Moscow BasilicaStrange but true: I've worked full-time, for ten years, with a man I've never met or even spoken to. That's because he lives in Moscow and neither one of us feel like affording that long distance bill.
We freelance together. He's my designer/programmer. I email him junk, he emails me stuff, somehow we put it all together and make it look pretty. (Long live the internet.)
I've never met him, but I did meet one of his co-workers a few years back. We taught Costya how to talk 'Midwesterner' ~ the secret meanings of those unique terms... such as thingamajig and whatchamacallit. In the beginning, when I asked Pasha to 'schnoodle' the design a bit he thought we were off our rockers. 'Twas a happy day and a nice breakthrough when he started speaking Minnesotan. :)
Every year, I send Pasha a Christmas card. He never gets them but I keep sending them anyway. I figure, if Putin stays in power long enough he might figure out how to make his postal service work. Until then, I imagine the KGB is compiling a huge secret file on my strange activities...
Russian Snowball Cookie Recipe - Makes 3 dozen
(Российский Рецепт Печенья Снежка)
- 1 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Cream butter and vanilla until smooth.
- Combine powdered sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture.
- Mix in the chopped walnuts.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes @ 350 degrees F.
- When cool, roll in a second dusting of powdered sugar.
This is my 3rd most favorite cookie in the whole wide world. Whenever I make them, I think of my buddy, P. They melt in your mouth, light as air. If I could stop eating them long enough to put them in a box, I'd probably send him some.
С Рождеством Христовым, Пол. Я надеюсь, что Вы любите это печенье столько, сколько я делаю!