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…

Chewy Soft Pretzel Buns

I love boiled eggs, but I don’t like dry or flimsy bread with them, I don’t want to bathe toast with a lot of butter either. Our eggs are rich and delicious so I want a bread that will hold up in taste and texture to them. Just as I was thinking about making a…

“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…

Avocado Toast

After July 1st the Avocado tree is ready to share her bounty and this year more than enough to eat, share and sell. I only wish it was more horizontal than vertical. Every year for a month or two my fingernails are strong and grow well. No amount of vitamin supplementation has accomplished this. During…

The Elusive Baguette

So… Im getting pretty good at bread making these days. I always thought yeast bread was too difficult and complicated to master so I would drive miles and miles for great bread, hours actually.  Many years ago I drove from Barrington all the way downtown to Masi’s Italian Bakery around the Taylor street area, I…

Grandmother Sophie’s Chili Sauce

My husbands Grandmother on his mothers 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 Fields…

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 varieties, cross…

SÁRGABABFŐZELÉK or Wax Bean Stew

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…

Pickled Radishes

Today was another hot day, I painted wood for the pergola over the deck, Ken began to install the beams. He dug and placed all the 4×4’s for the corners yesterday and while the paint was drying I repotted tomatoes. Chickens ran freely in the courtyard loving their time in the sun and foraging to their hearts…