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Ukrainian Easter Bread Recipe - Paska
Ukrainian Easter bread or paska is a richer version of plain white bread that is often decorated with religious symbols made of dough.
Russian Easter Bread Recipe - Kulich
Russian Easter bread or kulich is a sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins, almonds and candied orange peel.
Easter Lamb Cake Recipe
This Easter lamb cake recipe is made in a cast-iron mold.
Easy Easter Babka Recipe - Polish Babka...
Babka is a slightly sweet Polish bread with raisins traditionally served for Easter.
How My Polish Family Celebrates Easter
For Poles, Easter is considered the holiset day of the year. Following a 40-day Lenten fast, Easter Sunday is celebrated with church services and a feast.
Polish Easter Dinner Recipes
After the strict fasting of Lent, Poles are ready to feast on a hearty and diverse menu of Easter delicacies. Here you will find recipes for many of these items.
Polish Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Gołąbki
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.
Traditional Easter Babka Recipe - Polish Babka...
This traditional Polish Easter Babka recipe is a sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins and candied citrus rind.
Charlotte's Slovak Easter Bread Recipe - Paska
This recipe for Slovak Easter bread or paska is an eggy, yeast-raised round bread.
Easter Molded Cheese Dessert Recipe - Paska /...
This recipe for Easter molded cheese dessert is common among Russians, Ukrainians, Lithuanians and other Eastern Europeans. It is known variously as paska or paskha.
Ukrainian Babka Recipe
Babka and Paska are two of the favorite breads served for Easter in Ukraine.
Eastern European Tradition of Blessing of the...
A tradition among many Eastern Europeans is that of having an Easter basket of food blessed on Holy Saturday.
How Ukrainians Celebrate Easter - Paska
For Ukrainians, who are primiarly Orthodox Christians, Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. Here is how Ukrainians celebrate Easter.
Easter Bread Recipes Around the World
This is a collection of Easter bread recipes from around the world.
Slovak Egg Cheese Recipe for Easter - Hrudka
This recipe for Slovak egg cheese is typically made for Easter and goes by various names including hrudka, sirok, cirak and other spellings.
Eastern European Easter Bread Recipes
Eastern European countries all have their version of a slightly sweet yeast-risen Easter bread. What most have in common is the ingredients usually include foods forbidden during Lent -- butter, eggs, cheese.
Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Recipe
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
Basic Pierogi Dough Recipe
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
Popular Serbian Dessert Recipes
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
White Borscht Soup Recipe - Polish Bialy...
White borscht soup or Polish bialy barszcz or zurek wielkanocny is made with the cooking water from white Polish kielbasa sausage and often the leftovers from the Holy Saturday basket of blessed food.
How to Make Polish Pisanki Easter Eggs for...
To make Polish pisanki Easter eggs, Theresa Child starts with large hard-cooked and cooled eggs, and 100% pure beeswax.
Polish Easter Dessert Recipes
After 40 days of fasting for Lent, Poles pull out all the stops with a feast that begins on Easter morning and doesn't end until well past Easter Monday. Polish desserts are varied and delicious. These are some of the more popular ones for Easter.
Perfect Sunday Beef Roast Recipe - Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
Polish Horseradish with Beets Recipe -...
Poles love horseradish. The addition of beets, gives color and sweetness to the condiment.
Traditional Slovak-Ukrainian-Russian Easter...
A traditional Slovak-Ukrainian-Russian Easter breakfast features all of the food items that were placed in a special basket and blessed in church on Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday.
Bulgarian Easter Bread Recipe - Kozunak
This Bulgarian Easter bread recipe, known as kozunak, is a slightly sweet yeast-raised bread with raisins.
Polish Kolaczki Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
Polish Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Recipe
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
Polish Poppy Seed Roll Recipe - Makowiec
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.
Drago's Charbroiled Oysters Recipe
This recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
Step-By-Step-Instructions For Making Dry Curd...
Here is a recipe and step-by-step instructions for making farmer's cheese, also known as dry curd cheese, at home.
Polish Smigus-Dyngus Day Celebrations
This Polish Easter Monday tradition is a good excuse for the boys to beat up on the girls. All in good fun, of course.
15 Polish Sausages You Will Love
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of varieties of Polish sausage, all made according to region and family custom.
How Eastern Europeans Decorate Easter Eggs -...
