My real name is Jessica. I’m 25 years old and live with my husband, Stas, and our bunny, Tykovka (he’s litter-trained!) in Massachusetts.
So why the name “Shushka”? Shushka is a nickname given to me years ago by my husband… He gave it to me after I recited a Russian tongue-twister all wrong 🙂
Stas and me in Ukraine, 2007
Stas and me during our Engagement Shoot, summer of 2009:
our bunny Tykovka:
I grew up watching and helping my mom and grandmother cook, which is how I developed my own love cooking and baking. I love trying new recipes and I’m admittedly over-protective of my kitchen.
I try to cook a lot of Russian food for Stas. Personally, I find most Russian food to be a little too rich/fatty/carb-loaded for my tastes… but I do LOVE pickles, tongue, smoked fish, and marinated mushrooms.
For myself, I eat “clean”… whole foods – fruits, vegetables, lean proteins. I try to avoid sugar, anything processed, trans fats, etc. (but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally cook these things – for Stas or for coworkers :))