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twisted bread with walnuts

09 Aug Bread with a twist

How do you try out a new recipe? Do you follow it to the letter, or are you a tinkerer? For years, I didn't cook often enough to feel confident deviating from the written word; the recipe was law unto the kitchen. But after being forced to improvise when I was living in a rented apartment in the Balkans without cookbooks or measuring cups, I got used to following my own instincts over the stovetop. It helps that I was...

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19 Mar More pancakes, more barley

I hope you still like pancakes.It's a rainy Saturday, and since I still had some barley flakes left over from the scone recipe, I decided to try a modification of a favorite pancake recipe from Orangette, which incorporates rolled oats into the batter. Since the kids (mysteriously) don't love the oatmeal pancakes as much as I do, I thought I'd try using the same method but with a smaller proportion of barley flakes than in the original oatmeal version. "I like...

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Valeria's Potato Torte

03 Jul Valeria’s Potato Torte (Cake)

There is not a mistake in the title - yes, it is Valeria. Valeria was my grandmother, who I never met, but I was named after her. Everybody in the family remembers her as an amazing cook and queen of Hungarian recipes.  During the war (WWII), she ran a small workers' kitchen, and her cooking is still remembered by those who outlived her. The problem with my grandmother's recipes is that she wrote them for herself. She did not write...

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23 Feb Potato Pancakes (Crepes) – Zemiakove placky

My mum used to make these amazing Slovak potato pancakes. She would come home during her lunch break and make lunch for us, so it would be waiting for us when we came home from school. She made sure there was some soup and a main course. By the time we would get home, Mum was back at work, but she always left a note about what she cooked and how much we can have -- with three hungry boys...

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24 Nov Pork Chops for Finicky Kids

I don't know why is this different then wienerschnitzel or a grilled pork chop, but it is. I thought this meal is only special to me; as a kid I used to request it all the time, and it was always my dad who cooked it for me. But I grew up and this pork chop became forgotten. Until one day I made it again. You should know that our son does not eat, but rather he lives off the...

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