Hidegtál

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.

Honey

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…

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,…

Tomato: Yaponskiy Trufel Chernyi

One of my favorite tomatoes last season was the Japanese Trifele Black. After growing my first Cherokee Purple a few seasons ago, a lucky find from home depot, I was amazed by the depth of flavor, it was the tomato flavor I’ve been searching years for. I immediately began searching for other black and purple…