Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge

How the Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge Works!

In order to qualify for one of the fun aprons pictured here, you must complete each recipe during the month it is due. If you have already qualified for an apron before, you will not be able to earn a second apron, but we encourage you to join in on the fun! This isn’t really about the apron, though that can be a small motivator. This is about more Hungarian food in your life!

Send an email to Liz@MagyarMarketing.com with your full name and mailing address and tell me you want to participate in the Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge. To participate, you need to sign up for our e-newsletter. We offer 4 options of the e-newsletter and they are all fun and interesting, but the 3rd week is the one that will always have the recipe!

1st week – Hungarian Events, News, & Organizations
2nd week – Hungarian Language, Genealogy, & Travel
3rd week – Hungarian Recipes, Foods, & Traditions
4th week – Hungarian History, Inventions, & Creative Inspiration

Sign up HERE to receive at least the newsletter for the 3rd week, which will always include the recipe that you need to make for the following month. If you want a little extra encouragement and fun, you can join the Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge Facebook group. Once I know you have signed up for the e-newsletter to receive the recipes, I will admit you into the group.

Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge Rules

Make the dish by or before the end of the month it is due. You only need to do one of the following for it to count as a finished task:

Submit a photo of the finished product. 

Submit a photo of you cooking it. 

Submit a few sentences about the process and what you learned.

Then we will count that as a completed challenge. There will be 12 recipes, one for each month! The free apron (and no shipping charge) part of this offer is only available in the United States. If you are outside of the U.S. and would like to participate and qualify for the free apron, you will need to agree to pay the shipping charges. But anyone can join in on the challenge just for fun!

I will supply a recipe, but you are not bound to that recipe. The goal is to cook the dish and see what you think. If you have access to a family recipe that you love or have never even tried, fantastic! Use that one! Or use the recipe from a family friend or your favorite cookbook. You do not have to follow the recipe I give you.  If you need to adapt the recipe a bit due to allergies or strong food preferences, that is fine. The hope is that you will find some recipes that can work in your life. You might not love everything you make and that is ok, too.

If you can involve older or younger generations in this process, that is even better. If you are a grandmother or grandfather who lives near their grandchildren and can have a Hungarian cooking day, how fun is that? Or you and a cousin may decide to cook something together once a month – it’s a great family bonding opportunity! Maybe you have a non-Hungarian friend who loves to experiment with recipes – that sounds like one of the ingredients for a perfect afternoon! In these times of social distancing, maybe you have a video chat with an elder family member and discuss the recipe — find a way to make it work!

The most important thing is to not take this process so seriously that you don’t have fun. I am here to learn and stretch and grow and I hope you are too! If you have any questions, please let me know! I am definitely not an expert, but I don’t mind trying to find the answer.

Check out the recipes we tried in 2018 and 2019! I have not posted the 2020 recipes we used yet.

Check out just a few comments from our participants:

“Thank you for an amazing year learning to cook Hungarian and bringing me closer to my mom and my heritage.” ~ Veronica

“I want to sincerely thank you for creating the cooking challenge. It has been SO nice doing this with my husband and my mom. For mom, it brings back memories, sharing stories, and an “excuse” to cook. She’s an amazing Hungarian cook, but has cooked less and less in the last twelve years since dad passed away. Once in a while, she’ll make something for us yet, but as she’s on her own and getting older, she doesn’t do nearly as much anymore. The whole time we’re doing our challenges, she remarks how much fun this is, how she misses this, and she laughs saying that she never thought she’d be doing this again. So Liz, that in itself is priceless to me. Thank you for such a gift. My husband is enjoying it too and we’re both learning so much, plus enjoying some very delicious dishes, as well!” ~ Cathy

“My daughter and I had a lot of fun trying the January recipe challenge.  Our little pogácsa turned out well, and we’ll definitely be making them again.  I think next time we may try adding a little cooked crumbled bacon to the cheese mixture!  Looking forward to the next challenge!” ~ Amy

“Hello! I finished January’s challenge and had a lot of fun!  I invited a couple relatives to join the challenge and it’s been fun to share stories and photos with them too!! I made your “Agi’s Pogácsa” recipe and it turned out very good.  My family loved them! I really appreciate this cooking challenge.  My mother is Hungarian and grew up with some of the traditions on their farm.  Her grandparents came to America in the early 1900’s.  As I was growing up we did not eat too many Hungarian dishes although I remember some of them and liked them a lot.  (tarhonya, chicken and dumplings, kifli, sauerkraut & “dumplings”, and Hungarian drop noodles.) I ordered some Hungarian foods from you for Christmas and shared them with my family.  I am hoping to try more Hungarian food this year and bring back some old recipes from my past.  Perhaps I can pass on some of this to my children.” ~ Michele

