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….

Midwestern Style Creamy Potato Salad

At a family reunion earlier this summer we discussed different variations of potato salad. While I enjoy a chunky larger cut potato salad there are people in my family that prefer a creamier version with hard boiled eggs. Some of you might think of this as grocery or picnic style potato salad, I call it…

Knedle Peach Potato Dumplings

It has to be said, fruit dumplings are okay to have for dinner. I grew up with this dish. You can probably imagine that dinnertime was not really that stressful in my family, when you’re serving fruit for dinner to kids. My grandma made cooking look easy and fun, so eating and clean-up became fun…

Cold Cucumber and Sour Cream Salad

With just three ingredients this is one of the easiest recipes and one of the first recipes I was allowed to make for dinner. Happy to help when Grandma would ask, I took the preparation of this recipe very seriously. It’s a dish that taught me the value of tasting my food while preparing it…

Grandma’s Slightly Sweet, Perfect Nut-Roll Recipe

This is one of the recipes Grandma Anna was known for all over Gary, Indiana. Which I know doesn’t sound like much, but that was her community and it mattered to her. Because of that she kept it close to the apron. If pressed, grandma might have given up some loose notes for the dough…

Halušky Potato Dumpling Breakfast Casserole

This past month I’ve been doing a lot of work with potatoes testing out my halušky (potato dumpling) recipe. This left my refrigerator and pantry packed with ingredients. Which is ironic since grandma Anna’s stories of halušky were of a simple dish meant to sustain during lean times of scarcity. Now standing in my kitchen…