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…

Palotas 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, “Palotas” variety. It’s 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…

Collards and Turnips with smoked ribs

After blanching the collards in vinegar water, roll and chop. Sautee onions til clear, add smoked ribs, Vegeta seasoning, garlic cloves, and greens. Cook down for a good hour or so. Add carrots and sliced turnips. Cook another hour or so.  

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…

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…

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…