- Between 1872 and 1892: 81,511 Russians emigrated to southwestern PA & surrounding area
- Between 1900 and 1913: 51,472 Russians emigrated to southwestern PA & surrounding area (second only to N.Y)
- They were of the peasant class.
The reason for this explanation is that
- the cuisine of Russia has been affected by all of those countries and Russian cuisine has influenced all of the countries above, as well (pre-1991) and the cuisine still crosses country border lines.
- the census data in southwestern PA, northwestern WV and southeastern Ohio does not really reflect the actual number of Russians in the area because it says only 2-3% of the population in the area is Russian. However, many of the immigrants who came to this country (even though they were under the possession of Russia) would say they were (for example) Moldavian, Georgian, Armenian, Polish, etc. so an actual number would really be much higher.
- For example from WIKI:
LINK TO Wikipedia on Russian Cuisine
Great photos and explanations of foods (modern day links for recipes below)
Also below the modern day links for recipes will be generic Russian country photos.
Some of the Wiki photos:
- Paska (Peasant Easter Bread)
- Beef Stroganoff
- Piroshki (pierogies and several other spellings)
- Cheese blintzes