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Kitchen

  • Cabbage and Noodles

    Cabbage and Noodles or Kápostás Tészta is a lovely vegetarian dish that can be made sweet or savory. It can be a snack, a first course, or even served as a dessert. You can make both versions and decide which you like best! 1 head of cabbage, chopped 1 TB salt 1 TB oil 1 […]

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  • Hungarian Homemade Noodles

    There is nothing like a homemade noodle but, you have to build in a little extra time for the process. Or, in my case, a lot of extra time, because I am not proficient at making them. You can make a lot of different noodles at one time using just this one recipe. Hungarian Homemade […]

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  • Where can I buy Hungarian meals?

    One area that has been hard hit during this time of restriction has been the restaurant business. Big chain restaurants will most likely survive, but the restaurants listed below are family ventures. If you know any of them, you know the blood, sweat, tears, love, and talent that have been poured into making their dream […]

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  • What is Farmer’s Cheese?

    I am so glad you asked!  Farmer’s Cheese is an unripened cheese made from cow, goat, or sheep milk. It is similar to a dry curd cottage cheese and similar to ricotta cheese. Now that I have made it a few times, I want to research all these related cheeses because it is so interesting! […]

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  • Making Homemade Paprika

    I love meeting with people who love connecting with their Hungarian heritage in a variety of ways! Jennifer is one such treasure. Enjoy her adventure with making paprika – I love that it is a farm-to-table experience!   ~ Liz Making Homemade Paprika Making homemade paprika is a surprisingly easy way to connect to your Hungarian […]

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  • What is Paprika?

    Let’s talk a little about paprika! Although not native to Hungary, paprika has been embraced and infused in such a way that it would be very difficult to separate paprika from Hungarian gastronomy. After several hundred years, paprika has become a permanent part of the Hungarian landscape. 🌶️ Most spices are used by the pinch […]

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  • Favorite Hungarian Comfort Foods

    When life gets stressful we often think back to simpler times. And with most of our days centered around three meals a day, food is a central part of our life experience. I often hear customers mention their favorite foods from childhood. When I am with a tour group in Hungary, there is often a […]

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  • What is Kifli?

    Let’s talk about Kifli! But to set the stage for this discussion, let’s talk about the game Telephone! If you have ever played this game, you know that someone starts it off by one person whispering a sentence very quietly to the person next to them and then that person restates the sentence to the […]

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  • Mulled Wine – Forralt Bor

    Mulled Wine is a wonderful treat during the holidays. I love being in Hungary during the winter time when it is readily available. It can be made with either red or white wine! Mulled Wine – Forralt Bor To every 750 ml bottle of inexpensive red wine (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Shiraz), add the […]

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  • Sour Cream Twists

    Sour Cream Twists By Dorothy Bolla Ever holiday we would get together with the Bollas, these little gems were around. They aren’t really complicated but they are tasty and perfect with a cup of coffee. Even though her great-grandchildren weren’t born before she died, they carry on this recipe and family tradition as a way […]

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  • Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge

    How the Let’s Cook Challenge Works! 2020 has been a crazy year so far! We are all looking for ways to be meaningfully connected so we are allowing anyone to join the Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge now and we will even let you qualify for the apron but you will have to email me about […]

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  • Challenge Recipes for 2018

    2018 was the first year for the Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge and we tried a wide variety of recipes! Click on the dish to see the recipe the participants were directed to. January 2018   Hungarian Cheese Biscuits — Pogácsa  These gems can be made miniature or regular sized. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle with herbs, […]

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  • Túrós Csusza (Farmer’s Cheese and Bacon with Noodles)

    Túrós Csusza (Farmer’s cheese and Bacon with Noodles) This is a quick-to-fix, delicious Hungarian dish! Egg noodles, túró (this special cheese is hard to find in the USA so Amish friendship cheese is perfect for this recipe), sour cream, and szalonna (Hungarian bacon) combine together in an amazing way. Regular bacon is fine, but the dish […]

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  • Hungarian Soups

    Hungarian soups are very diverse! An authentic Gulyás is cooked outside over a fire. Blessings from the farm and garden will bring Csirkeleves, Húsleves, Zöldbableves, and Sárgabableves to the table. A delightful and sweet treat, Hideg Meggyleves, is best with fresh morello cherries. The other day I had some soup bones I needed to use […]

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  • Challenge Recipes for 2019

    In 2019, we broadened our horizons a bit with more delicious recipes. We also branched out to include more resources. If you grew up with Hungarian food and you no longer have the cook to teach you and you don’t have the recipes either, you know what a challenge it is to replicate a taste, […]

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  • Pogácsa

    POGÁCSA (Adapted from a recipe from Fenyőharaszt Castle Hotel in Hungary) While we were in Hungary in February 2018, we had some fantastic pogácsa at one of our stays. I really don’t know why it was so good except that it was. The place we stayed graciously shared their recipe. We translated it and then […]

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  • Körözött – Soft Cheese Spread

    This was easy to whip together and tasted great!  As with many recipes, there are many, many variations to it. My first time making körözött was in Atlanta GA. I was helping my friend organize snacks for the volunteers at the Hungarian Festival. Neither of us had made körözött before but she had a great family recipe and it seemed well […]

