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

Potato Dumplings (Kluski)


The humble potato shines in this basic recipe and makes approximately 65 heavenly potato pillows. Kluski are delicious when fried with some butter and breadcrumbs on a pan, with a mushroom sauce, or in soups. I’m pretty sure that this is the second most popular form of potato in Poland, right after potato and cheese pierogi 🙂 Continue reading

Breakfast Buckwheat


I’ve already raved about buckwheat in a savory recipe post, so I don’t need to do it again here! Roasted buckwheat for breakfast might sound strange to some, but it’s a great way to start the day. You can add whatever you might add to oatmeal to this, but I had strawberries, raisins, and almonds on hand for this recipe. Continue reading

Sweet Cheese Crepes (Naleśniki z Serem)


Naleśniki are a basically the Polish version of French crepes. I guess these are also like blintzes (?) but I won’t try to wrap my head around the differences, if there are any (I actually think they are the same). I simply know them as naleśniki and they are fantastic! Continue reading

Zapiekanka (Toasted open-face sandwich)


Oh man, I remember running home after school as a little girl to get my hands on some hot zapiekanki…ahhh memories. Zapiekanki are toasted open-face baguettes that are typically topped with mushrooms, onions, cheese, and ketchup. But really, they are communist food shortage pizzas from Poland. This poor man’s pizza is the product of hard times in 1970s Poland that saw an astronomical rise in basic Continue reading

Cucumber Herb Salad (Mizeria)


This is as simple as a recipe can get. It is a summer staple and it is extremely refreshing on a hot day. Keep cool, and eat cucumbers!


    • 4-5 mini cucumbers (thinly sliced)
    • 2.5 tbsp. sour cream
    • 1 tbsp. finely chopped dill
    • 1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
    • Salt and black pepper

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Paszteciki (Savory Mushroom and Cabbage Pastries)


Paszteciki are baked, savory pastries that can be filled with ground meat or a mix of mushroom and cabbage. In my family, we eat mushroom and cabbage paszteciki by the dozens on Christmas Eve, along with red barszcz.  This recipe is vegetarian friendly and makes between 30-40 paszteciki.

If you like mushrooms, I think you will enjoy this recipe! Continue reading

Buckwheat with Onions and Mushrooms (Kasza Gryczana)

Buckwheat is the bomb. It tastes delicious and is incredibly healthy for you! It is prepared like many common grains, but it actually is a seed that isn’t from the grass family. Buckwheat is a good source of protein, fiber, iron, zinc, and manganese, but, it contains no gluten! Now you’re sold. Hooray!

Now, while buckwheat is not particularly popular in the U.S., it is a staple Poland and much of Eastern Europe.  Continue reading