffles with Blueberries


These waffles are light and tender on the inside thanks to ricotta, yet still remain pleasingly crisp on the outside.

Whipped Feta with Honey and Spiced Walnuts


Ditch your traditional cream cheese for this feta-infused option, bursting with cheesy flavor.

Savory Oatmeal with Fromage Blanc, Sweet Potatoes, and Kale


Oats work as a starchy vehicle—for sweet and savory toppings. Here, we top the whole grain with cumin- and coriander-spiced sweet potatoes, garlicky sautéed kale, a jammy egg, and fromage blanc brightened with cilantro and citrus zest.

Cream Cheese and Guava Empanadas


Tropical guava paste and tangy cream cheese are a classic pairing for sweet empanadas throughout Latin America.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits with Pimento Cheese and Bacon


These ultra-flaky biscuits are perfect pulled apart while still warm and topped with a smear of pimento cheese and few strips of bacon.

Grapefruit, Fennel, and Radish Salad with Fiore Sardo PDO and Vinaigrette


This bright and crunchy salad gets a smoky, savory kick from Fiore Sardo PDO cheese. Refrigerate any leftover vinaigrette for up to a week.

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