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  • Hungarian Food Fest

    A few years ago, I got together with my cousin for a little Hungarian cooking extravaganza. Her dad and my mom were first cousins and they were great friends. But those two have passed away, and it is our opportunity to be cousins and friends! When I lived in New York, we were intentional about […]

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  • A Kalocsai Torta

    A note from Liz: I am not a crafty person but I know some incredibly talented people who love to play with different mediums and create. I have seen some beautiful cakes decorated like Hungarian embroidery and I have even taken embroidery samples to a bakery and paid them to create one. But I must […]

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  • Dobos Torta

    Disclaimer: Apparently if you make this style torta and you do not make the carmelized topping it is called a Stefania Torta. However, I will still refer to this as a dobos torta because it just doesn’t have the top part. This is not a traditional looking dobos torta for several reasons: I do not […]

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  • Hungarian Mushroom Soup

    I found this mixed among some things I had put away. Kids were never a lover of mushrooms. This is a very hearty soup. It serves about six depending on the bowls used. ~ Alan Toth Ingredients: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups chopped onions 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced 2 teaspoons dried dill weed […]

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  • Ham and Bean Soup – Csulkos Bableves

    Here is a Ham and Bean soup you might want to try. It is another that I play with to my taste. My mother would use chicken broth instead of the water? Again, to taste! ~ Alan Toth Ingredients: ½ cup oil (olive/peanut) 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium carrot, minced 1 medium yellow onion, […]

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  • Hungarian Meat Soup – Húsleves

      Hungarian Meat Soup – Húsleves I love this soup. I could probably eat it every day. I love the aroma as it cooks and I love the taste. Ingredients 1 lbs. beef chuck, in one or two pieces 1 lb marrow bones 3-4 pieces of chicken with bone and skin (thighs and breasts or […]

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  • What is Mezeskalacs?

    [A special thank you to Monika for her contributions to this article and her lovely work on the mézeskalács!] These traditional Mézeskalács (Hungarian honey cakes) are not designed for eating and can last indefinitely with care given to storage. The phrase “Szeretlek” means “I Love You” in Hungarian. Each of these hearts are hand made […]

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  • Hannah’s Delicious Sour Cherry Soup

    Hannah’s Sour Cherry Soup Here is my recipe! Just make sure you don’t use canned cherry pie filling! And don’t be afraid to experiment with whatever fresh fruits are in season! Ingredients: 2 24 ounce jars of sour cherry compote 1 24 ounce jar of sour cherries in rum 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cinnamon sticks […]

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  • Nut Kalacs ~ Dios Beigli

    Delicious Dios Beigli Dough 2 tsp. dry yeast 1 cup lukewarm water 4 tbs. sugar 4 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs slightly beaten 1 tsp. salt Instructions:  Pour yeast in bowl, add water and sugar stirring until dissolved. Blend flour and butter with wire pastry blender. Mix well, mix in eggs, salt […]

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  • Toltott Zoldpaprika ~ Stuffed Green Peppers

    Töltött Zöldpaprika (Stuffed Green Peppers) Recipe by Dorothy Bolla adapted by Liz Vos 4 to 6 green peppers but feel free to use all the colors as they can make the dish really beautiful! 2 lb. ground beef 1 lb. ground pork 1 1/2 cups raw converted rice 1 1/2 cups water 1- 2 medium […]

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  • Szalonnasütés ~ Bacon Fry

    Summertime is a great time to gather friends and family around a fire and host a szalonnasütés or bacon fry! I have heard this event referred to as many things by our customers because often, as things get passed on down through the generations, it is hard to remember the exact words used even though […]

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  • Braided European Raisin Bread

    This recipe was in my mom’s files from Chef Louis Szathmary who was the owner of The Bakery, a delightful and delicious restaurant in Chicago. If you were fortunate to have eaten at The Bakery, you know that Chef Louis and his wife, Sada, were two very special people. Szőlős Kalacs ~ Braided European Raisin […]

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  • Lizzy’s Hungarian Fánk

      Special Note: The fank pictured above has a filling of Bavarian Creme purchased from a local grocery store. Lizzy often makes her own Bavarian Creme but also serves fánk without any filling. Ingredients and Steps ½ cup of warm water 2 ¼ tsp of yeast (or one packet) 2 tablespoons of sugar Step One: […]

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  • Csirke Paprikas ~ Chicken Paprikas

    Csirke Paprikas ~ Chicken Paprikas 1 C. chopped onion 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1/4 c. shortening 3-4 lbs chicken cut up (I have used boneless in the past but this dish is absolutely better with chicken that isn’t boneless–it adds a much richer flavor) salt to taste 1 1/2 c. chicken stock (or use 1 […]

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  • Rakott Krumpli (Layered Potatoes)

    Rakott Krumpli If I was going to pick a dish that reminds me of growing up in a home with an abundance of Hungarian food, this would have to be it. We used to have a Hungarian butcher in Youngstown, OH which is where we bought our hurka and smoked kolbász. It was always fun […]

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  • Palacsinta – Hungarian Crepes

    Here is our basic recipe for Palacsinta–Hungarian crépes– 4 large eggs 1 cup flour 2/3 – 1 cup soda water 1/3 cup milk 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled pinch of salt This is our basic recipe. It all depends on the size of your eggs and you should plan to adjust the recipe if […]

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