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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.
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.
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.
A Traditional Polish Kołaczki Cookie Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
Step 1 of the Perfect Pierogi: Basic Pierogi...
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
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.
The Perfect Beef Roast: Tender Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Your Furry...
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
Eastern European Tradition of Upside-Down...
In many parts of Eastern Europe, Christmas trees are hung upside down from the ceiling. Here's why.
Polish Pickle Soup with Sour Cream and Dill
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
Stuffing vs. Bread Dressing - What's the...
Here is the difference between stuffing and bread dressing.
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.
Easy Prep Make-Ahead Polish Smoked Sausage and...
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
The History of Gingerbread
The origins of gingerbread are said to date to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
How to Decorate a Gingerbread House
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to decorate a gingerbread house with royal icing.
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.
How to Make Polish Borscht: Easy Beet Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
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.
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.
Shake Things Up With This Pomegranate...
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
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.
How to Make Serbian Stuffed Cabbage
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
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.
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.
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
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.
Easy Persimmon Bread Recipe
This easy persimmon bread recipe is made with butter, not oil as other quick breads are.
Russian Christmas Eve Recipes - Sochevnik /...
Here are recipes for Russian Christmas Eve or Holy Supper, which is known as sochevnik or sochelnik.
The Best Hungarian Street Food: Hungarian Fried...
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
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.
5-Ingredient Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
How to Make Cevapcici: Casing-Less Serbian...
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
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 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.
How to Make Polish Kielbasa Sausage
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage.
10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes That Will...
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
Sweetened Chestnut Puree Recipe
This recipe for sweetened chestnut puree can be used in many desserts and combined with whipped cream as a filling.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
Czech Christmas Cookie Recipes - Vanocni Cukovri
Starting on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6, Czech families begin their Christmas sweets baking or vanocni cukovri.
How to Make Polish Potato Pancakes
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
Easy Nut Roll Recipe
This easy Croatian nut roll recipe has sour cream in the yeast dough.
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.
How to Make Classic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
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.
Beef Stroganoff Originated in 19th-Century...
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
Spiced Pumpkin Butter Is Evocative of Fall
Pumpkin Butter is a favorite of Eastern Europeans both as a spread and as a component of other dishes.
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.
Slava Bread Recipe - Slavski Kolac
Slava bread is a traditional food for Serbians celebrating their patron saint day, or Krsna Slava.
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).
Polish Cheesecakes Are Made With Curd Cheese
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
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.
Enjoy an Eastern European-Style Thanksgiving...
Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in Eastern Europe but many of the same foods typically associated with this Western holiday are enjoyed year-round by Eastern Europeans. Enjoy this Thanksgiving dinner Eastern European style!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shortcut Gingerbread House and Cookie Dough...
This easy gingerbread house and cookie dough recipe uses a cake mix.
This is Not Your Grandmother's Sernik: Polish...
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: An...
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Traditional Russian Soup Recipes - Retsepty...
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.
How to Make a Gingerbread House with Royal Icing
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to make a gingerbread house.
How to Roll and Cut Gingerbread Dough to Make a...
Place the patterns on the dough and cut using a pizza wheel or pastry cutter. Page 3.
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.
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.
Pork Belly is Making a Comeback: Learn How to...
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
Polish Almond Cookie Recipe - Amaretti
Polish almond cookies or amaretti are sweet flourless drop cookies that are perfect with tea or coffee.
Try Chef Marek Widomski's Recipe for Ryemeal...
This dish, called Zurek, includes sausage. The recipe is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Three-Ingredient Polish Haluski Is Made With...
This traditional Polish noodles and cabbage dish known as haluski is easy to make and can be a side or main meal.
Traditional Vegetarian Russian Cabbage Soup...
Fresh cabbage soup or shchi is one of the national dishes of Russia. It can also be made with sauerkraut or a combination of fresh and brined cabbage.
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.
Polish Gingerbread Cookies Recipe - Pierniczki
Polish pierniczki or gingerbread cookies are popular at Christmas time but especially on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day.
14 Delightful Serbian Desserts
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
How to Make Burek sa Sirom: Filo Dough Cheese Pie
Burek sa sirom is a Croatian-Serbian cheese pie made with flaky filo dough. This recipe goes great with a glass of cold kefir.
Klara's Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Croatian Sarma
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
Queen Bona Sforza of Italian Heritage...
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
Try This Hot or Cold Polish Honey-Spiced Vodka...
Honeyed vodka or krupnik is a popular alcoholic beverage served hot or cold in Poland.
Eastern European Mushroom Recipes
Mushrooms are a favorite of Eastern Europeans and they find their way into everything from soups to stews.
Try Lithuanian Potato Meat Dumplings in Bacon...
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
Polish Drop Potato Dumplings Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed potatoes.
Gluten-Free Pierogi Recipe
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Delicious Croatian-Serbian Strudel Dough
Croatian strudel dough is different from filo or puff pastry strudel doughs. It is a flaky dough that bakes up golden brown and light.
How to Make Traditional Hungarian Stuffed Peppers
This recipe for Hungarian stuffed peppers or toltott paprika is made with paprika and tomato sauce, two common ingredients in Hungarian cooking. What makes them Eastern European is the ever-present garnish of sour cream.
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.
Polish Cabbage and Sauerkraut Soup Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
How to Make Bee Sting Cake: No Bees, Just Honey
bee sting cake or bienenstich is a favorite in many German-speaking countries and one which Hungarians adopted.
