Let's Cook Hungarian Challenge

Each year I set out to cook several Hungarian food items just because I want to try out a new recipe or a new dish. For some who have lived in a Hungarian community for most of their lives, Hungarian food may not feel like much of a treat.  Maybe you have had the privilege of cooking at your nagymama’s knee since you were a tiny one. But for those of us who do not live near family or a Hungarian community, club, or restaurant, Hungarian foods might bring back a lot of memories and, let’s face it, it all tastes great!


Settling in on a recipe is daunting because there is never just ONE recipe and often not even just one name a recipe goes by. Not to mention, not all ingredients are available in every area outside of Hungary so sometimes you need to adapt and make do depending on the growing season and what is available to purchase. Another difficulty involves the language barrier (you might have recipes in Hungarian from your grandmother but maybe you don’t speak Hungarian) and then there is always the fun of metric conversions, unless you have decided to buy a scale. There are a lot of reasons to be intimidated by Hungarian cooking, but there is such incredible food waiting to be discovered that I hope you join in on the fun!


If you don’t regularly cook Hungarian food, I invite you to participate in our Let’s Cook Challenge! Even if you do regularly cook Hungarian food, there may be some things we will make that are things you haven’t ever tried. Or you might have some great tips and techniques to offer to the group. I am not an expert but I know that sometimes being a part of a group commitment helps certain personalities (like mine) follow through on fun ideas. Knowing there are others out there cooking motivates me!

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