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The Perfect Gingerbread House "Glue:" Royal...
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
Gingerbread House Dough Recipe
This gingerbread house dough recipe, while edible, is not meant to be eaten. It is firm and sturdy enough to support decorations.
A Traditional Polish Kołaczki Cookie Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
This Vegan Baked Potato Pancakes Recipe Is Made...
This recipe for vegan baked potato latkes contains no eggs and is from Mark Reinfeld's The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe.
Polish Christmas Traditions
Polish Christmas Eve - Wigilia - and Christmas Day are two of the holiest days of the year to Roman Catholics along with Easter.
16 Polish Christmas Cookies Recipes
Weeks before Christmas, my family would get out the cookie tins and start baking traditional Polish cookies or ciasteczka na swieta for the holidays.
Polish Christmas Eve Supper Recipes - Wigilia
For Poles, Christmas Eve is arguably the most important Roman Catholic holiday of the year and wigilia, or Star Supper, is the main focus. An odd number of courses is served -- anywhere from five to 13 -- depending on a family's finances. It was believed the more courses, the more properous the year ahead.
How to Make Traditional Polish Stuffed Cabbage
Every Eastern European country has its version of stuffed cabbage rolls. For Lithuanians, it is holubki, for Poles it is golabki, for Serbs, it is sarma. However they are spelled, stuffed cabbage rolls are the original pocket meals.
Step 1 of the Perfect Pierogi: Basic Pierogi...
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
The History of Gingerbread
The origins of gingerbread are said to date to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
Russian Christmas Eve Recipes - Sochevnik /...
Here are recipes for Russian Christmas Eve or Holy Supper, which is known as sochevnik or sochelnik.
Kolaczki Cookie Recipes
Here are several recipes for kolaczki, kolachky, kolacky, kolace. However you spell them, they mean flaky, delicious, Eastern European filled cookies or pastries.
How to Decorate a Gingerbread House
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to decorate a gingerbread house with royal icing.
How to Eat Like a Ukrainian on Christmas Eve
Here are recipes for Ukrainian Christmas Eve or Holy Supper, which is known as Sviaty Vechir. Learn more about Ukrainian Christmas here.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
How to Make a Polish Poppy Seed Roll
Poppy seeds are a favorite ingredient in Eastern European cooking and find themselves whole in savory dishes like noodles and ground to a paste in pastries like poppy seed rolls.
The Perfect Beef Roast: Tender Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
Czech Christmas Cookie Recipes - Vanocni Cukovri
Starting on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6, Czech families begin their Christmas sweets baking or vanocni cukovri.
Our Favorite Eastern European Christmas Cookies...
Here you will find traditional Christmas cookie recipes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine.
Make Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Your Furry...
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
How to Make Homemade Pierogi: It's Easier than...
Once you've selected the dough and filling you want for your pierogi, follow these steps for rolling, cutting, folding and cooking.
How to Make a Gingerbread House
Making a gingerbread house isn't as difficult as it might seem. If you have the right recipes and the right techniques, it's a snap.
5-Ingredient Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
How to Make a Gingerbread House with Royal Icing
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to make a gingerbread house.
Easy Nut Roll Recipe
This easy Croatian nut roll recipe has sour cream in the yeast dough.
Easy Way to Fill a Pastry Bag
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to fill a pastry bag with icing.
Polish Christmas Dessert Recipes - Swiateczne...
My Polish family started baking for Christmas around St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6. The tasty treats we made were so full of butter and sugar, they theoretically could last until the Feast of the Three Kings on Jan. 6. But we and our company gobbled them up so quickly, we invariably had to make more after Christmas to see us through Twelfth Night.
Shortcut Gingerbread House and Cookie Dough...
This easy gingerbread house and cookie dough recipe uses a cake mix.
Eastern European Tradition of Upside-Down...
In many parts of Eastern Europe, Christmas trees are hung upside down from the ceiling. Here's why.
12 Best Hungarian Desserts
Hungary is renowned for its fine pastries, some of them borrowed from Austria which, in turn, borrowed from France. In any case, Hungarians have created a delightful repertoire of rich desserts and stories to match.