“Thank you for starting this challenge!  I love the idea that I will learn more Hungarian recipes even though my grandmother and great-grandmother are no longer here to teach me.  While I was making the pogácsa today, I was reminded of some of their cooking habits and tricks, and ended up with many fond memories of these beautiful grandmas in their kitchens.  My hand mixer was acting up, so I cut-in the butter with the flour to pea size with a fork.  I also didn’t have a small round cookie cutter, so ended up using a small juice glass, as we often do to cut the moon shapes (overlapping circles) in our family’s Hungarian Moon Cake recipe.” ~ Laura

“I want to thank you for doing this cooking challenge. This is giving my brother and I something to do together even though we live in separate states. Also, it’s finally the chance to learn more about Hungary. “ ~ Gary


21 People have left comments on this post

» Alison &Julia Schneider said: { Dec 15, 2020 - 06:12:09 }

So excited to join the challenge again!

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:50 }

It’s always fun to cook Hungarian food and you are passing on great experiences to your assistant chef! ~ Liz

» Kathy Guenther said: { Dec 15, 2020 - 09:12:59 }

I am excited to re-join the challenge. I still make a family meal each Thursday for my son & his family. I hope I can learn some new recipes that appeal to them. I am lucky that they have lived in Europe in the past, so they are more adventurous than most of us. I also want to learn recipes that I can “hand down” to our granddaughters as they grow.

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:28 }

Yes!!!! Passing it on is so important! And the best way to do that is to let them in the kitchen! ~ Liz

» Julia Waldick said: { Dec 16, 2020 - 07:12:44 }

While I didn’t have much of a chance to cook much of your challenges this year (looking after my mom)…I still enjoy watching everyone cook and bake and I am learning through watching and listening to all their successes and failures. I would like to remain on your list for next year…who knows maybe I can join in next year!! Thank you Liz for doing this!!

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:33 }

Jump in any time you can! Even if you aren’t able to qualify for an apron it’s just good fun to know you are making Hungarian food! ~ Liz

» Lisa Narancsik said: { Dec 16, 2020 - 12:12:15 }

I would like to participate in the Let’s Cook Hungarian Challenge again. I was good for half the year, and will aim for more next year. Looking forward to the year ahead!!
Thanks and Merry Christmas.

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:46 }

Great, Lisa! Be sure to make chicken paprikas before the end of January and send me an email with the photo! ~ Liz

» Liza Papai Dingman said: { Dec 16, 2020 - 09:12:05 }

Can’t wait to start the challenge again this year!

» Katherine Hilgendorf said: { Dec 17, 2020 - 10:12:21 }

Let’s GO!!

» Elizabeth Frauenhoffer said: { Dec 17, 2020 - 08:12:24 }

Dear Liz,
I’d love to do the challenge again for 2021. Did it in 2019 (and sent my apron to my brother as a present) and finished it (I think) for 2020 – still working on a few things this month! It did challenge me to try a few recipes I might not have, and to explore some I had made once before…
I am excited to learn about the Mangalica pigs – just heard on Facebook about this farm in LItitz , which is about 1/2 hr from me so I will definitively check it out.
Liz Frauenhoffer

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:41 }

You will have to tell me about your visit to the farm when you get to go! ~ Liz

» Michelle C Torma said: { Dec 27, 2020 - 03:12:35 }

My son and I will be doing these challenge together!
We are excited to learn more! Thank you!

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:16 }

I love that this is a mother-son adventure! ~ Liz

» Lori Meiers said: { Jan 1, 2021 - 10:01:53 }

I enjoyed the cooking challenge so much in 2020 that I want to continue for 2021. My facebook friends look forward to seeing what I have created each month.

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:52 }

I am sure that your friends are inspired and even a little jealous each time you post! ~ Liz

» Cindy Sarvai said: { Jan 11, 2021 - 07:01:38 }

Very excited to join this group – Since being at home – cooking had become more of a necessity – one I have been experimenting with as well! it’s growing my abilities! My dad and aunt are from Hungary and still available for being my taste testers! Looking forward to sharing my new skills to see what they think!

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 08:01:09 }

I am sure you might get a few extra stories out of your dad and aunt as they taste test! ~ Liz

» Margaux said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 02:01:48 }

What an exceptional group! For the past 15 years, we’ve enjoyed the most delicious Hungarian food from our friend when she moved to this country. Now that she’s no longer with us, we miss her and well as her wonderful regional dishes. When we saw this Hungarian Cooking Challenge, it felt like it was Heaven-sent. I am so excited to join this group and look forward to re-creating some of the dishes I’ve had in the past. My family shares in this exciting and fun challenge and everyone is looking forward to the delicious meals for us to make and enjoy together! Thank you!

» Liz said: { Jan 29, 2021 - 07:01:08 }

We love that this will be a family affair! ~ Liz

» Benedicte speckhard said: { Jan 31, 2021 - 02:01:11 }

Just recently invites to your challenge couldnt do january cooking but could like to do february thanks