The centuries-old art of pisanki or pysanky is a wax-resist method (like batik) of decorating Easter eggs. Every Eastern European country has its version.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe
The cream cheese in this buttery pound cake makes it a winner on its own or dressed up with strawberries and whipped cream.
Have fun making Polish kielbasa sausage at home.
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a pork sausage flavored with garlic, marjoram and black pepper that can be smoked or unsmoked (fresh).
How to Make Braided Egg Bread - Houska
These step-by-step photo instructions will help you make braided egg bread known variously as houska, chalka and challah.
Polish Pączki Recipe - Polish Doughnuts...
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
Ryemeal Soup with Sausage Recipe - Polish Zurek
This recipe for Polish ryemeal soup with sausage is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Potato Latkes for Passover Recipe
This potato latke is suitable for Passover because it is made with matzoh meal, not flour.
Pierogi-making is easier than you think if you...
Once you've selected the dough and filling you want for your pierogi, follow these steps for rolling, cutting, folding and cooking.
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.
Pork belly is all the rage. Here's an easy...
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
Polish Hunter's Stew Recipe - Bigos
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.
Serbian Easter Egg Bread Recipe
Serbian Easter egg bread is braided and topped with red hard-cooked eggs.
Polish Crullers Recipe - Chrusciki
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.
Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
Polish grocery stores, Polish online stores,...
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Polish delis, import stores and online grocers where one can purchase Polish foods.
Serbian Orthodox Easter
Easter is considered the holiest day of the year for Orthodox Christians. It is a time for religious observance and feasting with family and friends after a strict Lenten fast.
How Lithuanians Celebrate Easter
Here is a description of how Lithuanians celebrate Easter.
Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls Recipe
This recipe for vegetable soup with vegan matzo balls is from Nava Atlas' " Vegan Holiday Kitchen " (Sterling
How Bulgarians Celebrate Easter
Here is a description of how Bulgarians celebrate Easter.
Czech/Bohemian Braided Egg Bread Recipe - Houska
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.
Polish Cheesecake #1 (Sernik)
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
Quick and Easy 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.
Coffee Cake Recipe - Polish Placek z Kruszonka
Polish coffee cake or placek z kruszonka is a simple sweet yeast-raised cake with a crumb topping.
Traditional Polish Cheesecake Recipe - Sernik
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
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.
Zsolt's Goulash Soup Recipe - Hungarian Gulyas...
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
scald
Scald is a culinary term which means to heat a liquid until just below the boiling point.
Easy Polish Beet Barszcz Recipe - Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
Eastern European Babka Recipes
This comprehensive list of Eastern European babka recipes features Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian babkas.
Cake Pops Recipe
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.
Favorite Polish Dessert Recipes
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 Stuffed Cabbage Rolls -...
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
Jewish Potato Knishes Recipe
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.
Polish Crepes Recipe - Thin Naleśniki
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.
Polish Potato Pancakes Recipe from Gwizdaly...
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
Grab a piece of the sun with this lemon cake...
I adapted this recipe for Sunny Lemon Cake from " Piece of Cake: One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes
Croatian / Serbian Sausage - Cevapcici or Cevaps
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
Easy Nut Roll Recipe
This easy Croatian nut roll recipe has sour cream in the yeast dough.
Jewish Cheese Blintzes Recipe
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
Hungarian Desserts to Die For
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.
Polish Cheese Babka Recipe - Babka Ser
Polish cheese babka or babka ser is made with a sweet yeast-raised dough and farmers cheese filling.
Apricot-Baked Chicken for Passover Recipe
Apricot-baked chicken for Passover recipe.
All About Squash
Squash is considered a fruit and can be divided into summer squash and winter squash varieties
Polish Horseradish Recipe - Chrzan
Poles love horseradish. It is used as a condiment with kielbasa, ham, beef, just about anything.
Polish Royal Mazurek - Mazurek Krolewski
Mazurek or mazurka is a flat Polish cake made with a yeast dough or nonyeast dough and filled with various toppings including, preserves, fruits, nuts, creams.