Make Slovak Sweet Bobalki for Your Next Christmas
Bobalki are a Slovak bread treat. These small bread balls have a light and airy crumb and can be served sweet with poppyseeds and honey or savory with sauerkraut and onion.
Polish Almond Crescent Cookies (Rogaliki)
This recipe for Polish rogaliki literally means "little horns" because they are shaped into crescents.
A Paczki's Best Friend: The Best Polish Cruller...
Polish crullers, known as chrusciki, are a favorite fried Polish dessert popular especially at the holidays and for weddings. They are also known as angel wings.
It's the National Dish of Poland: How to Make...
Bigos or Hunters Stew is considered the national dish of Poland. Traditionally, it was full of the fruits of the forest -- venison, mushrooms, dried fruits. Today, anything goes.
Polish Gingerbread Cookies Recipe - Pierniczki
Polish pierniczki or gingerbread cookies are popular at Christmas time but especially on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day.
A Gallery of Gingerbread House Pictures
Gingerbread houses have a universal appeal and are perfect for Christmas, but they are appropriate for any celebration and make wonderful centerpieces.
How to Make Polish Borscht: Easy Beet Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
15 Polish Sausages You Will Love
Learn more about a variety of polish sausages from this curated list, including links to recipes and vendors selling different kinds of kielbasa.
What Is Velija?
Carpatho-Rusyn/Slovak velija or Christmas Eve Holy Supper is a meatless meal with usually 12 courses representing Christ's apostles.
Little Ears Dumplings Recipe - Polish Uszka
Polish uszka , also known as "little ears" because of their shape, are one of the three main Polish filled
Serve Serbian Nut Rolls at Your Next Celebration
This recipe for nut roll, known as potica, povitica and orehnjaca, is a sweet yeast bread with a walnut filling.
Vanilla Crescents Recipe - Czech Vanilkove...
This recipe for Czech vanilla crescents or vanilkove rohlicky is especially popular at Christmas time.
Not Into Raw? Try This Charbroiled Oyster Recipe.
This recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
How to Roll and Cut Gingerbread Dough to Make a...
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to roll and cut gingerbread dough to make a gingerbread house.
Make Your Pączki at Home with this...
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
Eastern European Crescent Cookies Recipe -...
Rosky are flaky crescent-shaped cookies that can be filled with a walnut or fruit filling.
This Russian Spice Cookie Is a Traditional...
Honey bread has been eaten in Russia since the 9th century. When spices became readily available in the 12th century, they were added to the dough for a special Christmas treat.
Easy Prep Make-Ahead Polish Smoked Sausage and...
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
A Traditional Slovak Velija or Christmas Eve...
For Slovak Christians, Christmas Eve and its beautiful velija supper, steeped in tradition and ceremony, prepare them for the birth of the Christ Child. The dinner usually consists of 12 dishes, representing the number of apostles. It is a fasting meal since it is the last day of Advent.
15 Polish Dessert Favorites
Desserts vary from region to region in Poland, but this list of favorite Polish dessert recipes seem to be universal throughout the country.
How to Make Polish Potato Pancakes
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
How to Make Naleśniki: Sweet or Savory...
Polish crepes are known as naleśniki. They can be filled with fruit, jam, or sweet or savory fillings and rolled or folded. Many people then call them blintzes.
These Are Some of the Best Places to Buy Polish...
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Polish delis, import stores and online grocers where one can purchase Polish foods.
Follow This Tip for An End to Gray Grated...
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
Kick Your Meal Up a Notch With Bacon-Honey...
These flaky yeast dinner rolls have a bacon-honey mustard filling. These are exquisite any time of year but especially for the fall holidays.
Christmas Cooked Wheat Pudding Recipe - Polish...
This recipe for Polish cooked wheat pudding or kutia wigilijna is typically the first course served at the Christmas Eve dinner known as wigilia.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
Pagach Bread Recipe - Slovak / Ukrainian Pagach
Slovak / Ukrainian pagach is a bread stuffed with mashed potatoes or cabbage and served at meatless meals, like Advent, Lent and for the Christmas Eve supper known as Velija.
