Pierogi

My son loves pierogi and we are lucky to have a really good pierogi place nearby. However, I decided to try and make some pierogi myself and I was surprised of how easy it is to make pierogi.  Mine don’t look as polished yet but I can assure you that they taste delicious.

Tomorrow, October 8,  is actually National Pierogi Day so what better timing to try making some?

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Refried Beans

Don’t worry this recipe does not involve any frying, this is how my mother taught me to cook refried beans and it’s the recipe she has been using for years with our family, there might be other recipes out there that actually involve frying but not this one. I tried to name this dish differently however, to resonate with the readers, we will stay with refried beans name. This is a staple dish of the Romanian cuisine ‘Fasole Batuta’ and especially served during lent, there are probably hundreds of recipes of this dish and each house has its own, needless to say that I find this the most delicious so give it a try.

It can be served as a meal, a dip or side dish; works great with sausage and some pickles.

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Creamy Spinach Salmon

I love salmon! It’s easy to cook and tastes delicious, my entire family loves it so it’s a win-win dinner option for us. It goes well with so many sides – my favorite include mashed potatoes, rice, farro, steamed potatoes, steamed veggies – or you can serve it over a salad; leftovers can be used in our Baked Salmon Patties recipe. This time I tried a creamy spinach sauce and we served it with Farro and a red cabbage salad. It was so good that I completely forgot to take a picture of the plated meal but i’ll do so next time I cook it.

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Pizza

Friday night is Pizza night in our house.

My kids love rolling the dough and crafting their own pizza. It gets a little messy with all the flour and cheese covering the countertops but they seem to enjoy it so I patiently wait until they are done and make sure to add a little more cheese for them before popping the pizza in the oven.

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Chicken Paprikash – Hungarian recipe (Paprikas csirke)

Since the Czech recipe for Chicken Paprikash was very popular, I thought to add the Hungarian recipe for this dish.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken (about 2.5 lbs)
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 heaped tbsp ground paprika
  • salt
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1.5 cups sour cream
  • 1-2 tbsp flour

Preparation:

  • Cut the chicken in pieces
  • Heat the oil and cook the chopped onion. Remove from heat and add the ground paprika.
  • Add the chicken pieces and fry for few minutes
  • Reduce heat, season the chicken and cover with a lid
  • Add the chopped peppers and tomato
  • Add a little water and continue to cook.
  • Combine the sour cream with flour and add when chicken is cooked. Simmer for another 4-5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Guest Post – Chicken Paprikash – Czech recipe (Kure na paprice)

This recipe was sent by one of our Czech readers, Thank you Jana! this looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

I actually remember when I went to Prague, Czech Republic I tasted this and I absolutely loved it. Traditionally the Chicken Paprikash is served with bread dumplings so both recipes are provided below.

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