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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.

A Happy Holiday Feast


Culture’s best tips, tricks, and cheese-filled dishes to make your holiday feast a festive success.

Ingredients Matter


Cultured butter, free range eggs – buying ingredients can be intimidating. We’ve broken down all the buzzwords to make your grocery shopping a breeze.

Gougères with Ossau-Iraty and Piment d’Espelette


These cheese puffs become even more decadent with fruity Piment d’Espelette and nutty Ossau-Iraty.

In Season: Grapefruit


Believe it or not, tart grapefruit and creamy dairy go togehter like peanut butter and jelly. Plus, panna cotta topped with a grapefruit compote!

The Ultimate Guide to Leftovers


An ultimate guide for (safely) dealing with all those Thanksgiving leftovers.

5 Cheesy Hand Pies to Try This Autumn


Take a look around the world and you’ll find that almost every culture has a hand pie. Here, we’ve taken a few classics and amped them up with cheese. So, break out that rolling pin and get to baking.

In Season: Parsnips


No, the parsnip is not just a “white carrot.” By relegating the ivory-colored root to the shadows of its more vibrant counterpart, it’s easy to miss out on its unique and deep flavor—and its versatility. Native to Europe and Western Asia and a relative of parsley, cumin, and dill—and yes, carrots—parsnips were cultivated and highly […]

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Apple Hand Pies with Cheddar Crust


A twist on the American classic, these mini apple pies marry sweet and savory with the addition of cheddar cheese in their flaky, buttery crust.