How to Make Polish Crullers - Chrusciki
These step-by-step photo instructions walk you through the preparation of Polish-style crullers known as chrusciki or chrust faworki.
Polish Almond Cookie Recipe - Amaretti
Polish almond cookies or amaretti are sweet flourless drop cookies that are perfect with tea or coffee.
How to Make Homemade Polish Keilbasa
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a pork sausage flavored with garlic, marjoram and black pepper that can be smoked or unsmoked (fresh).
How to Make Polish Kielbasa Sausage
Polish sausage or kielbasa is a garlic-flavored pork sausage that can be boiled, boiled and browned or smoked.
Skip the Food Processor: Easy Polish Potato...
Crispy, thin potato pancakes or Placki Kartoflane or Ziemniaczane are a perfect meal for meatless days and a great accompaniment for roast pork or braised short ribs.
Sour Mushroom Soup Recipe - Slovak Machanka
This Slovak sour mushroom soup - machanka - recipe is traditionally served at meatless meals such as Christmas Eve velija or during Lent.
Polish Pecan Cookies Recipe - Ciastka Kruche z...
This version of Polish pecan cookies, also known as ciastka kruche, is similar to Russian tea cakes and Mexican wedding cookies.
How to Make Slovak Stuffed Cabbage
This recipe for Slovak stuffed cabbage, also known as holubky or halupki, is made with ground beef and pork, sauerkraut, paprika and tomato sauce.
Sweet Cheese Pierogi Filling Recipe
Sweet cheese filling using farmer's cheese is a favorite with pierogi eaters.
Polish Cheesecakes Are Made With Curd Cheese
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
How to Make Creamy Polish Dill Pickle Soup
Polish dill pickle soup is common in Eastern Europe where pickling is a favorite way to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
How to Make Your Own Dry Curd or Farmer's Cheese
Here is a recipe and step-by-step instructions for making farmer's cheese, also known as dry curd cheese, at home.
Dried Fruit Compote - Polish Kompot
Polish dried fruit compote, known as kompot, is a traditional dessert for Christmas Eve, known as wigilia.
Try This Hot or Cold Polish Honey-Spiced Vodka...
Honeyed vodka or krupnik is a popular alcoholic beverage served hot or cold in Poland.
The Best Hungarian Street Food: Hungarian Fried...
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
Gluten-Free Pierogi Recipe
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes That Will...
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
Slowly Braised Jewish Beef Brisket Is Succulent
Jewish beef brisket is cooked for hours and produces a fork-tender meal.
How to Make Jewish Potato Knishes: A Single-Ser...
Jewish Potato knishes are a baked dumpling filled with potatoes similar to a Mexican empanada, a British pasty, a Russian pirozhki and an Italian calzone.
Sweetened Chestnut Puree Recipe
This recipe for sweetened chestnut puree can be used in many desserts and combined with whipped cream as a filling.
How to Make Hearty Hungarian Goulash
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
This is Not Your Grandmother's Sernik: Polish...
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Nut Roll Recipe -...
Serbian nut roll or orehnjaca is made with a yeast dough and walnut filling.
Polish Vanilla Cookies Recipe - Ciasteczka...
This egg-free recipe for Polish vanilla cookies or ciasteczka waniliowe is made with ground walnuts and vanilla bean.
Balkan Walnut Crescent Cookies Recipe - Kifle...
This recipe for walnut crescent cookies is common throughout the Balkans and is sometimes made with a yeast dough and sometimes a buttery dough.
This Authentic Recipe For Potato-Cheese Pierogi...
This recipe for potato-cheese pierogi or pierogi ruskie is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Shake Things Up With This Pomegranate...
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
How to Have a Traditional Serbian Christmas
Discover how Orthodox Christian Serbians celebrate Christmas through a discussion of customs, recipes, and image galleries of a Yule Log burning and more.
Christmas Recipes Across Europe
About.com's European Food Guides got together to provide these traditional Christmas recipes for Eastern Europe, Germany, France, Spain and England.
The Easiest Smoked Pork Chops Recipe
Smoked pork chops are quick and easy to prepare and make a satisfying meal with braised cabbage and a green vegetable.