The Easy Way to Prep Pork Butt with Potatoes...
Smoked pork butt is a versatile piece of meat that can be cooked with potatoes and cabbage and the leftovers can be turned into many different meals.
How to Make Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles Soup...
Cabbage with noodles is a popular dish throughout Eastern Europe. In Hungarian, it's known as kaposztas teszta.
Krsna Slava
Krsna Slava in the Serbian tradition is the celebration of a family's patron saint. It is a time for feasting with friends and family.
Apple Butter Recipe
Apple trees abound in Eastern Europe and the logical thing to make with an abundance of this fruit is apple butter.
How to Make Russian Napoleon Cake with Layered...
This Russian Napoleon Cake recipe is made with up to 16 layers of dough filled with a custard cream and is a national dessert.
Homemade Russian Pelmeni Pork and Beef Dumplings
This recipe for Russian little meat dumplings is known as peljmeni or pelmeni in Russia.
Apple Cake Is a Traditional Polish Dessert
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
Easy Way to Fill a Pastry Bag
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to fill a pastry bag with icing.
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.
QUICK TIP: Easy Way to Separate Leaves for...
Freeze whole cabbage heads instead of boiling them to remove the leaves for stuffed cabbage.
How to Make Polish Ham Hocks with Beer Honey...
Polish pork hocks, also known as ham hocks, are called golonka in Poland, and considered a national dish.
You Should Try Russian-Ukrainian Solyanka Soup
Solyanka Soup is popular in Russia and Ukraine, and is a combination of sausage, cured meats, rich broth, olives, capers and more.
Fall Foods in Poland
Here are recipes typically eaten in the fall (autumn) in Poland.
Traditional Lithuanian Potato Pudding Recipe -...
This traditional recipe for Lithuanian potato pudding or kugelis produces a dense dish that is excellent as a side dish or main course with a salad.
Roast Rack of Pork Recipe
Roast rack of pork is a showy cut of meat similar to a standing beef rib roast or rack of lamb.
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.
This Russian Spice Cookie Is a Traditional...
Honey bread has been eaten in Russia at least since the 9th century. When spices became readily available in the 12th century, they were added making this a spiced cookie that is enjoyed year-round but especially at Christmas.
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.
Traditional Polish Blood Soup Recipe Known as...
Duck or goose blood soup, or Polish czarnina or czernina, is a sweet-sour soup made with poultry blood, vinegar and dried fruits.
10 Delicious 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.
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.
Czech Stuffed Cabbage That Will Make Your Mouth...
This recipe for Czech stuffed cabbages or holubky uses ground beef and pork, rice, tomato juice and paprika.
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.
The 10 Countries in Eastern Europe
Through war and politics, Eastern European borders have fluctuated for years. It's trickier than one might think to name the countries considered to be part of this region of Europe.
How to Roast a Pheasant
Eastern Europeans are very fond of hunting and consuming what they've caught. Pheasant is one of the game birds much sought after. Here is an easy recipe for roast pheasant.
St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Nut Roll Recipe -...
Serbian nut roll or orehnjaca is made with a yeast dough and walnut filling.
How to Make Serbian Vegetarian "Caviar"
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.
Bake Some Delicious Serbian Lepinje Bread
This recipe for Serbian lepinje is known as lepinje za cevapi because the bread is traditionally served with cevapcici sausages tucked inside.
Blood Sausage Recipe - Polish Kiszka
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
This Polish Rye Bread Is Made with a Sourdough...
A rye sour adds tang to this Polish rye bread recipe.
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.
Fresh Salmon Patties the Whole Family Will Love
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.
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.
How to Make Chef Gale Gand's Authentic...
This recipe for Hungarian chicken paprikash uses no green or red peppers and is served over rice.
Romanian Cornmeal Porridge Recipe - Mamaliga
This Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
Stuffed Cabbage: How to Prepare the Traditional...
This Jewish stuffed cabbage recipe or holishkes is a traditional dish for Sukkot, the harvest festival in autumn.
An Easier, Healthier Polish Babka for Easter
Babka is a slightly sweet Polish bread with raisins traditionally served for Easter.
Polish Almond Crescent Cookies (Rogaliki)
This recipe for Polish rogaliki literally means "little horns" because they are shaped into crescents.
Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings With Polonaise...
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
Hungarian Plum Dumplings Recipe - Szilvas Gomboc
Hungarian plum dumplings are made with a mashed potato dough and can be eaten as dessert, a meatless main dish or side dish.
Make Delicious Kremowka Papieska: Polish Papal...
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.
Caviar - An Egg-cellent Adventure
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
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.
Sweet Cheese Pierogi Filling Recipe
Sweet cheese filling using farmer's cheese is a favorite with pierogi eaters.
Sauerkraut and Apples Recipe
Sauerkraut and apples are a winning combination in this tasty side dish.
11 Traditional Dry Curd Cheese Polish...
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
Polish Babka Wielkanocna: A Surprisingly Simple...
This traditional Polish Easter Babka recipe is a sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins and candied citrus rind.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Lithuanian...
Lithuanian cepelinai or zeppelin dumplings, so-called beause of their ovoid shape, are one of the national dishes of Lithuania. They are most often served in meat and cheese varieties.
Hungarian Lecso Recipe - Tomato-Pepper Stew...
Hungarian lecso is a vegetable dish of stewed tomatoes, peppers and onions. It can be served as an accompaniment to a meal, an appetizer or the main meal itself, depending on its preparation.
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