Serbian Easter Recipes
A Serbian Easter feast wouldn't be complete without a platter of sausages, cured meats, roasted peppers and cheeses, ajvar, kajmak and pogacha, and red wine. But the real centerpiece is spit-roasted barbecued lamb with lots of raw green onions. The best way to eat this delicacy is with your fingers. It's almost a requirement! The meal is rounded out by sarma, burek, cevapcici, Easter bread, salads, potatoes or rice, and desserts like nutroll, krem pita and kumas with strong Serbian coffee.
Jewish Noodle Kugel Recipe
Jewish kugel is a type of sweet or savory pudding made with noodles.
Jewish Chocolate Babka Recipe
This recipe for Jewish chocolate babka is baked in a loaf pan instead of the swirled tube pan that Poles bake theirs in.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
Hungarian Fried Bread Recipe - Langos
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
Romanian Easter Bread with Cheese Recipe - Pasca
Romanian Easter bread with cheese starts with a slightly sweet yeast-risen dough filled with sweetened farmers cheese.
Sweet Cheese Pierogi Filling Recipe
Sweet cheese filling using farmer's cheese is a favorite with pierogi eaters.
Slovak Sweet Egg Cheese Recipe for Easter -...
This recipe for Slovak sweet egg cheese is typically made for Easter and goes by various names including hrudka, sirok, cirak and other spellings. The most common hrudka is made without sugar.
Cucumbers in Sour Cream Recipe - Polish Mizeria
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
Jewish Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Holishkes
This Jewish stuffed cabbage recipe or holishkes is a traditional dish for Sukkot, the harvest festival in autumn.
Croatian / Slovene Easter Bread Recipe - Pinca...
A popular sweet yeast bread made by Croatians and Slovenes at Easter time is known as pinca or sirnica.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
This recipe for cream cheese frosting uses butter, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar.
Pickled Beets and Onions Recipe
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
babka
: Polish, literally, for "grandmother." In this context refers to a slightly sweet bread dotted with
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.
Serbian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe #1 - Sarma
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
Croatian Easter Bread Dolls Recipe - Primorski...
Croatian Easter Bread Dolls or primorski uskrsne bebe are made with a slightly sweet yeast dough wrapped around a colored hard-cooked egg.
Fresh Salmon Patties Recipe
This recipe for salmon patties is made with fresh, not canned, salmon. The cakes are browned on the stovetop and can then be finished in the oven.
Cheese Babka Recipe #2
Jewish cheese babka is made in a loaf pan instead of the fluted pan Poles use.
Since 1989 Czech Republic is celebrating Easter...
Here is how Easter is celebrated in the Czech Republic.
Smigus-Dyngus Day
Smigus-Dyngus Day is a Polish tradition observed on Easter Monday when boys douse girls with water.
Russian Napoleon Cake Recipe - Napolyeon Tort
This Russian Napoleon Cake recipe is made with up to 16 layers of dough filled with a custard cream and is a national dessert.
Slovak Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Holubky or...
This recipe for Slovak stuffed cabbage, also known as holubky or halupki, is made with ground beef and pork, sauerkraut, paprika and tomato sauce.
Polish Dill Pickle Soup #2 -Zupa Ogorkowa
Polish dill pickle soup is common in Eastern Europe where pickling is a favorite way to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
This salad created by a French chef is popular...
This authentic recipe for Salata de Boeuf/Salat Olivje or is a traditional Romanian/Russian salad offering.
There's Nothing Ordinary About Vanilla
Pure vanilla extract is so important in baking. When you're going to take the time to create a delicious Eastern European dessert or pastry from scratch, use pure vanilla extract. Artificial vanilla simply won't do. But did you realize where it comes from? Read on.
Myrna's Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe
This recipe for Hungarian chicken paprikash uses no green or red peppers and is served over rice.
How to Make Slovak Easter Paska Bread Peeps
Here are the ingredients needed to make Slovak Easter paska bread peeps.
Polish Egg Twist Bread Recipe - Chałka
This Polish egg twist bread recipe or chalka often features raisins.
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 Pork / Ham Hocks Recipe - Golonka
Polish pork hocks, also known as ham hocks, are called golonka in Poland, and considered a national dish.
How Croatians Celebrate Easter
Here is a description of how Croatians celebrate Easter.
Jewish Beef Brisket Recipe
Jewish beef brisket is cooked for hours and produces a fork-tender meal.
QUICK TIP: Egg Wash Yeast Doughs and Other...
Egg washing yeast doughs prior to baking adds color or shine that makes them all the more appetizing.
