Onion-Apple-Garlic Tarts

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These tarts combine some simple flavors to make a special appetizer! This is a bit time consuming if you roast the garlic and make the dough yourself, but it is definitely worth it.
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Onion and Plum Relish

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My grandmother has the most amazing raspberries and plums growing in her backyard in Poland. These same plums are behind the amazing homemade śliwowica (plum brandy/life elixir) that my cousins make, but that’s for another time here! Though I haven’t found the same flavors in American stores/markets, reminiscing about them made me want to post a recipe with the best plums I could find.

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Breakfast Buckwheat

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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)


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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)

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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

Buckwheat Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream

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Alright, so I wanted some blinis and smoked salmon the other day (how Russian — привет!). I went to the store to get some smoked salmon, which is already a bit indulgent, and saw there were some blinis as well. I was feeling lazy and I thought, what the heck, I’ll get store bought. Welllll, that’s before I looked at the price. Let’s just say they were a bit expensive for glorified mini pancakes, and, they weren’t even made of buckwheat flour! Homemade it is then.

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Orange Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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This cake is so full of citrus flavor and is not too sweet! It is also extremely moist because of all the kefir and olive oil in it. In my opinion, this is a nice break from all the desserts out there that don’t seem to have any flavor other than that of…sugar. Anyway, this cake goes pretty quickly around here, so I better go get some!
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Cucumber Herb Salad (Sałatka z ogórków)

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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!

Ingredients:

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

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Hunter’s Stew (Bigos)

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Ahhh, bigos. Is there anything more hearty or traditional? I think not. Bigos, or hunter’s stew is considered by many to be the national dish of Poland. However, you’d be hard pressed to find two identical family recipes for bigos, and quite frankly there is no wrong way to make this. As long as you have sauerkraut and some meat, you’re set. This is because bigos is a quintessential peasant dish—whatever ingredients people had available to them to feed their families went in! Food is fuel!!! Obviously, the availability of ingredients varied by region, city, and family, and that is why we ended up with 10 x 10^235 recipes of bigos.
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