How to Make Serbian Stuffed Cabbage
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
23 Stuffed Cabbage Recipes
Here are stuffed cabbage recipes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and other countries.
Eastern European Mushroom Recipes
Mushrooms are a favorite of Eastern Europeans and they find their way into everything from soups to stews.
Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix: A Review
This is a review of Betty Crocker's Gingerbread Cookie Mix.
Gingerbread House Memories Part 1
Gingerbread houses can be fun to make and easier than one might think if you follow some simple rules. Learn from my experience and disasters.
Homemade Czech Braided Egg Bread with Raisins...
This yeast bread, known as houska to Bohemians and Czechs, chalka to Poles, and challah to Jews, is slightly sweet and rich, like French brioche.
Sour Cream Kolacky Recipe
This kolacky dough recipe is made with only three ingredients -- sour cream, butter and flour. There are no eggs or leavening agents in the dough.
How to Make Classic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
Russian Herring Under Fur Coat Salad Recipe -...
This traditional recipe for Russian Herring Under Fur Coat, known as Shuba or Seledka Pod Shuboi, is a layered salad that gets its name from the beet topping considered to be a fur coat or shuba.
How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: An...
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
Round Eastern European Kolacky Recipe - Kolacky...
This recipe for round Eastern European kolacky uses baking powder, cream cheese and butter in the dough to make a flaky pastry.
Jewish Noodle Kugel Recipe
Jewish noodle kugel recipes can be sweet or savory. In this easy recipe, sugar and raisins are combined with noodles, eggs, sour cream and cottage cheese.
Beef Stroganoff Originated in 19th-Century...
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Toltott...
This recipe for Hungarian stuffed cabbage or toltott kaposzta is made with ground pork, beef and sliced smoked pork butt for flavor.
Butter Cookies Recipe - Czech Maslove Pecivo
This recipe for Czech butter cookies is often served at Christmas time when they become part of vanocni cukovri or Christmas sweets.
10 Soup Recipes Russians Love
In Russia, soup isn't considered a starter, although it is usually followed by a main course. Soup is so important to the cuisine and often so hearty, it is frequently featured on its own with crusty bread.
Split Peas and Cabbage Recipe - Kapusta z Grochem
Split Peas and Cabbage combines shredded fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and a puree of yellow split peas. It is a traditional side dish for Polish Christmas Eve, or wigilia.
Gingerbread House Memories Part 2
Gingerbread houses can be fun to make and easier than one might think if you follow some simple rules. Learn from my experience and disasters.
What Is Potica or Povitica?
Potica or povitica is a yeast-raised dough rolled around a sweet or savory filling.
Bulgarian Christmas Recipes
Here are recipes and traditions for Bulgarian Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
How to Make Jewish Cheese Blintzes
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
How to Make Mushroom Barley Soup
Step-by-step instructions for making mushroom barley soup.
Polish Pickle Soup with Sour Cream and Dill
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
Russian Tea Cakes Recipe
Russian tea cakes are actually cookies and are popular among Eastern Europeans.
Polish Christmas Customs, Traditions and Recipes
Christmas is one of the most important religious holidays in Poland, with Christmas Eve taking precedence over Christmas Day and Easter. Here are the customs, traditions and recipes for a Polish Christmas.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Yolks
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
Try Lithuanian Potato Meat Dumplings in Bacon...
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
Saliwonczyk's Nut Roll Recipe
Serbian nut roll is made with a moist yeast dough encasing sugared ground walnuts.
Our Favorite Traditional Eastern European Poppy...
Poppy seeds are a popular ingredient in many Eastern European recipes. Here are some of the most popular poppy seed recipes.
Czech Christmas Bread Recipe - Vanocka
This recipe for Czech Christmas bread or vanocka is similar to houska, chalka, challah and other egg twist breads.
Jewish Chocolate Babka Loaf with Streusel Topping
This recipe for Jewish chocolate babka is baked in a loaf pan instead of the swirled tube pan that Poles bake theirs in.
Christmas Cookie Recipes Around the World
These Christmas cookie recipes come from About.com Food Guides around the world.