Top 10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering "cake and coffee" to any guest who visits, expected
Eggplant-Pepper Spread - Serbian Vegetarian...
Ajvar is Croatian / Serbian combination of roasted, mashed eggplant and sweet peppers served as a side dish with grilled meats or as an appetizer on bread.
Polish Potato Pancakes Recipe - Placki...
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.
Hungarian Egg Twist Recipe - Fonott Kalacs
This recipe for Hungarian egg twist or fonott kalacs is a slightly sweet braided loaf studded with raisins.
QUICK TIP: How to Keep Potatoes From Turning Dark
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
Easy Beef Cube Steak Recipe
This easy beef cube steak recipe is fast and budget-friendly.
Lithuanian Easter Bread Recipe - Velykos Pyragas
Lithuanian Easter bread or velykos pyragas is a sweet yeast-raised dough with white raisins.
Potato-Cheese Pierogi Recipe - Pierogi Ruskie
This recipe for potato-cheese pierogi or pierogi ruskie is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Blood Sausage Recipe - Polish Kiszka
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
Gluten-Free Pierogi Recipe - Polish Dumplings...
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Polish Papal Cream Cake Recipe - Kremowka...
This recipe for Polish cream cake has been renamed papal cream cake or kremowka papieska when it was learned the late Pope John Paul II loved this dessert.
Cheese Pie Recipe - Burek sa Sirom
Burek sa sirom is a Croatian-Serbian cheese pie made with flaky filo dough.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
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.
Foods That Are OK to Eat for Serbian Orthodox...
This is a list of foods that are OK to eat for Serbian Orthodox Lent when meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products are not consumed.
Polish Stuffed Eggs Recipe - Jajka Faszerowany
Polish stuffed eggs, or jajka faszerowany, are also known as deviled eggs.
Blessing of the Palms in Poland - Niedziela...
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Slovenian Easter Bread Recipe - Velikonocni...
Slovenian Easter bread or velikonocni kruhki is a slightly sweet yeast-risen dough formed into individual round balls.
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe - Paprikas...
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
Eastern European Passover Recipes
These Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jewish recipes are suitable for Passover because they contain no flour or leavening agents.
Royal Icing Recipe
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
Nutroll Recipe #1
This recipe for nut roll, known as potica, povitica and orehnjaca, is a sweet yeast bread with a walnut filling.
Top Polish Cheesecake Recipes
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
Review of Hoover's FloorMate SpinScrub Hard...
This is a review of Hoover's FloorMate SpinScrub Hard Floor Cleaner.
QUICK TIP: How to Season a Cast-Iron Baking Mold
Cast-iron baking molds should be seasoned before their first use and then re-seasoned as necessary.
Easter Bunny Cake Mold Recipe
This recipe was translated from Polish on Inmet's Easter bunny cake mold box. It is perfect for a 9-inch high rabbit mold.
Top Eastern European Rye Bread Recipes
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.
Top Eastern European Poppy Seed Recipes
Poppy seeds are a popular ingredient in many Eastern European recipes. Here are some of the most popular poppy seed recipes.
How to Make Polish Braised Red Cabbage -...
This is a photo step-by-step recipe for Polish braised red cabbage (czerwona kapusta zasmazana).
10 Reasons to Try Hungarian Food
Does anyone really need a reason to try Hungarian food? Well, if convincing is what you're after, consider this. Hungarian cuisine has been influenced by the French, Germans, Italians and Turks, not to mention the Polish, Slavs and Asians. The result is a rich blend of one-pot meals cooked for hours over open fires and pastries that would put Vienna to shame. Take your palate on a magic carpet ride with these 10 recipes from Hungary.
Bulgarian Salad Recipe - Shopska Salata
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
Caviar - An Egg-cellent Adventure
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
Polish Braised Red Cabbage - Czerwona Kapusta...
Red cabbage is a delicious accompaniment to almost any meat, fowl or fish dinner.
Pomegranate Vinaigrette Recipe
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
Easter Meatloaf Recipe - Sekana / Sekanice /...
This finely chopped meatloaf made with pork and veal is popular at Easter with Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenians and Bohemians and is known variously as sekana, sekanice and polnina.
swieconka
: Polish for "Easter basket" of food blessed by a priest on Holy Saturday. It further refers to the Easter

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