Starting from scratch…

My family recipes are as much a part of my history as they are a part of my future. The recipes my grandma Anna made are weaved throughout my childhood. Grandma Anna cooked Slovak, Hungarian, Austrian and American dishes, all the while telling me stories of her life.  My father’s Indian heritage taught me a…

Kolacky for Company

“If someone makes these for you, they must really love you,” my husband said. He is right, one doesn’t bake this cookie for just any and everyone. It is a labor of love. Individually filled and folded, this recipe yields over a hundred cookies. My grandmother and mother were the types of people that showed…

Simple Garden Vegetable Hash

Using what I have available to create meals is something we’ve done since my husband and I started dating. I get flooded with a great sense of personal satisfaction when I improvise a simple, tasty meal with ingredients that I have on hand. This summer our garden has generously yielded patty pan squash and green…

Knedle Plum Potato Dumplings

It’s August and Italian prune plums have appeared at my local grocery store. These small plums, around the size of a golf ball, make wonderful dumplings. Earlier this summer to prepare I posted my Knedle Peach Potato Dumpling recipe. The season for these Italian prune plums is short but sweet, and we used to hustle…

Tea ň Coffee Conversations: The Simplest Snack

Sunday mornings after church, Mom in an easy chair, a box of saltine crackers, brick of cream cheese, tomatoes and a knife; a simple snack began to take shape. She’d spread cream cheese on saltine crackers and sliced tomatoes to put on top. I gobbled these up from my seat at her feet on the…

Poppyseed Roll with Sweet Butter Dough

Sometimes we get recipes from our in-laws. This is an adjusted dough recipe that I believe my grandma got from her cousin in-law. There is a special place in my heart for cousins since I am an only child. Although Grandma had many siblings in Slovakia, in Indiana her community was made of more friends…

Ham and Pineapple Flatbread with Horseradish Mustard Mayonnaise

I believe that when grandma first tried pineapple here in the United States she thought it was some kind of fancy apple. This is because throughout her recipe notes for other dishes pineapple is sometimes used where apple would make a more historically Eastern European ingredient choice. Nonetheless when she incorporated pineapple into her recipes…

Ginger Orange Oatmeal Cashew Coconut Cookie

After putting one of grandma’s first recipes out in the world, I started day dreaming about making it with flavors that spoke to my Indian heritage. Cashews, ginger and coconut came to mind. I combined these flavors and below is that recipe. Yields Approximately 32 cookies Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 1 cup shortening…

My Favorite Pizza All Grown Up

It is a very nerve racking thing for me to make a pizza. I have an Italian sister in-law and I want to do right by her. Growing up my mother wanted to experience American things and eat American food. Pizza, pancakes, round cookies, all felt American to her as a child. To please her…

Creamy Brnydza and Sour Cream Cucumber Salad

There are many different variations to this dish. After publishing my Cold Cucumber and Sour Cream Salad, I had many discussions with friends and family on the recollections of this dish. One ingredient that I have access to now is Bryndza, a creamy sheep’s milk cheese that adds a wonderful texture to the simple dressing….