Simple Vegetable Soup “egyszerű zöldségleves”

This is a basic soup my family has made for decades. It’s very paprika forward. Very Hungarian.
It’s simple, nutritious and deceptively full of flavor, in spite of the few humble ingredients.
The key is to add each element at the right time and in the right way. If not, you’ll have a very insipid or bitter soup.
This base vegetable soup lends itself to many variations, all completely delicious.


First I smell the bacon slowly frying with half rounds of sliced onion, pale yellow, almost white Hungarian peppers, and rich red tomato from the garden. When the meat was just cooked, the onions and peppers just wilted, he slipped the half rounds of tomato and cracked a few fresh eggs on top, making little spaces where the egg whites would run and cook evenly. When it was cooked, he served it with a thick slice of toast and warm tea with lemon in it.


Hungarian egg pasta dumplings. Handmade, cut from loose batter into boiling water. Simple ingredients: Flour, eggs, salt. That’s it. But like any pasta, it takes elbow grease, time and a desire to make and clean up a huge mess.

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,

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 foods were stuffed vegetables. Stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage and the sublime and rare stuffed kohlrabi. 

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…


Hungarians love their cold platters! I have found these creative platters of Magyar smoked meats. These inspire me to think about the holidays to come and to think about designing some of my own.


Who doesn’t love warm bread with a dab of butter and a drizzle of pure natural honey?It just seems natural to add honey to a delicious meal of warm bread, fresh eggs, smoked bacon or kolbasz. It really sweetens up the smoky, salty flavor of the meats.Rich dark roast coffee or espresso with warm bread…

Super Coop

Well, it’s almost finished and I LOVE it!! Its so beautiful and practical. We have tweaked it to what we have learned from our Chickens, or what our Chickens have taught us about what they prefer. We are combining two flocks so we have added extra nest space, extra roost space, more feeders, more waterers…

Hungarian Kolbasz & Salami

Centuries ago ancient Hungarians, shepherds, herders, and horsemen carried dried meat with them as a staple food item. Usually, they would be gone from home for a year or more. These dried meats they could reconstitute into a delicious hot stew by means of a large kettle hung on a tripod. Austria-Hungary pre-1921 was many…

“Csirke Paprikas” Chicken Paprikash

Everyone and their brother has a recipe for the Paprikash.  However, this is the one I’ve evolved and tweaked, the richness of the sauce, the fat dumplings, tender chicken and just the right sweet, tart, crunchy accompaniment: Cucumber salad. recipe here This is not just a recipe, it’s a walk through all the steps to…

“Uborkasalata” Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad version is different than I find in any of my cookbooks, but it’s the one I grew up with and simply love the most. Many recipes add sour cream or onions which is fine, but when you have this simply incredibly crispy, fresh, sweet, sour side next to the rich egg dumplings…

Baby Chicks

Our first hens were pullets, so we didn’t really know how old they were when we got them. This round of chicks was three days old, hatched on Monday and we got them on Wednesday. They change by the minute and this post is just about watching them grow. 3 days old Wednesday, April 26,…

Grandmother Sophie’s Chili Sauce

My husbands Grandmother on his mother’s side was an incredible cook. She was a superwoman of the depression era. She canned everything herself, and when she cooked for gatherings she came with trays filled with fried chicken, polish sausage and sauerkraut, potato salad, and always made enough for an entire neighborhood. She worked at Marshall…

Pullet Portraits

Our chicks for the 43 coop are 6 weeks old. They arrived in a box 6 weeks ago this Wednesday June 7. that makes them 6 weeks and two days old. We have thirteen breeds and two extra, one a mystery chick and the other the single Favorelle, her sisters didn’t ship. Enjoy their portraits,…


This is one of my favorite meals. Growing up I ate a lot of Fozelek which translates to “cooked  down” which would translate to “comfort food”.  If there is a large harvest of anything, too much to eat or is the type of vegetable that won’t keep well in the cellar, then “fozni le kell”  which means…