12 Surprisingly Different Eastern European...
Eastern Europeans, especially Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Ukrainians and Slovaks, love rye bread. The coarser and darker, the better. There's a staggering variety of ryes, from sourdoughs to buttermilks to cracked rye meal breads. One could conceivably enjoy a different rye bread every day of the week.
How St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Circle Makes Nut...
Serbian nut roll or orehnjaca is a popular dessert served for many holidays.
Salata de Boeuf or Salat Olivje (Potato Salad...
This authentic recipe for Salata de Boeuf/Salat Olivje or is a traditional Romanian/Russian salad offering.
Seven Layers of Heaven: A Hungarian Dobosh...
This Hungarian Dobosh Torte recipe sports seven layers filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel layer.
Czech Susenky Christmas Cookie Recipe - Vanocni...
Czech susenky are popular cookies served for special occasions and at Christmas, when they become vanocni cukrovi. This one basic recipe can be transformed into different cookies by varying the shape, filling and icing.
14 Delightful Serbian Desserts
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Christmas Eve Beet Soup Recipe - Polish Barszcz...
This recipe for Polish Christmas Eve beet soup or barszcz wigilijny is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
How to Make Cevapcici: Casing-Less Serbian...
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
Jewish Mandelbrot Recipe
Mandelbrot, literally meaning Mandel bread, is a twice-baked almond-flavored cookie similar to Italian biscotti that is hardy and keeps well.
Best Places to Buy Eastern European Food and...
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian delis, import stores and online grocers.
Croquembouche Recipe - Cream Puff Tree
The French dessert tower made of cream puffs stuck together with caramel is known as a croquembouche and has become popular in Eastern Europe.
15 Hanukkah Recipes to Celebrate the Festival...
Here are top Ashkenazic Jewish recipes for Hanukkah.
Polish Florentine Cookies Recipe - Florentynki
This recipe for Polish florentines or florentynki are made with candied fruit, nuts and a chocolate bottom.
Georgia's Polish Pierogi Dough Recipe
This recipe for Polish pierogi dough is unusual in that it contains chicken broth, producing a smooth, supple dough.
Romanian Easter and Christmas Bread Recipe -...
Romanian Easter and Christmas Bread or cozonac is a slightly sweet yeast-raised dough similar to Bohemian hoska and Russian kulich.
Ukrainian Christmas Bread Recipe - Kolach
This recipe for Ukrainian Christmas bread or kolach is a slightly sweet yeast bread that is braided and shaped into an oblong loaf or three round braids stacked one on top of the other.
Rollmops Recipe - Polish Rolmopsy or Herring...
Rollmops or Polish rolmopsy are an appetizer made by rolling herring fillets around a dill pickle, pickled mushroom or pickled onion.
Polish Butter Cookies with Jam Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish butter cookies with jam is a simple but delicious cookie filled with strawberry jam.
11 Traditional Dry Curd Cheese Polish...
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
How to Make Homemade Hungarian Sausage (Hazi...
This recipe for homemade Hungarian sausage or hazi kolbasz is made with pork shoulder, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.
How to Make No-Pan Crumbled Cake Pops
This recipe for cake pops on a stick can be dressed up as elegantly as you like or turned into wacky characters the kids will love.
St. Nicholas Day in Poland
Dec. 6 is St. Nicholas Day - Dzien Swiętego Mikołaja - celebrated with feasting, religious pageants and treats for good boys and girls.
QUICK TIP: Cut Yeast Rising Time
The rise time for yeast breads and cakes can be cut by 1 1/2 hours by using a microwave oven to speed things up.
Do You Know the Different Types of Squash? Find...
Squash is considered a fruit and can be divided into summer squash and winter squash varieties
Hungarian Prune or Apricot Butter Recipe - Lekvar
Hungarian Prune or Apricot Lekvar is the equivalent of a fruit butter and is simple to make.
Queen Bona Sforza of Italian Heritage...
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings With Polonaise...
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
A Polish Jellied Pigs Feet Recipe for Your Family
This Polish jellied pigs feet recipe, known as zimne nogi or studzienina, demonstrates the peasants' attempt to emulate the aspic-covered gourmet dishes of the aristocracy or szlachta.
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