Marmalade

Originally posted on Chicks & Jam:
Citrus fruits are taken for granted these days, but centuries ago they were a special rare commodity. From the ancient citron to modern navel oranges , we can’t or don’t want to live without them. I’ve just converted a bag of navel oranges into a sublime sweet orange jelly…

Beaver Dam Pepper

I feel a kinship to a Hungarian Pepper that survived and flourished into a “naturalized American” much like myself.   When you take a bite, you get the other flavors first, and then the heat kicks in,

Candied Papaya with heat

I’m discovering just how versatile and wonderful papaya can be. Peppers add a dimension and flavor to candied papaya that has me so excited! I’ve started seed for the next round of growing and they are heavy on the hot side to take advantage of this new way of making delicious papaya preserves.

Capsicum Adventure

Aji’s, chili’s, paprika’s, peppers, officially, “Capsicums” are my new obsession. They’re just too beautiful, so many shapes, sizes, and colors, not to mention flavors within the species. I’ve grown some sweet non-bell types but super-hots I’m afraid of after managing to mishandle the golden habanero twenty years ago, the pain memory has kept me away…

Stuffed Kohlrabi Töltött Karalábé

  Hungarians love stuffing vegetables. It’s such a flavorful way to use vegetables and elevate the plating from a boring bowl of stew to an  artfully stuffed and carved vegetable, placed majestically in a beautifully contrasting sauce, of which you can eat  as little or as much as you like.  Many of my favorite childhood…

Candied Papaya Kolaczki (Kol-ach-key)

Today I’m working on the Kolaczki dough and experimenting with fillings. Traditionally prune jam, sweet cheese, tart cherries, which I don’t have on hand or can make from our sub-tropical garden. The papaya jam proved popular and is a loved filling in our butter cookie, so I thought I’d try to candy some papaya fruit…

Cinnamon Rolls & Sweet Bread Buns

Right in between cookies and basic bread is the entire universe of sweet dough. It is inevitable I would land in the middle of my two bakery extremes someday.  Well, it finally happened this month. The month of April 2020.  I’ve been flirting around with cinnamon raisin bread, sweet white bread, and cinnamon rolls. Why…

Pepper Jelly

I finally got the time to try a new Jam.  I was making salsa anyway, so I picked a small bag full of sweet Hungarian peppers. They’re a rich deep dark green with pronounced pepper flavor, not as sweet as bell pepper. I didn’t have pectin so I used unflavored gelatin and it firmed up…

Dumplings in Paprika sauce with frankfurters.

Want to whip up something super easy and delicious? This is it! Its a take on Hungarian “paprikas nokedli” One tub precooked rich egg dumplings One large onion coarsely chopped Oil, I used avocado oil 5 frankfurters or hot dogs cut on the bias into small pieces. I tablespoon good quality paprika Sweat down the…