Pickled Herring on Rye Toast

Well shoot, I’ll say it—I love pickled herring! Pickled herring, śledzie in Polish, are popular throughout the entire Baltic region. There are even a few bars in Kraków dedicated to herring and vodka (oh yes, I went…listen man, to each his own). Continue reading


Cottage Cheese with Herbs

This is just about the fastest thing you can whip together and is perfect on a toasted piece of rye bread!


  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 scallion finely, finely chopped (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 small handful fresh dill, chopped (about 2 tbsp)
  • 2 pinches onion powder
  • 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 pinches salt
  • toasted bread of choice


In a bowl, add cottage cheese, scallions, dill, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix until evenly distributed.

Toast bread and spread a thin layer of cottage cheese mix on bread.

Eat and enjoy!

Onion Pastry (Cebularze)

Living in New York, you come across bialys in many supermarkets. Now, as you may know, bialys are essentially baked flat bagels with an onion center, and they originate in Białystok, Poland (hence the name). I have a problem with many of these 2017 “bialys” because most of them barely have any onion ARGHHH! There is a similar regional pastry from Lublin called lubelskie cebularze. These have a slightly more yeasty and airy dough, and are topped with onion and poppy seeds. This recipe is more similar to that of lubelskie cebularze but differs in that the onions are caramelized before they top the dough and are baked. Anyway, if you like bialys, you will probably like this recipe. These buns have A LOT of onion toppings, but you can tone it down with less…I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Tomatoes

Due to unseasonably warm temperatures and an increase of greenhouse grown produce in my local grocery stores, I have had been able to buy both butternut squash and good tomatoes at the same time. Lucky me, because when roasted, these two taste amazing and their flavors become enhanced to the Nth degree. Roasted together? A+++ Continue reading

Ground Meat Patties (Kotlety Mielone)

Kotlety mielone, or ground meat patties, are a home cooking classic. These are easy to make and are great as left overs so you can make a few days worth of dinner at once woooo! You can also use any kind of ground meat you like, just make sure you get the best quality meat you can find. Using raw grated onion is the way to go here in my humble opinion…the flavor gets evenly distributed, and it’s just the way I’ve always seen it done!
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Herb Stuffed Mushrooms

Easter is upon us! It is time to make the pilgrimage to the nearest Polish and/or other Eastern European shops around to stock up on kielbasa, candies, and other goods. The traditional Polish Easter meal includes kiełbasa, biały barszcz, potatoes, stuffed eggs, sałatka jarzynowa, hard boiled eggs, breads, and various desserts. These herb stuffed mushrooms are another easy addition to your Easter meal, or any meal or gathering for that matter, and they feature two common ingredients in Polish cooking–mushrooms and dill (aka Polish air freshener).  Continue reading

Shredded Beet Salad


This might not be shocking to hear, but beets show up quite a bit in Slavic cooking. Most famously, they are the star ingredient of various borscht/barszcz recipes accoss the region, and ćwikła, a grated beet and horseradish condiment that is almost always served on Easter and many Passover meals. Continue reading